Yeah, I know, we’ve maybe peaked a little early on this one!
Last week Amy’s dad kindly drive us to IKEA so that we could pick up all of Eden’s furniture. Amy had spent some time scouring the website and had decided exactly what we wanted for our baby girl’s room. I was looking forward to the experience, having never been to IKEA before. Yes… I am rather easily entertained. Before we went, we had started painting the room after removing much of the absolutely vile textured wallpaper – and LOOK at the beautiful green colour that was underneath. Vomit!
We first had cake and coffee, which is obviously very important before diving in to the madness, and then we headed right in. What an adventure. Croydon on a Sunday afternoon… I was worried about the store being busier than it was, or people just being plain idiots, but it wasn’t so bad. We were able to amble around quite easily, finding everything that we were looking for and writing it down on our little pad – as well as picking up more than a couple *ahem* of pencils on the way around.
Before long the mission was complete and the goods were all packed into the car. Amy’s dad very kindly paid for some of the bits that we got – which was a lovely surprise and very much appreciated. We headed to a local hardware store for the pink paint that we had been looking for and then dropped into Mothercare as well for a mooch – because who can bypass a giant Mothercare store? We then headed home via Mcdonalds and got everything into the house.
Now, if you need to know anything about my wife, it’s that once she gets an idea in her head, she runs with it. She was absolutely desperate to start getting the furniture up, but I insisted on her finishing the painting first. Soon, the walls were a solid white and the room was sporting a lovely pink border – the colour being called “merry go round” as our original choice of “fairy dust” wasn’t suitable for wood… After a couple of coats of pink and some tidying up of edges, plus the addition of pretty bunting,it was finally time to start getting furniture up.
It is nice to have somewhere finally to store all of the things we’ve been accumulating for little miss! I have to admit, it is looking a little full already, but a lot of those things will move into drawers and such once they are up. After the wardrobe, the cot made and entrance, followed by a storage unit and a rug.
The dogs aren’t massively impressed with the transformation, but they are part of the reason for it going in early. We wanted them to get used to things that mean baby is coming. They’ve been very good. Usually Loki thinks absolutely everything is his, but he’s been very respectful of this new place and the things in it. Misty has been a sweetiepie as usual.
So, there’s the first views of the room that will be Eden’s. We still have some work to do on it. There are lights to be put up and other furniture bits to be added, but it’s definitely getting there. At twenty one weeks pregnant (today!) I’m glad we’re getting off the starting blocks early. I want her place ready for her as soon as possible because then it’s one less thing to worry about!
Now to start filling those drawers with an arsenal of nappies and wipes, and accumulating enough newborn clothes to survive several changes a day. At the moment we have a lot of 0-3, 3-6 and 6-9, so I want to pick up a few more newborn things as well as a selection of bodysuits and such.
We’re getting there. How exciting!