Karen and I have been working on our house off and on for the last three years and ironically, the first room that is going to be done is the nursery. Now it is not quite finished yet, but it is getting close. At first Karen went through all sorts of color schemes and fabric ideas, and being the dutiful husband that I am, I went along for the ride. To me, the nursery just needed to be someplace warm, inviting, and well organized. My main goal was to know where things were when the dreaded time comes that I will have to change a diaper. Karen’s main goal was for it to be perfect. For me it was a lot like planning our wedding, Karen would ask me a lot of questions on what I would like and my answer was consistently the same, “that looks great if that is what you want.”
Once the planning stage was set and she had picked out her colors which are kind of an aqua blue and coral, it just came down to finding or making things that would go with it. Karen’s parents helped out a bunch in that regards since I was not quite out of school yet and with my school having a big transitional year I could not go shopping with Karen every time that she went. Fortunately for Karen that was probably a blessing in disguise since I am not much of a shopping buddy, and the one time that I spent the day with Karen shopping for nursery things she could not find anything that she wanted until we got home and she found exactly what she wanted on the internet.
As we started gathering things that we needed for the nursery either by going out shopping ourselves or all the wonderful gifts that we got from our friends, family, and coworkers we slowly created the room that will soon belong to McKenna. The first piece to be set up in the nursery was the crib which was a hand-me-down but a never used one from Karen’s older sister (thanks Bart and Lisa!). We were so happy to get things like that, it sure makes it nice when family is willing to help and even give things to you. Once we got the crib together Karen wrestled with what the bedding should look like, and she spent what seemed like countless hours going over what would look best. She found a company online called polka tot designs that had several different patterns that she liked, but could not make up her mind. She would ask me which one “WE” should go with, and I knew the answer that she wanted to hear which was “that looks great if that is what you want.” She ended up ordering two groups of fabric samples from that company and fell in love with one of them so we got it.
After the fabric was picked out the next project was finding a place to organize all the pretties that McKenna was getting. As a first time dad I think that I am about to be in trouble that my baby girl is already being spoiled and she is not even here yet. We looked around at several different places but Karen was not finding anything that just set her heart afire (which seems to be Karen’s M.O. when it comes to getting something for the house) we ended up using a china cabinet that Karen got when she bought the house. Karen and her mom went out and bought some fabric to put in the back of it to make it more playful and then we bought some new hardware for the door handles.
Next, Karen and I went out shopping for a nursery rocker that we could sit in for those late nights. My grandma said she would get us one as her baby shower present and after a full day of shopping we still could not find what Karen wanted. Eventually we headed home and Karen started looking online and a chair she saw, which was very highly reviewed online, became “the one” so we ordered it. I was a little apprehensive about ordering a chair that neither of us had ever sat in, but when it came and Karen sat in it and her eyes lit up I knew that she had made the correct choice.
Up next came the changing station, book shelves, a storage place for McKenna’s toys, curtains, rug, a dresser, decorations, and a little table to go by the chair. When I first thought about putting together the nursery I had no idea how many things would go in it. Check back soon to see our progress on the nursery and the eventually the finished product.