With a baby on the way, everything changes. And every room changes right along with it. Like the Master Bedroom, which transforms from a peaceful, tranquil space…
(Except maybe for the night when a drunk driver crashed into a line of parked cars beneath the window at 3a.m., finally coming to a halt halfway through the front door of the building across the street.)
And before you know it, plush blankets and tiny teddy bears are piling up faster than you can say baby.
And friends are reminding you that yes, you’ve spent a fortune on the nursery, but of course at first you’ll keep the baby in your room so you can feed, rock, soothe, cuddle and repeatedly check to be sure baby is breathing while losing all hopes of sleeping for the next five years. You decide you want to create a sweet space for baby in your room, preferably in close proximity to your bed for easy access, nighttime feedings, no sleep.
And since you’ve already spent what seems like a college fund on baby stuff, you don’t want to spend a fortune on new bedding, so you grab a couple of throw pillows off the master bed and line them up along the back of the crib (but of course not while baby is inside which if I don’t say, at least two of my friends will remind me what a dingaling I am thinking I can put a baby in the crib with pillows). Then you buy an inexpensive crib sheet and use a grey blanket as a crib skirt. Which you find amusing since Tahoe the Rhino is sitting on your dog eared copy of 50 Shades of Grey. Get it, grey crib skirt, grey book? Ha ha. I don’t have the kid yet and I’m already losing sleep.
But if you opted not to find out the sex of your baby, or like us, you are waiting for a call about a foster baby and have no idea if it will be a boy or girl, you need a set up for a girl, too, so you pull a quick switch and add a pink blanket in place of the blue one and a wicker baby basket that works for both sexes but just feels more feminine.
And POOF!, you have another space for baby. With all the preparation and getting readiness, it never feels like the baby will actually arrive, but they do eventually come…don’t they???