My little boy is growing up. We took the sides off his cotbed before Christmas, and he is now fully toilet trained, both night and day. He has gone from being unable to recognise his own name three months ago to not only being able to recognise every letter in the alphabet but also being able to write his name. And I’ve submitted his school application, as he will be starting school in September. Since Christmas his bedroom has been groaning under the weight of all his new toys, so yesterday I decided it was time for some decluttering.
The geekson’s room was originally set up as a nursery for his big sister, and she moved out to her “big girl” bedroom shortly before he was born. For over 6 years one of the biggest pieces of furniture in the room was my nursing chair with matching stool. For over 6 years this chair has been used for night feeds, bedtime stories and cuddles. More recently the kids have enjoyed sitting side by side in it to read stories. Since Christmas no-one has been able to sit in it as it’s been piled high with books, due to the geekson having more books than shelf space.
It’s taken a while for me to be ready to get rid of this chair. I’ve always loved rocking chairs, and I’ve been harbouring a dream that when the time came to move it out of the geekson’s bedroom we would be able to find space in the lounge for it and I could sit in it in the evenings to watch TV. However we just don’t have the space for it, and on closer inspection the covers have all but worn away in a couple of places and it’s not really in the best of condition. So yesterday I accepted that it’s time with us was through, and the geekdaddy took it to the dump for me.
We had a spare bookcase following our decluttering efforts in the office, and so I’ve set that up for him, along with the big tin trunk that my Mum has turned into a little seat by adding a think foam cushion and cover. So he’s now got his own little “reading nook”. His sister is quite jealous!
Whilst I was in a decluttering mood I also turned out the drawers full of old nappies and pullups – we don’t need those any more! We also cleared out the nappy bin and three changing mats. And as a final piece de resistance I went through all of his toy cars and sorted roughly half to go to the charity shop. The downside of our toilet training approach was that we ended up with a lot of very cheap, poorly made toy cars, and he was getting swamped. So he’s now got a smaller number of cars, but they’re all good ones.
So after a day’s work, the geekson’s bedroom looks much more like a little boy’s room, and not like a nursery. Yet another sign that my little boy is growing up. I’ve not been sad to see the final passing of the baby stage – I won’t miss changing nappies one little bit!