The second room in our house began as our study. I spent my first year of college trying to not get distracted from homework in that room. In our second and third years of college the second room was mostly used for storage and playing computer games. When friends or family came to stay with us, they would sleep on a foam mattress on the floor in this room, wedged between the storage wardrobe and the hastily cleaned desk.
To prepare the room for the baby we moved the giant desk out, shifted the bookshelf, constructed the cot and hung a few things. The desk is now in the communal studies and J will use it there. We left the desktop computer in our second room, in the corner on top of a set of desk drawers. Not sure how often this will get used, not at all while it still doesn't work!
I’m a little bit bummed that I didn't take any ‘before’ photos of our second room. It really was a mess! We did a lot of throwing out and reorganising to make space for the baby. But here are the ‘after’ photos (or at least the corner of it that is the nursery).
This is the first view you get of the room, from the doorway. We were given the cot for free from friends who have graduated from college and used to live in our college community. We also got the drawers and change table for free from a friend of a friend.
A friend crocheted the baby bunting as a gift and I love the grey chevron cot sheet, which was also a baby shower gift. Sitting in the corner of the cot is Rachelle the Rabbit, which I knitted from a kit that my mum found and gave to me for Christmas. It’s so rare to find something that has my name spelt correctly, so this was a very exciting find. I’m glad I was able to finish knitting sewing her together before the baby arrived.
This mobile was made by a lovely friend of mine as a baby shower gift. I love it. We hung it from the ceiling using two stick-on hooks in opposite directions which has worked well. The drawing of the daffodils on the left was a gift from my sister, and the frame on the right has the fingerprints of everyone who came to celebrate at my baby showers (two colours for two cities). My sister drew the umbrella in that picture.
Unfortunately, this frame has since fallen off the wall. Becuase we rent we can’t put holes in the wall, so I use sticky hooks or ‘velcro’ hangers (I don’t know what else to call them, but it’s not exactly velcro, they are the 3M Command brand, and they and wonderful for this sort of thing!). Actually not so wonderful in this case. As you can see the wall is a bit textured, which may have meant the hook didn’t stick so well. The hook also said it could hold up to 2.2kg and the frame was 2kg. I’m hoping that going up a size will mean I can re-hang this frame.
Well there it is. The baby won’t sleep in here until they’re a bit bigger, but we needed the space set up for changing nappies and storing the baby’s clothes. A big thank you to everyone who has given us gifts to help prepare for baby’s arrival. On Monday I’ll be 37 weeks pregnant (full-term) and we’re so excited to meet our little baby.