Thanks to aden + anais for softening the blow of our latest milestone with muslin swaddle blankets for our review.
I started last week knowing that I should be writing a post to rave about our new aden + anais cotton muslin swaddle blankets. But then life took over and our week went bananas, as happens so often lately.
The thing about parenthood is that it’s always changing. Just when you think you’ve settled in with a thing or two figured out, it all up and changes on you. And right when you think you just can’t take another minute of whatever phase you’re in right now, it’s gone in a flash and you wish, even if just a little, that you could get a moment of it back again.
I really wasn’t sure what to tell you about our new swaddles, beyond how much we love the soft cotton muslin or how perfect the new Vintage Circus prints are for both baby boys and girls. Given how much we love all of our muslin blankets, it just didn’t seem like enough. So I put it off and focused on other things, like the latest big change to hit our home: the last goodbye to our wooden crib. Last time wasn’t so hard, because we were hoping to add to our family. But this time? This time we’re done.
No more babies sleeping in that crib. No more tiny eyes peering out between those slats. No more hurting my ribs by leaning in so far to kiss those little sleeping heads that my feet come off the ground. So many new things are starting – beautiful things, fascinating things, funny-big-kid things. But those tiny, sweet-smelling, nuzzly things? Well, those are gone for good.
It’s funny we should take the crib out this week – the same week that I decided to start listing all of our baby clothes below a 2T for sale. The same week I made the final plans for my son’s fifth birthday.
And, oddly enough, these milestones are hitting during the very week I picked up another day at the office. (Did I mention that here yet? The semi-return to the cube?) The offer came, and I felt like the kids might be ready, so off to work I go. But that’s fodder for another post…
So it seemed like the right time to stop this musical beds thing we’ve had going on, and get the kids into a real habit of sleeping in their own beds in their own shared room.
As I sat in bed with my daughter on that first night, my son’s bed beside us, reading a story and trying to get them settled, I looked at the crib mattress that now sat in a toddler frame, covered by the familiar aden + anais elephant friends that she’s giggled at for months. There sat her little elephant Musy Mate, made of the same muslin, that she gripped while sucking her thumb. I dared to think it: She looks comfy, content. Maybe she’s going to actually sleep here tonight?
And then my son came forth with the ultimate gesture and handed her his Liam the Brave dream blanket (he’ll tell you they’re superhero wolves.) He doesn’t part with that thing, but he knows she doesn’t have one, so the moment was pretty major.
Inspired by his gesture, I handed him my daydream blanket. You know that doesn’t happen often (it’s white, after all, and Mom gets so few things of her own) but one thoughtful deed deserves another, right?
So there we all sat, snuggled up in each other’s aden + anais, but comforted by things that went way deeper than blankets.
She made it through the night. We all did. In the morning, I caught her chatting happily with the animals on her swaddle blanket. We may be packing up some things, but those loveys and blankies and oh-so-comforting things aren’t going anywhere – and that’s good, because I think this mama might need them even more than the kiddos do.