I’m struggling to write this because I don’t want it to sound like a rant. I’ve deleted the first paragraph numerous times. We just registered for baby stuff and you know how I love shopping/commercialism/ full size beds for newborns/ pink bows/ spending copious amounts of money/ manipulative-guilt-trip-marketing-campaigns (ex: buy this unless you don’t care about the safety of your child). But I regress… I’m exhausted and achy all over- but at least it’s over.
We did make one purchase that I’m excited about! Grant and I like this local artist named Westy Copeland. Her art is rather inexpensive and we’ve even framed a number of her greeting cards…which are just mini replicas of her bigger paintings. We came across her whimsical paintings at Art-a-Whirl a couple years ago. Grant follows her blog and found out she had a show/sale in the area tonight so we went there and bought a painting for the baby’s room of a dog that looks exactly like our dog, Ziggy. The Ziggy-dog is painted over a grid of other small images like a fisherman, a unicorn, a bearded man on a bench, a dalmatian, and the like. It’s very colorful and random! I think our baby is going to love it!
I told Grant how some people have a theme for their baby’s room… such as… I don’t know- pink bows or automobiles or something. He decided that our theme should be giraffes and raccoons- together. They have to be together though- not sold separately. So if you see any such items (sheets, posters, towels, toys, wallpaper borders) please let us know immediately.
Speaking of the baby’s room- about 3 times a week I get asked if we have our baby room all set up. If by set up you mean full of an assortment of musical instruments- a bunch of clothes that don’t fit me anymore, pillow stuffing on the floor, a lamp balancing tenuously on the bed, and containing no baby items- then yes, our baby room is all set up.
I think there is a schedule that dictates when people should ask a pregnant person certain questions. For a few weeks everyone was asking me if I was planning on returning to work after giving birth. After that, I had a week or so of people asking me if I knew if it was a boy or girl and if that’s what I was hoping for. Now I’m getting the question about the baby’s room. The other question that has started recently and has been getting under my skin a bit (not to rant… just saying calmly) is “Are you due very soon?” or “Are you getting excited now that you’re obviously very close to having the baby?” Then when I tell them I’m not due until March, they seem very uncertain if I know when my due date is or not. They scrunch up their eyebrows and say “March??? Not until March?”
Nope… not until March. Still plenty of time to fill up that baby room with giraffes and raccoons and lovely random paintings!