Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Nursery--A Work in Progress

A few weeks ago I was having my recurring anxiety dreams--I'm in high school and I have a paper due and I haven't read the book yet, or I'm in a play and I don't know my lines. These dreams are pretty transparent in meaning--I'm feeling unprepared. The lack of preparedness I was feeling had to do with not being ready for the baby--emotionally I'm ready, but as far as "stuff" I wasn't feeling ready at all. Now I know that practically speaking babies need very little "stuff"--just somewhere to sleep, somewhere to be changed, a car seat, something to wear, and that's about it. But of course these days we've been convinced we must have lots of special baby stuff, and I of course feel compelled not only to have it, but to make sure it's cute!

Now, when these anxiety dreams started creeping in, I had already had one shower thrown by my sister and my friend Wendy, both experienced mothers. I received a car seat, a pack n' play, and clothes so really at that point the baby's basic needs were going to be met. But I still didn't have anything for the nursery. I had bought fabric for the nursery ages ago, but didn't have a crib, changing table, place to put all of those little clothes, etc. I knew the crib was coming (it was delivered last Saturday), and we were still trying to figure out the changing table situation (we ended up getting a hand-me-down from a neighbor), but at least I could get started on the closet.

I had purchased some bins at HomeGoods but didn't have nearly enough for all of the stuff in the closet. Target to the rescue! I bought 2 Closetmaid bins, and then sent D to Lowes for some more. They fit perfectly in the closet and are the right size for all of the different categories of stuff. I made prompt work of filling them and labeling them. I felt much better after that and the anxiety dreams ended! The baby's closet is very well organized (at least until the baby actually arrives).
About a week ago my neighbors brought us their changing table and it's perfect. The baby's room is very small and is made smaller by having one wall entirely taken up by a closet and another entirely taken up by windows. Wall space to put furniture against is at a premium. This changing table, in addition to being cute, is nice and small.

Fast forward a week and we've got a crib. Now the room is looking much better! After a second shower thrown by my mother-in-law and D's grandmother I have just about everything I need!!! I've got crib sheets and mattress pad, changing pad cover, etc. Yesterday was my first day as a stay at home mom (to be) and I washed a ton of baby stuff and got to work putting the nursery together. Here are the results:

Now I know you experienced mom's are thinking, "she'd not going to want that there," "that will never work," or "I would be easier to have X over there," and I know that when the baby actually arrives and I start using the room I'll be moving stuff around. For now, it's just nice to have a room that looks ready for a baby to come home to. Tomorrow my mom is coming up and we're going to make the valance and crib skirt. This weekend D and I will hang the Bunny My Honey picture and the ABC needlepoint that my grandma had made for me when I was born.

5 comments:

Erika P said...

Beautiful nursery! My kid's closet was never that organized and now that he's old enough to pull stuff out of it himself, well...

You are right that you will figure out what you need where after baby arrives (although it looks good to me now). Try to be patient with yourself if it seems like the learning curve is steep and you feel totally disorganized - that feeling is normal and doesn't last too long. You will be a great mom.

Also, let me know if there is anything else you need - I do have stuff you can borrow and I don't mind taking the two hour drive to bring it to you if it means I get to hold the little one. :)

Amber said...

Just thought I would let you know who won the next "Paying It Forward" gift since you were also one. At midnight of the 7/8th I selected Leslie of "The Hungry Housewife". I do not know how to link in my posts on a Mac so if you do please let me know. She is in my Tasty Links though so you can click there and say hi and congratulations. I think it is fun to follow where this leads.

If you have one wall full of windows you are so lucky. All the sunshine from heaven will be blessing your baby every day.

delilah said...

I think your nursery looks great! I love the wicker changing table!

Christina said...

Looking good! We have the same "wall-space-at-a-premium" problem...and two kids to fight for wall space. You know, you just never know what you will need. That's what Targets are for - so you can run out and get what you didn't think you would need and do. I probably visited my Target every other day the first few weeks and still go weekly now for baby stuff. It's individual to each mom. I just get what he needs as he grows - no need to have it all sitting around, taking up space now. Sounds like nesting is settling in...

Clare said...

if you saw what was going to pass for our nursery right now, you'd feel like a goddess for how cute yours is...luckily i still have 3 months to figure it all out...