For the first 6 months of her life, Isabel slept in our room. Some nights, I miss that arrangement. At Christmas, we moved her downstairs, into her own bedroom, the room that used to be our master bedroom, and then a guest room/office.
I didn’t do much with the room before we moved her furniture into it. In hindsight, I wonder if that was a mistake. I don’t love the colour on the walls anymore. It was fine for a bedroom, but for a nursery, it just doesn’t fit. Now, though, I hesitate to paint the room in which she sleeps. We could probably pull it off, painting in the morning and airing it out in the afternoon. But, what about her? When I painted the rest of our house, she was still so little; she was spending hours and hours asleep. These days, she sleeps for 3 hours total, spread over two naps, and she’ll only take those naps in her room – the room I want to paint. She’s not yet independent enough that I can trust that she’ll play happily on her own for a few hours while I paint. Logistics of painting just seem difficult.
Besides, I feel like I’m still a little exhausted on painting. Tackling 500 square feet on your own like I did last year is not the easiest thing to get over. I just don’t want to paint.
I hesitate to call this nursery a work in progress, but I know it’s not finished. I don’t want to paint, but I haven’t done anything else with it either. The crib is the statement piece, of course, and I spent a lot of time on it, but I feel like I’m wasting its potential. There’s no art hanging in this room. No cutesy decals. No adorable details. I want to do more here, but I understand now, why most women decorate their children’s nurseries before they’re born. I have very little extra time on my hands and, I’ll be honest, I don’t want to spend it decorating the room I’m always so eager to get out of at 3:30 in the morning.
Some things I do want to add to this room:
- A plush rug to warm it up a little and hide the floor. Our bed frame did a number on the bamboo over the four years we used this room as a bedroom. It doesn’t look so nice anymore, so I’d love to hide it underneath something soft.
- A bookcase. Right now, you can see a few books propped up on some random pieces of wood behind the chair. Those pieces of wood used to support a makeshift desk and we just never got around to taking them out. I’d like to fill the whole corner with a book rack, or at least bring in a fairly large bookcase. At the moment, all of Isabel’s books are tucked away inside the closet, except for these few. It feels wrong to not have them more easily within reach.
- Some kind of art over the dresser. I think she’s old enough now that I shouldn’t really do anything over the crib. She’s not sitting up in bed yet and doesn’t pull herself up at all (she’s a bit of a lump), but I expect all of that is coming soon, so anything I put over the crib would just have to be taken down to keep out of reach of little fingers anyway. Something over the dresser would be far more appropriate.
But, really. It’s fine as it is. Isabel sleeps well here. It holds all her clothes, diapers, and a safe place to change her. There’s a chair that’s more or less comfortable to fall asleep in while she nurses in the wee small hours of the night. We don’t really need to make any changes at all, so in reality? We probably won’t.
And I am 100% okay with that.