One year ago today, Charlie graduated from her isolette and was moved to an open crib. It was an exciting time for us. We decided that it was time to prepare for Charlie’s imminent homecoming.
Until the week following her transition to an open crib, there was not an aspect of our home that was ready for a baby. Despite Charlie’s early arrival two and a half months earlier, we procrastinated with our preparations. It would have been too painful to look at an empty crib or a superfluous changing table each day. Furthermore, I did not want to have to disassemble an unused crib if Charlie did not come home. It would have been too much to bear.
Our preparation for Charlie’s homecoming was instigated by her move to an open crib. The ensuing week, we cracked open the boxes and packages of her nursery furniture. My husband assembled various furniture pieces and baby items. I washed, folded, and put away baby clothes and blankets. We laughed at the ridiculous number of pieces her furniture arrived in while my husband assembled it. We delighted in the cute outfits she would soon wear. It finally felt safe to anticipate her home coming.