So, we had a baby. It really seems like yesterday but the calendar tells me it was 3 weeks ago. Make time slow down-I want to stay in sweet newborn stage forever! Soon, I’ll make the official “baby, meet the internet” introductions but getting my life together is taking about 6 times as long as I feel like it should. For example, no matter how early I get started, or how prepared I think I am, we cannot seem to get out of the house before noon. It’s a complete mystery to me how the get-everyone-fed-and-clean cycle takes 5 hours. It’s like a time-warp. So strange.
So anyway, instead of meeting the baby, “Internet, meet the nursery!”
We’ve been slowly chipping away at making our beautiful, but plain, house our home and having another babe was a good motivation to get another room knocked out. (You can see Saurus’ new big boy room here) In my mind, I wanted a rich, dark green room but the nursery is the darkest room in the house already and I was pretty nervous to commit to something that could make it even darker. Probably thanks to pregnancy hormones, I had nightmares of his vision not developing properly because I kept him in a dark cave all the time. Yeah. Stop laughing at me. Husband already did enough of that.
So, I tried going a lighter green, and then a darker, and then lighter, and then different, and then darker. Until, 13 trips to the paint store later, I finally picked the dark green I had wanted from the beginning. (Backwoods by Benjamin Moore) Good Grief, Charlie Brown. But, turns out, I love it. And it’s soothing and manly and not cave-like at all. (Until you’re trying to take pictures of it and your camera throws a fit. So, sorry about the picture quality – it’s much better in person.)
All of the furniture was a recycle from Saurus’ nursery (which was actually a recycle from my office – win! thanks Ikea!) but still works for baby round two. I probably would have picked something lighter if I were starting from scratch but #secondbabyproblems, he gets hand-me-downs for everything.
I wanted a place for Saurus to sit and spend time with his brother, so I got this plush bean bag for him and I find him sitting there, reading, all the time. Putting the books away, however, he does not love.
Saurus sweetly passed on Sven the MooseDeer (we’re not sure what kind of animal it’s supposed to be) to his little bro. He’s not quite as soft as he started out but has been well-loved and will continue to be so for many years, I hope.
I LOVE these peek-a-boo animal prints from LILAxLOLA and am trying to hold myself back from getting every animal and putting them all over the house. I bought the digital files and then took them to Staples and had them printed as 16×20 (helpful hint: engineer prints are like 75-cents for giant pics…), and put them in these Ikea frames which look great and are nice and cheap but are the biggest pain in the patooty to hang. Just a warning.
This awesome rocking moose was a gift from a grandma and I can’t wait til he’s big enough to ride it!
Because every babe needs a deer skin rug….
The worst picture of the bunch, I know, but these woodland nesting animals are kind of the cutest thing ever and Saurus LOVES them. I keep finding them all over the house because he loves to “decorate” with them and says they are his “first best animal friends”.
I made the mobile by painting feathers with a little copper paint and tying them to a stick with fishing line. Then I tied some leather cord around the stick and hung it from a hook in the ceiling. 3 weeks strong and it hasn’t fallen on him, so I think it’ll work.
Wood & iron end table | HomeGoods (similar here)
Plush fox | JellyCat
I took another stick and stuck it in some brackets and hung a curtain from it for the window decor. Because I’m cheap like that and was too tired to go shopping….
This white chaise from Ikea was in Saurus’ nursery too and everyone said I was crazy for getting a chaise (and a white one!) instead of a rocking chair but it was one of the best decisions I made so I kept it for Little Fox. A) it’s washable! and B) it gives me a great place to sleep or rest when babies need soothing at all hours of the night or are sick and you need to stay with them or just can’t bear to leave their little selves all alone or if Husband is snoring too loudly….
We call this kid “Little Fox” (more on that later), so this sweet fox print was perfect!
I made the animal typography artwork with Microsoft Word, my printer, copper embossing powder, and the insomnia that comes with being 35 weeks pregnant. And because I like to drink gallons of coffee and stay up all night doing ridiculous things. (But maybe one of these days, I’ll get them put up in my online shop. When I get my shop put back together, that is….)
I picked all of the things I wish for my littlest babe: that he’d be wise, and strong, and brave, and full of fun, and clever, and equal parts tough and gentle. I would say these are great reminders for him, but he can’t read, so they are just pretty, shiny things for him to look at and reminders for me for the things I pray over him at night.