As far as putting it together, it wasn't too bad, but the directions were pretty terrible. The good thing is it's only four main pieces, a few screws, and a lot of velcro. In the end it's nice and sturdy, looks pretty, and is very functional. Not only does it have the dual bassinet/co-sleeper function, it also has a storage basket beneath the skirt and extra space below that. Perfect for an underbed storage box from the Container Store. Here are some shots of the process (with supervisor Charlie again of course)
Our favorite fluffy supervisor, Charlie, hard at work
Thank you Charlie for demonstrating the storage function of the bassinet for us. Now get out! The little rascal snuck in their while we were putting everything together - he is a sneaky little boy.
The hubster said that Charlie is in so many pics, it's going to look like we're putting him there on purpose. As cute as he is, we don't plan to have him in most of our shots. He is just one of those curious, nose-in-everyone's business kind of cats. I keep trying to tell him that curiosity can kill cats, but the message just doesn't seem to be sinking in. So now we have the challenge of not only keeping the cats out of the crib, but also keeping them out of the bassinet. They look at us all innocently like, "But isn't it a cat bed/jungle gym???"
You may also wonder why you always see Charlie and not Moe. One reason is that they are very opposite - Charlie is into everything, while Moe is pretty timid. The other reason is that Moe is literally just hard to see. We call him the black blob because that's usually what he looks like in pictures:
Do you see him in the background? The poor guy loves having that chair by the window so that he can look out more comfortably at the squirrels, but it had to make way for Violet's gear. Baby comes first, sorry boys!
I'm glad that we're setting these things up early so that the cats don't associate us chasing them away with the baby. We don't want them to get off on the wrong foot with Violet. Have a great weekend everyone!