I shouldn’t put things together

29 Apr

A few months ago, I went to a friends garage sale and bought a change table for $10.  Yeah, you’d think I would already have one, since I have a 21 month old, but I don’t.  When we had Hannah, we lived in a tiny little apartment that didn’t have room for a change table.  Then we never bothered to buy one.  Well I’ll be darned if I’m going to change nappies on a change mat on the floor for another 2+ years.  No thank you.  But, I’m cheap (as I’m sure you’re all aware), so I didn’t want to buy one for 100-200 bucks from a baby store.  Hence the garage sale attendance.

Anyway, my friend had a really nice white change table with removable shelves for all of the creams and nappies, and it even has a baby bath under the actual change mat.  Yay, a two for one!  So I paid my measly 10 bucks for the change table (GREAT deal!) and wheeled it to the car.  It didn’t fit.  Humph.  My friend and I sat on the side of the road unscrewing it all so I could fit it in the boot.

Guess I should have paid attention to how it went together.  It didn’t look very complicated, so I didn’t really take much notice.  There were some bars, 2 end pieces, and some trays.  No big deal.

Maybe I should have put it together as soon as I got home.  But I didn’t.  Instead, it sat in what will be Boy Baby’s room, amongst all the clutter that has since been thrown in there until we do the room up.  So, there it was in pieces on the mattress YaYa left here. Next to the few bags of baby boy clothes we have. Adjacent to the pile of board games that we are going to sell on ebay, but haven’t gotten around to yet. Parallel to my bike, that came inside when we were fixing up the garage. Near Aaron’s bike, which lives inside because it’s expensive and he’s afraid someone will steal it if it’s in the garage. And of course, amongst Grandma’s many shopping trolleys  that she won’t throw out.

Yesterday, I decided to put said change table together.  I’m cleaning out the room so it can be painted and prepared for Boy Baby’s arrival.  With the change table put together, I can stack all of Boy Baby’s clothes on it, and all the other things we have for him so far, and then just wheel it out of the room at painting time.

the first bar went around the top horizontally

It started out fine.  I screwed the top bar  (that holds the bath and change mat up) on to one of the sides, and then tried to put the next bar on.  It wasn’t wide enough.  How could it not be wide enough?  I’d seen the thing all put together when I bought it, I knew it fit.  I got the other bar and tried to put that on next.  Nope, that one wasn’t wide enough either.

I pondered it for quite some time, wondered how on earth this thing possibly fit together.  I couldn’t for the life of me figure it out.  Seriously, I’m not that dumb am I?

Eventually, I had to give up and put it in the lounge room (in pieces) for Aaron to put together later.

A while later, I was playing with Hannah when it hit me.  What if

The second and third bars fit on vertically. Humph.

the 2nd and 3rd bars didn’t make a big rectangle around the second row of screw holes horizontally, but instead made a big rectangle only on one side of the table vertically, same with the other bar on the other side??  I went to check.  Yep, turning the bar made it fit.  Humph, why didn’t I think of that earlier?  I’m going to blame baby brain….  At least it’s together now.

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4 Responses to “I shouldn’t put things together”

  1. Changing Lifestyles April 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    Great post thanks for sharing. Family is something that I truly care about in life. You have a great blog here I enjoyed coming here today.

  2. Michelle April 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    LOL. I think we all have baby brain, even when we’re not pregnant. We can still blame it on our kids! Thanks for joining my hop! Have a great weekend. Glad you finally got that thing together!

  3. LB(cruiseshipblogger) April 30, 2011 at 2:04 am #

    hahaha, sounds like your dad trying to put something together. Only that usually involves refusing to read instructions, which you didn’t have.

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