And every time I have to think for a second and remember that many people do get a nursery ready for their baby. A room all for them. We did it for both Noah & Carter and theirs were each decked out complete with matching crib set and window valance and pictures on the wall.
But when it came time for Gray, we weren't ready to give up our extra bedroom that had now become the playroom and we weren't ready to have a baby in the same room with the older boys. It seemed that keeping him in our room was the best option. We used a cradle, crib, and mostly co-slept. Whatever got us the most sleep that night, basically!
And so, we'll do the same for this baby.
A few months ago Gray officially weaned from breastfeeding and we started really focusing on getting him to sleep in his brothers' room. He had a crib in there but at some point every night, he'd climb out and nuzzle his way in bed with me.
As the arrival of the new baby nears, I've wanted to get him to stay in his bed all night. So, we found him a firetruck bed! (On Craigslist... very cheap!) He loves it and most nights I can be found snuggling with him in the firetruck bed until he falls asleep. Yes- all 8 1/2 months pregnant that I am. He always makes his way back into my bed at some point in the night, or as of late he's been trying to get me to come back to sleep in his firetruck bed.
I still love those moments right before he falls asleep. His voice is sweeter, his eyes more sparkly, and I think this might be when love grows the most.
Last night I quietly whispered in his ear and reminded him that when baby Ivy comes, she will have boo. He touched my chest and said I have boo. I love your boo. (Oh how he loved the boo.) I told him that no, he doesn't have boo anymore, but now baby Ivy will. He smiled and said I'll have Mommy boo and baby Ivy can have Daddy boo.
And then we got into a giggling fit.
I'm writing a bit more about breastfeeding and comedy at the Chicago Moms Blog today, too. I freely will admit that I so love nursing my children. I pray that sweet Ivy will love it, too.