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The Story Behind The Cradle

We've had this cradle since the day after we got married in 2015.

My husband and I got married 9 months after meeting each other. We got pregnant with our first son, Cash, about 7 or 8 months into our relationship. And after telling our families about our pregnancy, we planned our wedding in 5 days.

We had a really nice ceremony with about 30 of our friends and family on Valentine's Day. It was a beautiful day in Colorado and we were even able to have our ceremony outside.

The hotel we stayed at on our wedding night was really close to a thrift store that my husband had gone to frequently and the owner was a sweet old lady that just adored him. Of course she did though! He was a tall, dark, and handsome cowboy from South Dakota. Who wouldn't love him? ;)

The day after our wedding, we took our time getting up and enjoying our first morning together as husband and wife. Some of our family had given us some gift cards to Bed, Bath & Beyond, so we went and treated ourselves to a nice bedding set and decided to go to the thrift store afterwards (one of our favorite things to do together is thrift).

I can't tell you how glad I am that we decided to go to that store. When you walk in, the furniture section is right in the front, so we checked that out first. And right away, this sweet old beat up cradle caught our attention. I'm sure it had seen better days, but we saw that it was only $10 so we told the owner right away that we wanted to buy it.

I can't tell you all how excited I was to get home and get the cradle set up for our baby boy. D spent hours sanding it and getting it ready in the basement. It was a labor of love and it made me fall in love with my guy even more. It was so sweet seeing him work so hard on something for his son he hadn't even met yet.

Since we became parents at such a young age (19 and 21), we've never had tons of money to spend on super expensive baby gear. I'm glad it's been like that though since we've always tried to be thrifty and find things for a good deal. By doing that, it led us to this sweet cradle that I now have so many special memories of and soon will have even more.

I don't know if I'll ever want to pass it down to our children when they have children (is that selfish? Lol) or hold onto it in our home so I can put my grand babies in it when I watch them. I can't imagine what that will feel like, but I'm sure it will be an incredible feeling.

I love that someone's junk turned into our treasure. Probably the best 10 bucks I've ever spent.

It's not some crazy story or anything, but isn't it funny how one little decision led us to go to that store, find the old beat up cradle, and now it's been in our family since our first son was born and will probably hold many more babies in it? I just love that and how something so insignificant can turn into something so special.

This time around for Takoda, we put a gray fox in that my hubby trapped and tanned last winter. It's SO soft and I'm sure Takoda will be so comfy on it. The cute little pillow is from my mom and that beautiful canopy is one I won through a giveaway on Instagram (unfortunately that specific brand isn't selling canopies anymore, but here's a link for one that's similar to ours).

I can't wait to share photos of the new baby in the cradle pretty soon, just a few weeks away now :)

Do you have something special that's been passed down through your family for your babies? Or maybe something that you fixed up for your babies? Come comment on this Instagram post and tell me! I love hearing about sentimental things that people have  ❤


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