07 August 2014

A jump-start on nesting

Geez, I’ve used a lot of words this week, haven’t I? Between the baby news and comprehensive painting guide, I feel like I’ve talked a lot.

Today let’s do pictures instead. Like this picture of this overwhelming mess in my office.


A baby-stuff-splosion! Oh my. I, uh.... I need to breathe in a bag for a bit.

Last weekend, we hauled two full carloads of baby hand-me-downs from Mr. P’s incredibly generous family all the way from Chicago. We’re basically the luckiest parents ever, and Baby P has the best uncle and aunt, willing to share all his cousin’s old things. But rather than storing it in the basement and bringing it up slowly, when I could deal with it, Mr. P made the totally valid point that we’ll need it in the apartment sooner or later, might as well make it sooner.

And so... here it is. Taking over my office. Making my eye twitch.

There’s pieces of a swing and a bouncer...


A tiny bathtub and tiny seat for a tiny person...


A swanky pack-n-play (and that also serves as our bassinet)...


Bags stuffed with pillows and blankets and crib linens...


Boxes and boxes of clothes...



And TOYS.


TOYS TOYS TOYS.



Plus so much more I’m not even showing you. Like a carseat and stroller, and a highchair, and a box full of maternity clothes and supplies, and MORE TOYS.

Again: we are so fortunate to have generous family that gave us so much stuff (including many expensive items)! And I’m sure to be even more excited once I find an organized place in our home for all of this baby gear.

But until then, I’ll be averting my eyes every time I walk past the office. Because OMG.

6 comments:

Heather D. said...

Ha! My friend, Krista, visited my house pre-baby and said, "It's never going to look like this again." It's true...but it's also okay. :-) Also, Mr.P is right that you will need all of that eventually...but not at the same time for your first kid. For example, we now have lots of toys upstairs, but the baby swing and bouncy seat are put away for possible kid #2. My advice is just keep in the apartment what he will use in the first few months. Since he won't even know he has hands for a long time, the big toys could go down for now and replace the spot of the baby swing later. Just my two cents. ;-) You ARE fortunate to get all that stuff. Wow!

Janice said...

Heather is right on! All that work decorating and painting will soon be hidden behind swings, bouncers, and then miniature kitchens, workbenches, cozy coupe cars, etc. Little kids= big toys/items :)
You had a great haul from your S/BIL though! Should be all set for 1 yr and beyond.:) I wouldn't call it a "jump" start, that was a LEAP start :) ha

Tina said...

I agree with both David and Heather... You're going to have to sort stuff which will be easier done upstairs. Then make little piles of carefully and descriptively labeled stuff by the front door for David to carry downstairs and which he can easily identify to be carried upstairs once again whenever you ask for it. Repeat as needed for the rest of the child's upbringing - and beyond as in my case and the shed. Ha! Plus, I can see the real need for yet another spreadsheet... and a trip to someplace that can feed your need for organization by selling shelving. Y'all are going to have to pull furniture away from the walls and line them with shelves!
You and David continue to be soooo blessed!

Rachel said...

Uh...WOW!! So generous! I agree with Heather on the toys. Most of them can be stored, as well as the Jumperoo, Bumbo, and even the tub if you want. I just bathed my babies in the sink (so much easier on the back!). And once you get all of those sweet, tiny clothes on hangers you will feel much better.

Tina said...

A personal and practical tip: For most baths you received the first year, I just took you into the tub with me for bathing. I would call your daddy to come get you for drying and diapering while I got to enjoy a few minutes of solitude... May have been one of my best ideas ever! :-)

Becca said...

You won the lottery! Wow!