The past few weeks have brought exciting times to the Walla household! Last Monday, Tony gave his two weeks notice to his employer of 10 years. He starts a new job next Tuesday with a company called Ineoquest. The company is based in Massachusetts, but Tony will be working remotely from home and traveling all around the country. It will be a definite change, but we are both looking forward to the exciting opportunities this will bring to our family!
With the career change, we are focusing a lot on changes in other areas of our lives. Mainly, baby. Fixing up and trading in the Corvette that Tony purchased as an “early mid-life crisis” (I kid!) is at the top of our list… not really a lot of room in that car for a car seat. I wish I would have taken pictures of our trip to Indiana last Christmas. The little Ford Focus that we just bought last year had the trunk jam-packed and the entire backseat was filled with food, gifts and extra bags for the trip. I had laughed and said… “Um, where would we put a baby, not to mention all of it’s stuff?!” This year, I’ve decided to be fully prepared!
In addition to the car, we’re carefully preparing the house for baby. It’s a tough situation… we want to buy the crib, changing table, dresser, rocking chair etc. We have the room basically empty waiting for furniture. It’s one thing to have a random empty room in your house, but it’s quite another to have an empty nursery with no certain promise of a baby. So we’ve held off and we’re finally coming to the conclusion that we need to be ready. And it would also be fun to act “As if…” and imagine ourselves with our new addition in his/her room. ”His/Her” Room. Now, there’s the next dilemma.
I took a trip to Babies R Us today after realizing that the crib that we were going to purchase at Costco was sold out. I also had decided that I wanted to look at what kind of other options are out there. Wow. There are a lot. There’s your basic portable crib all the way up to the Cadillac of all cribs: It starts as a crib, converts to a toddler bed with side rail, to day bed, to Full (not Twin…) size bed. The price range is extreme. Trying to not be the quintessential adoptive mother and only choose the BEST of the BEST of the BEST for my baby, I took pics of a few that were in the middle of the road and will go back with Tony to choose later this week. I think it’s an important shopping trip for us to make together.
So… I was IN Babies R Us… I couldn’t’ stop looking THERE! I started to look at crib sheet and blanket sets, decorations for a nursery, etc. I came to a conclusion rather quickly. I will not be able to pick this stuff out on my own before consulting my practical mommy friends out there as well as my own mother… (Katy, Jen and Dawn, expect phone calls soon!) I am going in with this mind set of wanting to have the “perfect” everything. Why should that change when I decorate the room? There is NO such thing as neutral out there. I don’t care who you are. The choices are: neutral zoo animals, the neutral cherubs or the neutral green monkeys. Let’s face it. I have never studied gender-roles, and I’m sure that my children will grow up just fine if I chose any of these decors. But, I know ME… and for example, if I choose the monkeys and have a little girl, the monkeys will be out the door in 2 seconds flat promptly replaced by pink princess butterflies. And if I chose the cherubs and have a little boy, they would be out the door just as quickly replaced with baseball or dinosaurs.
I know my mom and my friends will have great input for what I need to consider!