Fire in the hole

An hour ago Colin and I arrived home from his sister’s birthday celebrations, our third marathon of festivities in as many days. We were worn out! As we settled on the couch to Skype my brother in Holland we heard explosive sounds from the region of Cam’s nappy. After our standard protocol of a five minute wait, Col went upstairs to change Cam. I soon heard hysterical laughter and shouts of ‘Luce, come and look’ drifting down the stairs. I moseyed on up, expecting to be regaled by my delightfully cute son. Instead I found a war zone …

As Col was changing Cam’s nappy, Cam unleashed a second offensive. Col handled that with ease as it’s not the first time it’s happened to us, and the new nappy was well positioned so there were no casualties. However, while trying to keep the baby-grow clean, Col hoisted Cam’s nether regions skyward by holding up his ankles. And while in that prone position, our son unleashed his missile!

The projectile stream burst forth with all of Cam’s explosive capabilities behind it. Col’s hands, the changing mat, changing station and wall were instantly covered. Casualties of the resulting splatter were three pillow cases, the duvet, the bed frill, the plugs, the nappy bin, the dustbin, the nebuliser and three mobiles I had made. Col reckons that if the wall hadn’t been in the way we would have cleared the two metre mark.

And so instead of putting our feet up on the couch, Col and I have just spent half an hour cleaning the nursery. While Cam observed us from his cot, chortling merrily, all we could do was laugh – at ourselves, the situation, the ironic timing of Cam’s attack and all the new requirements bring a parent brings.

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!

Sleeping solo

Last night Cameron slept in the nursery for the first time. (Up until now he’s been sleeping next to our bed in his pram.) We’ve been discussing when to make this move in a halfhearted way for the last week but hadn’t actually made a call. Yesterday I woke up in a ‘today is the day’ mood and just decided to give it a go.

I spent some time in the afternoon preparing. I set up the baby monitor. I built him a little nest at one end of the crib (he’s still so small that I’m using the width as the length). I unpacked the humidifier we bought and got that working (poor guy has been a bit congested the last few days). I was ready.

And now our first night is already behind us. In his typical stoical style, Cameron doesn’t seem to care where he rests his weary head. He slept wonderfully. His parents on the other hand … Firstly we spent half an hour missing him and discussing whether he was feeling rejected and unloved. Then I acted like a bit of a jack-in-the-box after each feed, taking 5 or 6 trips down our little passage to check on his well being. Col and I both had nightmares about imaginary death traps in the nursery – for example shelves falling off the wall or the roof caving in. And then there was the noise. The baby monitor not only picks up Cameron’s little squeaks but other noise too. So last night we heard all the trucks on the highway twice – once when they were going past Cam’s window and then again as they passed ours! Perhaps tonight I will be brave enough to turn down the sensitivity.

All in all though I think it’s safe to say that the move couldn’t have been smoother. Let’s just hope that tonight Col and I can be as relaxed as our son!

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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!