You’d think that after selling every last piece of baby gear, that I’d no longer have any emotional attachments to the past.
But I do.
I was inventorying the nursery decor that will be sold when we convert the nursery to Bryson’s big kid room, and I’m having a hard time imagining handing those things over to someone. The perfect mobile, the original artwork, the deer prints, the garland I made from leftover first birthday decor, the bookends shaped like animals. My heart is in each of those items.
I’m keeping them, most of them, and putting them up in the kids’ reading nook. My heart can’t take letting them go right now. I know my emotional limits.
For now, they stay.
Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do.
I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!
May 20, 2015 at 12:38 am
I think it’s wonderful that you are holding onto a few very special items! Maybe one day, if you want to give them away you could gift them to someone special in your life. And if that day never comes then at least your little guys will have a few special things that you’ve saved over the years. Who knows, maybe one day their kids will get them – I know that’s probably a bit of a scary thought, but here me out. I know how special the few items Mr. MPB and I have to pass on to our kids are to us now, so maybe one day it will be the same for your kids.
May 22, 2015 at 9:19 pm
That’s what I’m thinking – they could be neat things to put in their kids’ rooms some day. Like all the clothes Hottie has had me hold onto… because you know their wives will just LOVE that. 😉 (Screw them, they’re getting them and I expect them to have the kids photos taken in them. HA!)
May 20, 2015 at 1:10 am
Oh court, even though it is good to clear out it is ok to keep. We should do a skype clean up of our babies things and wine at the same time!
May 20, 2015 at 9:07 am
We should definitely do this!!!! I’d love to Skype with you!
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May 20, 2015 at 4:08 am
I can totally relate to that. I was all set to get rid of things last year. I couldn’t do it. I am now ready to let go of clothes etc but there are things I am not sure will depart our house for quite some time….
May 22, 2015 at 9:19 pm
I think it’s really important to wait until you’re ready. I’ve been ready for so much of it, but not this… so they’re staying.
May 20, 2015 at 2:14 pm
I say keep the things that mean the most to you for awhile. It was a very special time in your life and those things hold lots of memories. Until you feel ready, don’t stress about keeping them. You will know when the time is right, or if you find someone special to pass them on to. 🙂
May 22, 2015 at 9:20 pm
I tried passing them onto my cousin, hoping they had a woodland animal theme going. No go. It’s really hard to pick someone to give them too… they need a good home!
May 20, 2015 at 10:46 pm
There are certain things I will hold on to no matter what….I’m inspired by your actions & wish I could let just one thing go 😊
May 22, 2015 at 9:21 pm
You will in time. And if you don’t, that’s OK!