Here is a photo of Pineapple’s room. As you can see we have a bed and not a crib. We will get a crib if we need to. Our current plan is to just get a pack-and-play portable crib and keep it by our bed and then move her into her bedroom when she is ready.
As you can see the room is not cute- like expensive little girl cute. There are no colorful painted walls or themed curtains. Just a sort of avant-garde, blue painting I got several years ago, blue, white and tan home style quilt and pillows from Target, a blue curtain, and a few toys.
Oh and that tacky circular poster you see above the dresser explains the seasons (label w/ picture). I also have one on the opposite wall that explains the days of the week. I got these from a teacher store. Don’t ask me what possessed me to hang them up. Maybe it is because I didn’t have anything else.
The furniture in the room (the dresser, bed, end table and desk) we got free from various people’s donations. You know what the miracle of that is? All of it was donated separately and it all matches pretty well. It was meant for her I think.
The point of Pineapple’s bedroom demo is that the other day my friend was over and I wanted to show her how great all of the furniture matched despite being from different people. So, I took her up to Pineapple’s room and she said,
“Jen, you are getting a girl. This room is decorated blue. You have had too many boys in your life. Do you know how to think “girl”. This room needs pink. You would not even know this was a girl’s room. Come on!”
The thing is I don’t know if I can actually buy pink stuff, or girly room decor. It is not because I hate pink. Well, I do hate certain shades of pink, but there are a lot of good shades that you can mix with purple and other colors that I really like (for example
, or here
). The problem is that I have avoided the girl section for so long I feel uncomfortable there. Like I am cheating. Like I am pretending. I imagine the people who walk by me know that I don’t have a girl and are giving me the “you don’t belong here” stare. This is “elite” territory for real parents of girls. I start feeling really nervous and think to myself- Who do I think I am buying something pink, or even yellow for that matter? I feel like a fake that will soon be exposed.
My mom agrees with my friend and has told me that she is going to give me some decor herself, so that Pineapple’s room will actually look like a little girls room.
The other day I broke down and actually bought a new blanket for Pineapple (It is one of those great fleece ones with the silky edges) but it is green. I chose GREEN. What is wrong with me? Please help.