Then she confessed that she, too, had never particularly liked kids, either.
I was astounded. My Mom? The sweetest, most nurturing person out there, didn't like kids?
Then she leaned over and let me in on a little secret. "Don't worry," she said, "You will love your own children. Whether you have your own or adopt, you will love them."
And she was RIGHT.
My husband and I are both ridiculously in love with Cub and having children has also made me more compassionate and sensitive to other kids, too. I'm starting to like kids I don't know and I'm loving the kids of my friends. This is good.
I'm not sure where I want to go with this, except that I've seen myself grow through this whole mothering process. Not only do I like kids now, I'm also adapting to the world of primary colors. This is kind of a big deal. If you had asked me a year ago if Cub's room would ever house primary colors, I would have gagged and said, "NO!" in my most disgusted voice. And then the Katie now would crawl through time to the Katie then and bonk her on the head. Because, oh my word, you never say never when you become a parent. You will always prove yourself wrong.
Hence, Cubbie's new room.
The theme of his room (I'm kind of a theme nerd) is "Go!" because this baby is on the go. Whether it's our daily outings or planned vacations, he's seen the western deserts, toddled into the ocean, and ridden a boat across the lake. Planes, trains, and automobiles. He's seen it all. I wanted his room to reflect that, so you will see a common thread of cars and such in the room. We found his bed (and bedding and such), cube storage, and his little red table at IKEA (full assembly required!), while everything else came from Target and Hobby Lobby, respectively. We are going to add a map above his cube storage and plan to mark where Cubbie has been. We also have three clocks to hang on the wall, to show the three time zones in which his extended family lives. Those will get done in due time. For now, this is what we've got!
Firstly, a little peek into the room before we changed it. It served as a guest room/catch-all for our stuff. We were just about to give the bed away when I took the picture, which is why the bed isn't made!
My husband chose the bedding and the tent canopy. The bed can actually flip over to form a loft, hence, the ladder you see against the wall! We opted to splurge on the grey paint, making sure to buy paint that could withstand the usual toddler antics: Sharpies, grape juice, etc.
I found this little wooden step stool at Hobby Lobby and Cub uses it to climb into bed!
The wall looks blue here. It's grey. That's what you get with a flash! Anyway. This is the cube storage. It is taller than Cub. It's actually pretty big, but I realize you can't tell that in this picture! Oh well. Also notice that the toys are not perfectly organized and the books are not perfectly stacked. This is because, as I've mentioned in previous posts, Cub puts his own stuff away--and how it looks is good enough for me!
The red car under the red table is a bean bag chair. Cub LOVES the alphabet canvas he's touching in the picture. He loves to identify the picture for each letter. I told him to find the yo-yo, and that's what he's doing here!
A photo collage on one wall. I hope to add to this as he grows. They are pictures of Cub on his adventures! These show him on various trips to Arkansas, Aruba, Arizona, and the lake. The bottom large picture you see is of he and his cousins in Arkansas. His older cousin is driving his Power Wheels tractor, while Cub and his other cousin ride in the bucket. How cute is that??
And, lastly, I shall end this post with a picture I took of Cub this morning:
My little sixteen month old, in his big boy bed! AH! He slept there for the first time this weekend. Needless to say, I was a nervous wreck. He wasn't sure about it at first, but he's warming up to it. I'm sure there will be more challenges ahead, but for now, he stays in bed and sleeps all night. We're crossing our fingers!
Phew! Long post. That's all for now.
Have a lovely day!