Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Please submit Hospital Bag Ideas!

I first have to apologize for not posting recently. This third trimester is kicking my butt and what I thought were Braxton Hicks seem to be some sort of Lactic Acid build up (They think). Also...I'm very petite and have the shortest torso in the planet and she suggested maybe he is just running out of room! Brilliant....32 weeks this Wednesday and no more room. I have an appt on Thurs but until then the nice nurse told me to rest. REST??? She did NOT put the word bed in front of it but told me to put my feet up and relax in the afternoons. Um, my cube doesn't have the configuration for an ottoman.... AND going to Charleston for SEWE involves walking.

So, to make me feel better I am asking all my friends & followers to please suggest good items to bring in my hospital bag! I am hopefully ordering a set of the LL Bean (they currently don't have Carolina blue) or Lands End totes with baby's initials (or his name?) this week (please honey, or at least the Large!!??).

Pretty please with a cheeseburger on top leave a comment with your favorite items you brought, items you didn't need, and what in the heck I can leave the hospital in. Oh, and maybe something cute for babyfu to wear too. I will compile a fancy list with suggestions for next week!


Stay Puft Preggo

Friday, February 4, 2011

Nursery Progress- *Warning* Very Messy!

Looking into the Nursery from the hallway

I cannot believe we are 10 weeks from my due date. The Honey-Do list now has exclamation points, death threats, and other scary notations all over it. If you are reading this I love you M! The good news is we have crossed off the following:
  • The room is painted
  • New Carpet has been ordered
  • Exciting Water Stain we found while removing old carpet is being taken care of
  • Crib has been purchased (Craigslist) and Bedding is in place
  • Chandelier has been spray painted..thank you 65 degrees last weekend!
  • Curtain fabric is off at the seamstress
  • Glider has been purchased (Craigslist) and is off at the Upholsterer
  • New Windows have been ordered
So all in all I feel like we are making major progress. Which make me feel better than McDonalds. Wait..no, that's a toss up.

Here is a brief embarrassing (not complete!) tour of the Nursery. I still have lots of small things to decide so please leave comments with your suggestions, opinions, or just really really nice things about what I've done so far. If you tell me you don't like something I will wish voodoo on you.

We bought this trundle bed from Pier 1 Kids several years ago. The Matlassee is from my Niece's nursery! I think we will need to replace it with all white. What do we do about the duvet? Tuck it in? Get a faux down comforter & coverlet so it lays nicer? And if I tuck in should I get a dust skirt? Don't say do it in the red squares..there is no more fabric!

The red square fabric is my curtain fabric. I need more yardage but I bought out Mary Jo's! I will be posting on the amazing curtain source I am using; she is doing soft pinch pleats to frame the window. Maybe swap the brown bamboos for white matchsticks? Yes it is very bright in this room but I don't want to feel that I am required to close the curtains for baby to sleep. The elephant fabric is my other FAVORITE. I would have done the entire nursery in it but it is $15/yard more than the squares. I have 2 yards so I'm thinking 2 standard pillow shams for the bed? Which would be an all white bed with these two fabulous shams popping out?

Yep, the 2 corners of despair. I want beautiful tall etageres in red or white but I will probably go with bookshelves from Ikea. Or one bookshelf and one of those round cheap decorator tables to display rattles, pictures...etc.

MOS gave me one of the greatest Baby Shower presents! Aren't you jealous over my new red lamp!!?? He will live on the decorator table, changing table, or the bookshelf. Thank you Sarah!

PINK??!! This smashing tole chandelier was sprayed white last weekend. I know what you are thinking..whoa fancy schmancy...but Young House Love had a good point. You want one light source that is controlled by a dimmer so when you walk into the baby's room at 2:00am for a feeding you don't blind the poor child. And I got him on a STEAL!

So goodbye Mr. Ceiling Fan...you will have a beautiful chandelier in your spot in the near future! I really almost painted the chandelier red but chickened out.

Jenny Lind is sold out everywhere-unless you order it new off the internet and I didn't want to shell out $200 when I knew I could find a perfectly good one around town. I did! I also scored this Pottery Barn bedding on sale before Christmas. Its a little blah color wise so I might spring for a blue crib sheet or a red one with stripes.

These 4 Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post Covers will be framed in Red and hung above the crib. You like? I bought a book for $15 that has tons of them!!

My Glider! Thank you Craigslist. And thank you to the security guard at our office building who yelled at me for shady deals with men in minivans. Love her. She said next time she is bringing back up. (The guy was in a business suit) I'm not going to use the ottoman...that would require more fabric and more $$ at the upholsterer. I have a special project for a footstool. What? You want to send me a red pouf? Done!
The little pillow for the glider is the only other thing in the room I could squeeze out of my red square fabric.

At this very moment the glider is being reupholstered in this matlassee!

What do you think of the Mirror? Leave it natural? It looks just like the Restoration Hardware ones but I bought it at High Point Market in 2009 for $45. We have had the Dresser for some time, it was a steal from Tobacco Barn in Asheville-I just need to change out the knobs. (And get the changing pad/changing pad cover/diapers/butt paste...etc.)

All of this fun stuff will be moved over to the bookshelf/decorator table corners. Do you like my little painting? Post & Gray here in Charlotte for $40!! Should I frame him? I found the tole catchall to the left for $6 at Sleepy Poet, should I paint stripes?

So that is where we are Nursery wise! It has all been moved out so new carpet can be installed.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Craving a Master Bedroom Redo

With all this nesting going on I am starting to wonder...what about my room? I don't spend much time in there, I'm out of bed by 6:15 in the morning and don't get back in bed until 10:00pm. The only other times I visit my lovely boudoir is to change out of my work clothes and toss on workout/lounge gear.

I have a feeling once baby comes I will be upstairs quite often either nursing (hopefully), sleeping, or changing diapers. And since babyfu's room is right next door to ours don't we deserve a little eye candy?

Maybe I need to hang more wall art. I definitely need curtains and some patterned pillows. Do we ever stop wanting to redo rooms in our home? I think this sudden discontent with my master bedroom is from me wanting a secret sanctuary I can retire to when I 'm covered in spit up and still wearing my maternity clothes at 6 months postpartum.

Feast on these beautiful bedrooms I dug out from House Beautiful:

Images via House Beautiful