Last week I sold the two cribs from the nursery. I had bought the first one before Ben and Kennedy were born and we were in Surrey. After we'd moved back to the London area, we often went to see movies in Staines and right next door to "the cinema" was the most enticing shop - Mamas & Papas.
The windows were full of Perego "pushchairs" and the cutest baby furniture. They also sold toys, gorgeous maternity wear (usually "gorgeous" and "maternity" can't be in the same sentence but they can if it's Mamas & Papas!) I always said that whenever one of the kids started reproducing, I was going to wreck the budget in that store. Sure enough, Jen called late January 2004 to tell us they were pregnant. I think I was in Staines within a week at Mamas & Papas. I started plotting and figuring out what I was going to buy for my "Grandma Nursery".
Then in March, Tim and Megan came to visit and told us THEY were expecting as well! I think we were in Mamas & Papas in short order. We got each of them their stroller of choice and their first car seats. I think Mike ended up bringing them over to the US one at a time on his business trips. I'm sure the airlines wondered if he was running a black market baby stroller business - you know you read about those things ALL the time! :)
Anyway, in the midst of all this pregnancy fun, I did get my "Grandma Nursery" furnished. I bought this lovely "cot" (cribs in the US are what we'd call a cradle...).