Today, my wife and I went crib shopping for the little guy with my parents who were eager to help us with the process. We ventured to a local Babies R US first to get a look at our bedding options for the latest DiBiase addition (yes, Indy our guinea pig counts as a “previous addition”). Although the little misses is officially 7 months pregnant now, I have managed to steer clear of any and every entirely-baby stores or outlets… until today. Of course, as I’ve reported before, I’ve browsed a few Walmart and Target baby sections, but being in a store dedicated to the whole art-of-reproduction … since Amy has become “with child” … was a new experience for me.
As soon as the doors magically opened to the Babies R Us, my eyes were inundated with pastel pinks and blues (mostly pinks) and I had the strong sudden urge to turn and run back out into the parking lot. Instead, I tried to shrug it off by making a joke about the feeling, and then followed the flow of my family into the store. We immediately made our way to the crib section, and as I peered into the first wooden padded baby crate, something inside me threatened to send the rest of my overwhelmed self into a panic. A baby crib hasn’t really been on my list of furniture improvements for the past three decades… but the reality of the purpose of said baby crib was becoming a little much for my fragile mind to bear. I took frequent mental vacations from my surroundings and grabbed a nearby nursing rocking chair for some needed refuge.
After looking at different crib and bedding design options, we went to a shopping center across the street where a Buy Buy Baby was located. My parents had found a crib solution there they really liked and wanted to show it to us, and it really didn’t take too much convincing on their part to “sell” us the model. With handy swing away pull-out drawers on the changing table and the fact that the changing table could accommodate a matching hutch to turn it into a shelf/dresser in the future, it seemed perfectly suited to our needs.
The next thing was to decide on a theme for the crib bedding. Now, Amy has a “thing” for anything that has to do with water. She LOVES sharks, the movie JAWS, and films like “Oceans” (no, not the George Clooney heist pictures, but the documentary about sea life), so she’s been adding anything and everything related to undersea creatures to our baby registry… and water animal crib bedding patterns have often caught the attention of her bright eyes. The only pattern in either store that remotely seemed cute to me was a Winnie The Pooh pattern (and, to my discontent, there was no Toy Story bedding for babies. C’mon… a cute little Baby Buzz and Baby Woody would sell! …Blah). Now, perhaps it’s just because I grew up with Winnie The Pooh crib and nursery dressings, but they were also just really nice patterns and designs. Sadly, besides the fact that the design was missing crabs, octopi, or any other possible marine life, the pattern was a mix of yellows and greens…. while the little guy’s room is already a “Mountain Air” blue from when we had the house repainted when we moved in… so blue is the ideal choice I guess… much to Amy’s unending glee. 😉
So it looks like it’ll be the “Ahoy Mate” design pattern (as seen above). Ha…
Well, until the next overwhelming pre-parenthood adventure… TWO months to go! (*deep breath*)