(DISCLAIMER: Long, extremely detailed post of ramblings for my own remembrances).
I’m 37 weeks today (officially full-term and feeling it). So, I figured it was time to document the nursery, as this is probably the neatest it will be. EVER.
Adam and I opted to stay in our same little apartment for now (though I’ve since questioned that decision), and the transformation of our study/guest room/storage room into a nursery has pretty much been a 9 month project. It’s been fun. Well, fun for me and Mom. Not sure if Adam would agree.
I wanted something whimsical and fun for the nursery…nothing too dressy or formal. Rice boys are just not formal. I also wanted some things to be gender neutral so that we could possibly re-use them if we ever have a girl (i.e. green and white gingham curtains, rocking chair, green rug).
Here is a glance of the room from the doorway (I realize the lighting isn’t great…I’m still trying to figure out our camera). Thanks to family and friends, we were able to do this nursery pretty economically. Adam’s sister passed down the crib, changer, and glider since their last baby has moved up to a big girl furniture! Huge blessing! The curtains and paintings above the crib were a gift from my mom.
I bought this shelving unit from IKEA for my apartment in college, and it has proven to be a great investment. The large baskets were also purchased from IKEA when I bought the shelf, and I recently added the smaller baskets with lining for extra storage and to tie in with the curtains (both are from Pottery Barn Kids. You can’t tell in the pics, but the fabric is green and white gingham, like the turtle in the next picture).
The bedding is “cheerful critters,” and I got a great deal on it from PB Kids. The whole set was on final sale, so I was able to get all the pieces (bumper, dust ruffle, crib sheet, quilt, pillow, etc) for cheap, cheap! Score.
After much deliberating, we decided to leave the twin “guest” bed in the room for now. I was worried about it being too crowded, but I think we will be glad to have a place to lay down on long nights with a screaming baby or between late-night feedings. I found the blue comforter at Sears for $13.00. The massive lamb pillow was a shower gift.
The glider was a fabulous hand-me-down from the sister-in-law. I had new slip covers made for the cushions in this yellow and white stripe with blue and white polka-dotted piping. Fabric came from Joann’s Fabrics. One of my mom’s friends in Jackson did a fabulous job sewing the slip covers.
The wooden alligator was Luke’s first souvenir from Nicaragua, courtesy of Doc and J-J (my parents). Mom thought it appropriate since it went with the “critters” theme :). The distressed, green wooden signs were a fun find from a gift shop at Rosemary Beach this summer.
Yellow bubble suit was Adam’s as a baby. The precious little shoes were Adam’s dad’s. So special. Thanks to my sweet MIL for passing them along to us.
I just had to document my favorite cubby in the shelving unit. I’m so looking forward to reading many-a-story to our little Lukester.
And finally, the changer. The precious painting above it was done by my friend Christy. She painted two other canvases that are hanging above each closet door (see previous post). The white storage thingy (not sure what the correct name for it might be) is another past IKEA purchase. It makes a handy little diaper holder. And the fabric storage bins on the changer shelves are from Babies R Us.