I’ve made a few new additions to our nursery lately. (See older pics here and here.)
A while back we purchased a mounted stuffed rhino head at Paxton Gate Kids in the Mission District and I finally hung it up above my desk. We went back and forth between the rhino and the toucan, but really we couldn’t have gone wrong with either one. Also we recently moved our wardian case (which also happens to be from Paxton Gate) into our bedroom and put a big rubber plant in its place. The green plastic pot looked pretty drab, but I wrapped it in some felt ball garland from Tantrum in Cole Valley and it’s suddenly darling!
One benefit about living in San Francisco is all the great stuff people leave out on the street. I know it sounds gross, but I’ve made some great finds! The pegboard above my desk, this mid-century tray, and more.
My brother in law recently found a rad little night stand on the street and swooped it – doesn’t it look great as a bookshelf in his place? And can we take a minute to admire his green thumb?
Now that Tilly sleeps in her crib, we decided she needed some drapes. Especially after daylight savings, it’s still light out when she goes to bed at 6:30 or 7.
So I went to Cost Plus World Market this weekend and got some really gorgeous patterned drapes, but when I hung them up the patterns didn’t match! I went back to the store the next day and after digging through every package, I realized none of them would line up when hung. Ugh. So I looked around at some others, and recalled a pinterest image that had two different color drapes…I picked yellow and orange and they actually cost $20 less than the originals!
I love the way they look and the modern, fun spin they add to the room. Also I think it’s fitting that the room is already split into a nursery and office, so why not emphasize that with the drapes?
Although I now wish I had hung the curtain rod higher, I’m pretty stoked on the outcome. It’s fun and fancy at the same time!
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Here’s the baby’s nursery so far. (shared with my office!)
My sister made us that mobile, isn’t it fantastic?!? And my aunt gave us her glider to use, which is amazing even without a baby in your arms.
We’re still working on the knobs of the dresser/changing table. What color do you think we should go with?
We could also use some curtains, don’t you think?
Good grief. This homemade mobile is THE GREATEST. Make me one! See close ups and learn more at The Brooding Hen.
3/4 of the way through. 75% done. If she pops out now, at least we’ll have a passing grade. Updates:
- crib is assembled, my office/nursery is looking more complete every day. now it’s time to add some COLOR.
- I’m tired. And emotional. Hm.
- We finally signed up for our newborn care class and my breastfeeding class at Day One in SF. We decided to forgo the birthing class (gasp!) because I think it’s a rip off ($300), we can research it endlessly in books and online, and no matter what we learn, the baby’s going to come out one way or another! My prenatal yoga classes are like birthing classes in diguise, so I’m happy with the techniques I’ve been learning there. Moms out there, what do you think, are we crazy?
- I’ve switched from Kale-Mango smoothies to Banana-Almond Butter smoothies. Such a lush.
- Weight gain so far is 18 lbs… right on track. :)
- I’ve had two dreams where I’m in labor. Good practice for me! Last night I held the baby and she had a huge cowlick in the front of her hair, just like Josh. I was in LOVE.
How cool are these blankets?!? They’re pretty pricey but would last forever. I think my favorite is the Glacier National Park one. They’ve got some cute baby blankets too.
Thanks to my friend Brit for sharing!
Last night Josh and I spied a framed & matted print hanging inside the Goodwill on Haight. 3 minutes later Teddy Roosevelt & John Muir at Yosemite was ours! It was a fun impulse buy. The guy that donated it was still standing in the store, he was happy it sold so fast!
One of my biggest concerns about bringing a “new roommate” into our apartment is keeping down on the clutter. We only have 750 square feet and I work from home, so I need space for an office too! The thought of registering for a baby shower is really overwhelming to me. But I’m embracing the challenge & trying to plan as much as possible before the little ballerina arrives. It’s totally doable!
This list on Unclutterer.com is going to be really useful. It’s a Bare Bones Baby Buying Guide, and will act as a good starting point. There’s another one at Organized Mommy that suggests a few other things too. I think one secret to keeping down on Stuff Overload is buying items that can multi task, like this 4 in 1 chair that works as a newborn chair, toddler seat, swing and highchair. (I haven’t looked into this one too closely, but you get the idea.) Another trick is to get creative and just make things work. I read on facebook the other day that one woman used a suitcase as a bassinet for her baby – not sure if I’ll go that route, but I appreciate the idea anyway!
As my sweet mom keeps reminding me lately, All You Need is Love. The other stuff is just going to weigh us down!
PS – just as a reminder to myself to read later, here is a website about cloth vs disposable diapers. It’s totally biased towards cloth, but still informative.
Image above from etsy seller Tessyla. Cute!
Check out this cute 2011 planner, free from Mibo! I’m going to print it out and hang it on the red pegboard above my desk. Get yours here.