Hey there, blogland!
I'm happy to report that our little bundle of joy has made his grand entrance into the world almost 2 weeks ago and we are in love.
This is actually the first time I've gotten on the computer since his birth so don't have a ton to post just yet - but figured I should share rather than going totally quiet over here.
All of us are doing well, albeit tired. And mama is looking forward to finding a routine soon.
It's crazy that we have been parents for almost 2 weeks. We actually started keeping a journal each day to jot down highlights and reflections from each day. I want to remember all of these little times.
Dad is going back to work this week and I am nervous about it.
What a learning curve - but one that we are happy to be on. :)
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
If you've been around here since the beginning, you might remember our fall mantel from the first year we were in our house. I was so excited to have a mantel and to decorate it that I went a little crazy at HomeGoods aka one of my favorite places to shop and bought all the fall decorations. And it was fun.
We also decorated last year, but I was slacking and didn't write about it. And since then, I've adopted a little more neutral, year round, everyday mantel that frankly, I really enjoy. It's full of white and cream, and neutrals and metallics. It looks like this:
For me, it's simple enough and I've enjoyed it. (especially little one's ultrasound pic from his anatomy scan...be still my beating heart)
|Remember these vases?|
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Today, I'm sharing one of my favorite parts of our guy's nursery - the little lamp on his bookshelf. We actually got this lamp for free from a college friend who was moving out of his apartment years ago. We have two of them and they looked like this:
Perfectly functional and hubs loved it because it was free. And I kept it because I couldn't justify not and I really did love the shape of it and knew that we would use it. I just didn't love the shade. That said, I never got around to recovering it or buying a new shade because the lamp just served its little purpose in the guest room and that was that.
But, since I wanted to use it in the nursery, I sat down one Friday night for a little craft session and wrapped that thing right up into a perfectly suitable nursery lamp. And I love it.
The first thing I did was tape together lots of copy paper - 16 sheets to be exact and I was shocked at how much paper it took. Second, I laid the shade down on its side - note: NOT like it is in the picture above, but actually on its side.
Monday, September 14, 2015
One the things I was most excited for during our pregnancy was decorating the nursery. Basically as soon as we found out we were having a boy, I grabbed the alligator canvas prints up from Home Goods and just knew that we would have an alligator themed nursery. I didn't want to repaint the walls, since we had just painted them about a year ago and they are a neutral enough color that I really liked.
But, then I saw that sweet little whale canvas in Hobby Lobby and loved it too and I didn't want to get rid of our map on the wall, so I ended up just filling the nursery with things that I liked rather than just one theme.
And to be honest, I prefer it that way (notice all our college pictures still on the wall...). I love all the bright colors and that we won't end up with tons of themed things to change out once the baby grows bigger. The result? Not so pinterest-esque, but totally warm and comfy like the rest of our home, so we like it. :)
And we finished it without spending a ton. The crib is actually the one I slept in, just cleaned up, the bookshelf was already in the room with lots of books from our own childhoods plus some new books from friends, a lamp that was an old college friend's, etc.