Our little boy’s second home.

I am finally ready to show off the place we created for our little boy! The room started our as our guestroom, but it was the right size of room for the smallest person in our home so we transformed it.  I loved the wall color so we kept it and tried to create a little boy’s space from there.  Here is what we came up with:

Under one window we have our rocking corner with the glider rocker I have wanted since my cousin Sarah was born 18 years ago. My mom made valances and tie backs for the curtains in a blue polka dot fabric and a cute pillow for the chair.

Next to the chair is our reading lamp which has been in my mom’s family for a long time. It was in my mom’s nursery and then in mine. But first it started in the children’s store my mom’s aunt and uncle owned.

I bought a new shade to update the lamp and to match our color scheme, otherwise it is the same. I love having this heirloom item included in the room and also that the clown is ever so slightly creepy.

I didn’t want to have a theme for the room, but other than the wall color and a cute crib sheet that helped me decide on an accent color, I didn’t have much inspiration. Early on in pregnancy Zach and I had talked about including a quote that has special meaning to his family in our child’s room. Late in the game I decided to use the quote and go with the sunny color of the walls as a way to tie together some decorations in the room. I found a seller on Etsy who creates custom wall decals and ordered the quote.

Then I found these three prints from different sellers on Etsy. All are lyrics from songs about the sun.

I liked how they were all blue and yellow and fit in with our wall quote. And I like how the white frames make them stand out cleanly against the yellow wall.

On another wall we have these shelves for keepsakes which right now are some knitted booties and Zach’s childhood teddy bear. I put a teddy bear my cousin got for the baby up there as well because it was so cute.

This display will change I’m sure, but for now this works for me. Oh, and our baby spy cam will probably be on one of these shelves or mounted on the wall closer to the crib. We will have to experiment with placement.

And finally, what nursery is complete without one of these:

Watson likes to come in and spread out under the window. Luckily he ties in with our color scheme.

I know the look of the room will change as well start to use the room, but I’m pleased with the preliminary set up. It is a nice sunny room with good blackout shades so I think it will be a great place for playtime and sleep time for our little one. I hope he will feel as comfortable in his new home as his seems to be in his current one.


Quick weekend rundown.

The week is flying by and I haven’t had much time to put together a post, but I want to at least give an update before I get too far behind.


My parents came and we had a nice time even though there was 6 inches of snow on the ground the whole weekend. We picked out a crib after a day of looking, but before buying we decided to think it over and search the internet for any information about this crib we may have missed. Zach discovered the exact same crib we wanted was available at an overstock store for $200 cheaper so we made a plan to get it during the week.

Mom and I did a little fabric shopping to get ideas for the baby’s room and had a slight disagreement about whether toile was girlie. I say it is. Case in point:

While cute, these do not fit my definition of manly. We tabled the discussion until Tuesday when we would know the gender of the future inhabitant of the room.

At the fabric store I bought this:

A friend of mine suggested using a dry erase board on the fridge to list out the week’s meal plan. I was filling her in on my lack of skill in grocery shopping and meal planning and she had some helpful tips. So far the menu really has helped us out this week and Zach has actually been referring to it.


I worked from home in the morning so that an installer could come put up our four new windows! Last summer I got some quotes on new windows and by winter we finally agreed that we needed something other than the 1949, single pane, original windows are house has. At least in the bedrooms. We did seven windows then and this time around we finished out the bedrooms and bathrooms so the baby has new windows! Zach is not excited at all by windows, but I am really enjoying them and the fact that ice doesn’t form on the inside of our bedroom windows any longer.

Zach spent the morning dragging his awesome friend Geoff and Geoff’s SUV to the overstock store to pick up our crib. Apparently this overstock warehouse is in a cave and has everything. Furniture, clothing, baby gear, food, etc. Both guys were amazed and want to return to really explore the selection. Zach was able to make a quick sweep of the place though and brought home not only the crib, but a $2 bag of “high quality” beef jerky and a baby baseball outfit for $1.25. Discount shopping man-style.

We have a lot of sorting, storing, and selling of furniture before we have room to assemble the crib, but here is what it will look like:

We wanted something simple and made with solid wood. This one converts to a toddler bed and day bed, but I hope this boy will stay in his crib for awhile. We have some scary stairs in our house that I am not ready to think about.

Also on Tuesday we had our sonogram, which you know. Besides finding out we are getting a little boy, we found out that all his little parts are there and are working. He is growing at a good rate and I have been able to feel him kicking because the placenta is in the back. This also means that Zach should be able to feel him kicking soon.

The best part was watching his little heart beat. We could see all four ventricles pumping away. It was really amazing. He was moving all over – flipping, punching his arms, and kicking his legs. The nurse had a hard time getting a photo of his feet because he kept wiggling around and she couldn’t get a straight-on picture of his face because he was so active. We did see him open and close his mouth a couple of times which was neat too. Zach said he spent most of the sonogram watching me watching the screen. He said he will remember that forever.

That night at the grocery store all I could see was mothers and their boys! I’m sure there were daughters there, but I just kept seeing these lanky teenage boys towering over the mothers they shopped with. We don’t have a whole lot of height in our families, but it is exciting to imagine what our boy will be like.


My aunt, uncle, and their three kids were in our area for a quick spring break trip. We got to met them for dinner last night which was great. We used to live a lot closer to them and so we saw more of them and I miss that. The kids are all growing up which is hard for me because somehow I can’t believe they are teenagers or soon-to-be teenagers. If they are teenagers then that makes me…old enough to have a baby I guess! I am the oldest cousin – 10 years between me and the next cousin – so I remember what each of them was like as a baby. It is hard watching them all get to that point where it isn’t OK to just rush at them and grab them up in a hug when I see them.

My aunt, uncle, and the kids created a checklist of skills that my boy cousins can pass on to their new second cousin. The list included the basics like fishing and creating annoying sounds, but also had more specific skills like mastering the “Irish Jig” which is my youngest cousin’s interpretation of a happy dance.

Tonight: We have been talking a little about names this week and did some more thinking tonight while watching basketball. We have ones we like, but we are not satisfied that we have found the right one yet. I think this will be a decision we consider for a long time.

***Update March 26,2010*** My aunt made a very good point in her comment than I forgot to mention. They asked me how big the baby was right now so the kids could imagine it. I told them he was about the size of a mango. Later when they were coming up with name ideas, of course the kids – the boys at least, I’m sure Lizzie would never say this – suggested Mango. What is family for if not to create embarrassing nicknames that linger long after your resemblance to said fruit or famous whale has passed? My Uncle Pat will be so proud that they have starting the teasing so soon.