I’m already regretful for posting less since the baby has been born; I have almost no record of what we’ve been doing. I got into the rhythm of blogging as a way of journaling our home activities in both DIY and lifestyle categories, and I know I’m going to notice the gaps when I look back in the future. Time to (try to) change that.
We’re 15 weeks strong on our mission to take a weekly photo with this new girl. I’ve been taking concerted efforts to choose a spot that helps to represent what area of the house we’ve been improving. Saturday’s photo definitely required a fireplace shot (I also took a photo in this same position a few weeks ago so we could compare the dramatic B&A when we look back through these family photos someday):
Earlier this month, we transitioned Hattie from the cradle beside our bed to her own crib. It’s a transition that I expected to be painful, not because I felt an overwhelming emotional need to have her sleeping directly beside me, but because she isn’t sleeping straight through the night at only 3-months old. It was in anticipation of these long nights that I expected that I would need a chair of some kind, some place to make myself comfortable at 3am. I surveyed friends prior to Hattie’s arrival about what items you really need when a baby is born (most of those magazine lists are pure marketing ploys, btw), and one of the biggest purchases that everyone recommended was something I heavily contested: Buying a glider.
I tested all kinds of gliders, and it’s true, they are an amazingly comfortable seating solution, especially the ones that slide and swivel and come with the footrests that slide too, but the thing is, I don’t really get gliders. The more attractive of the gliders are ridiculously expensive, our parents and grandparents didn’t need to rely on them for getting us to sleep, I find them a little hard to get in and out of when you’re holding a sleeping sack of potatoes, and lastly, I couldn’t really envision keeping an expensive glider post-infant stage and be able to transition it into the living room someday because, well, in my mind, gliders are seats for rocking babies, not for watching TV. Furthermore, some mamas suggested that it wasn’t as comfortable to breastfeed when you’re gliding all over the place, that a static or more controllable station was a better fit for them – and this, I can officially agree with.
After a lot of thought and a bit of polling, we decided to buy the Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker. It has ash rocking legs–beautiful, practical, and most importantly, not a glider–so even when we’re done with it in the nursery in a few years, the mission will be to find a way to incorporate it into our actual home.
I bought it from mystrollers.com after shopping all around the internets, using a discount coupon code and a free shipping promo to max out my savings. I also picked up the matching footrest which also has beautiful wooden legs and no inclination to glide around underfoot, though it does slide on the hardwoods only reminding us daily that we really need to agree upon an area rug for Hattie’s room.
I’m only introducing you to the product now that I’ve had a chance to be using it a little more – still not a lot, all in all only for about 10 minutes each night, and not at all during the day. For those looking for a review of the product, I’ll be real about a few things:
- Maybe you’re thinking: Emily, you’re stupid for getting a white rocker. I think when we begin to use it more, or have a baby that is clamoring all over it, I’ll cover the base seat with a darker or patterned sheet a la the white couch baby proofing in the living room of Oh Joy!.
- Yeah, it’s comfortable. I wondered if it would bother me that the backrest wasn’t high enough to rest your head back upon, but it doesn’t. The seat and arms are firm yet soft, and the microfiber covering is nice (no radical butt imprints when you slide on and off).
- I didn’t look into what “ecru” meant, and was surprised that the fabric was off-white-yellow-gray instead of creamy white, like the photos depict. Still, I like it, but I’m letting you know.
- The ash detailing is beautiful. The legs on both the chair and the footrest are nicely finished, the rocking rails are easy to rock on.
- You don’t see the top of the seat in any of the product photos I’ve come across, so when it arrived I was a little surprised – the cushion has seams, and I suspect this might be news to you too. I’m not sure why the design wouldn’t feature a single piece of fabric covering the seat, and I think it takes away from the overall intended clean-lined look.
- The chair did come with a coordinating ecru back support pillow, but I swapped mine with a colorful 12″ x 24″ GULÖRT pillow from IKEA.
We still have a lot to do in order to get her bedroom “finished” but I’m slowly chipping away at it by finding places for exceptionally cute dinosaur decor, and slowly assembling that gallery frame wall that you saw in the above photos (I get to about 2/week, no more, no less).