Well, here we go! I can’t believe that I’m 34 weeks pregnant and we’re only now getting around to working on the nursery. I guess second kids really are different. Between work, pregnancy and chasing a toddler around, I just haven’t had the energy to face the big task of furnishing and decorating another room. But Nugget is coming… in six weeks or less. The possibility that it could be less feels very real – at this time in my last pregnancy, Peanut was already three weeks out of the oven. I hope he stays in until March, but in any event, things are not going to get less crazy around here, so we really needed to get going on this project.
When we bought the house, we already knew to expect an addition to the family, so we thought carefully about which room would become Nugget’s little space. We chose a bedroom for him and then proceeded to use it as a dumping ground for all kinds of random stuff. Behold:
Just keeping it real. Pretty bad, right? And that’s actually not a true before – that’s after I’d gone through and thrown a bunch of things away, and started organizing bath products into the green bins along the wall. Anyway, now you can see why the whole idea was so exhausting to me.
Enter hubby. He spent a few hours clearing out the mess and this was the result:
Ahhhh – much better! Ready for paint and… furniture? Yeah, about that. I’ve shown you the first tracks. Now, for the setbacks. Back in December, I ordered nursery furniture for Nugget, from Land of Nod. Hubby and I decided to go with Land of Nod because we had been so impressed with the quality, service and speed of delivery when we furnished Peanut’s nursery back in 2012. 2015? Not so much.
After more than a month went by without a call to schedule delivery, I called Land of Nod’s customer service to ask about the status. I was told that the furniture I’d ordered was not actually available for delivery to the East Coast. When I asked why I hadn’t been notified that there was a problem with my order, I was just told, “Oh, yes, we see no attempt at contact was made.” They then told me that they might be able to shift some of the order to a different warehouse and then do a long-distance shipment to my area, but it was going to take a long time – even if the furniture could be found (and there was no guarantee we’d even get that far) it wouldn’t be available for shipment until March. Guess who else is being shipped in March (if he waits that long)? Yeah, that’s right. We checked our credit card statement and learned that we’d actually been charged for this order – before the furniture was delivered – and then credited a partial refund with no explanation or even identification of the piece we were being refunded for.
The next day, hubby got a cryptic voicemail message telling him that one of the pieces of furniture we ordered had been located. Which one? We’d have to guess. I called customer service again and asked which piece was available and when we might expect it and was told in no uncertain terms that none of the furniture we wanted would be delivered, ever. The customer service representative also seemed pretty annoyed that I wasn’t more sympathetic to the frustration she was feeling. Well, sorry, lady. But I’m pregnant, I’ve got a baby coming within the next six weeks, I ordered this furniture over a month ago, you’ve charged me for it with apparently no intention of actually delivering it… but yeah. I’m sorry this is frustrating for you. At that point, I requested that she cancel my order and refund any amounts I have been charged and not yet credited back. I got a bit more attitude delivered my way, and the deed was done.
So, there we were – back to the drawing board. Nugget has a crib (he’s inheriting Peanut’s, since she’s ready to move on to big girl sleeping arrangements) but nothing else. Hopefully, that will change soon. Hubby and I scrambled to put together a furniture order from Pottery Barn Kids, and I placed the order over the phone so I could get multiple assurances that the furniture I wanted was available and would actually be delivered. I’m told that it is, and it will. Whew – that was a little exhale. I’ll breathe even easier when I get those long-awaited calls to schedule delivery.
So, with that, the task list remaining before Nugget takes up residence:
- Paint the walls and trim, remove the broken mirrored closet door and install a fresh white closet door. (We’ve actually hired someone for this task, since the closet door replacement has proven to be more complicated than we’d like, and we don’t have spare time to devote to a painting task anyway. We called back the master painter/renovator who scraped our popcorn ceilings before we moved into this house, because we were so impressed with the speed and quality of his work. Good to know someone like that!)
- Receive the furniture delivery (crossing fingers and toes and eyes) and move the crib into the nursery.
- Frame and hang art piece (I ordered an archival quality print from the same artist who did the print in Peanut’s room).
- Set up book and toy storage and lighting.
- Hang wall decal over the crib (I’ve ordered a cute one from the same Etsy artist who did the print) and order and hang Nugget’s wall letters (once he officially has a name, which he doesn’t yet).
- Set up Nugget’s crib and fill the dresser with his little clothes, diapers, blankies and bibs.
If this isn’t all done by the time Nugget comes home, I’m fine with that. Babies have survived for hundreds of years without perfectly decorated nurseries filled with
Land of Nod Pottery Barn furniture. All he really needs is food, shelter, warm clothes and love, and he’s certainly going to have all of that from the moment he takes his first breath. But I’m hoping that he’ll stay put long enough to let us get more done than Peanut did in her nursery!