Well kids, we made it. 30 days of posting, including through Thanksgiving. I didn’t quite get to some of the big topics I thought I might post about, but that’s ok. I’ve enjoyed sharing my (
sometimes often mundane) days with you, and I appreciate you being along for the ride. Last year I was in the middle of an awful PPD fog, and making it to Nov 30 felt like crawling to the finish line. This year I’m crossing the finish line and wondering where the next race is. That is to say, I’m not quite done here yet. I’m not going to stress about posting every single day, but I am feeling more in practice and enjoying the process of writing and processing my days via the written word.
As I said yesterday, Gavin slept in his new room for the first time last night. I wasn’t quite sure he was ready, but Patrick started to move his humidifier, monitor, & nightlight, and that was that. Gavin has had a few days of playing in his new room so it’s not completely foreign to him, all of his “friends” were in his new bed, and I think the mattress in his new bed is “squishier” than the one in his old bed, so it’s more comfortable for him. He went down fairly easily yesterday and slept straight through the night until he woke at 8am this morning. I was all worried for nothing, he had a fine night, and even napped in there this afternoon. We just finished putting him down for night #2, but I made sure to take some photos before we needed to turn out the lights.
Here’s the view from the door and looking to the left:
The white cubbies are the KALLAX shelving unit from IKEA. It was formerly upright with my desk attached (like this) but now it’s serving as changing table, toy storage, bookshelf, and dresser. The four bins across the bottom are filled with toys, the top left bin has pajamas, the one next to it has cloth diapers, the far right cubby has books, and the remaining cubby has a mix of books & toys in it. Above the hamper is one of my favorite baby laundry hacks, two command adhesive hooks holding open a lingerie bag. These are fantastic for all of the teeny tiny baby pieces that washers & dryers love to eat, like socks, hats, mittens, etc. I keep one open like this next to his laundry bin so I can toss the tiny objects in as I’m getting him undressed, then just zip the bag closed & toss in with the rest of the laundry when it’s time. The lime green bin holds kleenex, cloth wipes (white baby washcloths) wipe solution, and various lotions, creams, & balms. The khaki/brown bin contains disposable diapers (he’s a heavy wetter, we do disposables overnight & when he’s with babysitters) and regular wipes are in the white container in front of it. The panels on the wall are cork boards I sprayed with adhesive and covered with fat quarters of fabric, right now they’re at least something up on the walls, but I’ll likely put photos and other mementos on them at some point. As we cleaned out the room Gavin found my Mickey ears and was quite taken with them so I decided to put them up on a shelf as decor in his room. The rocker & ottoman were my grandfather’s, my aunt and uncle had them the past few years and offered it to us last winter and it’s been in our garage waiting to be put to use. The lamp is an OttLite, it probably won’t be there for too long (they are pricey) but for the moment it’s working well. The curtains I had at my old apartment in Chicago, they’re Simply Shabby Chic from Target.
Here’s the other half of the room, the cabinet was handed down to us from the same aunt & uncle, it was their neighbors (who I used to nanny for, coincidentally) and is actually a media cabinet, but it’s going to be our linen closet because we are short on closet space, it’s full of towels & sheets & a few other soft goods. The frog humidifier will be going back in to the nursery (it matches the room color wise) and I’m planning to buy this train humidifier for Gavin’s room sometime soon. The little white disk on the front of the cabinet is The First Years Sounds of Silence sound machine with nightlight. I will be buying a second one before little miss arrives, we used this one in our room when Gavin was a newborn so we could see enough to get him when he’d cry and need to nurse but it was dim and cool light so it didn’t keep us up when we’d close our eyes and try to go back to sleep. You can see our video monitor mounted on the wall, we have the Motorola MBP36 Remote Wireless Baby Monitor and we love it. The video screen is large, we can move the camera remotely to see all over the room, and the best part is we can purchase extra cameras (up to 3 more) to sync with our receiver, so we just need to buy a new camera and not a whole new system for her room. The crib was generously passed down to us from some friends who are done having children, it’s gorgeous and we are so thankful to have such awesome people in our lives.
Last but not least, the final wall in his room is mostly closet. The left side of the closet has a high bar and has our infrequently used clothing items for the whole family (my wedding dress, suits & other formal work clothes, jackets for the non-current season, Patrick’s hockey jerseys, etc) and the right side is Gavin’s clothes. The column in the center is still a work in progress, the red bins contain socks & hats, and the other shelves are still kind of a hodge podge of items that don’t have a better place to call home quite yet. Looking out the door you can see the door to the nursery, this new room shares a wall with us (the crib side) and a wall with the nursery (the closet side). We are about 98% of the way there, I have more art I’d like to put up on the wall, but a lot of it is in storage at my parent’s house so I need to run out there sometime to take inventory and decide what I’d like to use. Overall I’m very happy with the (almost) finished product, and by all indications so is Gavin.