The remaking of a favorite room

by Ginger on November 28, 2010

in Home is Where the Heart Is, Oh Baby!

Last year, I did a post titled My New Favorite Room, where I showed off Jackson’s nursery.

Here’s a reminder of what it looked like:

and the other side of the room

Cute right? Functional and organized also. I loved that room.

I still love that room, but something happened to it in the last year. A little thing called a mobile toddler. Which I have to think is normal, but all you ever see are the gorgeous finished nursery pics, so who’s to say? Well, let me be the one to enlighten you with what *may* happen  to your adorable nursery when your kid becomes mobile.

Ignore the horrible blurriness of this photo and you’ll see a few changes. For one, the table and lamp next to the chair are long gone. Jackson made short work of those items. (Also? The only reason the room is this clean is because I once again almost killed myself on a toy this morning and went on a whirlwind cleaning spree).

The crib is pulled away from the wall whenever Jackson sleeps, because otherwise he pulls the monitor cord out of the wall. We would move the monitor somewhere else, but all the other outlets are out in the open where he can get them all the time. During the day, we push the crib back against the wall so that he can’t pull the plug out when he’s playing.

The bookshelf is now totally empty, except for the monitor. Everything that was on this bookshelf would get pulled down every. single. day. We’ll probably be getting rid of the bookshelf entirely soon, as now it’s just a ladder for the kid.

Ah, the closet doors. If you look closely you’ll see a piece of wood shoved in between the doors, to keep little hands from opening and closing them so much that they come off the rails. Not that I’d know that from experience.

The floor lamp, trash can, and diaper pail are also long gone. The floor lamp was just too tempting for little hands to pull down. The trash can spent too much time as a hat or the equivalent to do its job as a trash can. The diaper pail…well, once Jackson figured out how to get INTO the diaper pail, it had to go.

Oh, the former changing table. First, Jackson outgrew the changing table when he was about 7 months old. I miss the days of the changing table, now that I have to kneel down onto the floor to change his diaper. (I still am glad we had it, especially with the c-section). Then, all the bins that held supplies and stuff became a game for Jackson to pull everything out of every day. Now, you’ll notice that toys and books are just shoved in the bottom (when they’re not all over the floor).

I still love this room, even though it’s kind of different now. A little less organized, a little more bare-bones, but still my favorite room in the house.

Fearless Formula Feeder November 28, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Well, I LOVE the original nursery, and even with the “alterations”, it’s still awesome. Want to come decorate my daughter’s nursery? 3 weeks till due date and we’re still trying to figure it out…:)

Ginger November 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm

All credit for the design goes to my husband (with a little bit of color feedback from me). One of the benefits of being married to an artist! He did all the painting, all I really did was order the bedding (from Etsy, made to order!).

Megan November 28, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Man, I totally feel you on this! I miss the changing table, too. Getting on the floor sucks. Plus, I never have the diapers and wipes handy.

Charlotte’s room looks like a prison cell now, what with all the bare walls and such. Her dresser is in her closet because I was tired of her pulling all the clothes out of it. So not the perfect nursery we originally had.

You know, I love the way Charlotte wiggles her little butt when she runs. But, otherwise? I could do without the mobility.

Ginger November 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I fear it’s not long before the dresser ends up in the closet for the exact same reason.

Mobility makes parenting WAY harder. SO so much harder.

kate November 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I love this NaBloPoMo thing! You are coming up with some great topics to discuss! 🙂 This room post is perfectly spot-on. The perfectly sweet baby nursery is now a jumble of toddler-proofing, toys galore and books everywhere. The once-was changing table is now just another shelving unit for stuff.

Rachel November 29, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I know all you see is mess, but I can’t get passed the paintings. They are amazing! Your husband is very talented.

Leslie January 25, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I can’t believe those stripes were hand painted! Very impressive! Our little one doesn’t play too much in her room…if she does get let loose in there, the shoes and the books are usually the first to get destroyed! Thanks for sharing the link!

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