Thursday, April 30, 2009

Life in the Hexagon

I’ve written about our SuperYard playpen before, and in spite of looking like a plastic prison, it’s become a little oasis of comfort. Most of the house is fairly baby-safe, but the one room that is filled with trouble is the office. It houses computers, cables, electronics, Q-ster’s Lego, and all manner of things that have been evacuated from other places to remove temptation from the micro dude.

The problem with the office as an off-limits room is that we spend a lot of time there (computers and Lego, remember?), and we need a safe place for Buster while we’re doing quick email checks for work and such. Gradually, the Hexagon, as it’s come to be known, has become well furnished. I lined it with a few quilts, one handmade by my mom’s friend and the other decorated with friendly sealife. The best soft toys and his favorite books are strewn about.

Most of Buster’s time in the Hexagon is actually with a companion. I’ll climb in with him and read story after story while he points to his favorite pictures. Sometimes Q-ster sets aside his Lego and asks to be lifted inside, so that he can join the fun as well. The boys will giggle and crawl all over me.

Just before bedtime, when I’m trying to get Buster to settle down, we hang out in the Hexagon so that he doesn’t careen across the house in increasingly dangerous state of imbalance. I sing songs until he lies down and we snuggle for a bit.

Last week, I was so tired that I fell asleep in the Hexagon and SwingDaddy woke me up, pointing out that the baby was fast asleep in his own crib, and there was no need for me to be anywhere else but my bed. Ah, the confusing things one does when sleep deprived.

I’ll be glad when the micro dude past the extreme child-proofing stage, but I’ll miss our cozy hideout. Maybe it’ll be time to get that nesting couch for us instead.


Anonymous said...

I am increasingly in need of a safe space for my little guy. I'd forgotten what a danger they can be to themselves and others. And once you have an older child who seems to play almost exclusively with choking hazards it's just that much harder.

It's great that the hexagon works for you.

YF said...

i love it! and slightly scared of that stage to come my way again... :-) it is really a bigger better version of the pack and play, no?

Mayberry said...

I think kids (and moms) always love little cozy nooks, like making forts with furniture and blankets. Or, in my kids' case, hiding out in the space under my son's bed when the trundle is removed!

Bob said...

A fun writeup.
It'll be more fun if it grew in size from:
pentagon, Hexagon, Heptagon, Octagon, Nonagon Decagon

Kimberly said...

I love this. Cozy quarters and snuggle sessions are the best.

Asianmommy said...

That's so funny that you were found sleeping in the pen. This is something that only other parents would understand. :)

kittenpie said...

Sounds cozy! And yes, it's me on a fresh round of reading binging to catch up... Some day I'll start being more regular again, I'm sure.