“So, whatcha doing this week, Ellen?”
Oh I don’t know, just having a BABY.
Our buddy’s eviction date is set for this Friday, so that means I have t-3 days left of being pregnant. And I’ve been such a good girl this time around that I’m just letting myself be pregnant and eat ice cream sandwiches and pop tarts when I feel like it. People, I’ve been craving pop tarts for almost the entire pregnancy and I only just caved and bought a box yesterday. That’s self control!
It’s high time I showed you his nursery in all it’s (mostly finished) glory, huh? I also have a mostly finished kitchen to show you as well, but I have all week, so patience y’all!
Way back in the awful never ending winter, I looked for boy nursery inspiration on pinterest and I was so taken by this nursery with the blue gingham curtains. I just had to have them! I’m also a big fan of crib skirts because then I can stash sleeves of diapers and other stuff under the crib and nobody’s the wiser. So I picked up enough fabric (way more than enough fabric because I’m really bad at measurements) at Ikea for both curtains and skirt. I also picked up this play rug at Ikea.
Thus solidifying (along with the awesome lamp on loan from cousin Jude!) the nursery’s unofficial and vague theme of vehicles. Also, blue and green. I know it seems to be too small for the space, but ultimately, the nursing chair will go back into the room so all that will be visible on the floor after that will be the rug. I was pretty excited when I got the idea to use the car rug for the nursery because 1. it was super cheap ($13!) and 2. It will be played with by more than one kid. SK is already a big fan!
Here’s a better shot of the crib and the picture above the crib. I know it just looks like a cute watercolor of an elephant pushing a rock, but it’s actually way cooler and nerdier than that. It adorably illustrates Newton’s 3 laws of motion. Don’t believe me? Check out this Etsy listing. Our friend Pat bought it for SK back in the day. He’s an engineer and Dave’s a physicist so they both thought it was coolest thing ever. It’s pretty fun, isn’t it?
I have to brag that I got the bumpers at Savers for $3!! I had very girlie bumpers for SK so I knew I needed to get new ones for this baby. Is it gross that I got them used? They’re nice Carter bumpers and they were in good condition and I washed and dried them on really high heat. Whatever, I’m proud of my occasional thriftiness.
I totally have to eat my words in a former post when I complained that chevron stresses me out. It’s still not my favorite, but I really wanted a changing pad cover this time around and this one was inexpensive on Amazon. It does clash a bit with the curtains, but I liked how the gray went with the gray of the mobile clouds. To the left of the changing station…
I actually have his name up there too in stainless steel cookie cutter letters, but I took it down for the picture so it can remain a surprise for some of you. 🙂 I’m not done decorating the shelf; I’d like one or both of his patron saints represented up there. Spoiler alert: St. Joe up there is not one of this namesakes, but I like him a lot and want my son to be like him, so his presence on the shelf is very much welcome. I think my favorite part of the whole nursery is that sweet pennant. I whipped it up last night and I’m very pleased with how it turned out.
Turning around on the other side of the room…
I kept up the curtain with the ball fringe because it works color-wise. And because, ball-fringe! The fun tire mirror is another loaner from Jude. And yes, little brother’s closet is filled with his big sister’s clothes still. He might as well get used it it. And speaking of SK…
I’m pretty sure she’s telling me “It’s mies bed.” She’s still a little possessive of her former crib, but she does love her new room and big girl bed. And she still owns the closet in this room, so she kinda wins. 😉
So there it is! I’m really happy with how it turned out. I purposely made things simpler in the nursery this time around. It’s such a small room that too much stuff just makes for clutter and mess and stress. I’m no minimalist by any stretch, but I’m starting to see the benefit of paring down all the stuff. [For comparison, here’s SK’s nursery.]
I really will try to get a kitchen post up this week! Please keep me and my littlest kiddo in your prayers this week too?