Well guys, I’m still pregnant. As my doctor said yesterday, I have “baby toes up to my nose.” At 38 weeks, I’m pretty miserable; but the good news is, I only have 2 weeks to go until I get to meet my baby, and that’s motivation enough for me!
In the meantime, I thought I’d share my nursery pictures with you, as well as some things I learned along the way. I never thought I’d care so much about the nursery, but as the months passed, I became downright obsessive. I blame it on some natural-hormonal-nesting instinct…and Pinterest. :) But it turned out exactly how I pictured it. It’s calm and serene, just “baby” enough, and functional. I’m in love!
So without further ado…Welcome to McBaby’s Nursery!
Tip #1: Set a budget before you begin.
Brad’s quote: ”I never, ever thought we’d put so much time or money into this nursery. When I thought about baby expenses, I didn’t even consider this!” It’s true…everything “baby” is expensive. Manufacturers capitalize on that aforementioned “natural-hormonal-nesting instinct” and price everything higher. My advice: Set a budget, at least on the bigger items (like furniture), and then don’t even look at more expensive brands. Also, look for coupons! We were trying to decide whether to buy our crib, and that same night, I received a 25% off coupon from Wayfair.com that made our choice for us! It was fate!
Tip #2: Think beyond YEAR 1.
It’s easy to picture bringing your baby home to your beautiful nursery, but it’s important to remember that will be his bedroom for many years to come. I know that within just a few short years, that crib will be replaced with a bed shaped like a pirate ship or a race car, and then, someday, that room will be home to a teenager, who will be hanging band/movie posters on the wall that I (a.ka. Brad) so lovingly painted. ;)
We struggled a lot with the “future” of this room. Did we buy a small baby dresser/changing table combo that will work now, and invest in furniture later? Or did we buy something now that he could use for years to come? We went with the latter, buying a crib we liked online and mixing in a dresser that we bought months later that we think will work well for him as he gets older.
Tip #3: Don’t dwell on choosing a “theme.”
Instead of focusing on a theme, find something you like and go from there. I chose a color scheme, and let the rest of it just happen.
But even then, don’t be married to a color scheme. We have bits of blue and green and teal and turquoise throughout the room, and I like having those little bits of color.
We chose gray and yellow, because I figured that would be an easy transition for all Pittsburgh themed memorabilia that came into the room. Believe me, Brad couldn’t have been more supportive when I said, “What do you think about gray and yellow, with maybe some black accents…classy Pittsburgh?” His response? ”Yes! Yes, I want that.” ;)
Disclaimer: I know what you’re thinking….you don’t see a lot of Pittsburgh themed stuff in his room. I assure you, those elements are in progress and sure to come. Brad is on the hunt for the perfect Pirates pennant, probably as we speak! ;)
Tip #4: Remember, it’s a baby’s room!
From the get go, I started saying I wanted a sophisticated baby nursery. I blame Pinterest, with all of its neutral colored rooms, artwork on the wall, custom shelving, furniture that cost more than my own bedroom furniture, and $500 bedding. ;) One day, Brad said, “Someday, McBaby is going to say, ‘Mommy, why does my nursery look like a hotel room?’” And I realized he was right. I needed to dial it back a bit and bring some BABY BOY into our baby boy’s room! That’s when we decided we liked Koala bears (which, in my opinion, don’t get nearly enough credit these days), and that’s when choosing bedding and other accents became much easier. And I think Brad breathed a sigh of relief that I was gaining back (some of) my sanity. ;)
Tip #5: Take your time!
You have 9 months of pregnancy to put together your nursery….use it! Creating McBaby’s room was one of my favorite aspects of pregnancy. I picked up things here and there as I found them, which not only helped the room kind of develop on its own, but it was also was easier on the budget. The first things I bought were two canvas prints at Hobby Lobby, along with some adorable chevron light switch covers, and it was those items that cemented the “gray and yellow” color scheme in my mind. I also picked things up with the thought that I could always return it if we didn’t use it, which I did plenty of…believe me!
Tip #6: Remember, you’ll get A LOT at the shower.
I was completely amazed at the generosity of our family and friends at our baby shower. And so much fit the room perfectly; for instance, these two amazing totes that matched our room so well that I ended up returning a toy box I’d already purchased because I liked them better!
I also requested that everyone bring books in lieu of cards at the shower, and I’d say the kid is set for life in the book department. I was most amazed by the fact that we only got 2 duplicate books! My favorite part was that everyone wrote sweet notes to him in the books, so we will have them always and forever. :)
This guy, also a shower gift, makes me smile. :)
Tip #7: And finally, do whatever makes you happy. :)
I tried so hard to budget, to be reasonable and not spend a lot of money on trivial things, and I did well…for the most part! But when I found this koala bear wall decal (below) on Etsy, I had to have it. My baby needed that koala bear decal. :) Was it the most practical? No. Did I spend too much money on something that will probably only be in his room a few years? Probably. But here’s how I see it: You’ll never create your “first nursery” again. I will always remember my sweet husband standing and placing every individual leaf of that decal with loving attention. I will always remember how happy it made me when I saw it complete for the first time. And those are the things that matter. :)
Maybe the nursery isn’t as important to some people, and I get it…everyone has their thing! But it really was important to me; it was a fun thing for Brad and I to do together as we planned for our baby; it was thereapeutic for me as I faced some job-related disappointments during my pregnancy, and strangely enough, it helped things feel more real for me…I love picturing bringing McBaby home and showing him his room for the first time….even though he’ll most likely sleep through the experience. :) I guess what I’m saying is…just enjoy it. Do what makes you happy!
Thanks for coming on my nursery tour with me! Hopefully on my next blog post, I’ll be sharing pictures of my baby, instead of my bump! Seriously, how ridiculous is my stomach to bum ratio right now?! No wonder I can hardly walk at this point! ;)
Until next time…MUAH!Comments