As many of you know, Adam and I welcomed our daughter, Piper Mae, into the world on March 29th, 2014 at 12:07pm. One of these days I’ll have to share the details of her birth, but the quick stats are: 8lbs 9oz, 21.75″ long, perfectly healthy, and devastatingly precious.
In the two weeks since her arrival, we have learned tons about each other and, more importantly, I’ve learned more about God’s love and grace and power and divinity than I have in my previous 28 years of life. Motherhood is a whirlwind that I don’t expect to ever calm and I’m so grateful to be on this journey fully supported by a God that does not fail. More on that later, too.
Now, as you might expect, our home has accumulated lots of “stuff” in the last couple of weeks. From diapers to swaddling blankets to bassinets to car seats, we definitely have more baby paraphernalia than I thought we would. Some of it may be superfluous, but on the whole, we’re using it. And something that I am so grateful that I planned for before Piper’s arrival was having a home for all of it within our home. I initially thought that a nursery dedicated only to baby things would be overkill. After all, Piper spends most of her time with/on me, so why would she need a whole room to herself?
Let me tell you. Her possessions need a place of their own more than she does. Each day, I round up the baby items that have wandered into the living room, bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen, and bring them back to their place of belonging in the nursery. It’s one of the best parts of the day. It’s where my house gets to be itself again. It’s where I feel proud of what I’ve accomplished for the day. And, perhaps my favorite part of all, it allows me to appreciate the love and work and thought that went into planning and preparing Piper’s nursery before her arrival.
Below are some photos of the finished product. I love this room more than any other room in our house. It represents a time in our lives that we’ll never experience again. A time when Adam and I poured a little bit of ourselves into a baby who we’d yet to meet. A time when we had SO many unanswered questions, but a promise of unfathomable love to come. A time when we wanted to create a sanctuary for our sweet daughter when she came into the world. And, truly, I feel like we did just that.
We were smart with our money; finding the perfect dresser on Craigslist for $100, converting an armchair we already owned into a rocker, and making the curtains and crib skirt with Lala (my Mom/Piper’s grandma) instead of purchasing them. Not only did these details allow us to be fiscally responsible, but it allowed P’s nursery to be truly one-of-a-kind, sprinkled with the joy of her family waiting for her.
It’s my hope that Piper will one day play in this room and feel so much of the love that was poured into it just for her.