The day after we told my in-laws that we'll be having a baby my mother in law called and told me that they would like to buy us the crib. A couple of weeks ago Josh and I went online and picked out the crib we wanted and discovered that we needed order it online because they don't carry it in the store. On Sunday afternoon my mother in law and I sat down at the computer and ordered it. Yesterday it came!
When I got home yesterday there were two big boxes in our entry room delivered by our friendly UPS man (he always leaves treats for the dogs). One of the boxes was the crib mattress and the other was the crib. I could carry the crib mattress box so I brought that one to the landing on the stairs. When Josh got home just the crib box was in the entry room. He could hardly wait to rip the box open and start assembly. Once he had the box open and all the parts out I made him take a break to eat dinner and then we both went up stairs to put it together.
Our Boston Terrier Kolby was hanging out with us the whole time just watching us assemble what looked like a giant cage, occasionally licking us to remind us that he too is our baby. We got the crib together in about an hour and a half. It would've been faster, but we mixed up the sides because we were putting it together upside down.
Our good friends Caroline and Brandon gave us the bedding set and decor that they had in their daughter's room when she was a baby so we got the skirt and the fitted sheet on the crib and it's so cute!
We discovered one little problem though after assembly. It doesn't quite fit. We have a loft bed set in that room that used to be my sister's when she was small. When we moved and mom wanted it out of her house so I got it and put it in the spare room. It's great because it's a twin bed, two dressers, a set of shelves and a desk. It was a great spare bed for small company and it did get used a few times.
We intend to use the dressers and the shelves for the baby's stuff so we need to keep it. We can move the loft set about 5 1/2 inches closer to the wall which will give us just enough room to get the crib past the door trim, but would still put the crib right up against the ladder to the loft (you can see the crib up against the ladder in the picture). Because of this Josh has suggested we take the bed down for now because we won't be needing it since no guests will be sleeping in the nursery with the baby. Without the bed on top we can put the dresser up against the back wall and turn the desk allowing us plenty of room for the crib. The only thing I'm worried about is storing the mattress and the wooden frame for the bed. I think we'll need to store the mattress in plastic to protect it from dust, but it's not like I have mattress sized plastic bags lying around. I have no idea where to even go to get one. I think the wooden frame should be fine unwrapped in the rafters of the garage for now. They won't get wet there and shouldn't get damaged.
We can't do anything about the loft until someone can come help us though because it's way too heavy for me to help lift the bed and move the furniture. Good thing we both have amazing parents that will help us with anything.
Thank you wonderful in laws for the adorable crib and mattress! We so appreciate it. Love you!
When I came in today and told Lee that how long it took us to put the crib together he was shocked. Apparently it took him a lot longer to assemble his cribs. How long did it take you? Did you have many problems?