Month: June 2008

IKEA changing table TOP

On Thursday I wrote about the new “changing table” we got from IKEA, except for the fact that the “changing top” doesn’t come with it, it’s a separate purchase and that the store didn’t have them in stock, while it was assumed by the staff that there was at least one in the warehouse (self-service for the buyer) and there wasn’t one there at all when we looked.

So basically, I had looked online and checked availability for other stores, like Philly, Long Island, and such stores, just to see, thinking we could maybe gain access to one via talking on the phone to them and having it somehow shipped to us (the item is not available online to purchase, only IN the store itself.)

The thing about it all is, my Hubbie was going to be going to NYC on Thursday Night/Friday, and I told him that there was a brand new store in Brooklyn that IKEA’s website said had just opened the previous day or so. I had also told him that the Long Island store supposedly had availability of the product.

He wasn’t going to have a rental car, but be ferried around by a customer (usually he has his own rental car) and therefore didn’t think he’d be able to do anything about it, and didn’t know if there would be time in any case anyhow.

So on Friday I get a phone call from him telling me that they went to some stores looking for a couple of Wii things that no one around where we live has in stock, nor any online stores, he found nothing there in NYC. He was going to keep it a secret about what he did find though, and ended up telling me anyhow, thankfully, since surprises aren’t usually that good for me, it’s nicer to anticipate for awhile first, that’s half of the fun of something gifted or whatever you want to call it.

They went to the Long Island IKEA store, and said they had at least 20 of my desired item in stock, and that it wasn’t $20 as it was in ATL, but that price was crossed out and it was $15. So he brought one home with him from NYC to ATL (on the plane) and then to our home via our vehicle from the airport.

He got home late Friday night, actually Saturday, and so I got it out and put it together on Saturday morning. It’s very nice now, to have a REAL changing table that is nothing like I had for my other babies 7+ years ago. Baby Q has been changed on the bed and the floor most of the time, his whole first year, until just yesterday. I had originally bought a premium contour pad to use on our dresser, but that didn’t feel good and we just never used it, piled things on it instead, and used the floor on the main level with a travel pad from a diaper bag. Ugh.

I didn’t want a traditional changing table since it’s open to allow cats onto everything (we have cats galore compared to when we last had used a changing table.)

So we were able to get this changing table/dresser/chest thing from IKEA, minus tax, for $135. It’s a piece of furniture for now and the future. It’s nice. The only thing we’ll now do is change the hardware on the drawers, it’s a little fussy to use, LEKSVIK is the style.

I’ll find nice bin drawer pulls that will fit, I hope to, that is.

Ikea changing table

We went to IKEA the day before yesterday. We had a specific idea in mind: to get a small dresser to use as a changing table.

Once there we found a piece in the Leksvik line, that is small, but not too small, and has an additional piece to put on top that makes it into a changing table.

We liked it more than like. I’ve liked that series of furniture, I like the antique pine look, and the dark hardware, and the basic design of the pieces. We didn’t look any further since it was wood and would work and we liked it better than like.

If you haven’t been to IKEA before to buy something you might not know how it works, and also how frustrating it can be: You pick something out and get excited about it, even talk to the people in the departments about the items you are interested in on the Display Floor: then you go to the lower floor (in our case in Atl.) and search for the right AISLE and BIN for each product in the Warehouse. You find the right spot and … there is nothing there that you are looking for. It’s the right aisle and bin alright, but there is nothing of what you went there for.

Such was the case when we went down into the warehouse searching for the changing table top. It wasn’t there. Found an employee, they looked it up and said the computer says “1 in stock” … which in retail means, “there’s probably none.”

Great. Not. We got a dresser/cabinet specifically to work with that changing top. The dresser top isn’t large enough to use a changing pad, nearly, but the changing top is nifty and makes it safer to use. So if we could have, I’d have gone back upstairs and looked for something else to work, but it was close to closing, I had no time. I did like what we picked out, but there was no promise of ever getting the changing top there … they said the computer said there was no planned shipment of the product …

Here’s what it should look like

This is what we have right now though, the chest without the changing top:

My husband, at my request, asked if they could sell us the display that was on the floor. They said the department manager for that department was on vacation and only he could make that decision. :rolleyes:

I’ve checked online, other stores say THEY have it, just Atlanta doesn’t. So it’ll be a phoney solution for us, no doubt.

Yesterday I brought the package into the house, and put the dresser together. I had my eldest (12) help me some, and eventually had my Hubby help with screwdriver duty. It was a straightforward plan and went together with ease, for the most part.

Baby Q’s walking ability

Baby Q has been walking for a month now, very expertly in the house. Sometimes wobbles atimes, but is able to “walk at will” and “stay upright” 98% of most all situations.

He can walk fast, and could run, no doubt, but chooses to usually walk, walk fast. He doesn’t crawl much at all either now. Pretty much just walks.

We got him a real pair of shoes after he started walking, and they are very cute on him. White and navy “saddle shoe” type from Stride Rite. He needed a couple of wearings to ‘get used to them’ and then was off and walking fine in them. We got a cheaper pair of shoes at Babies R’ Us after that, they aren’t real leather, but man-made to look kind of like a suede, camel color. They are cool looking (I’ll get him in some pictures sometimes, wearing both pairs of shoes) and he walking right off the first time he wore these.

He wears shoes when we go out … not in the house, unless we are about to go somewhere, or just came home. Bare feet are best for walking, little baby feet getting shaped for getting older and doing more …

🙂 Strong feet take you places.

Baby Q is really taking off. He’s a pre-toddler, practically one, talking a mile a minute, very cute, very much my same baby as always, just growing up a big step-up this past month.

He’ll be One Year Old on June 23rd. Time doth flee us fastly!

New Major Kitchen Appliances

We got a new stove and refrigerator about a week ago, well, over a week ago, not this past Friday, the previous Friday.

We had icky ones that we got with our house when it was new at the end of 1997. GE bottom line sort of stove, and a decent Kitchen Aide refrigerator, which didn’t really stay too nice over the years, and was just TOO SMALL for a family that grew and grew, and lives further out from stores that we shop than is useful for such a way as we live with a small refrigerator. It wasn’t really “small” mind you, just a normal refrigerator.

A few years ago, at some point, we got a secondary refrigerator, it was a used one that a family was getting rid of because of renovation, it still worked alright, looked older than our Kitchen Aide, or as old, but offered us a bit more room, and so we put the KA one in the garage and put the Kenmore in the kitchen. We had two refrigerators and that was better. But the Kenmore started falling apart here and there, and the KA seals went bad, so with recent $income$ we upgraded, as we are upgrading the whole kitchen piecemeal.

The stove situation is that the old one was horrible. It wasn’t level, and DH just couldn’t get it level, trying multiple times. The oven was overhot and we couldn’t really nicely bake anything, we just lived with it. It was a coil sort of cooktop, and the oven was large enough to roast a turkey, and then the bottom was a storage drawer, which was never a good place to store pans of any kind, you had to clean them to use them, icky!

Anyhow it was just a blah, nothing stove, and I used it for over 10 years. Finally, we upgraded.

Electrolux recently started marketing super duper kitchen products in the USA and we fell into love with them when we stumbled over a display at a Lowe’s store in May 2008.

The products are pricier than other brands, but what they offer is so worth it, they look nice, work even better, and offer such room for storage in frige on the shelves, and have great lighting and digital temperature controls … and the stove is huge inside, and I have a smaller oven beneath, and there is such versatile-ness in the system. The cooktop is ceramic glass … what an UPGRADE!

The oven has multiple choices in how to cook something, and contains convection features.

I made a lovely loaf of bread yesterday. I used the Proof function to rise the dough, then punched it (the dough) down and formed a loaf, put that in a bread pan, and put it back into the oven for an hour (with a damp towel over the top of the bread dough) with the oven now off. The bread rose super in that hour (I took it out near the end of that hour and slashed the top then put an egg wash on top) then I turned on the convection oven and let it bake. It baked well, even browning, no split, blow-out points to the loaf.

The thing about that is, the oven can be a proofing environment which makes the bread so ready to rise and bake nicely, and then the convection evenly bakes … ah, it’s lovely.

I’m using the Perfect Turkey function today to roast a 4-5 lb. chicken. A Probe function is part of that, and when the probe is used, when the temperature of the poultry is reached, the oven turns “off”, and goes to a “Warm” setting. The roasting is convection roasting, of course. (It worked wonderfully, the chicken is golden where it should be, and to the right cooking temperature, I checked it with a separate meat thermometer, an instant type. Also the juices run clear, the chicken is appearing done just right inside and out.) We will have it for dinner later, with chicken gravy, rice, and peas. I’ll just serve it “warm” or room temp, refrigerating it until just a bit before dinner.

When our stove was delievered I looked through the documention, and couldn’t find the Probe device. We called Best Buy (where we purchased the products) and they weren’t sure that one was supposed to come with it, but of course, we said, we buy a TOP OF THE LINE product and it doesn’t come with a PROBE to use that is detailed in our manual as important to use only the one supplied by the company … yeah, right.

So they called Electrolux and then called back for our shipping information to give to Electrolux. A week later, it arrived, and now I’m finally able to use it. (Yes, it should have been delivered with the stove.)

Our Stove: (Stainless Steel)

30″ Electric Freestanding Range
with Wave-Touchâ„¢ Controls

Bought at Best Buy for less than MSRP … (

Manufacturer’s Web Page:

Our Refrigerator: (Stainless Steel)

Standard-Depth Side-By-Side
Refrigerator with Wave-Touchâ„¢

Bought at Best Buy for less than MSRP … (

Manufacturer’s Web Page:

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