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02.27.12 / A Cradle in Waiting

It’s unofficially official. It’s likely we won’t be moved into the Underdog before baby #3 arrives. I’m due in early April but rumor has it this lil’ one could come as early as a week and a half from now. Yikes! While I’m doing my best to keep this bun in my oven as long as possible, Handy Hubby and I have decided not to put the added pressure of ‘we must move!’ on ourselves. If someone would have told us six months ago that we’d be bringing this baby home to our temporary apartment, we probably would have told them they were crazy.

We had every inclination to be moved into the Underdog by now but life has thrown us some curveballs as it does from time to time. {Not to mention that we were probably a little overzealous in predicting how long it would take us to complete the long list of projects required to make the Underdog livable.} For one, HH got a promotion at work that required him to travel extensively over the past several months. Some months he was gone for as much as 3 weeks out 4. And there’s no such thing as long-distance DIY!

Once we got the Underdog’s progress to a place where we could bring the kids along with us safely while we worked, we had a major setback with the flooring. What we had guessed would take us a couple of days ended up taking us a couple of weeks! Par for the renovation course. {The good news is we’re thrilled beyond belief with the results.}

Then came the whole preterm labor thing a few weeks ago that has forced us to refocus our priorities {especially mine} elsewhere.

So, we’re still here in our cozy lil’ apartment. And we’re entirely thankful for it! Downsizing and buying a fixer-upper has afforded us a teeny monthly mortgage payment {probably less than most people’s car payments} so we aren’t strapped to pay the rent for our away-from-the-renovation-dust oasis {if you can consider faux wood vinyl floors and primer white walls an ‘oasis’ that is}. Sure, we could have hired someone to finish up the Underdog in a timely manner {i.e. well before baby’s due date} for us but it would have cost us waaaaay more than to pay a few more months’ worth of rent. We’re hanging in there! We can see the light at the end of tunnel!

Which leads me to today’s topic and some pics…finally! Since there’s a very good chance we’ll be bringing baby #3 home to our apartment, I’m getting antsy about throwing together a little nursery in the corner of our bedroom. Our apartment only has two bedrooms – one for us and one for the boys. Luckily, newborns don’t require a lot of space.

Over the years, I acquired this antique cradle that has been passed down through my dad’s family. I think it may have been his cradle when he was a baby so that makes it 50+ years old. It was the cradle my parents put me in as a newborn too. It’s petite enough to fit into a small corner of our bedroom and it’s still sturdy after all these years, so it’s perfect for what we need – a temporary sleeping spot for our impending arrival.

It’s not what I would call ‘my style’ but I can’t see spending a bunch of money {or any money for that matter} on something else…something we won’t even need in a few short months. My first inclination was to paint the cradle but I haven’t decided yet whether or not that’s a good idea. For one, I feel like I would be breaking some kind of unwritten family law that says the cradle must stay in its original condition. For another, I plan on passing the cradle down to my younger sisters when they become mamas and I’d feel bad if they would have wanted the crib in its natural state.

The wood isn’t in bad shape – just worn well.¬†What is an expecting, nesting mama to do? Whether or not I paint the cradle, I do plan on dressing up the corner of our bedroom for the baby. Maybe hang some stuff on the walls and make it more personal, celebratory. Nothing too difficult since I’m still taking it easy these days.

Oh, and I think I might have figured out why I’m drawn to geometric prints. It’s in my nature. The quilt in the cradle was mine as a baby as well. Notice the zig-zag, chevron-like pattern? My grandma has pictures of me playing on this very baby quilt as an infant.

You know the Dirty Dancing quote, “Nobody puts baby in the corner”? Well, I’m about to. Hopefully, that doesn’t make me a bad mom.

images: all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

 

 

 

 

 

37 Comments

27.February.2012

I am always the girl saying “paint it!” but in this case I’d say leave it natural. As you said, it’s just for a few months. Apart from not necessarily being worth the time to paint (all those rungs!), you’re right that leaving it natural gives options to your sisters, and your children, and your children’s children.

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27.February.2012

There is something so lovely about the natural crib. I love it! It also reminds me of our crib from childhood. Praying that your baby continues growing healthy! :)

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27.February.2012

I vote leave the cradle as is…….it’s for such a short time and it will pass on to others after all.

Congrats to HH for getting the promotion! You just concentrate on keeping your bun in the oven as long as you can. You know everything will fall into place in the end.

Take your time moving into the Underdog……..you may just look back on this time and laugh! :)

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27.February.2012

I think the cradle looks great left natural. As a paeds nurse I am just worried about the space between the posts – they should not be more than 2 3/8 inches apart -they seem abit wider than that. I know that handing down baby supplies from one generation to the next has alot of meaning to it but we always tell new moms to buy new cribs and cradles that are constructed using the newer guidelines. All the best and good luck in the new few months!

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27.February.2012

I am about to put my baby in the closet, so a corner doesn’t sound all that bad. We downsized to a two bedroom townhouse last June from our previous home with 4 bedrooms and three bathrooms. With the second baby on the way, we are converting our closet into the nursery…don’t worry, we are removing the door, we aren’t that cruel.

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replied on February 28th, 2012

Amy – Even in our previous home {with 4 bedrooms}, we put Everett in our walk-in closet as a baby when we had guests and needed the extra bedroom for their kiddos. He loved it in there! We’ve also resorted to putting our babies in closets when bedrooms are scarce to come by…vacations, in-laws, etc.

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27.February.2012

Maybe your hubby can take a few minutes to rub the cradle down with a rejuvenating oil? This one works wonders. You rub it on, wait 10 minutes and wipe it off, and your wood looks AMAZINGLY better.
http://rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=49

I used it on my husband’s super-scratched dresser (I’d be putting off refinishing it) and the wood positively glistens. Best $10 I ever spent.
Blogged about it here, FWIW: http://bit.ly/yMsUTS

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replied on February 28th, 2012

M – Thanks for the link!

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27.February.2012

I would just rub some lemon oil into it and let it shine. Really sweet little crib.

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27.February.2012

The cradle looks amazing with the natural wood and patina… I say leave it!
My son had a similar vintage cradle to sleep in when he was born, even though he never really slept in it.
Stay rested and enjoy your free time!

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27.February.2012

please don’t think any worse of me, but when I caught a glimpse of that quilt all other thoughts going thru my head disappeared. Seriously. That is one awesome quilt. It’s totally my inspiration for the next quilt.

PS. given that the new one may possibly arrive within the week, my vote is to keep cradle as is. a week isn’t really enough time for off-gassing and paint curing at a level (imho) that is safe for newborn baby lungs. Maybe a good once over with dusting cloth and some mineral oil?? take care!

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27.February.2012

I say leave the crib in its natural state. Every bit of that wear on the wood is from some sweet baby in your family. I think that’s a precious legacy.

My first son left teeth marks on his crib rail. He’s leaving for college in 2 months. Those teeth marks are sweet reminders of that wonderful time.

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We were in a similar situation with our build last year… we were in an apartment while the house was under construction and Lisa was pregnant. My wife wasn’t as far along as you are, so we got into the new house when she was only around 8 weeks pregnant. We have the same old bedside crib as you… something nostalgic about using it. Agree, there is no reason to fix it up.

Isn’t it funny how flooring takes 3 times as long as you think it will? Always the case.

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27.February.2012

Dear Dana,

first of all I wish you the best of luck for the time to come. Take as much rest as possible to not put the life of your unborn baby at risk.
Having said that: I too would leave the cradle as ist. If you put a comfy bumper around it, it will look more finished. And don’t you love the fact that the patina comes from all the baby fingers in your family – including your own?
Best wishes from Germany,
Imke

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27.February.2012

I vote skip the paint too. I’m sure you have plenty of other things to do to get ready for your new little bundle. Enjoy! And the quilt is super cute!

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27.February.2012

I would say leave it the way it is! They always say that newborns shouldn’t be around freshly painted furniture/rooms anyway, plus that cradle is gorgeous the way it is! How special that it was yours!!!

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27.February.2012

If you choose to leave it as is, you can use walnuts to cover any type of scuffs. Or so I’ve been told.

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27.February.2012

I’m due in June, and we’re using the same crib that my sister and I both slept in. I think my husband had grand ideas of painting it black to match the nursery vision he had in his head. I told him he was crazy. It’s a solid wood crib (can’t find those now) in the most gorgeous honey color. Plus I agree that there is something about painting an actual family possession that will be passed down from sibling to sibling and child to child. I couldn’t do it.

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27.February.2012

What a beautiful quilt! I love the classic design… Hang in there! And keep on resting- good luck!!

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27.February.2012

My daughter had both a nursery and a corner of our room when she was born. Guess which she used for the first six months? It’ll be lovely.

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27.February.2012

Leave it! Too much work in your state to stress over painting tiny rungs.
Going to order some outdoor lighting from Barn Light Electric. Kind of pricey, but probably well made and worth it. It’s worth it if I don’t have to repaint the enamel in 2 yrs or so. Praying for you and the bambino!

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28.February.2012

We used my baby cradle, also in a natural wood. Vintage is sweet, and doesn’t get old. :)

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28.February.2012

Both my babies came home to a cradle in the corner of our room. I loved having them so close for those night time feedings. I made a cute mobile to hang over the cradle for my daughter’s stint. We put a changing pad on top of our dresser and I used one of the top drawers for diapers and jammies. They stayed about six months in our room, maybe a little longer for my daughter as she wasn’t as active as her big brother was. I think a bumper would be just the thing to perk your cradle up (there are however many reasons not to use one). I bought cradle bumpers here http://www.babybedding.com/cradle-bedding

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28.February.2012

I’d leave the cradle natural…that just adds to its charm. Our 4th was a preemie and too little to sleep in a crib, we had him in a large rubbermaid bin (w/o top) on top of his changing table in our bathroom for a good month! That’s the great thing about babies…they sleep anywhere and don’t complain about it!

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28.February.2012

The cradle is adorable! I would struggle with the same to paint or not to paint question as well. I have a few antiques that I just cannot bring myself to change and so they stay the same as they have been for years. I’d leave it. It has it’s charm! Love the quilt!

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28.February.2012

Take a look at this corner nursery http://thehappyhomeblog.com/?p=2916
The branch to hang clothes on is my favorite part! I hope this provides some inspiration.

~tara
http://www.aslongasitsfancy.com

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replied on February 28th, 2012

Tara – I love The Happy Home! The first image that came to mind when I decided to devote a corner of our bedroom to the baby was Belinda’s lil’ nursery corner. So adorable!

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28.February.2012

When my third child was born, my sister was living with us, so her crib and all her belongings were in a corner of our bedroom. I loved having her close. I did not have to walk far to care for her. It was great. When my oldest sister was born, the crib my parents ordered had not arrived. She slept her first night a home in a makeshift bassinet made out of a crib. My mom says it was perfect! Rest well and keep that precious gift in as long as you can!

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28.February.2012

I say natural, but that doesn’t mean you can’t revive it a little. I know absolutely nothing about that, but I’ve seen blog posts about what to use here and there throughout the years. Like the rub a walnut on it to remove visible scratches. That kind of stuff. Although if your possibilities were limitless you could have it dipped and completely refinished in a stain more to your liking. Good luck keeping that back in the oven just a little longer!

Nikki @ the ambitious procrastinator

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28.February.2012

Oh my, I was about to post a link to The Happy Home, but Tara beat me to it! Belinda has done wonders with a little corner of her bedroom for her bub – here is the latest update of her little corner http://thehappyhomeblog.com/?p=3993

I love the cradle au naturale. I have an old sideboard of my grandparents that is dark wood, which I would love to paint white, but just can’t bring myself too. It reminds me so much of them as is
x

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replied on February 29th, 2012

Anne – Thanks for the link to the The Happy Home’s updated baby corner!

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28.February.2012

PS here is another corner nursery … http://www.rareandbeautifultreasures.com/2011/12/wynns-beach-cottage-bedroom.html

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replied on February 29th, 2012

Christie – Oh wow! Another sweet lil’ baby corner! Thanks for the link. I’m liking the idea of a nursery corner more and more.

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29.February.2012

The cradle and quilt are both gorgeous and I would leave the cradle as is. That being said, I agree with Wendy that those spindles appear to be too far apart and I personally would not feel comfortable putting the baby in there. I know space is at a premium right now, but I’d still rather use a pack & play with a bassinet/changing table that can also be used once you all are in the underdog. The $50-100 is a small price to pay for peace of mind, in my opinion. I’d save the cradle for the actual nursery in the house and use it to display/store your baby quilt, along with other keepsakes (hanging the baby’s going home outfit on a hanger from the rail, for example).

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02.March.2012

oh my goodness that could be the world’s ugliest cradle and noone would notice with that quilt on it! how beautiful is it? (my nana had knitted immy a somewhat similar one with a chevron pattern) But it’s not the world’s ugliest cradle. it’s adorable and has history and a nice shape and is perfect. i’d normally say do whatever you want to do to it, but it’s different when there is a history with it. My cradle was a hand-me-down from my cousin. I had no problem painting it (twice!) because it was painted when it was given to me by my aunty. So Zak had it turquoise, Layla had it white and Immy had grey. Now it’s waiting at my sister’s house for her bub to come along! but if it had been raw wood, i’d have thought twice! looking forward to seeing what you do – and good luck with everything!! thinking of you! x

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replied on March 2nd, 2012

Belinda – Thanks! Everyone has been mentioning your lil’ nursery corners. They are such inspirations!

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04.March.2012

PAINT IT!! I say live and let live (stylish)!!

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