My “baby” is now almost 4 years old. To be honest, I thought my husband and I would be babyless… so to have her in our lives is a miracle. Although a lot of our baby items have been given out on loan to family and friends as hubster and I don’t have a need for them at the moment, we still have a house and shed full of baby products. And, truth be told I don’t think we’ll be needing them in the future. But to give the crib, all the baby clothes, and the rest of all Princess’s products away for good isn’t going to be easy.
The first big item we bought for Princess Miracle was her sleigh bed crib, followed by her stroller and car seat, her swing (x2), play mat, carriers, blankies, chairs… need I go on? Each time we went to the store or when people came to visit there was a something extra special handed over to our little Princess. All these have a memory of a very small baby that we never thought would never be a part of our family.
It’s the tiny onesies that really tug hard at my heart strings, those little outfits were once too big for the 6 pound 9 ounce girl that showed up a month too early. And then there are the spontaneous soothers that pop up every once in a while in the oddest places, did we wean her too early at 2 years and 4 months?
While I love seeing all the baby items, they are also reminders of some very hard times. A baby that cried and cried and cried – a lot, with a sore tummy, acid reflux and as an extremely fussy eater; it made for long nights and days as a new Mom. I didn’t know if I’d make it until Hubster arrived from work, or I’d cry when my Mom left the house after a visit. Somedays I didn’t think I’d made it. But, that’s what being a Mom is all about, getting stronger and working through challenges.
Getting rid of the remainder of the baby items will come with mixed emotions. We’ll be moving shortly, maybe that’ll be just the push we need to make some extra room for all the toddler and preschooler items our house is going to be packed with.
What to do?