Sometimes life offers up a crisis of faith... and being pregnant means that these crises often centre around my maternal instincts. My latest crisis comes from an innocuous question asked by a friend living far away, "how are you doing up the nursery?" Now anyone who knows my living situation realizes that a two-bedroom place does not have room for a nursery. In fact, Nikolai only got a bedroom this past weekend... prior to this he was sleeping in a crib in our bedroom.
Voila, the crisis of faith. Because, what kind of parents are we that our four-year old kid is sleeping in a crib in the corner of our bedroom? It leads to other questions about our lack of normalcy... like why don't we have a car? or matching cutlery? or any of the things that I was told by various Parenting magazines that we need to be a good family. And the answer boils down to one thing... our belief in the importance of having a parent stay at home... namely me!
In this day and age it's a luxury to be able to stay at home with Nikolai (and the baby in my tummy), but it is a luxury that we can only just afford. It means that nearly everything we own is secondhand, and we live in a rented two-bedroom suite. But it also means that we have time to spend playing with Nikolai, gardening, cooking meals from scratch, and indulging in the very Martha Stewart side of my personality. So I must take heart, and reassure myself that we are ok with our chosen lifestyle.
It is just an economic truth that most families must contend with... and I'm sure that we all struggle with such a crises in faith, whether we choose to go back to work or stay home. So I'm feeling a bit more bolstered now. And here are some photos that can stand as evidence for the fact that Nikolai and I do get to spend our days having fun together, and I will allow them to sooth the soul of a crazy-hormonal-pregnant lady.
First a picture of the boat pond with the pirate ship that Nikolai and I built.
blocked on the table.
revelry. I got all these patterns for free... but I mainly love the fact that I can see how the pattern knits up based on reviews, ratings and posted photos.