Sunday, May 24, 2009

Unusual items for a newborn's room

1. Half a dozen guitars.
Morgan feels, and I agree, that the guitars are the bug's inheritance. With guitars ranging from Grandpa's Avalon (most famously played by these girls) to Dad's 12-string Rickenbacker (most famously played by these boys), they perfectly represent how much music looms in our lives. However, once this boy gets mobile, we're going to have to find somewhere else to store them. I'm pretty sure they would be considered a hazard of some variety or other.

2. Several thousand CDs.
See above re the music thing. Never mind that all our music is stored in the computer at this point and that we rarely buy actual CDs anymore. Morgan spent 10 years working as a graphic designer of a record label, so the packaging is still interesting to us both and seems worth keeping. Again, once the boy is mobile, we'll need to move them somewhere else (hopefully by then, we'll have the basement set up in something more like a room and less like a dumping ground for all the stuff we don't know what to do with). We actually rearranged the CD shelves this weekend; where they used to cover an entire wall of the "nursery," they are now tucked in two corners of the room. Somehow they look much less imposing this way.

3. Elliptical trainer.
This one is all my fault. We just don't have anywhere it fits. Eventually we'll have to get rid of it, but right now I have visions of popping the froglet into his swing and exercising for half an hour at a time when I can't get out of the house to actually run.

4. Full sized futon sofa.
The most reasonable of the oddball items in the baby's room; when I was doing google image searches for ideas on how to incorporate all this stuff into the baby's room, I actually found a number of nurseries with sofas or daybeds in them. Since the froglet will be sleeping in our room for the first several months, this will still effectively be our guest room. As long as our guests don't mind sleeping with an excessive number of CDs, guitars and exercise equipment.

Of course, one of the things that won't be in the froglet's room that most people would consider normal is his crib. We've set that up in our bedroom (with its tent... which we had to modify to get to our liking) since he will be sleeping closer to us initially. We were also lent an Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper by the wonderful Melissa and Jeremy. While we love the idea of having the bug this close to us while we're sleeping, we're also concerned about the cats deciding that the co-sleeper is actually a special bed designed just for them. We figure we'll give it a try.

All together, I feel like we make tremendous progress in getting the bug's room ready this weekend. Its still piled high with stuff, but we're weeding it down and figuring out where things need to go. I've also started washing all the bedding and clothes we've received - so many tiny things! We've decided to hold off painting the room until he moves into it full time. We'd love to paint a mural of some variety in there, and we think it will be awesome to wait until we get a sense of his personality. That way rather than projecting who we want him to be into the mural (frogs, music...), or worse, give him a generic Baby Motif, we can customize the room for who he actually is.


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  2. I deleted my post because no one needs to read my guitar geek ramblings. If the kid doesn't play the guitar to at least some degree it's not my fault. With my luck he'll be a drummer (gah!).