Friday, June 06, 2008

Making do

There are a lot of things that I always thought I'd be able to do when I finally got around to having a baby. Things people take for granted. For instance, having a baby shower. I don't want one to get presents, necessarily, but you know, it's part of the whole experience that I'm going to miss out on. It makes me terribly sad if I think about it too long, and I've cried about it more than a few times, but what can I do? So I deal.

The other thing that has come up that is kinda bumming me out is the whole issue of decorating a nursery. We currently live in a two bedroom apartment, which was fine for just the two of us, but when you start to think about adding a baby and all of the paraphernalia that comes with... well, it's just not enough room! We were thinking of moving, and maybe even looking into buying a house finally, now that the market is in our favor. At the very least, we could rent a place, somewhere with an extra bedroom just for the baby.

Then, I found out our lease isn't up until November 30. That's right, a full month after he is due. That would mean if we were to move, we would have to do it with a one month old in tow. I'd still be in that six week post partum period where you're supposed to be taking it easy-ish too.

There is NO WAY.

Also, if we were to move then, I wouldn't be able to prepare for him at all, as I'd just have to take everything right back down again a few weeks later. What's the point in doing that?

So, we're just going to have to make do. It sucks, but that's life, right? So here's the plan:

Like I said before, we have a two bedroom apartment. Right now, the larger bedroom (the master with the attached bath) is my scrapbook room. We sleep in the smaller room, since that's all we do in there. I'd rather have the space to spread out in the room I actually spend time in, you know?

We're going to swap the rooms. The smaller front room will be the scraproom, and the master will be back to it's original intended purpose. Our bed will be in one side, and the baby will be in the opposite side. I'll have to paint the room back to white from the bright apple green it is now, of course. I do plan on painting just the one wall where the crib will go a light blue though. It will be more convenient to have Sawyer in the room with me anyway, rather than down a hall, now that I think of it.

We also figured that since we're moving everything around, it's a great time to clean the carpets! We've lived here three years, and while I've done it before, they're pretty much due. Right now, I'm sitting on my bed in the middle of the livingroom. Everything has been moved from the bedroom in here, the carpet has been shampooed (we rented a Rug Doctor) and it is currently drying. In the morning we'll begin the task of moving the scrapbook room to it's new home before tackling the carpets in there. When those dry, we'll have to paint and then move the bedroom stuff in there. I might just move it in there and paint next weekend though, because that's a lot of work for one weekend!

Since I'm sitting out here waiting for the carpet to dry, I decided to make a little mockup of what the one wall in the bedroom will look like. It's really a total hackjob, but it's a good idea of what it will look like when I am done... I hope!

Yeah, I'm a nerd. This is to scale. I measured the wall, and used the dimensions for the different items we've picked out from their various websites. Most furniture photos on the web seem to be taken at an angle, so I made good use of my Transform tools in Photoshop. There was a lot of cut and paste and deleting bits and pasting bits... like I said, total hack job to keep me busy this Friday night!

I'm much to picky to like an entire collection from any one place, so this is my bits and pieces nursery. The wall paper border, lamp, and mobile are from one collection, the sheets and rug are Pottery Barn Kids, the crib is from Babies R Us, the side table is Ikea... you get the idea. I'm not doing crib bumpers, because of the suffocation danger. It's not worth it to me to spend the money on a decoration we can't even use!

I want to put up a white chair rail just above the crib height, and then top that with the wall paper border. I hung two of the maternity pics up there too, since we're wearing the colors from our color scheme. The little sheep in the crib plays "comforting womb sounds" and white noise.

The place where I'm stumped is on what to hang over the crib. I think it looks kinda nekkid right now. It can't be anything big, or heavy, in case it falls. I thought about a paper banner with his name, but I can't think of how to do it so it doesn't come out girly. I'm on the fence about wooden letters - what if they fall? I'm open to suggestions!

I went to the doctor today. Sawyer is moving right along, growing nicely. His heartbeat was 150 bpm, and my uterus is up to my belly button right now. That means that my internal organs are all shoved up above that point. This week, I started getting mild heartburn and nausea. I finally decided to suck it up and go buy some Tums. I hate Tums. I got three different flavors to see which is the least foul. They taste like crap, but at least they did what they were supposed to do I guess.

Off to check my carpet!

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Blogger kingsqueen said...

Idea - If you are painting and adding anyway, what if you stenciled his name above the crib instead of the wooden letters - you could do it in the green color. Just a thought. :)

I know how you feel about "making do". But don't worry so much. Babies don't need half as much as we believe they do those first few months. They just need mamas and daddies that love them. And little Sawyer has that going for him already!

6:55 AM  
Blogger Suzy said...

paper mache or fabric letters might make you more comfortable. or a canvas that you alter...

12:39 PM  
Blogger mademoisellechitchat said...

It's going to turn out nicely! ;)

8:36 AM  

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