Big Boy Steps

I spent hours folding tiny boy onsies and sorting burp clothes and bibs and receiving blankets in the nursery

I vacuumed and cleaned and vacuumed again.

I placed each item with love:  the small blue and white lined wicker basket full of board books, the giant teddy bear, the fire truck.

I set up the changing table with a soft, polka dot changing pad cover, a cozy hand-knit blanket, and a small basket filled with wipes, lotion, a tiny comb, two different thermometers, and butt cream.

I filled the diaper holder with teeny tiny swaddlers.

I read all the books out loud to my growing tummy.

I hot-glued ribbon to white wooden letters: E D D I E and hung them on tiny hooks above a perfectly made crib.

And then I put a teeny tiny baby in the room and it was a complete nursery.

Today I moved the trucks that have collected on the floor into a traffic jam-like arrangement in front of the toy box that is over-full with trains piled on top.

I put a puzzle with missing pieces on the nightstand next to the unused baby monitor.

Melissa & Doug foods were shoved under the crib and Little People were thrown into an empty diaper box in the corner.

Books have over taken the small wicker basket and are lying all over the floor and on the monkey bean bag chair.

The crib mattress is as low as it goes and now has a pillow and blankets in it like a regular bed.

All the tiny things are shoved into the closet to make room for the toddler clothes that I have to shove into the changing table drawers.

Today’s shirt and shorts are hanging out of the laundry basket where chubby toddler hands threw them when asked to put the away.

This room is not a nursery anymore.

But it’s not a Big Boy room either.

Very soon it will be time for another big step.  It will be time to pack up the toys and clothes and shoes and books and move.

To make this into a nursery again.

For the next teeny tiny baby.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Isn’t that exciting??? Yay!

  2. Big huge smile from this post! How exciting for you!

  3. i didn’t comment yesterday, but CONGRATS!! so very very excited for you. will be praying for lots of stickiness!!! 😉 xoxoxo

  4. Aww… It’s definitely a big change. I was kind of glad we moved when I was 7 mos preggers (ok, not really). But it did work out nicely to start over with a new nursery for Baby R. Would have been even more sad to switch the old one. The thing that will blow your mind the most? The first time you see Eddie after the baby is born. He will instantly go from being a toddler to a big boy.

  5. How exciting!! When we moved our oldest to his big boy room to make room for his baby brother in the nursery, we made a BIG deal about it. He also got to help pick out the pictures he wanted in his room. He felt so proud and he loved his room.

  6. Awwww, you’re making me tear up! My boys had to share a room for the first year but it was definitely bittersweet when I took down all the nursery stuff and changed it into a “boy room” for Landon. And when we transitioned him to a big boy bed? Oooooh, how bittersweet that was.

    I am so sentimental about Landon’s nursery that I kept all the stuff for it. I said I would sell it but I just can’t bring myself to do it. Maybe someday?

  7. I’m so so so happy about your news, I just smiled all day yesterday thinking of how AMAZING it is. This ritual, this new room out of the old one was written so beautifully. xo

  8. OMFG!!! How on earth did I miss this news!? Amazing!! I’m so excite for you, and I continue to wish you adorable and very sticky babies! Love!

  9. Moving into a big boy room will be fun, and oh, itty bitty baby things make me melt. I went through some of the kids’ old clothes today (including their coming home outfits) and just…sigh…I am so, so happy for you, Cort, & Eddie.

  10. *sniffle* Oh my goodness, how sweet!

    Very exciting too.

  11. So very excited for you!

  12. Aw, how sweet. So excited for you and your *growing* family. Yay! Let the nesting begin!

  13. Love this! <3

  14. I would love to get my nursery back! I can’t seem to get Mazzy to stop moving all the stuff on her carefully propped book shelf.

    Congrats again! I’ll try not to pat your tummy at Blogher:)

  15. Just so happy for you. And your not-quite-a-big-boy.

    One step at a time…

  16. Living a crazy busy life and have been MIA from my favorite blogs from a while, so I missed this.
    CONGRATULATIONS!! I’m sooo excited for you guys! Eddie is going to be a wonderful big brother to your new little one! 🙂 When are you due?

  17. Some how I had missed your big news. Congratulations! I read today’s post (8/12) and had to go furiously reading old posts to find this one. Welcome to the world of mom-of-two. It’s different. It’s more. But it’s wonderful. We’re glad to have you.