Tuesday, February 23, 2016

36 Weeks, But Who's Counting?

I can tell you who is counting the days... this girl right here. ;) With 28 days until my due date, I'm starting to feel a tiny bit like a ticking time bomb. I get worn out just thinking about household tasks, and there is no way I'm going to the grocery store by myself at this point. This pretty much sums up my life right now. I wish I was kidding.

Carter has definitely taken over my body. I've gained 21.2 pounds total and I'm pretty sure it's all in my face and my belly. I asked the doctor at my 36 week appointment yesterday if I was having a dinosaur baby, but she assures me he's regular sized and measuring right on track. I feel like a house though. This is one of my pre-pregnancy shirts, but it's stretched to the max. {Side note: check out our new paint color in the background, whoop!}

I mean seriously, check little man out.

Forget about sleep and bring on the aches and pains. Carter heavily prefers my left side. It's definitely uncomfortable, but also kind of reassuring. He's still rattling around in there and moving like crazy. I'm flat on my back here, and check him out. For real.

I'm also having contractions. 2cm and 50% effaced, so nothing crazy yet. My doctor won't stop labor at this point, so he's free to come whenever he wants. Ryan and I were both two weeks early, so I'm guessing March 12th as baby day. I'm not due until March 22nd, and I had kind of hoped for a spring baby. But now that we're approaching the finish line, I'm just ready to have an outside baby instead of an inside baby. But if he'd wait until at least March 1st at 37 weeks, that would be just about perfect.

Food is a mixed bag. I alternate between EAT ALL THE THINGS and then feeling stuffed immediately. The heart burn is definitely real, but still loving my spicy Mexican food. We joke that Carter is going to come out requesting a chimichanga.

Looking Forward To:
Sleeping on my stomach
Seeing my toes
Running around without my heart racing
Indulging in a glass of wine
Holding this sweet baby

Friday, February 12, 2016

Nursery Organization Tips

Nursery Organization: closets and dressersFor being such a little guy, our baby sure does have a lot of stuff! Blankets, swaddles, clothes, toys, diapers, wipes, books, oh my!

I have to confess, I was a little overwhelmed trying to figure out where to put everything. Do I hang the clothes, or fold them? Do I keep matching outfits together, or do I separate pants into one pile and onesies into another? Just how many blankets do I really need anyway?!

But, I was determined to get the nursery organized before Carter makes his appearance so I just dove in headfirst {and probably made my husband a little crazy in the process}. Now I'm pleased to say that everything has been washed and put away with four to six weeks to spare, which makes this momma's heart happy.

Again, I have a mix of budget-friendly ideas with a couple splurges too. I'll put a list of sources down below at the bottom of this post.

First up, I tackled the closet. Our closets are really wide, so there's lots of room hidden off to the left and right. I have extras stacked up back there, as well as our pack-n-play, bouncer, etc. Ample closet space was definitely a deciding factor when we were building!

The bins across the top hold extra bedding, extra changing pad covers, and extra blankets to swap out as the ones we have are in the laundry. They also hold clothes that Carter will grow into later. I'll also use them to hold extra diapers and wipes that we don't need in our dresser for immediate use. Across the bottom, the cubbies {Ikea Kallax} will hold toys and books.  
Nursery Organization: closets and dressers

I love how the bins are soft and will be right at Carter's eye-level as he grows into them. I'm sure he won't keep them nearly as neat as I do, especially if he takes after his Daddy. ;)
Nursery Organization: closets and dressers

Then it was on to the dresser. We're using the top of the dresser as our changing table. The whale bin holds wipes and I need to get a bottle of hand sanitizer to put up there too.  Everything for diaper changing will go across the top of the dresser drawers.
Nursery Organization: closets and dressers

We still need to get our wipes, diapers, and magical potions. We're using these little Ikea organizers to corral everything. 
Nursery Organization: closets and dressers

The second row holds everything Carter will need when he's brand new. Newborn and one-size gowns/sleepers. I'm guessing he'll burn through those quickly, and then we'll move his current sizes up into these drawers. 
Nursery Organization: closets and dressers

The bottom row of his dresser holds his matching outfits and more nighttime options for swaddling and 3 month sized sleepers. 
Nursery Organization: closets and dressers

Finally, Carter's nightstand has everything we need for feeding, burping, and cuddling. The top drawer has pacifiers and burp cloths, while the bottom drawer has extra swaddles and receiving blankets. 
Nursery Organization: closets and dressers

I think we're just about all set! It's still hard to imagine that all these books I've been collecting over the years will finally have an owner. We bought this little elephant as soon as we found out we were pregnant, and the stacker set as soon as we knew we were having a little boy. We're ready anytime he is!
Nursery Organization: closets and dressers

Top shelf bins: Target
White organizer: Ikea Kallax
Striped closet bins: Land of Nod
Dresser: Babies R Us Oxford Baby Dallas
Dresser dividers: Ikea

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Nautical Baby Boy Nursery

Nautical Baby Boy NurseryIt's finished! The nesting is over and our little man has a place to grow up. Confession: I had dozens of ideas for baby girl nurseries and zip, zero, zilch for little boys. I didn't want anything overly themed, but I did want it to have personality. I think I looked at a million pictures on Pinterest and places like Pottery Barn, Land of Nod, and Etsy. Then I found the Pottery Barn Hamptons Whale nursery quilt and knew I could work with that. My husband and I are beach-lovers and were married in the Outer Banks. We hope our little boy loves our beach vacations and the ocean as much as we do. Seems fitting to get him started early. 

I didn't want everything to be too matchy-matchy though, so I made it my mission to begin collecting the perfect pieces for Carter's room.  I was thinking reclaimed wood, sailboats, whales, and anchors. The end result? A mix of items that resulted in a nautical {but not too nautical} nursery that was budget-friendly too. I'll put all sources I have below at the end of this post.

The painting was the hardest part. I grossly underestimated how boring it is to watch paint dry. We used Sherwin Williams Dhurrie Beige as our base color and accented with Sherwin Williams Regatta and Sherwin Williams Reflecting Pool. I absolutely love the teal Reflecting Pool. I kind of want to paint it in every room of our house somewhere. I highly recommend Yellow Frog tape for stripes. Learned that the hard way, so don't make our same mistake if you want super crisp lines.

Here's the full tour:
Nautical Baby Boy Nursery
Nautical Baby Boy Nursery
Nautical Baby Boy Nursery
Nautical Baby Boy Nursery
Nautical Baby Boy Nursery

I love envisioning what Carter will be like and see him playing in his room as he gets older. Of course, I'm also envisioning all the sleepless nights and diaper changes that will go on in here too. The teacher in me especially loves his reading corner. I've ordered a gray stripe Land of Nod canvas bin to put beside his chair, but it's on backorder. Story of my life. ;) 
Nautical Baby Boy Nursery Reading Nook

Carter will be sleeping with us in our room when he comes home, but his crib is ready. We'll remove the decor when he's actually ready to sleep in here. I sewed his name cuddle blanket, which will go in his carseat with him when we're on the road. 
Nautical Baby Boy Nursery Crib

A few of my favorite details--
Nautical Baby Boy Nursery

I hope little man loves his room! I'll share how I've organized his nursery closet and dresser {so many tiny baby clothes!} just as soon as I get the rest of my back-ordered bins. 

Source List:
Nightsand lamp: Pottery Barn Kids Rowan Base and Devin Shade
Porthole mirrors: Hobby Lobby
Nautical rope finials: Pottery Barn Kids
Curtains: Home Goods
Wood sailboats: Target
Crib, Dresser, Nightstand: Babies R Us Avalon Baby Dallas
Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids Hamptons Whale
Round wooden sign: Etsy Gray Key Designs
Book ledges: Ikea
Baby rocking chair: Ikea
Rug: Target Navy Circo Stripe Accent Rug
Wooden letters: Michaels' Craft Store Make Market Dark Wood Alphabet
Clothes hamper: Target
Ceiling light: Pottery Barn Kids Fisherman Flushmount
Canvas bins: Land of Nod Around the Cube Bin Navy
Glider and Ottoman: Babies R Us Charlotte in Stone
Octopus hook: Home Depot Young House Love
Ubbi diaper pail: Amazon