When I refilled this jar this past Sunday, I thought to myself, "by the time this jar is empty, maybe I will have gone into labor."
At 39 weeks, 6 days, and nine hours, I am literally looking for any signs that just maybe we will meet this baby girl sometime this weekend. And yet, no contractions, and not even a Braxton Hick (that I know of). I totally realize that once labor pains start, I am sure I will be eating my words. But seriously, I'm just really excited and anxious to meet our girl.
As I type this, I am pretty sure she is having a blast doing her version of the Harlem Shake in my belly.
I posted this photo on FB and Instagram on Monday.
I was thinking (hoping) it might be the last land mark photo of this pregnancy. But unless something happens between now and sunrise, I will be up getting dressed for work. So you can bet, I will snap the 40 week photo.
But just in case, my bag is packed.
I have a list by my purse of extra things to throw in the bag/car when the time does come.
Until then, we will wait and see. We will watch Scandal like we usually do on Thursday nights while we cuddle with our sweet Henry.
Fair Warning - this is a super photo and text heavy post. I'm most indecisive when it comes to choosing the right photos to display baby girl's nursery.
Okay, so you've been warned :) Lets start the tour.
I will start by telling you that this room used to be orange. Like bright orange. Anyone who has been to our house knows that I LOVE paint color. Bright, bold, paint colors. But when we found out we were expecting, I decided to go in the opposite direction. I wanted a white slate, and mostly I wanted the painting done before school started back - that timing meant that I could not chose pink or blue because we were not going to find out the sex until October. So I went with bright white and decided it would be fun to incorporate every bright color with decor.
First up, the alphabet wall.
This little project (okay, BIG project) started out small. I was just going to make an "abc" and maybe a "123." And then came the d, and e, and well, after those, I figured I better just do the whole alphabet. And so just 3 weeks shy of my due date, all 26 letters were complete. You know, nothing like adding a little crafting stress to getting her nursery done. Anything for her, right?! All kidding aside, I am now super happy they are all done. But I do hope that she will learn her alphabet by the time she is 12 months old. No pressure, kid ;)
They were all made using this method that I have posted about before.
I decided to put them up on the wall behind her crib since it's the largest wall in the room. Also, I didn't plan on putting a mobile over her bed, so I thought these would do the job of entertaining her.
Her crib was gifted to us by a dear family friend. I wanted to keep the bedding simple, and use the quilt that I made her with just a colorful fitted sheet for a pop of color. The sheet is from Target and can be found here.
Next up, the chair. This was one thing I did not budge on having in her room. A comfy chair. And because we were gifted her crib, we decided it would be okay to splurge a bit on a comfy chair. It's a Lazy-Boy Claiborne swivel-glider and is just as comfortable as I had hoped it would be. We bought it in red so that we can later move it to our living room once she outgrows her room.
On the chair is the other quilt I made this past summer before we knew she was a girl. And the other quilt was made several summers ago when I first started quilting...this girl will never lack in quilts, that's for sure.
The tassel garland above the window was made by one of my best friends. She made it for my shower and after the shower I knew exactly where I would use it in her nursery. I love the colors. I believe she used this tutorial (scroll down a bit) to make it.
Next, the changing table wall. I posted a while back about Adam making her changing table. It's probably my most favorite part of the whole room - even though I know we might end up changing her 90% of the time on our bed or wherever is closest (smile). I made the banner almost exactly a year ago for a baby photo shoot I did of an adorable baby girl. I knew one day, it would get more use.
The changing pad cover is from Land of Nod- the yellows don't quite match her curtains, but the pop of color is exactly what I wanted. The baskets are also from Land of Nod. I've bought some of these before for scrap supplies and knew they would be handy and durable for her changing station. I put diapers, bath supplies, washcloths, swaddle blankets, and onesie's in them. Lord knows I will need some form of organization when she gets here.
The framed artwork pieces were three items I've known I would put in her nursery from the time we found out we were expecting. The ABC print is one of mine from Bacon Lettuce Tomato, the middle colorful park scene is my favorite from An Open Sketchbook, and the Henry (dog) was actually made using my Silhouette cutting machine...I wanted her to always know her big brother, Henry.
I bought these embroidery hoops a super long time ago from ebay after seeing this idea on Pinterest. I just used different fabrics from my stash to put in them for pops of color. The kiwi clock is from Etsy. It was a gift to me from Adam this past Christmas. He got on my Etsy and found my favorites page - little did he know I had favored this clock with her nursery in mind.
This photo shows her closet (which is already too small!). It had an accordion folding door, but I decided to take down the accordion door and cover it with a curtain instead - again for more color.
On the same wall as her closet, is actually a door that goes to the porch. I wanted to make it look more like a window, so I made another curtain panel to cover it. I used this curtain tutorial to make all four curtains - the fabric is from ebay.
We decided to go ahead and put a t.v. in her room - more so for my entertainment since I think I will be spending lots of time in there feeding her.
Her dresser was actually mine growing up. My grandpa stripped and re-stained it to match her bed and changing table.
This piece of artwork was given to me from my mom this past Christmas. I cried when I opened it because I loved it so much. Both the sentiment and colors were perfect and I immediately knew I would share it with my daughter.
This embroidered piece I found at a flea market - like WAY before we were even expecting. WhenI found it, I knew that someday it would be perfect framed in a nursery. It's the prayer my mom used to say with my sister and I before bed. The frame was given to me by one of my best friends. It fit perfectly.
And I'm pretty sure this whole post would not be complete without her big brother, Henry. I've been telling him throughout this whole decorating project that this room will be his as much as it will be hers. I truly hope with all my heart that he will be a protective big brother to her and always watch over her and not be scared of the sounds and new smells that might come from this room from time to time.
I think this is actually the first interior decorative thing I have ever envisioned and brought to life. I drew these sketches this past summer and gosh, it's been fun watching it all happen in real life - with a few alterations and changes.
It doesn't seem real that in two weeks or less that she will be here.
We may never be prepared for the impact she will have on all our lives, but I'm glad to say her room is prepared and ready for her.
Our baby shower was this past weekend. It was an absolutely lovely shower thrown by some of the best women I know and am so so lucky to call sisters and friends.
One of the games at the shower required a pre-video taping of Adam. 10 questions to ask the proud dad to be. If you have four and half minutes to watch, I will just say this much, this guy knows how to steal the show. His video answers were definitely a highlight of the shower. Everyone got a kick out of hearing his point of view about becoming a dad.
So if you have 4.5 minutes, you just might get a kick out of this :)
And I'm not just saying this because I am his wife and adore him, but I believe he truly is going to be a wonderful papa. Just check out how quickly he answers number 10 without hesitation. I love that.