…or Preparing For Baby – Part One
As snow melts away and shoots of green pop up among the tufts of dormant brown grass, the hint of warmer Spring weather always brings with it a sense of anticipation. I find the synonyms of “anticipation” interesting : hope, joy, prospect and apprehension. Indeed anticipation holds all these feelings wrapped into one. This year, not only do we anticipate the promise of new life the Spring season ushers in both as Christians and fledgling farmers, but also the hope and joy of the baby girl we will welcome at some point in the next two months (as if we weren’t going through quite enough life change.)
Bringing baby number three into this world will have a whole set of challenges. For me, they start with preparing for her arrival. Since both Nicolaus and Carleigh came home from the hospital to our previous house and spent their infancy and toddler years there, I know how to do babies in that house. I had a system that worked like a well oiled machine. And the nursery was wonderful, equipped with a custom closet with built-in changing station handmade by Daddy.
This baby will be sharing a room with her Dad and me. One must ask, “Where is all her stuff going to go?” I am happy to say
I think I figured out a system–at least for her stuff. My attempt at cloth diapers I am sure will be another post several months down the road.
I’ve divided my closet up into two sections. The section on the right (in case you cannot tell) is devoted to baby. Dresses and other hanging items hung according to size and newborn up to 3 month onesies are in the striped organizer for easy access. Socks, hats and other accessories are in the green box. On the shelf above are baby blankets as well as my
lifesavers baby carriers/wraps in the “drawer.”
I do have to say I never thought I’d be sharing my closet space with a newborn! Oh the sacrifices we make for our children. Slightly kidding here. How will I not wake up happy when I can look at this cuteness every morning.
In my bedside table which is between the crib and our bed I have stowed swaddle blankets, sleepers and other sleep related items. Some of what I’m currently reading can also be found there, along with a night light.
It really hasn’t been as difficult as I thought finding a place for everything. When you get to baby #3 you also realize all the
essential ridiculous baby items you just don’t need.
Any advice from parents who have shared their room with a baby? Tips, tricks caveats?