After the fun of unwrapping all the amazing baby shower gifts, we had to pack them up, bring them home, and find a place for them (and all the penguins) in the nursery. This was the state of our living room after we unpacked the first of two car loads:
First, we setup the two big items of furniture that finish off the nursery: the area rug & rocking chair.
You can see the giant penguin family picture frame sitting against the wall. I have yet to decide which wall it is going to dominate… the one to the right or the left of the rocker? Those are the only two logical places because I don’t want to hang it over the crib or changing table where the baby would be. Next came all the little items…I began with the diapers and wipes.
I spread out all the packages of diapers on the carpet and unrolled all the wrapped diapers from the diaper cakes so I could make a game plan for squeezing them all into the empty changing table which now seemed very small…
As I adjusted and readjusted the packages on the changing table, I counted 1200 diapers in all! According to various sources, newborns go through 8 to 10 diapers a day. (test your newborn knowledge here) That equates to enough diapers for 4 months! And this is what 4 months of diapers and wipes look like:
The next task was to wash all the clothes and blankets. We used a ‘free’ detergent which is free of fragrances and dyes – this is good for babies in case they have allergies.
With clean baby clothes, we began folding.
Then I realized that we don’t really have any drawers for the clothes just yet. So, I decided to hang what I could with the itsy bitsy hangers we had. I wasn’t sure if hanging baby clothes was normal, so I read this article about organizing baby clothes and as the baby’s wardrobe grows, I’ll add dividers with labels for sizes. right now we have Preemie (someone must think we’ll be delivering early!), 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, and a few bigger items for 1+ years that I’ve stored in a box above.
Since I didn’t have any of those cool hangers that do shirts and pants, I hung the little pants on the hanger and put the shirt around it.
And yes, that outfit is blue… there were some opinionated ladies at the baby shower that used pink wrapping paper or blue tissue paper… and even a couple blue outfits. But a girl can wear blue…right? If it’s a boy or girl, I just hope they don’t have a penguin complex. The penguins alone took up 2 shelves on the bookshelf.
Well, it was a bookshelf in our apartment before we moved. Now it’s a storage unit in the babys room. I need to find some cool storage compartment bins to put in it. Oh, and did you see the light fixture? It’s sort of a light bulb hanging from the ceiling. We intend to replace it with this:
And this is our real bookshelf… with penguin bookends. It’s sitting on the floor right now waiting to be mounted to the wall.
Only 4 weeks to go, but not too many ‘to-do’ items left! (in the nursery that is…)
- wash bedding set & put in crib
- fix light fixture
- relocate light switch (it’s on the far wall above the crib because the doorway used to be there)
- hang/install wall stuff (pictures & shelves)
- get some storage bins for tiny items
- replace electrical outlets with new white covers
And did you happen to count the number of penguins that moved into the nursery?… After counting all those diapers I’m done counting for the night.
Next: We’ll share a mishap we had with the kitchen…