For the last couple of months, I have been sorting through the kids' clothes - baby clothes, 2Ts, 3Ts, Abby's 4 and 5Ts. I had ten plastic bins full of them. I am now down to four. Even Peter Walsh lets people keep a few things for sentimental value, so I have one bin for Abby, one for Noah, and two more to give to my sister-in-law.
I gave away our crib.
Yup, the crib.
I've been thinking about it for awhile now. Do I sell it? Do I save it for my sister (who lives across the country and it would probably cost more to get it to her than it would be to buy a new one)? Do I give it away? Do I just keep it because I am a sentimental sap of a mom?
Then I was talking to my neighbor across the street, and she mentioned that they needed to get a crib for their 7-month-old great granddaughter who is with them most of the time. Her granddaughter (baby's mom) had given away all of her baby stuff a few years back...and then SURPRISE!
A few other gals I know did that exact same thing - thinking they were done, got rid of everything, and then, lo and behold, they got "prego" and had to buy all new stuff within a couple of years.
I joked with my neighbor that I hoped giving them the crib wasn't jinxing me too.
Don't get me wrong. I loved when the kids were babies. Going through all of their tiny clothes, I couldn't help but get a little weepy. And like I said, I couldn't part with two bins full of favorite outfits and blankets (and a few toys too).
To be honest, for the longest time, I have felt perfectly content with having my girl and my boy...and now a 70lb lab pup with separation anxiety. We have definitely entered those elementary years with Noah turning five in a couple of days and Abby going into second grade. And as much as I miss those baby days sometimes (except for the sleep training part - I was so bad at that), this bigger kiddo phase is a whole lot of fun too (except for the getting them to clean their room part - haven't figured that one out yet)...and they still love to snuggle.
I may be able to give up the crib, but this mama wouldn't know what to do without those snuggles.
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