Just this week Boo has begun to take his first steps; those first little wobbles, one leg in front of the other before a sudden collapse onto the carpet. The more he does the more he wants to try and the bigger his grin gets with each step. I sit and watch him making his attempts over and over again, cheering him on. In the back of my mind I can still picture Lucas doing exactly the same, nearly three years ago. Before I know it all three boys will be chasing each other round the house when it doesn’t seems that long ago that I was watching the twins rolling over for the first time.
As I watch those little bare feet running over the carpet I start to realise just how much it has seen over three short years. Like any family home ours has areas that have seen better days and definitely items that are in need of an update after three young babies. When the twins are a little older it will be time to think of getting some nicer furnishings and top of that list will be a new carpet for the lounge! There is no getting around the fact that it is showing signs of wear but then I think of all it has been though. It has been the carpet for first steps and since then wet coats, muddy wellies, snowballs and sandy spades. There has been all manner of spills and accidents, illness sweeping through the house, potty training and food constantly dropped from high chairs. Imaginary games have seen it become a road for the toy cars, grass for the dinosaur park, the sand when we’re at the beach and a park for a picnic. There will come a time, with those toddler years are behind us, when we can go out of buy a new carpet and maybe have a look for something a little more indulgent than we have been used to.
When we first moved into our house we initially picked a carpet based on having a young child. We chose one that would be forgiving to all those spills and mark and would be easy to maintain over the years. It’s not very exciting, a neutral shade with flecks in but it is hard wearing and has served us well. Little did we know that in a couple of years we would have two more babies so it turns out our practical carpet was the right choice. My boys have tested it to the limits! Barely a day goes by without a spill and it is usually littered with toys and books. For now this is the way I like it but when the time comes it would be nice to be able to look for something a little different and Carpetright have an amazing range to choose from.
I would love to have something with more texture and pattern, a new and modern looking carpet. It would be luxury to be able to browse through their collection and pick something based solely on style rather than just being practical about it. However, there are still lots of fantastic options if, like us, those muddy wellies are still in the back of your mind! I was surprised to see how many of their family carpets were actually something I would choose based on the style with the added bonus that they are easy to look after.
The fact that my children are out having fun getting muddy and exploring makes me happy so I couldn’t begrudge the odd mark on the carpet. Seeing them tuck into a cake, spilling crumbs everywhere, brings them such joy it would be a shame to ruin that by worrying about the mess. I’m not going to say that I don’t sigh and roll my eyes when I see yet another spill but I wouldn’t change it, it’s all part of the fun. Still, I can’t help but dream of sinking my feet into a sumptuous, colourful carpet…one day maybe.
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