Sunday, March 9, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
It took me a lot longer to start purchasing baby items this pregnancy; I guess because it’s my third baby and buying “stuff” was more of a chore than it was an exciting milestone. I don’t know, but either way I just started buying stuff over the past 4 weeks or so (I’m 31 weeks) and now my room is starting to look less like a Master Bedroom and more like a storage closet.
The crib is a Gulliver (in Birch) from Ikea and it fits perfectly in that space between my side of the bed and the closet. I have to admit that the crib was just a prop with my other two kids; they never spent a night in there. Not one single night. Around 1.5 years old we converted the crib to a toddler bed and started transitioning them into their own bed, but I’m a co-sleeper all the way. I think it comes mostly down to convenience and being a worry wart. I breastfeed exclusively so it’s so much easier to just have them in bed with me so I can sleep while they eat. They wake up, we switch sides and I go back to sleeping. Looking back I wish I hadn’t done that. My daughter was almost 6 years old (yes 6!) before she quit getting in bed with us at night and my 3 year old son still does. Ugh. I just want my bed back. I’m sure this baby will end up in there sometimes, but I’m really going to try and get him used to sleeping in his own bed. I know myself well enough to know that if he isn’t within arms reach I won’t put him in there (I’m a worrier like that). Since we live in a small apartment where space is limited I wanted to cut back on how many baby items we purchase. No bassinet, no swing, or bouncy seat. I never used these with my other kids (although I had them) so I am not going to purchase them this time. Hopefully the crib and a Moby Wrap will suffice.
The crib skirt and sheet were in my sons crib (which was white) and I put them in there to see if I like them. I don’t. I think I am going to DIY a white skirt to match my white skirt and keep the bedding mostly white. It’s hard finding the balance between nursery and master bedroom, which is probably why progress is so slow, but I know it can be done. I still need a changing table and some type of other storage so that I can get all of that stuff out of there, but for now there is no where else to put it. We’ve lived in this apartment for 2 years and I feel like every month or so I donate a pile of stuff in the name of downsizing, but the pile seems to refill itself. I don’t know where all of this stuff comes from, but seriously people squeezing 5 people into a 2 bedroom apartment is no joke. I can’t wait to find a steady tenant in our house in Richmond so we have the cash to buy something up here. I try not to think about it and just be grateful for the space we do have, but I can’t help but wish we had just a little more space to spread out.
I spent all day yesterday cleaning out my closet so I could fit our two little Rast dressers in there.
It ain’t pretty, but it does the job.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Despite the radio silence here on the blog I have been quite busy around here. Closets have been cleaned, furniture rearranged, and baby items have been purchased. I’ll try to do a round up this week showing some of my progress in each room, but for today I want to show off the progress in the kids room. As I mentioned in this post, I am working on a gallery wall in their room. It’s hard to get in there and photograph since there is usually a “tall mountain” of pillows (as they call it) or a tent or a pile of suitcases for their game of “travel to Grandma’s.” Their room is usually a mess. There I said it. We clean it up at the end of the night…or week, but there are games to be played and memories to be made. With that in mind I came across this quote which sums up what’s happening in that room.
I’m almost done with their gallery wall and I’m really happy with where it’s going. It was looking like this for while but I wasn’t in love with it.
I ditched the white frame, added a book ledge and some portraits and now I love it.
The chalkboards were a Christmas present from my mom for my daughter when she was about 1.5 years old. They were unfinished frames from Michaels that she added sheet metal and chalk board paint to; this was 9 years ago, before Pinterest and the popularity of chalkboard paint. My mom was a trendsetter and I didn’t even know it. The table was also something my mom painted for my daughter and even though I have a son and another one on the way, I’ve had a hard time painting over the very girly pink flower stenciled on it. There were wood animals Gorilla Glued onto the frames which I’ve already removed, that’s what the strange markings on the four corners are. I do plan to paint the chalk boards and the table/chairs soon, I’m still deciding on colors right now. I’m thinking about just going grey and white since there is so much color in the gallery wall, it’s a small room and I want to tone things down a bit. We shall see; as you can tell, I’m chronically indecisive.