When I was pregnant with Iain, my mom and I hit upon a Craig’s List ad for baby gear. Included: a regular-sized crib, an orange jumpy thing, a yellow bouncy sling, a pack and play. And a white mini crib.
I love that mini crib. It can be raised to changing-table height and when you do that, and lower the side, it fits right up against our bed with a four-inch rail between. Perfect. It folds up small so it can be stored when not in use (rarely the case for us, but it did see a gap in between Cory and Laina), and it is smaller than a regular crib (good for the small bedrooms we’ve had), but just the right size for a baby.
All five of my kids used it. Laina didn’t use it for long, and Mason preferred sleeping in the baby swing, but they all used it. A lot of the time, we’d graduate one kid to the big crib and put the new baby in the mini crib. We had two cribs going a lot.
Most recently, we have had the mini crib set up in our room. Because our youngests share a room, it was helpful to have a second nap space available, so Ivy could nap in the mini crib while Mason napped in his bed.
But nobody is napping anymore. And it’s time to take down the crib.
The orange jumpy thing has already found a new home. The big crib will soon (fifth kid–still in a crib at three!). There are a few baby things that I can’t seem to let go of: the yellow baby sling. The glider rocker (oh how many, many hours and nights I rocked and slept in that chair!). And the mini crib. I’ll need it for grandbabies someday.
I was so happy to find that I had a picture of each baby in the crib. The boys all used the green, yellow, and gingham bumper my mom made when I was pregnant with Iain. Laina and Ivy each had their own: one bought by Grammy and modified to fit by my mom (Laina’s), and one made by Grammy (Ivy’s).
So many memories in one little white crib. So much gratitude.