Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Post Stuff Buffs?

There has to be a term for what we are. There are "empty nesters" after all.

Our quick trip back to the States, though for the saddest of reasons, was one of the smoother trips we've had. Want to know why? Less baby paraphernalia. This was the first trip without a stroller or car seat in seven years. It was positively liberating. Then upon our return the little guy decided he'd had enough of the crib. After crawling out of it four times last night we knew the moment had come. The crib was dismantled today and a little toddler bed was set up. My sweet boy is in slumberland in his new bed tonight! He has a pillow and proper covers. Amazing.

Now there is one more hurdle to overcome to truly get to that state of bliss/stage of life that I haven't termed yet. Potty training. But it is out there - I can see it. While home I went to Chez Tarjay and bought the Superman unders in preparation.

So what do you call it when your baby is growing up and there isn't another one behind him? (For the record - our family is full - if I were ten years younger .... maybe. But I'm not - so we aren't. I'm OK with that. Hoping for lots of grandchildren ... no time soon however). An "empty trunker" because the trunk of your car is no longer filled with "objets de bebe"? Some sort of Dr. Seussian term? An acronym (POCWNLRS - Parents of Children Who No Longer Require Stuff)?

I don't know, but I'll take suggestions.

Happy to be home ... Namaste.


Blarney said...

For a while there I always felt as if I was forgeting something. I still feel that way sometimes even after 5 years of liberation. Ahhh ~ good times, good times!
Glad to have you back!

Anna Lefler said...

Oh, I remember the first trip we took that did not require an advance team and an air drop of supplies. WOW. Heavenly.

Enjoy the lighter load!

Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for stopping by my blog - I really appreciate that. I look forward to reading more of your posts...

:^) Anna

Adrian said...

It's OK. Our youngest is 10 so we've had a while to get used to the lightness and peace and quiet and we rather like it. It is a lot more freeing to not have to lug all the baby stuff. And in the last 6 years, we had inherited or had born a full set of delightful grandchildren (our son married a woman with 2 kids and they've had 2 more). So, it all works out in the end if you are patient.

Eudea-Mamia said...

I believe the term is "happy, well-rested parents." We are on the verge as well, and I can see the light!

We spent Thanksgiving with my brother's family, which consists of one set of B/G twins, one 1 1/2 year old, oh, and a big announcement of #4 on the way.

Did I mention he turned 40 on the 25th?

Babies are wonderful. Children are even better!

Heidi said...

Empty-trunker, LOL!! We are almost there, too. Leif doesn't care for the stroller, really needs a toddler bed (he's been climbing out of the crib forever), refuses a highchair, and is close to being potty trained. When we get out of carseats/boosters, I'm gonna throw a par-tay!! If only they (around here, anyway) didn't require kids to be in boosters till they're practically off to college....