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Ask Jamie: Kids Furniture and Crazy Ideas

Posted May 16 2011 12:09pm

It was another week of failed recipes here at Chez Sticky Feet.  Monday Munchies will hopefully return with a new recipe next week.

Rachel asks, “What brand type of crib was it?  What made you choose that over others?  Did you choose the same style type for the girls? We are just starting our search for furniture.   So, any suggestions would be helpful.”

Bo’s crib is a Bassett and was purchased at Babies R Us.  It is good quality, but for the girls’ furniture, we shopped at a regular furniture store and I was more impressed with the quality and variety of options available to us.  We chose Bo’s crib because I liked the mission style and the wood color.  I also selected it because it converted to a full bed and did not have a drop side.

The girls’ cribs convert to toddler bed and then to full size bed which I think is even better.  I chose a different style and a darker wood stain for their furniture and I like it a lot.  However, Anna has used her crib as a chew toy so the footboard will need to be striped and refinished at some point – or we’ll just always know which one is hers.  The girls’ cribs can be seen here .

My advice would be to purchase a crib that converts.  A crib is used for a relatively short period of time and being able to reuse the pieces to make the toddler and full size bed is a plus – one less piece of baby equipment that has to be resold.  I would also purchase a high quality mattress as I think the expense is worthwhile.  Otherwise, pick a style you like and go with it!

Do you have any nursery furniture advice for Rachel?

Jamie says, “Loved your latest blog.  I feel like it was just yesterday! And your memory is amazing!  How do you remember what you were wearing?  You crack me up!”

In some ways I must have a photographic memory, because I can literally see Mike and myself in many of the scenes I am describing.  I’ve always been the type who can remember clothing choices and even kept a journal during middle school chronicling what my crush wore to school every day.  I can even remember what I wore on the first day of school nearly every year and it isn’t documented in photos.  (Yes, I realize this serves no purpose!)

I’m really enjoying writing our love story and I hope that the kids will appreciate it when they are older.  I am sure it would be written differently if I had written it when it was occurring, but writing it in retrospect gives me perspective on many of the events that occurred.  I am using my trusty day planner (I’ve always been a documenter) and saved copies of emails to piece together the story.  The most difficult aspect is chronology but the details I still remember like it was yesterday.

It’s really interesting to look back on that time in my life.  I’m sure I’ll laugh just as much at my current blog posts one day!  Some things just seem so silly when I look back on them!

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