The secret, I think, to finding a good pace:
(And PS, this is basically my answer to anyone who ever asks how we knew that we were ‘ready’ to have a kid. There is never a good time to have a child, and I constantly wonder what being ready actually means, but there’s no time like the present for babies or projects or flossing or smooching or running or any of those little human oddities that we love so much. Well, maybe not flossing. I probably don’t really love that all that much. But you know what I mean.)
This post is a part of my 2014 Rising Tide Project. Read all of the posts about January’s topic, pace, here.
So we’re plugging away at creating a space for the baby–a task that I am rather enjoying in the vein of all things motherly and nesting. Our general approach is to look for interesting and second hand things where we are able both because that’s how we find the things that we love for the rest of the house and because we wanted to combat some of the consumerism associated with child rearing…a loosing battle, but one we’re attempting. Drew and I both have contributed art to the baby’s room, and we’ve asked friends to do the same, and most recently I ordered this WWII print to hang over his (just scored, vintage cabinet circa late 1800s) changing table. I knew that this popular print was intended to raise morale during the second World War, but here’s what wikipedia has to say on the subject: “The Keep Calm and Carry On motivational poster was produced in 1939 during the beginning of World War II, and was a “last case scenario” to be used only should the Nazis succeed in invading Great Britain, in order to stiffen resolve. Two-and-a-half million copies were printed, although the poster was distributed only in limited numbers.”
The print above is a reproduction ordered from etsy (quick etsy plug: if you have not yet been to this site, ignore the rest of this post and click that link. You will not need to shop anywhere else for a gift for yourself or others ever again…it’s all handmade and/or vintage goods with astoundingly affordable price tags, and a profoundly good way to waste time while supporting artists) and while it’s history is somewhat grim, I could not think of a better sentiment to stare at on a daily basis in the little man’s room. I’m sure that the storied soldiers of WWII might be a little sad to know that I’m using this as a diaper survival tactic, but then, whatever works…
I’ll post pictures of the room’s progress as there’s something to show, and in the meantime…well, keep calm and carry on.