Cameron’s nursery completed

I know I’ve blogged about Cameron’s nursery before, but there were a few finishing touches that I needed to complete and since those are now done, I thought a more detailed post was in order. I love decorating, and this room is really one of my favourites in our house, so here’s some of the detail behind it for those who are interested.

This first collage starts off with a panorama view of the room. The sign on the door (bottom left) was part of the décor for my baby shower and has received a second lease on life here. The funky giraffe we found at the Irene Market in February and it was the first toy we bought for Cameron (I haven’t been able to find them there again, but to my utter delight, I’ve discovered that MyMunchkin stocks them). Then we have Horton! I was presented with him at my baby shower and truth be told, it’s really because of this gift that the theme for the nursery changed completely!

This collage is a tribute to Colin’s mom, who helped me so much with getting the nursery ready. It was she who found the giant Scrabble letters on a trip to Cape Town, which now form the centre of Cameron’s wall of fame. It was she who painstakingly painted the stripes along the wall after I had my first pre-term labour scare and was instructed to take things easy. And finally, it was she who gave me the mouse mobile, which has a history. When Colin was small, his mom used to tell him the story of Timmy Mouse, a little mouse who didn’t like to bath. However, one day he met a little girl mouse who wouldn’t play with him because he was just so dirty. That provided the incentive Timmy needed and from then on he was a lovely, clean little chap!

The words on the wall are my second favourite thing about this room (the first being the canvases, but more on those later). They are the first four lines to ‘Horton hears a who’, with appropriate changes to the first line (the original reads, ‘On the fifteenth of May’). When changing it to ‘On a day in September’ I wondered if I was tempting fate, but as Cameron was due towards the end of September I thought I’d be safe. And then of course he was born a month early! We contemplated crossing September out and adding August instead, but as Cameron only came home from the hospital on September second the wall was left unchanged. (For those interested, I projected the words onto the wall, traced them and then painted them.) In the middle of the top row there is a shot of Cameron’s library so far – my mom is a Grade 5 English teacher and passionate about reading. I doubt Cameron will ever be short of stories as she’s started a library at her house too! Then we have Cayden and Keeno, the dinosaur/dragon toys which remain as a relic to the original nursery theme (Knights and Dragons). And last, but by no means least, are the customised canvases that my most wonderful friend Lee made for me. They delight my heart every day and I hereby decree that they will always have a place in our home, no matter how old Cameron is!

I also found a really cute night light from MyMunchkin. I mentioned them before and they are a recent discovery for me. It’s a company formed by two moms who import really cool baby stuff that’s hard to find in SA. The light’s colours change (slowly, so no baby disco going on), and it has a continuous light function, as well as a tap on/tap off mode. And today I found an awesome clock, which has a definite Dr Seuss feel too it. But who knows when I’ll get a chance to put that up, so here goes this post without a photo of that!

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Cayden and Keeno

The theme I had planned for Cameron’s nursery before the Dr Seuss baby shower changed everything was ‘Knights and (friendly) dragons.’ I had it all planned out, but it centred on these cute felt dragons I’d seen at the Irene Market in February and a dragon wall sticker I found on Amazon. When I tried to actually buy these items, the stall at Irene was no more and I discovered that Amazon wouldn’t ship that item to South Africa. I was disappointed, and in an effort to lift my spirits my Dad went on a dragon hunting mission. At Mr Price Home he found this awesome dinosaur which I decided would work as a dragon – albeit a wingless one.

At the baby shower a few days later, my dear friends Katy and Lee, who had been in on the dragon theme, presented me with the same dinosaur. Except that Katy took it one step further and sewed wings on it! When I changed my theme to Horton hears a who the matching dragons still earned a place in the nursery, purely on merit of the love and dedication that had gone into finding them. (Besides which it’s entirely possible that there are dragons/dinosaurs still living on Mount Nool.)

When Cameron was in ICU, there were twin girls named Cayden and Keeno in the beds next to him. They were born the day before Cameron, and were 35 weeks and 6 days to Cameron’s 35 weeks and 5 days. The nurses joked that Cameron would one day marry one of them (bets are on Cayden because ‘Cameron and Cayden’ has such a nice ring to it). One tends to strike up conversations with other moms in ICU, and on chatting to Karen, the girls’ mom,we discovered that we actually live in the same suburb. Friendships have started in stranger ways and perhaps Cameron and the girls will get to know each other after all. In the meantime, we’ve absorbed this part of Cameron’s story into the nursery by naming our twin dinosaurs after these special little girls!

Sparkle and Speckle’s baby shower

When the news first broke that I was pregnant, my friend Karen immediately asked if she could organise my baby shower and I was only too happy to oblige. We had tea a few months back and settled on a date (with my Mom living in Tzaneen keeping such things a surprise borders on impossible) and I left her to it.

The amazing race

When the big day dawned on 7 July, the first surprise was a brown envelope that was delivered to our door. Col and I had a few tasks to get done it seemed as we embarked on a bit of an amazing race. Among others we had to price all the items needed to change a nappy, sample some baby food, come up with a plan of action in the case of a high temperature and drive to KFC for a mini-cone since sleep was allegedly eluding our little baby. It was tons of fun (who doesn’t like ice-cream at 09:30 am) and by the time the last clue led us to Karen’s house I was well into the festive mood.

The big event

Surprise two came with the theme that Karen had chosen – Dr Seuss. I’m going to make a shocking statement here and say that I might just prefer Dr Seuss over Winnie-the-Pooh so it was just awesome! Karen’s attention to detail was phenomenal. I was dressed up ‘Cat-in-the-hat’ style and allowed a brief look at all the delightful treats on offer before being whisked off to say my hellos. There was too much to take in at the time, but I do remember ‘Thing 1’ and ‘Thing 2’ cupcakes, Truffela Tree lollipops and of course the cake. What a work of art! Let me just say that whether Karen intended to or not, she has now given herself the job of making all of Speckle’s birthday cakes for many years to come! (This photo doesn’t really do it justice but it’s the only one I have right now so it will have to do.)

A marathon

The next few hours passed in a blur of games and gifts. The amount of stuff Speckle was spoilt with was absolutely overwhelming! Blankets, clothes, toys, toiletries – you name it, we got it. It took Colin four trips from the car to unload it all when we got home, and it took me hours to sort through and make sense of. Once again, thank you, thank you, thank you to all our friends and family for your insane generosity. (Proper thank you cards are still on my list by the way, but I’m pulling the preggie card and am giving myself another few weeks to get them done.)

A delightful day

Other delights of the day included a photo booth that my friend Lee set up. She’d come to visit me a few weeks before and we’d both been saying how sad we were that the photo booth craze only took off after we got married. I had hours of fun posing for pics and will post some when I get them.

All in all I could not have asked for a better baby shower. Col and I still have a bit to do in terms of sorting and organising before Speckle arrives, but we were given an incredible head start and are so appreciative of all the love and support we’ve been given. Once again – a massive thanks! Our friends and family just rock!