I was listening to a podcast while I walked the dog this morning (yes, I know, I’m a nerd and I own it). The podcast was about mattresses… why there are so many mattress stores and why they are always clustered together. (#nerdentertainment) At one point it described a mattress ad explaining how buying the wrong mattress can be an 8 year mistake because it’s recommended you replace your mattress every 8 years (by whom? I don’t know). Made me think about when we bought our mattress.
I remember the day in early december. Chris and I were at the mattress store buying two for a trundle bed we purchased for the nursery. The nursery seemed too big for just one baby so we figured a trundle for guests (and kids when older) would fill the space nicely. I was 26 weeks pregnant, though it might have been hard to tell behind a big winter coat. After picking out the mattresses we came for, Chris asked me if I wanted to test out some king-sized ones. He knew I had been wanting one for a long time and now we had the space for it. I jumped at the chance. We literally lay on one that was too hard, then too soft and the middle one was just right. Our family was growing and I thought it was the perfect chance to expand our bed. When the salesman rung us up, we added a bed frame and mattress cover. He said the cover protects against all things- spills included. “What about water-breaking” I half-joked.
A week later, I learned just how not-funny my line had been. A week later, we learned my water would likely never break, or at least I wouldn’t know when it did because there was such little fluid around my baby. A week later we were in the hospital, on a snowy weekend, learning the sad fate of our baby. A week later we had to call on some friends to go snowblow our driveway and wait for the delivery guys to come deliver the mattress meant for a grwoing family. A week later I arrived home to that mattress, the one bought for Mabel that she didn’t get to use.
The podcast made me realize I will easily know when my 8 years are up for my mattress. The mattress is as old as Mabel would have been.