When I was pregnant with Harrison, I dreamt about his nursery. I planned it for hours, sharing ideas over message boards & emails, picking up paint swatches & browsing inspiration. (oh, & this was even before Pinterest!) We had quite a fiasco painting his room, but the dust finally settled & we had a nautical-inspired haven for our little sailor.
Diapers & creams were placed in a canvas bin by the changing pad. Sheets were folded perfectly into the blue dresser, which also held all special outfits & coats. There were very little toys or books, just a glider where we would rock for hours in the wee morning light. His crib was set high, & yes, we used a bumper. All artwork was selected by me, geared towards sailboats & the ocean.
Then my little boy grew a little bigger & a little more active. He began sleeping with blankets & stuffed animals. We lowered the crib, but then he began playing with the blinds. Both a safety hazard & an annoyance, we slid his crib further down the wall, but that meant he could get his little paws on the top of the dresser. So we moved the dresser to a weird angle on the wall, which meant a weird circus act to retrieve crib sheets. The sweet canvas basket to hold diapers was…well, it was ripped into shreds by my wild boy. (don’t ask) Instead of diaper bags & carriers hanging on hooks behind the door, little hoodies & belts & hats took their place.
& then one day, I opened the door during a particularly rowdy “nap” to catch my man-child diving headfirst over the crib railing. That day, we converted to a toddler bed. Over the next few months, we removed the dresser that we no longer needed for bibs & burp cloths & added a tall bookcase to hold his little trucks & countless picture books. We added a larger blanket for the winter, a play workbench underneath his window, & slowly even the art began to change. As Harrison’s love of school buses grew, I took down a few sailboats & had my website designer draw him a bus. I framed pictures of him with his buddies from park play dates & we repainted his room a bright aqua blue, both cheery & calming.
It is amazing to look back at the nursery & see how his needs (& ours!) have changed over the past two years. Goodbye, little baby…hello, little boy!
How have you changed your nursery to grow with the baby?