Putting together our baby’s nursery was something I really looked forward to when we were TTC. I happily pinned idea after idea on Pinterest for the perfect nursery and figured from the word go, on being pregnant, that I would be decorating and redecorating baby’s room till my heart was content. I watched other friends slowly put their nurseries together over the years and thought “Why aren’t they doing this sooner, faster, this way, that way?!” I’m a type A person, I’m a planner, I’m organized, and above all, I would be prepared! After all, isn’t working on the nursery one of the perks of hauling around the kiddo for 9 months?
Fast forward to reality and this pregnancy. My old self laughs at my current self. There was the major situation of finishing our basement so my sister could move down there. In the mean time she used my office and soon-to-be nursery as a storage facility while sharing a room with Rebecca. There was no way I could nest or even plan a nursery with contractors in and out, boxes scattered about and nothing remotely where it belonged. Bottom line, it has been chaos.
I would read other blogs where people had their entire nursery ready to go by 20 weeks. Over achievers. Family and friends often asked what I had left to finish up on the nursery and what the theme is. Snoopy. People stop over, glance at the closed-door and asked to see the nursery. Nosy.
Then something happened. Two weeks ago I kicked my sister and her two cats down the steps to the basement. Don’t worry, they landed on the nice, new, carpet. I emptied everything out of Rebecca’s room, the office and the living room to have professionals come in and clean the carpet. We drove two hours and picked up the baby furniture. I then purged the closets of unnecessary crap, dusted everything, put everything back in its spot, had the Husband paint the nursery, put the furniture together and started feeling progress. We stood in the office that was no longer an office.
It was happening.
A place to house our nugget.
It felt real.
When I hit my second trimester I did make one purchase from ChildrenInspire on Etsy and I knew I would base the nursery around this one thing. Peter Pan inspired.
Over the past couple of weeks I have gone back over my boards on Pinterest and spent a small fortune on Etsy. A few things include this wall quote from Peter Pan, which is now above her crib.
Also, she has a large, double window along one wall that this quote will go above.
I’ve let myself finally piece together what I have been lightly thinking about for this nursery. I may have mentioned we are not entirely “team pink” people, even though we are having a girl. I have never dreamt of pink walls, glitter and lace. It isn’t us. Instead we are going with yellow and gray bedding and so forth that has the stars and moon. Tying everything together to create a bit of a fairytale, a bit of dreams, and a bit of imagination.
I’ve gone through Rebecca’s old totes of baby items. While there isn’t a whole lot to re-use from 13 years ago, I did pull up her old books that I saved. It felt good to place them back on a shelf, remembering the ones that used to be her favorite. I went through the piles of stuff that we have bought or have been given. I sorted, made lists, hung up clothes, double checked my registry.
Here I was on the third trimester and finally able to do something major to prepare for our nugget’s arrival. I had this weird feeling, sitting on the floor in there last night, that something actually comes out of this pregnancy thing. It sounds strange, I know, but this will soon come to an end and it will actually be worth it. The reality that there is actually a baby at the end of this is starting to become more and more real, not just an idea, dream or something we talk about for the future. I will actually lose this growing bump, will be able to go back to sleeping on my stomach, have all the wine and as a bonus, get a baby that hopefully doesn’t get her Dad’s big nose or my huge forehead. There will be a mini us to put in the crib and dress in all the clothes we have been slowly acquiring.
That feeling right there, that was what I needed right now. The third trimester has been such a bitch, slapping me in the face and I needed a moment that says I’m not doing this for nothing, not just someone telling me. I’ve just had nothing to show for it and for some reason the nursery is my reality. Truth be told, I’m glad I couldn’t work on the nursery so soon. It gives me something to do now. Some purpose that I can work on while the Husband is still trucking along on the basement. (There is still an entire bar, entertainment center and bathroom to start!) And with baby showers just around the corner, I have a place to bring all the presents back to, instead of a corner in storage!
So our house officially has a nursery, the start of her room for as long as we live in this house, a place that is hers. It is weird to be making space for a new human that we haven’t met yet. All I know of her is how she loves candy corn and is a night owl. So far, so good. Hopefully she is cool with her room too.
16 thoughts on “31 Weeks- The Nursery”
“The reality that there is actually a baby at the end of this is starting to become more and more real, not just an idea, dream or something we talk about for the future.”
This is a perfect thing to hear for me so thank you for putting it into words. The more we collect items, the more I get wrapped up in the worries than I was before but those words are encouraging and very truthful. We don’t have a room for a nursery in our apartment so the baby is rooming with us but just having the crib and changing table in its own area and having rearranged the living room for the rocking glider gives me that same sense of proof that you talked about with making your nursery.
PS, as a Disney girl, I love love LOVE your theme. ❤
Awh I’m so glad those words helped you as well. We go through a lot to get our reality and it is easy to lose sight of the ending. I’m glad you are finding the space you need for your little one as well:)
I love that Peter Pan idea!
This is so lovely! You’ve put quite a bit of work in there and a lot of thought. I love the theme you chose so much! It’s so inspiring. It made me have a look out there for some quote decals too. 🙂 I have to admit I didn’t put together my baby’s nursery until week 37 or so and I’m pretty much a planner too. 🙂 However, ever since she arrived she’s been rooming with us. I just can’t stand the thought of her all alone.
Thank you so much! And you make me feel like I’m not running behind! We are planning on keeping her in our room for a bit too so I think that has helped my brain not freak out on a lot of this so far:)
I love, love, love the Peter Pan theme!
Thank you! I’ll have to put up more pictures as I get things purchased.
The Peter Pan theme is adorable! And how in the world does anybody have the nursery ready to go at 20 weeks?!? We’ve barely gotten going in there, and I hit 22 weeks tomorrow!
Haha thanks! Some people must have serious motivation that I am lacking!
Awww, just stick with it! It’s really fun reading your blog because it feels like I’m kinda seeing into my wife’s future. I love your posts.
Awh thanks for reading!
Love love love it!!! Such an inspiring theme! Oh and I got that 3rd trimester slap too, lolll!
Thank you so much! And here is to powering through this crap trimester:)
What a wonderful nursery theme, I love it! It sounds like it will be gorgeous. I’m Just starting to plan mine now, at 26 weeks. Wee not going to put the cot up yet as we have a cosleeper crib we’ll be using for the first six months and I’m concerned that that will make it not feel as real. However I hope this won’t be the case!
Thank you and congrats on your soon to be arrival. I’m sure you’ll have plenty of other things that will enter your home soon enough to make it all feel real:)