A Nursery Tour

I am so excited to show you our nursery today! I feel like it took soooo long to pick a paint color and then a wallpaper for the accent wall and to get all the furniture, but then a couple of weekends later the whole thing was finished! I am so loving how peaceful and calm it feels (till there’s a crying baby in there, right?? πŸ˜‹) and even though baby will actually be sleeping in our room for a while, I’m excited to sit in that rocking chair, use that changing table, open that closet full of teensy baby clothes and maybe even use that crib for daytime naps?? Who knows! Here we go!

First off, here is how the space looked when we first moved in. The previous owners even had our same crib! Felt like everyone we showed the house to assumed we would just leave it as was, but though it was totally sweet and cute in there, we wanted to make it our own. Apologies to those happy animals that we painted over 😬

Here are some in progress photos that I’ve already shown you, but you wanted to see them again, right?? We definitely tried a lot of paint colors and I think four different wall paper/wall decal samples before settling on the ones you see here. I’m really happy with how both of those things turned out and how they look together. The wallpaper was definitely a project (that I really thought I’d be able to help with until I remembered Joey hasn’t let me help with anything this entire pregnancy!) but wow, Joey did such a wonderful job! I’m so grateful ❀

And that’s the whole finished product! Do you love it? I love it! I will link all the items below in case you are curious, but I think the photos are pretty self-explanatory. I will also mention we are waiting on some small hanging bookshelves that are supposed to come some time in October, but those can wait I suppose. We do have a ton of books waiting in the closet though! Joey thought it was weird for me to take a photo of our cloth diaper bag and trash can, but I was sure you guys would want the details of our diaper routine πŸ˜‚ We didn’t want to commit to any of those expensive trash cans until after we figure out if cloth diapering will work for us. Now all we need in here is a little baby!

Paint Color: Glidden Milkweed

Wall Paper: Botanical Wall Paper Jumbo Eucalyptus from Etsty

Crib: Babyletto Lolly 3-in1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit

Crib Mattress: Moonlight Slumber Little Dreamer Dual Sided Crib Mattress

Dresser: Babyletto Lolly 6-Drawer Assembled Double Dresser

Changing Tray: Babyletto Universal Wide Removable Changing Tray

Changing Pad: Munchkin Secure Grip Changing Pad

Mirror: Target 22″ x 22′ Travis Round Wood Accent Wall Mirror

Floating Shelves: Floating Shelf and Brackets from Etsy

Baby Monitor: Littelf Home Camera

Hanging Diaper Bag: Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag

Wall Prints: Winnie the Pooh Print from Etsy

Rocking Chair: Pottery Barn Kids Minna Small Spaces Rocking Chair in Oatmeal

Ottoman: Pottery Barn Kids Minna Small Spaces Ottoman in Oatmeal

Lamp: Target Edris Metal Globe Floor Lamp (We still need a dimmer or a dim light bulb because this lamp is way too bright!)

Table: Target Round End Table with Tray Top

White Noise Machine: Dreamegg D1 Sound Machine

The Third Trimester

Guys, it is starting to feel like I’ve been pregnant forever. And as my doctor said “well it’s been 35 weeks, so you kind of have been!” But also, 35 weeks!!! We’re so close and I kind of can’t believe it! We still have a few things left to do (CPR class, breastfeeding class, sterilizing stuff) but man am I starting to look forward to holding that little baby on the outside of my body rather than on the inside.

I’m not terribly uncomfortable, to be honest, but laying on my back/stomach, eating medium rare beef, getting that giant pregnancy pillow out of my bed, drinking a beer (or like half a beer because my tolerance already wasn’t high and I am sort of scared πŸ˜‹) and just generally moving around normally again are starting to sound so so appealing. Also, as we finish up baby preparations and have either finished (or put on hold in the case of bigger projects) house decorating, we’ve found ourselves sort of bored. I honestly can’t wait to be too distracted/busy/tired to look at my phone for what feels like 16 hours a day 😁

This baby is the wiggliest! I swear he is hardly ever not moving around, so I am starting to think he doesn’t sleep and that is genuinely concerning because Joey also keeps reminding me that he does not do well on little sleep. Eek! I’ve been doing some inversions, getting on all fours and bouncing on the yoga ball to help baby get in a good position and I think it’s working because he’s head down and centering up in there! My back definitely still hurts but my parents gave Joey some massage pointers and it’s really felt so good! And KNOCK ON WOOD but the indigestion I’ve had since the second trimester is suddenly way better/basically gone?? Perhaps it’s because I’ve stopped cooking five tomato-heavy recipes a week πŸ˜‚

Other third trimester happenings have included our baby shower of course but also interviewing and picking a pediatrician (seriously sucks to have to do those things by yourself because of COVID), getting my TDAP shot, finishing the nursery (that post is still coming, I promise!), celebrating our last child-less anniversary, lots of walks to the coffee shop and with the pup (but otherwise very little actual exercise), the return of the need for naps, just so many loads of baby laundry (HOW??), a very brief bout of pregnancy insomnia and just so so SO many middle of the night trips to the bathroom (I will not miss this at all!).

In case I don’t get a chance to say it later, I just want say I’ve really really enjoyed this pregnancy. There are lots of discomforts and worries, sure, but I have mostly felt so happy and healthy and like I thrived during this time. I’m so so grateful for such a smooth experience so far. It’s made life so easy and fun and I do not take it for granted ❀