August 8, 2008

The Nursery

I am asked quite often about the baby's nursery. Oh I bet you have it all ready! How are you decorating the nursery?

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.

52 comments:

  1. Nursing babies is just the best; I love that time in the morning when you don't have to get out of bed yet and can just snuggle up together. :-)

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  2. Ahh, Daddy boo would make life a lot easier, wouldn't it?
    And I agree that nursing babies is amazing. I'm still loving nursing my 17 month old, and I can't wait to have another baby to nurse.

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  3. I miss nursing my babies that are now 5 and almost 3!! It is the BEST!! No body can understand it unless they nursed their little ones!

    I would love to hear more about your night time routine to get your little one in his OWN bed. It is a constant battle with mine!

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  4. oh, that is just so sweet!

    and it makes me sad b/c I think my nursing days are coming to an end---my little guy is just so distracted. (sigh)

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  5. So sweet! I loved nursing my babies too!

    Mary, mom to 10

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  6. I, too, love nursing. Ivy.. love the name!!

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  7. I too look forward to nursing this baby.

    And it's funny, we are putting a baby/guest room together and we have a bassinet for in our room. Now that we have a king bed, I don't know what will get used most!

    What you really need to be ready is diapers!

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  8. LOL Having daddy's boo!!!! Our Rebekah will sign milk and then lift my hubby's shirt and ten laugh and say No!!!!!! So cute!

    We are co-sleeping Rebekah have graduated to her own crib but still in our room and we do plan the have both babies in with us! Rebekah in her crib and #2 in her little basket in our bed

    How long are we planning to co-sleep!!! as long as Rebekah want's to when she'll be ready she'll move out! She will probably have a little bro or sis to sleep with when that time comes LOL

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  9. Sleepy babies are the best... no matter what age! I wish my babies would cuddle more with me. Maybe if I have a third some day??????

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  10. Our 2yo didn't leave our bed until just a little before the second baby was born. Now Second is 9mo and still in our room. No nursery for him, either. :)

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  11. Oh this brings back memories of getting Charlie to sleep in his own toddler bed while being verrry pregnant with Jamie. After a while I was kneeling beside the bed with my head on his pillow, doing pelvic rocks while he went to sleep. Seems like a lifetime ago!

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  12. Awww. Reading the convo you had with your son made me laugh. Too cute!

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  13. I just realized the name "nursery" has its roots in "nursing." Duh!

    So I guess your nursery is wherever you're nursing?

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  14. I've wished Daddy had a "boo" from time to time... :)

    But seriously I wouldn't the time I've gotten to have nursing Lil Sugar for anything!

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  15. Ivy?!

    Did I miss something? :D

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  16. It's adorable how he has it all worked out! I've heard it is possible for men to lactate, but that wouldn't interest my husband. And honestly, I'm kind of glad.

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  17. How funny! I love nursing Peanut and look forward to any other nursing babies!

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  18. Yes, my little A breastfeeds at naptime and bedtime right now. She tells me that she'll be done when the baby gets here, but I don't think so :) I imagine I'll be tandem nursing she and the baby, just like I did her brother and her!
    I also love those moments as they drift off. She picks her nose, it cracks me up every time!

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  19. I'd have ten more babies just to nurse them. I exaggerate, but nursing is wonderful.
    I spent loads of time getting Levi's nursery ready, and now it's the least used albeit prettiest room in the house. He's sleeps with me, and my two favorite moments are right before he falls asleep and when he wakes up in the morning. He's such a ham in the morning.

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  20. What a cutie!! It's so odd to see your current baby in the last days of their being the youngest... I'm sure they'll all adore Ivy. Hope you're putting those feet up and enjoying these last days, hon!

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  21. Daddy Boo! LOL!! Zane tried to latch on to Phil a couple of times and the look on both of their faces was priceless!

    We co-slept and Zane self-weaned around 3.

    Our boo was ninny. :)

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  22. Sarah (sarah_and_donald at yahoo.com)August 08, 2008 4:13 PM

    What a cute conversation! =)

    But what I really wanted to comment on was: WHAT AN ADORABLE NAME!! Ivy has always been on our short list, and the only other blogged baby Ivy that I can think of is at sheyerosemeyer.blogspot.com and she is so cute and Sheye's photography is so amazing that it makes me fall a little more in love with the name! =)

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  23. What a cute conversation you and Gray had last night! I am sure he will do just fine with baby Ivy! Somehow, I don't think baby Ivy would do okay with daddy boo! That is too cute!

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  24. When we were asked about our nursery, I simply pointed out that we live in a studio, so I guess her nursery is whatever we already have.

    And I love breastfeeding, too! Huzzah!

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  25. Is it just me? Did I miss a post of you naming her? Or is that just her blog name for the time-being? Either way, I LOVE it!

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  26. Nursing is definitely one of the most amazing things I've ever experienced, so far for 16 months and counting. I will miss definitely miss it when Sweetpea decides she's done-hopefully the timing will work out that we'll be just about ready to have another by then!
    What a sweet conversation with Gray!

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  27. Oh why can't daddies have boo? Life would be so much easier! :o)

    Sleepy, cuddly babies are the best!

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  28. Nursing my son (my first) has been pretty much terrible. He's 8 months old now, and we've been through refusal to nurse, acid reflux, various nursing strikes, and now he's so 'busy' all the time that he never wants to stop and eat for more than 2 minutes at a time. So I guess I don't really understand the whole 'loving nursing' thing, but I hope someday I'll have another baby & he or she will do better & then I will enjoy nursing. :)

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  29. How sweet! David (then 3) used to ask for milk when Elizabeth was nursing. Now at 4, he still mentions "I like Mama milk" sometimes. Such a wonderful feeling.

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  30. Kids are so cute - I loved reading about the giggle fest!

    I never had a nursery for Esme, either - I drew one up on paper, but then we decided to move to Mozambique as soon as we could after she was born (we waited until 6 weeks), and it just never happened. More practical to keep her in our room . . . (And not so practical to keep her in our bed, but I haven't figured out how to get her out yet.)

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  31. Intended to include in my comment that we had the crib set that my grandmother quilted (used primary quilt blocks so it could go boy or girl), but neither of my babies used it until after age 1. Elizabeth hasn't slept in her baby bed yet.

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  32. Ivy is a great name!

    Oh, I have wished on occasion that my husband had a boo! But mostly, I love nursing. There is nothing like the snuggling I have with my daughter when she's at my breast.

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  33. How special. I really can't wait to have that bond with Dash. To nurse for a long time. To have a nick name for my "boo". To give him that special treat as he is a toddler.

    We're the same with this one. He'll move into Zane's room (doesn't need redecorating since he is a boy) when the baby is ready to be in his own room. He'll sleep with us for awhile.

    In fact, this time around I might get one of those co-sleeping extensions to the bed and let him stay with us longer than the last two did.

    Anyway, I can imagine it'll be a twinge bit hard for Gray to see Ivy nursing...it was his for sooo long!

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  34. My little girl is my first baby that i have able to nurse - she's only 10 1/2 months old and only wants to nurse 2 or sometimes 3 times a day now.. Not to mention she doesn't want to eat baby food anymore - she wants mamma, dadda and bubba food now. It makes me kind of sad that she's growing up so fast. I would have nursed for a bit longer if she would of let me, but i think its coming to an end... :(

    I guess that means baby number 3 time.... ;)

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  35. Cute, Cute, Cute!! Daddy boo.. if only they knew! haha

    I weaned my son at 8 months.. I was shooting for at least 12 months but it was time.. and I must say I miss it. Oh well.. next time around right?

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  36. Those night time sleepy time's are the best times ever. Zachary is still sleeping with me he's still nursing some too...I feel it lessening and it makes me sad but soo proud he's growing up to be so secure and loving.

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  37. Ivy. Aww. I love that name. My best friend just had a baby girl and named her Ivy. :)
    What a sweet conversation with your boy. :)

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  38. Awaiting another opportunity to breastfeed is one of the things I am most looking forward to. I so loved it with my little girl, I hope it goes so well with this child. When I didn't know if I'd have another, I think it was the hardest part, the thought of never doing it again. Oh, how I can't wait...

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  39. Cute fire truck bed. take a pic of the room! :-) I love seeing peoples homes.
    Thats a cute convo abt BOO. BTW thats the most unique term Ive heard for breastfeeding :-)

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  40. Ivy! What a beautiful name. I can see avine climbing up you, Mama, her strong wall leading her to the sun.
    So beautiful!

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  41. We had a nursery for our first and she never used it! We co-slept from day one and loved it :) I know it isn't for all families but it works great with ours. Too cute about the daddy boo...

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  42. Oh how I adore those sleepy babies and their sweet giggles. We have always enjoyed co-sleeping. We all seem to get more sleep that way. What could be better than waking up and snuggling babies.

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  43. How sweet. I got a little teary as my guy just weaned at one week shy of his 2nd Bday. It was a long and sweet relationship and I'm sad that it's gone.

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  44. Yes, it's all about getting the most sleep I tell ya!!!!

    Hugs,
    Heidi

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  45. wish my husband had daddy boos! love that name!

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  46. That is such a delightful story. Tears.

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  47. My daughter won't sit with my husband when he's shirtless! She tells him his hairy "nee-nees" are disgusting!!

    Ivy is such a sweet name!! :)

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  48. daddy boo = hairy boo = not a happy baby! ;-) That is too cute!

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  49. We got this same firebed for our son about six months before our second son was born. We got ours on ebay supercheap. He loved it on site and immediately started sleeping in it. It's so cute and comfy and makes him feel so secure.

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