After looking at nursery wall art somewhat haphazardly for a month, we’re no closer to having any idea what we should display. Bright side: I have a billion links that got a lukewarm “eh” response from my husband. Does that count as progress?
So in the interests of choosing ease, I’ve made an executive decision: go with what/ who you know. Why keep searching when I happen to already know a great print artist?
I love this idea. From Sara’s description:
A thoughtful and meaningful addition to your nursery or child’s bedroom, this “wish tree” art print can be personalized by you! The tree is composed of varying sizes of green circles; inside, you can write your wishes for your children.
And because a single piece of awesome art on the walls isn’t enough, I’m going to order these as well.
Every family has a list of unspoken rules – why not make them pretty and display them for all to see? After all, one can’t claim that raiding the cookie jar is off-limits if it’s written right there, now can they?! Stinkerpants’ Household “Laws of the Land” gives you an opportunity to make sure everyone in the house has a voice. A fun activity for kids and adults alike!
What good are the rules and regulations (that is, the “Laws of the Land”) without a Bill of Rights to counterbalance? Stinkerpants’ Household Bill of Rights gives you an opportunity to make sure everyone in the house has a voice. A fun activity for kids and adults alike!
The downside, of course, is that now we have to decide what our Laws of the Land and Household Bill of Rights are, but I love that we give a nod to our parenting plans on the walls of our nursery. Much as I love the subliminal art by Sycamore Press, my husband rightfully notes that a) babies can’t read (and they’re really geared toward babies) and b) babies don’t understand sarcasm.
Fair point, especially when you consider how often I remark to him that not everything in life is the right opportunity to get a wocka wocka from people (cases in point: tattooes, children’s names, grandparent nicknames).
Also noteworthy: the prints are mostly white to balance the dark moody colors in the nursery, the contents are customizable to us and our family, and Sara has a package deal on those last two. Ten bucks is ten bucks!
I have a special kind of judgmental thing for people who plan to furnish their entire nursery/ prepare for their kid via a baby shower. I get that people like to give gifts, but to expect that the generosity of your peeps is anything more than that — generosity — bugs me. We have friends who have not bought a single thing for their baby — due in the same week as ours — because their baby shower will take care of it all. This said to two of the people invited to said baby shower. “Oh, we’re not going to buy anything since we registered for all of it. That’s what baby showers are for.”
Um, no. Baby showers are to celebrate the arrival of your kid. Sure, people have historically given gifts to help the couple prepare for said baby, but to assume someone will buy you a crib (if a grandparent hasn’t already claimed the honor, say) is ridiculous.
I know many of you had baby showers and were well-stocked by caring friends and family. That’s fine! I’m not trashing that! People like to give gifts, myself included.
This is about the expectation that other people will provide for you just because… and not preparing or planning or doing much of anything other than expecting (the gifts, not the babies).
I’ll note that I had the same rant when wedding-planning. Registries are a convenience for the gift-buyers, but they are not required to buy you something off your wish list. Gifts are intended to be expected without strings, and complaining that your great aunt gave you some ridiculous thing that you now have to deal with is just… unbecoming.
We’re getting closer to deciding on a name, though I haven’t yet decided if I’ll share it with anyone (in real life or here) until the kiddo arrives. Easy way to avoid opinions you don’t want: don’t give people the opportunity to give them. (Same reason I don’t tell people we’re planning to deliver at the Hippie Birth Center or taking HippieBirthing classes in real life. Why tell you if I don’t care what you think?)
Perhaps now I can start to settle my brain into calling him something other than “the kiddo.” I have a hard time with this when naming pets, too, by the way, so it’s not that I don’t think of him as his own person. I do, I totally do. In fact, I think that’s why I’m having such a hard time thinking of him by name. How can I think of him by name when I don’t know what he looks like since I haven’t met him yet?
Also unknown: my boundaries for photos and/ or blogging about the kiddo. Bright side: my husband is far more firm in his boundaries so I suspect I’ll just borrow his. (Remember when he insisted I not show anyone pictures of the kiddo’s pen*s because, well, it’s a pen*s?)
I dug through the boxes of secondhand clothes we’ve purchased or been lent for something he can wear home from the
hospital birth center. Backup plan: buy something from Walmart. Part of me is sheepish about not making a bigger deal out of the outfit he’ll wear home! The other part of me is kinda proud of myself for not making a bigger deal out of it than I feel.
Do I need a bottle sterilizer? Really? There’s a greater-than-average chance my kid will be licked in the face by a dog that licks his own parts, after all, so the idea of sterilizing his bottles seems… excessive. Sort of like someone who bites his nails being squeamish about germs.
Is there not an online company that lets you create nice birth announcements to be sent via email? Really? I can hack an evite-ish site, but c’mon. Surely there’s a market out there, especially if you let me design it ahead of time and have someone else pop in last minute details and hit Send. Really?
3D/ 4D ultrasounds: awesome or creepy? (And what’s the 4th D? Texture?) We’re thinking we’ll get to meet him soon enough (message to baby: not too soon! take your time!) and so will skip another ultrasound unless we need one for medical reasons.
Maternity photos: yay or nay? We’re thinking this might be my last pregnancy (more on that later, but don’t worry, not a medical thing) and though I don’t particularly enjoy the way I look, I wonder if I’ll regret not having photographic evidence? If so, we’ll have to go pro. Our wedding photographer no longer has a business but will do a maternity shoot for us because we’re special (and have referred a ton of business to her over the years) but she’s $200. (Yes, I know this is very inexpensive for digital proofs, but this is me and I’m cheap, remember?) She also won’t do newborn shoots (it’s not her thing) so if we want post-arrival photos we’ll have to find someone else.