Saturday afternoon Zach began the process of assembling his little boy’s crib. He enjoys these types of projects and had asked me to stay out of the room so he could do it, but this only made me want to prove I could be in the room during the project. Zach has a perfectly legitimate reason for asking me to stay out.
While he enjoys these types of projects I get aggressive and bossy and usually end my participation by ripping up the instructions and storming out of the room. I am not proud of my behavior and I am mystified about where it comes from. (If you have theories, don’t tell me. I am not ready for that level of self-awareness.) While I did cut the instructions off of the mattress springs although it clearly said not to do so, I did not rip them up and Zach was able to calm me down before my storming out incident. He really is a pro – putting together his baby’s crib while expertly calming his wife’s childish tantrum.
After that I think I was a pretty pleasant companion and only got involved when he asked me to hold something or hand him something. What once was our guest room is slowly transforming into a baby’s room. The “third room” as we have creatively named the other room in our house will now become the sewing-office-guest-room. With so many functions for one room it is taking us a little time to transition, re-purpose, and organize the room and so it takes us awhile to get the nursery cleaned out and set up.
We both like the color of the baby’s future room so that is staying. I have enjoyed just walking upstairs and looking at our guest room because it was so cheery and welcoming. I had it decorated with my Italian art and books and it made me think of the sunny summer I spent in Italy. If the wall color had anything to do with giving me that feeling I wanted to keep it for the babe. Zach’s little brother informed us that the color yellow is stimulating for adults, but calming and relaxing for babies. (Again, if you know otherwise, don’t tell me. I am very happy with this idea.)
Watson spent the morning prowling the backyard in the rain so by the time he came in to join us he smelled like, well, a rain-drenched dog who then chose to bask in the sunlight from the window while staying right at his master’s side. On top of that I think he probably ate something unusual while outside because he was having, well, digestive issues which added a certain something to ambiance of the crib-building day. Most days Watson would not be Zach’s chosen companion, but doesn’t he look like such a good dog in this picture? He really is a sweet dog that just likes to be with us all the time. I think life with a dog like that sounds perfect. Zach thinks it smells disgusting.
Once Zach had mastered the marital and pet pitfalls of crib construction, the rest of the process was surprisingly easy. Easy for a manly man like him, of course. (Please note the screw driver to emphasize his manliness.)
We are happy with the result. We wanted a crib with a low profile that was solid wood and this one had the added bonus of being eco-friendly. We weren’t looking for a convertible crib because we have an extra bed already, but this one does transform into a toddler bed so we have that option before moving him into a full-sized bed. This one is by Babi Italia which is sold only at Babies ‘R’ Us. I think this one has been discontinued which explains why we were able to buy it at the overstock cave.
It is still hard to imagine what it will be like to have a little baby in there since we don’t have a mattress in there yet, but I’m happy to have the crib together. I kept going up to the room last night just to look at it.