Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Beginnings of a Nursery and a Little Update

Nesting mode has started full force. I have been going through all of the munchkin's baby clothes and items to move to the little peanut's room. It has still been so white and stark in the nursery. I have been having such a hard time finding stuff I wanted to use to decorate with.  I knew I wanted to do a vintage floral type theme, and kinda had an idea in my head, but I wasn't finding anything online that I wanted and knew I just needed to get out to some stores and start poking around. So last night, Joe was at a work dinner thingy and I decided to pack up the munchkin and start our treasure hunt. I was so happy with what I found!

First of all I found the perfect rug. It was exactly the style I had been looking for and had so many wonderful colors in it. It's kinda hard to tell from my cell phone pic how great these colors are, but the rug had the main colors I was hoping to find... green, mustard yellow, light blue and burnt orange. I couldn't believe how perfect it was. Starting with the rug and all it's colors, I could now build the rest of the room around it. Yay!!

Then I came across this great lamp. The orange matched some of the colors in the rug and it lets off a soft warm glow when lit that is perfect for cuddling up and nursing or reading a book.

I found these two round wooden pieces of art with vintage flower patterns on it.  They are about a foot wide. These babies are going up on the back wall on either side of the inset where the window is.

I just love the next piece. It looks like it was painted on an old piece of wood and framed with darker wood. It picks up more of the colors from the rug and I just love the little blue butterfly. The frame is deep and it sits far out from the wall. Love it!

Some random picture frames I grabbed....

Here's a pic of the rug in the room. I am also on the hunt for new curtains, so the ones you see here will not be sticking around.

I will take some better pics later with my camera. The cell phone pics are crappy, but you get the idea...

It's so great to finally get some color in here and to see where things are going. Now that I have some of the big ticket items down, I can focus on some of the little accents and the bedding. Learning my lesson from the first go around, I have no intention of purchasing a bedding set. I just felt like it was such a waste of money last time. We spent alot on it considering all we really used was the sheet (in rotation with other ones I had bought) and the crib skirt. The quilt and bumper pads that came with it were never even touched and the valance was just kinda cheesy so I never really used that either. I did use the diaper stacker but having it so matchy matchy with everything else wasn't really necessary. I am just going to try to find a simple sheet and skirt that matches the rest of the theme and leave it at that. I will use the mesh breathable bumper (brown) that I still have from the munchkin's baby room.

I am started to get crazy excited. And restless. And nervous. And bigger. Much bigger. Today is my 29 week appt. Eek! Only about 11 more weeks to go! This baby is constantly moving around in my belly. Sometimes she will kick my so hard, I almost double over. She really starts moving alot when I turn on some music. Her biggest active times are in the morning on my way to work, in the car leaving work heading out to pick up the munchkin and when I am laying in bed at the end of the night and reading a book or watching tv.

The munchkin felt her moving for the first time. She was especially active one evening last week when we were sitting in the living room. I took the munchkin's hand and put it on my belly. The little peanut moved so hard that you could see a rise in my belly and it moved all the way across it right under the munchkin's little hand. Her eyes grew so wide and she looked up at my in amazement and said, "The baby is moving around!" It was one of the neatest moments. Ever.

Things have been kinda crazy around here lately. I've been really busy at work, editing pics from photo shoots and getting things ready at home for this little girl's arrival. I have also been making tons of extra meals to freeze for after she arrives. My goal is 60 meals... I've got about 25 so far and just really started making them, so I don't see meeting that goal being a problem. It's a bit of extra work now, but I just know that it will help me out alot after she gets here, especially with Joe working and going to school and being gone so much.

I have also been going through the munchkin's things to sell stuff we won't be using and earning some money for some new stuff we need. We are selling her bedding set. Since I didn't use much of it and purchased lots of the matching accessories, it's gonna be a great deal for someone. I still have all of the original packaging too. I was actually planning on cloth diapering the munchkin. I bought everything I needed but never actually did it. The diapering system I chose just didn't work well for us and with how hard things were on us all when she first arrived with her extreme acid reflux and digestive issues, I just didn't want to mess with it. We have decided to cloth diaper this time for sure (hopefully) with the peanut and I am very excited about it. We are selling all of our old diapers (I just posted an ad on Craig's List yesterday and someone is coming out to see them tomorrow already!) and will be purchasing all new ones.

I have done much more research and am going into it with a much better idea of what I am doing. I am also very excited about the new diapers I have chosen to use and am going to be testing some out on the munchkin before the peanut arrives. The money we will be saving is my biggest motivation, to be honest, although the impact to the environment and the my little girls bum is a wonderful bonus.

I am hoping to get a new belly pic and post it soon. I am getting so big!!

As far as the nursery.... any thoughts? Opinions? Anyone have any good tips or tricks or suggestions on where you go online to get great deals on stuff like this??


Lucy Marie said...

I love the colours - it's going to be so gorgeous! Can you believe how close it's getting for us? Just had my 30 week check today. YIKES!

Jillian said...

I love the nursery!! Where did you get all this stuff?? I love that lamp!

Anonymous said...

You always find the coolest stuff. I wanna go shopping with you! :)

Paige said...

That is going to look FABULOUS! I love it! I am beginning to start working on my nursery as well!

LWLH said...

I think the nursery looks great.
That rug is gorgeous!

Hollyhome said...

beautiful...come do my place next :) I also want to shop with you!

bloger said...

The room is very zen, a little plain for my taste, I think you can do more with $2000, but everyone has different styles. If your really on a budget, I suggest buying your nursery furniture on craigslist. We sold my sons (very expensive) crib and changing dresser for $300 for the set. It looked brand new, babies don't really beat up their furniture like toddlers and older kids do.
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Laura said...

Okay... yes I could do alot more with $2000, hahahaha but right now my budget is WAY below that. I am using the same furniture that I used with my first and just changing up the accessories and decorations. Also I did buy the furniture on CL 3 years ago when I had my first. Super cheap awesome furniture. And yes, the room is a little plain considering I just started decorating it and have only gotten a few items so far. I have a way to go. I gotta say, I think your comment was a little wierd and random and didn't really make much sense. But I still appreciate the comment none the less. LOL