Thursday, June 17, 2010

making a list...


Today, in an effort to stop mulling over this stuff in my mind, I made a list of the big things that we need and need to do before baby P arrives home.

Here's what I've got so far:
  • Take down guest bed and save for toddlerhood
  • Paint room
  • Make space in my office for Curtis' stuff (this one alone gives me panic attacks!)
  • Crib (MIL has a used one we can have)
  • Crib bedding
  • Car seat
  • Stroller
  • Rocker (or some kind of chair for the nursery)
  • High chair/ booster (depending on his age)
  • Clothes! (my SIL may have saved all of her boys clothes from her son, but I'm not sure, they she may have already donated all of it. Also – I'm not above secondhand gear, so i think some major garage sale-ing is in my future, that and begging! haha)
  • Books/ Toys, etc
  • Monitors 
  • Bottles? Baby dishes (again, not sure his age, but I'm bound to need some of this stuff)
It's hard to think about all this stuff when we've barely begun our paperwork, but it gets me so excited I just want to go out and go shopping. Then I remember that we've got some big fees coming up and getting those paid for so he can come home comes before any shopping I can do (or most of it at least)

Luckily, I've never wanted a nursery that looks like it was right out of Pottery Barn or something anyway, which is good, because that's not what he's going to get.

I like the mix of old and new, bright and funky and unisex. I'm actually thinking pale grey walls, white trim and colorful accents and bedding. Yellows and greens and teals. I am not a pink and purple girl (luckily, because we're having a boy!) and at the same time, I usually not drawn to a lot of blue. Our house d├ęcor is very earthy, but that doesn't belong in a baby room. I think I'm going to opt for bright and cheery – a crisp, clean blank(-ish) slate to allow for vibrant bedding and accents and paraphernalia.

I've seen some blog photos online of nurseries that I love. I wish I would have saved them, but I honestly didn't think I'd be having to plan a nursery any time soon. But I am, even though we're not in a rush, it's never too soon to start.
All this to say for the fact that as I begin to plan a baby's room in my mind, the fact of the matter is becoming so much more real. 

Tonight we went to Melt for our anniversary dinner. Over a turkey and smoked gouda sandwich and a pulled pork one we talked about our family, adoption, Ethiopia and everything surrounding this new world we've just entered. At one point Curtis looked and me and said, "You know, next year on our anniversary, we may have to find a babysitter just to go out." wow. And again it hit us again. This is real. This is happening.

We're having a baby!
Maybe not anytime soon, but he's coming and we'll gosh darn be ready when he gets here!

*photo is not actually of me making this list, but it is of me filling out our agency application.


Rona said...

Put us down for something special that you need for my great nephew. Besides knitting him something, we would like to help out with the baby stuff when you're ready. Don't panic! You can do this pretty fast if you need to.

Amie said...

We are always here for you if you need anything at all (and that includes babysitting on your anniversary- or anytime for that matter!)

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