room-switch & nesting
So now at 20 weeks (phew) I'm halfway through my pregnancy. Happily no longer feeling like I am going to throw up at every minute, I've begun nesting in earnest & thinking ahead to when our little one arrives at the beginning of February. The 2 year old has moved in with the 6 year old... I have high hopes for late-night laughter and secret-whispering over late-night fighting and getting out of bed... and her old room will be the nursery. I've been trying to think of how I can make some little changes to the room to make it the new baby's instead of just Aida's old place, with a different baby sleeping in the crib, you know? But nothing that requires spending much money because that just seems silly.
I wonder why we nest. (And, incidentally, as I just typed that thoughtful question, I witnessed the 2 year old eating a nugget of dog food. Thankfully she chose to spit it out. Just FYI). Because I guess a cute little nursery doesn't really matter so much in the long run. When our son was born 8 years ago, we lived in the tiniest little apartment in San Francisco on top of Mt. Sutro and he slept in his stroller next to our bed for the first 6 months of his life. And it was great. I guess mostly the fun of it is in thinking of the new life that's coming -- bathing newborn toes, unclenching their tight little fists to clip those sharp little nails, smelling them. There is so much about raising children and keeping them safe that is hard and stressful and ambiguous that at least planning a nursery is simple in it's purpose and pleasure, you know?
So, ideas, anyone? I'm planning on making the new baby a new blanket for the crib, and perhaps a new little muslin bedskirt, but I still am waiting to be struck with just the right idea for some artwork or a sweet little mobile. We've moved the little red toddler bed into the 6 year old's room so now the nursery contains: 1 empty crib, 1 empty dresser, 1 pair of plain white curtains, 1 empty tiny bookcase, and lots of old clothes strewn over the floor waiting to be sorted into the right hand-me-down bins.