A parent’s rite of passage: decorating their child’s room

April 1, 2013 9 Comments

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One thing that most parents get to do is decorate the room of their child. For us this was more of a rite of passage than a necessary task or job.

It was something we wanted to do, looked forward to, and like the baptism of a baby felt a certain gravitas attached to it. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it was our reward for a long four years of infertility and a strenuous adoption process.

With this in mind, you will understand why we set about the task with the fervour of an interior design company, and the precision of a finely tuned military operation.

My wife was in her element and she set about the job by investing herself in preparing the perfect room. As such, the obligatory trip to IKEA was on the cards.

With a spring in our step, we trotted off; confident the Scandinavian behemoths of flat pack goods would furnish our son’s new bedroom.

A bad IKEA

Unfortunately IKEA was somewhat of a bust. Usually a fruitful exercise, this particular trip to IKEA proved more tedious and frustrating culminating in severe confusion and a cut on my hand deeper than the Mariana Trench.

With the recent Horsemeat scandal, I couldn’t even eat the meatballs.

We left with our tails between our legs, and having suffered a hefty blow to morale, I was somewhat surprised to see that we still managed to spend a fair bit of cash. I think it is a physical impossibility to scale a six story shop and come away empty handed.

Over the next day or so with our enthusiasm dampened but not totally blighted, we perused the usual catalogues of Next and Littlewoods, both of which were decent but uninspiring.

Inspiration from the beep game

With our motivation waning at considerable speed, I had all but lost interest until my wife woke me up by shoving the IPad in my face. Through jaded and half open eyes I found myself browsing the Dunelm Mill website.

What is going on?

I asked, still trying to work out if this was part of my dream.

I Googled ‘beep beep’ and this is what I got.

Came the enigmatic answer.

I should explain. The beep game is simple and has only one rule – press someone’s nose and say beep. For anyone over the age of twenty months, it is tiresome at best, but for the wee man – it is to him, what my Xbox is to me.

With my eyelids slowly peeling themselves open and my thoughts hurriedly gathering themselves I started to make sense of what my wife was doing.

There was a whole range of items from bed sheets and curtains to a toy box and car shaped cushion. Bright colours and decent quality – my wife’s ingenuity had paved the way for our enthusiasm, and once again we were looking forward to this ‘parent’s rite of passage’.

Once we had bought all of the goodies, we put them in the little man’s room and quickly agreed that a paint job was needed.

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boring boring….

We matched two colours from the beep beep set and got to work.

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ah… much better…

Over the Easter weekend our spare room has been transformed to the future bedroom of our son. Our rite of passage has been experienced and my wife and I can add another parenting first onto our list.

Our dream of having children is little more than a host of tiny fantasies of the most simple of aspects of daily life, as well as the slightly bigger wishes like holidays and Christmas. One facet of our dream was to be able to decorate a room for a child in a manner that reflected our love for them.

To you beep beep may just be onomatopoeia

To us, it is much, much more.

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About the Author:

Andrew is an adoptive father, and stay at home dad. Having adopted his son in January 2013, he is a new adoptive parent, but well versed in the adoption process. He is a married, coffee drinker, Xbox addict, and a Marketing graduate. Andrew McDougall is an alias he uses to protect the identity of his adopted son.

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  1. Rachel says:

    Lovely! It sounds as though you really enjoyed decorating it. Did your son like room? Did you do a big ‘reveal’?
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  2. Vicki says:

    The photos look lovely, hope he likes his room?

    We had to have Mini’s room done before approval so it had to be neutral for either gender. In the end we chose bright yellows and oranges, and left the accessories (jungle themed) for when we knew we were having a boy. It was such an important thing for me, to get it just right. I kind of felt similar when it came to buying clothes for him too, it was quite a personal thing, and something that I’d waited a long time to do.

    Thanks for sharing this with the Weekly Adoption Shout Out x
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  3. Sarah says:

    The room looks great and lovely that you could do it after meeting him and make it so relevant to you and him. I like designing the room and picking things out but am not keen on doing the decorating.
    Thanks for sharing with us on The Weekly Adoption Shout Out.

  4. I love that green and blue combination!

    I am itching to decorate my child’s room and I have at least a year to wait.
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  5. What a lovely room! We are moving house soon and so my son will get a newly-decorated room – he’s old enough to have his own opinions about what he likes now, so I’m looking forward to that adventure. When I decorated his nursery I didn’t even know if he would be a girl or a boy, and I never expected to be keeping him anyway as I was fostering! Amazing how things change!
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  6. Honeymummy says:

    What a lovely post. I hope you son enjoys his room.
    For us we had known our boys for sometime and so when we were given the green light for them both, we frantically started decorating their rooms and wanted get it to look exactly how we pictured it and hoped the boys would love it (mind you both the boys had dropped enough hints about what they wanted that I felt confident they would)

  7. Kim says:

    Lovely room and such a coincidence as we have just decorated our spare bedroom in preparation for the wee boy we are going to adopt using many of the beep beep things from Dunelm Mill as well as a Thomas the Tank engine bed as we were told he’s a Thomas fan!. The Dunelm children’s ranges are lovely, reasonable prices and good quality.

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