By BERN MORLEY
The first year of motherhood is a roller coaster ride of unending adjustments and learning experiences.
We all focus so much on getting the baby home to the perfect nursery that little to no thought goes into the next phase, the almighty Toddler stage.
I remember actually crying when I had to dismantle my daughter’s cot. We had of course, kept it sitting there in the corner as a contingency plan while we transitioned her to the “big bed”, but being such an independent little miss, we need not have bothered. There it sat, like a shining beacon, signifying the end of my baby girls’ infant stage.
She was a big girl now and wanted, and I quote, “A room for a Princess.” She was RIGHT into The Little Mermaid and I was powerless to stop her (or myself) from redesigning it just as she requested.
There is that period of time between newborn and “big girl” that you as a parent sometimes don’t plan for. That time when they stop being helpless, dependent little humans and gain their own independence.
Suddenly they’re not only sitting up, they’re taking off. They’re crawling, they’re walking and without warning, they’re running. They have personalities and their room is no longer just for simply sleeping in, it’s for playing and hanging out in, it becomes a reflection of their burgeoning personalities.
The thing is, a nursery, for a newborn, really doesn’t need all that much in the way of furniture. Let’s face it, they really only need somewhere to sleep and put their clothes. They aren’t exactly holding tea parties or taking up much space physically.