New Crib

November 8th, 2008 by: cheyenne

Painted crib

It should have happened months ago but finally tonight, Ronin is in her new crib, in her own “room.” Of course, by new, I mean a used Craigslist crib, and by own “room” I mean the hall/entry way of our apartment, which we have cleared of crap (i.e., stacked it in the hall outside the apartment) and placed said crib, a couple of butterflies I picked up off the ground in Central America and framed, and soon-to-be little dressers in which to store all her wee little shirts (IkEA, but we haven’t yet assembled them because all that crap I mentioned presses on the brain in such a way…).

And she is pretty much hating it. She sacked right out at 6:30 because that’s when she normally crashes but was up by 7, fussing and sitting up. Soon she was all out crying and we tried to get her to settle back down but within five minutes, she was hysterical. Anyway, it took until 9 to get her to fall asleep for more than 5 minutes in a row and we’re going on 20 minutes now and holding our breath and typing really quietly out here in the living room. And drinking (nigori).

Anyway, about the crib. We found one that wasn’t HORRIBLE on Craigslist and I emailed the person who was selling it and fine it was mine but then she emailed back saying she had to clean out her garage to get to the crib. Then when she cleaned the garage, she couldn’t find the hardware. So she was going to drop it by my place because the hardware was certainly just in the kitchen drawer and she’d find it in the morning. Then she had to go by Home Depot to get more hardware because she couldn’t find the old stuff (she knew what it took) but was still going to drop it by. Then a couple of weeks went by. Then we bought a different one that was really cheap because it was really ugly. BUT, painted, it would be really cute. A project! OH YEAH!

Well, anyone who has ever painted anything ever even once in their lives (this includes us) would have been able to tell us that not only would those spokes be a bitch to sand, but it would be a bitch times 54. Because that’s how many hard-to-sand-not-to-mention-paint-GAH spokes there were.

It took us over a month to get it done.

But it looks awesome.

Ronin spider

[Looks almost like a “real” nursery.]

And Ronin so far hates it.


6 Comments on “New Crib”

  1. vida says:

    really cute crib! nice work ! 8-)
    where has she been sleeping (before the crib).?

  2. kurt says:

    Great looking crib. As of about a week ago Alden has discovered separation anxiety, so I am imagining Ronin is already or will be soon feeling similarly. Not the best time to introduce the sleeping-by-yourself model. We found Alden likes it if we put a toy in each corner of the crib, never far from a distraction. Maybe that will help

  3. paul says:

    Too bad you didn’t tell us you were in the market for a crib. Ours didn’t sell on craigslist. (The one that Ollie was using when he invented the sport of “crib diving”.) Slightly too pricey for the Eugene crowd is my guess. We could have lent it to you. We even know where the hardware is.

  4. cheyenne says:

    We had a cradle, which is sort of between a standard bassinet and crib, sizewise. The cradle fit in our oddly configured bedroom and we figured we’d move her to a crib around six months… La la la. Anyway, she managed to stay down after 9 like I said above and slept the rest of the night aside from two feedings and one or two quick visits to put her back horizontal (I think she sits up in her sleep and then wakes up upset). Not too bad, considering, but man it would be lovely if she went down a little easier.

  5. cheyenne says:

    Paul: In hindsight I would have taken you up on the offer! I really can’t get over what a hassle it was to paint the thing. Plus I had to go and find the least toxic, organic, no-VOC, etc. paint out there, which went on slightly thick and needed a lot of coats. So I couldn’t just spray paint it or anything. ARGH. But it’s cute and as we all know, cute goes a long way; it kinda has a folksy Mexican vibe.

  6. Kerry says:

    My Molly is about the same age and hates her crib with a passion. I am so desperate to get her to sleep through the night in it. She didn’t seem to have a problem with the crib prior to her having a bad cold that landed her in my bed so that I could keep an ear on her. Sigh.

    The crib is adorable. Painting a crib…that’s something you only do ONCE. :)

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