I SORT OF remember a few years back when, in the middle of baseball playoff season, my wife yelled to me from the other room, “Forget about the game, we’ve got shit to do.” I’m being facetious, it’s almost impossible to forget that moment, it was my very first blog post on Dad or Alive and ended up being the first chapter of my book.
Even though we technically waited until just before Ava was born to strip the walls and shelves of my collectibles and action figures, suffocate them in bubble wrap and transform our home office (my former fortress of solitude) into a nursery, we still did a TON of planning. Every weekend leading up to the birth was a different destination, shuffling through stores picking up self-adhering butterfly mirrors, little pink moccasins that she would outgrow in a week and literally anything we could find that was just ‘adorable and we must have it’.
We were seriously over-prepared.
I can’t say the same for our latest addition, Mason. He kinda got screwed.
We recently moved into a new house last summer and while we knew he was well on his way, we still insisted on using his room as a staging area for some imaginary yard sale that may or may not happen several months from now. It looked like my Gram’s old junk drawer in her kitchen, except this was measured in square FEET, not inches. Old HVAC filters, broken doll high-chairs, a smashed wicker laundry basket, a pile of tools that I never took to the basement, you know…the usual landfill-type treasures.
I suppose my wife and I were trying to one-up each other in some sort of twisted procrastination contest. Either that, or maybe we were just tired. I’ll bet we’re not the first parents with multiple kids that just get beat down and run over after a few years. And maybe there was even an off-chance that we were just SO confident that he would arrive on his actual due date?
But of course, with my luck involved in the equation, the boy came a few weeks early.
It was okay though, it was a blessing in disguise. Not only because he’s a handsome little chap…
…but because we waited so long, the Eddie Bauer ‘First Adventure’ line, exclusive to Target, had made it’s debut in the stores. As some of you already know, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Target’s ‘Inner Circle‘ and had the opportunity to share my dilemma with them.
My wife and I took a few hours to finally clear out Mason’s soon-to-be nursery. I showed my friends at Target the blank slate that I had to work with and we came up with a couple great items that will serve as the foundation for a room he can grow into.
Allow me to preface the upcoming visual aids by mentioning that, as I get older, things get increasingly difficult. I used to be able to knock out a set of Ikea instructions (you know, the crazy Swedish names and illustrations) in like ten minutes, no sweat. Now I find myself having to take bathroom breaks and get up to ‘walk around’ because my legs are stiff and my back hurts.
Luckily this wasn’t the case with the Eddie Bauer Langley dresser.
This progression of pictures spare you the agony of watching me contort my body in an awkward fashion to tighten screws and insert wooden dowels, but compared to a lot of the other furniture I’ve put together, this was a relative breeze. The result was a really sturdy, well-crafted dresser that gives us a perfect amount of space to store his stained ‘hand-me-down’ onesies (he’s not getting EVERYTHING new, you guys).
Taking the first steps in creating a new room for your baby is exciting (SUPER exciting for mom, just ‘regular’ exciting for me) and I was lucky enough to have a little helper.
The next morning, me and my helper (in the same clothes because why not) tackled the next big piece of the puzzle. The Eddie Bauer Langley crib.
This is the third crib I’ve put together in under five years and BY FAR, the easiest. In the past, I’ve noticed crib designs hiding access to hex bolts in odd positions, making it nearly impossible for me to get a full rotation on my wrench, so I end up having to do these little quarter-turns…parents, if you’d had this happen before, you’ll know immediately what the hell I’m talking about.
As my wife and I moved these two new pieces into place, I could see her head swirling with ideas. Also, the foam in the corners of her mouth were a dead giveaway. Because we chose white, we really have the freedom to find a color palette that we feel suits our son and add accents here and there to really make the whole thing pop.
I’m sorry, did I just say that?
The reality is that these are only two of the many great things that the Eddie Bauer/Target partnership has to yield. Whether you’re a new parent or an old(er) one like me, looking for baby’s first stroller or play yard or if you’re just trying to find an item to accessorize or compliment something you already have, they probably have it.
And maybe I can just help you get it.
Between now and Wednesday, April 2nd at 5pm EST, simply enter below for a chance to win a $300 Target gift card!
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Best of luck and share this with your friends (unless you’re being selfish to increase your chances of winning)!