Sunday, September 17, 2006

The baby's room and smiles

We were very pleased to find an natural wood (unfinished) furniture store today that will stain/paint any furniture you purchase there for a relatively minimal cost. The pieces they had were just lovely. We fell in love with several alder/birch pieces that would be ideal for either a girl or a boy. All we'd do is pick the stain or paint depending on the gender. While we do reserve the right to change our minds, we're very pleased with this possibility and think we may have actually hit upon a place where we can get what we want for the baby's room regardless of gender.

We're actually pretty lucky with regard to the baby's room in that when we moved into our house it had been decorated to participate in a small home tour. This event was what I'd call the middle class version of the Parade of Homes, or as it's called here, the Street of Dreams. Anyway, the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms were decorated so that one was for a little girl and the other for a little boy. How convenient, right? Both rooms had murals handpainted on the walls. We toyed around with painting the rooms when we moved in, but decided to keep them "as is" because we couldn't bear to think of painting over the wonderful artistry. Have a look at the murals...they're pretty neat, huh?

First the boy's room...

And now the girl's room...

So, we should be all set no matter what gender our little biscuit turns out to be. With the find of this natural wood furniture store, I think one more element of the whole puzzle is falling into place so that once we know the gender, we'll just have to pick our stain color and we'll have the baby's room furniture covered! Yea!

In other news of the day, next door baby wonderkid, Ethan, smiled a big ole' smile at me today! He's just coming into the social smiling stage and man, when he flashed that million dollar grin at me, I would've handed over anything he could've asked for. Fortunately for me, he can't talk! I know his mom and dad have had the joy of basking in the little guy's smile but this was my first real smile from him. Cool! When we got back home, Wendy and I were talking, and we've both decided that we're going to have to work really hard to not be pushovers when it comes to our kid. If one gooshy, toothless smile can totally obliterate my rational thought processes, our kid could be badly spoiled if we're not careful!

- Karen

[10 Babies R Us visits] (we made it a whole day without a visit!)


Stacey said...

Wow, those murals are beautiful! That's great that you can get the furniture stained to match and make your baby room complete. Looks lovely for a boy or a girl. :)

Holly said...

the rooms are beautiful!
wow, I'm jealous. we will be resorting to that wall decor they sell in sets at babies r us.

Caroline said...

Those murals are so neat. I love the little boys room with the planes. So cool.

DtDtKty said...

Of course Mr. Ethan smiled at you, he loves you both to pieces. He is always "talking" about his Aunt Karen and Aunt Wendy. :) His smile is amazing though. It makes my heart skip a beat every time I see it.

Estelle said...

Wowie, how lucky are you? Does it make you hope for one gender over the other? Like, the girl's room is bigger, or the boy's room is closer to yours, and does it impact your decision at all? Not that it would, but I bet it must be weird to have predecorated kids rooms.