I finally got around to taking pictures of the nursery. I actually had a few small details to complete after Eli was born, which is why I didn't take pictures before he was born. I love his cozy little room! If you didn't know, Sam and I waited until Eli was born to find out if we were having a boy or a girl. It was so much fun waiting. I love surprises, and that is one of life's biggest surprises right there. I did have a feeling all along that it was a boy. But a feeling doesn't mean anything, I heard tons of stories from women where they were sure of the gender, but then were wrong. When Eli was born and Sam said it was a boy, it just seemed right.
I feel like everything in the room can be used for our next child whether it's a boy or a girl. Although the room leans more towards the boy side, I think that's because girl rooms often appear more frilly with softer colors.
Links and information about where items were bought are included.
I'll start with his crib. I found it on Serena and Lily, and then did some research on the actual manufacturer of the crib, Franklin and Ben. I found several stores in North Carolina that carried this crib at a much cheaper price. Serena and Lily has beautiful items, but it is expensive! I love the Liberty crib, it's a modern take on a classic spindle crib frame. I love the bright white.
The crib skirt is from Bellini, a children's furniture/decor store in Charlotte. It was custom made. I couldn't find anything that I liked. I needed something with contrast against the white (plus a white crib skirt with black dog hair in the house doesn't mix well). The yellow band at the bottom ties in the different yellow accents in the room.
The giraffe crib sheet is from Pottery Barn. I have 4 crib sheets, 2 giraffes, 1 white, and 1 white chamois (super soft!). I also have a flat waterproof crib pad underneath the sheet (similar item found here). That was a great suggestion from my sister-in-law Rachel. That way you don't have to wash the mattress pad every time spit-up or a dirty diaper leaks onto the crib sheet. I change the crib sheet at least twice a week if not more. I'm sure it will be more when he sleeps in his crib at night. He is in a bassinet upstairs with us right now during the night.
The elephant print is a poster from Ikea. We had it mounted on foam/gator board at Michaels. We didn't want to hang anything heavy over the crib for safety reasons. And I like the clean white lines that is has without a frame. Super cheap art work!
The glider...oh how awesome it is! It is also from Bellini in Charlotte. The ottoman glides as well. It is so comfortable. If you're going to splurge on one item in the nursery I say do it on the glider/chair/rocker.
The curtains are from Ikea (2010). They were in the room when it was our home office. I also painted the room gray in 2010 when it was my home office.
What you can't really see is our awesome black-out shades from Ikea as well. Talk about a good "bang for your buck." I love these shades. We have had one in our living room as well for several years to block window glare on our tv. They are white and blend right in with the window frame.
The rug is a random find from High Country Furniture in Waynesville, NC. Who would have a thought a furniture/design store for your moutnain home would have what I was looking for. Well, I didn't really even know what I was looking for, but I'm glad I found this rug. It is soooo soft, plush, and comfortable. It makes you want to sit down on the floor, which will be a good thing when Eli can sit and play. Hans loves this rug as well (luckily it hides his dog hair easily).
I thought I got a full shot of the dresser...oops. It is the dresser from my nursery (and my brother's as well). I had it refinished by a friend who does amazing work. I wasn't up for that type of project, and I wouldn't have done even half as good of work as Elizabeth. You can view her work on her business facebook page, Gussied UP.
The burlap hanging thing covers up the big electrical switch board in our house. Sam's mom helped me complete that arts and craft project. The little blue birds hanging from the burlap is a purchase from Spain. It's a handmade mobile type item that we found in a cute art market our last day in Barcelona.
This print was actually the first item we bought for the nursery. I knew I wanted to have some sort of animal theme (obviously you can see I didn't go too crazy into a theme, so maybe animal inspiration is the right word). We bought the print at The Compleat Naturalist, a store in Asheville. It's a Charley Harper print, and I just really fell in love with his artwork.
More easy/cheap artwork....these are Charley Harper 5x7 post cards in cheap Target frames. The bird print hanging beside Hans' portrait is also a 5x7 post card. I got two different sets of post cards from Amazon. So I can switch them out if I get tired of them (but let's be honest, that will probably never happen). The door on the left is the closet. The door on the right goes into the bathroom.
The lamp is from Target. And my dad built his little book case! It's covered in a window panel from Target that looks like Burlap, but it's softer polyester type material.
Of course I have to include some recent pictures of my sweet boy. Hanging out on his tummy at 7 weeks old.
Here are some Eli iPhone pictures. I always have my phone with me throughout the day for two reasons: (1) Eli is so cute and I can't stop taking his picture or taking a video. (2) I need to know what time it is when I'm feeding him. If the photos were edited I used the PicTapGo! app I mentioned in my previous post.
Here is the first picture I took of Eli. He was born at 9:01pm on Monday, this picture was taken around 6:30am on Tuesday morning. I really didn't sleep much that night. Well, we didn't even get to our room until around 1:00am. I wanted to send a picture of Eli to my friends to let them know that Eli had been born, but Sam's phone had all of the delivery room pictures, so I snapped this shot while laying in bed.
It's amazing how much their face changes as the swelling goes down.
Wow is my boy growing! He's taking after his dad already in that it appears he will be in the upper part or off the charts in percentile growth. I don't think he is off the chart yet...just a healthy chunky baby (super thankful for that healthy part!). His cousin, Emma, who turned 1 today is pretty petite. We did a weigh in with me holding Eli and Emma on Thanksgiving Day. Eli weighed 13.2 lbs and Emma weighed 17.8 lbs! Whoa! I know his growth will slow down once he reaches 3 to 4 months, but he's going to be a big boy! I feel this constant need to take pictures of him because this never ending growth spurt.
I have a ton of pictures on my iPhone. For those of you interested in what photo editing app I use on my iPhone, I love PicTapGo!. I usually end up editing photos I have taken throughout the day during a nursing session.
Here are some pictures I took with my camera last week when he was 5 weeks old.
Jessica and Daniel almost have less than a year to go to until their destination wedding in Asheville! They are getting married October 18, 2014. Jess and I worked 1 or 2 college summers together in our fathers' general surgery physician office. She chose the medical route, while I still easily faint with medical talk, I now can handle to get my blood drawn and get a shot without feeling queasy. Jess is at Duke studying to be a Physician's Assistant and has planned their wedding around her school work and rotations. She is so on top of all of her wedding details. Everything is planned already - that's because she is now on the road for several months rotating between different doctor offices all over North Carolina. I'm so glad they picked Asheville as their destination!
We did their engagement pictures in Durham, where they currently live. You wouldn't believe this was an August weekend in Durham. It was in the upper 60's/low 70's all day. It was the weirdest weather weekend! Sam and I were in Cary that weekend to celebrate a friend's birthday, and they had to cancel plans to spend the day on a lake with a boat (which suit me just fine...I didn't feel like being the big pregnant lady in a swimsuit amongst these super fit soccer-loving (which means they have great legs) girls. Although the skies were a little overcast and we ended up with a little misty sprinkle by the end of the session, I think it was better weather than a typical August day in Durham (80 - 90 degrees and 75% humidity). Anyways, onto to the pictures : )
As you can see, they were very comfortable in front of the camera. Being able to relax, and be yourself in front of the camera always makes for better pictures. I know that is hard! My sister-in-law took maternity pictures of me, and it's always good to get in front of the camera as a reminder to what my clients do for me.
I love this little dancing series : )
Durham really has managed to make their tobacco town quite cute!
On a personal note, Sam and I are just waiting, waiting for this baby! I'm 39 weeks today. Next Wednesday, October 23 is my due date. We are so ready to meet this little guy or girl! Just trying to keep busy and well rested at the same time.