Thursday, May 8, 2014

The "Nursery"

Well, hello 38 weeks!  I cannot believe how fast this pregnancy has gone!  I am officially on maternity leave now . . . fortunately, this baby has given me a couple days off before his arrival (have I mentioned that it’s a boy?).  With Guinevere, I ended up working right up until she was born and I really wished I had taken leave a little earlier so that I could have had more time to prep for her.  With this baby, it was even harder to do any prep at all! Chasing after a toddler plus working occupies almost all of my time.  By the time G gets to bed, I am exhausted and the last thing I want to do is clean and organize (it’s also the reason this blog has kind of slipped by the way side). 

Fortunately, I have now had 3 days off to clean & organize & prep.  We now have the “nursery” ready for baby’s arrival.  It’s really just the bay window of our bedroom where baby will sleep for the first several months of his life.  We will eventually turn the guest room into his room (guests will have to deal with the futon in our living room).  Why haven’t we converted the guest room yet, you ask?  There are multiple factors that went into that decision: a) we have enough going on right now and my pregnancy brain couldn’t handle the thought of trying to cram one more weekend full of logistics of trying to figure out how to get all the furniture necessary for a second kid’s room and move it and organize it, b) G will be getting my old bunk bed from my parents’ house as her “big girl” bed, but she’s still content in the crib (that will eventually be new baby’s) and has yet to try to climb out of it, so I’m quite happy to let her stay in it until she’s a little older, and c) our guest room is currently being occupied by some long-term houseguests.  So new baby will have to make do with just having a corner of our room for now.  Honestly, he was going to be sleeping in our room for the first several months of his life anyway, so it’s not that big a deal that we don’t have a full room set up for him yet . . . right?

Would you like to see the “nursery”?


We purchased 3 storage drawers from Target (Sterilite Corp. 23108004 Sterilite Stackable Storage Drawer similar from Amazon).  These drawers are fantastic!  They are modular, so once we move new baby into his own room, we can use these drawers as storage for the kid’s toys or whatever else we want. 

I’m planning on cloth diapering this kid as much as possible from the beginning – mostly to mitigate the expense of having 2 kids in diapers.  However, I am realistic and know that we will be using disposables some of the time, so I have both set up next to the changing area.  Since I know that the “one size” cloth diapers won’t fit this baby until he gets a little older, I’m going with a mix of a couple of newborn sized all in ones and fitted diapers and then we will attempt to use pre-folds and covers on this baby as well.  I’m kind of excited about attempting to cloth diaper from the beginning on this kid!  Aaron’s not necessarily super thrilled about it, but the cost savings makes him more motivated and since I take care of all the laundry and stuffing of G’s pocket diapers, it’s easy for him to just go with it.  He even let me show him how to fold the diaper and use a snappi (click on this link to Amazon see what snappi's look like: Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners - Pack of 3 (Light Blue, Bright Blue, White) basically a replacement for the old school diaper pins).  Once baby is here, I will let you know how cloth diapering a newborn differs from a bigger baby/toddler.

Next to the drawers, we’ve set up the pack ‘n’ play, but are not planning on using it for sleeping purposes – at least in the beginning.  This pack n play came with a changing table/napper, so we’ll be using it for that purpose at least until he outgrows the bassinet. (here's the 2014 version of our pack n play: Graco Pack 'N Play Playard with Reversible Napper and Changer, Roman



Baby will be sleeping in the Restoration Hardware bassinet/Moses basket.  It’s pink, but he won’t care.  We loved that bassinet with Guinevere!  I just love that it brings the baby up to the level of the bed.  We would pull the bassinet up next to my side of the bed so I could easily wake up in the middle of the night and just look over and make sure baby is ok.  G slept relatively soundly in it (as soundly as newborns sleep that is).  I think it gave her a nice cozy feeling.  Hoping this kid likes it as much!

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6 comments:

  1. I bet you are getting EXCITED! It is so nice to have some time, even if it is a few days to get ready before baby's arrival. I took only one day off before I was scheduled to be induced both times and I had wished I had more time... I ran around like crazy to get stuff finished up both of those times. Can't wait to hear about the delivery!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I've definitely done a bunch of running around trying to finish everything up, but I'm also trying to make sure to relax a bit too - since I know there won't be much relaxation time very soon. :)

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  2. This just reminds me how much I have to do before my little bean arrives! eeps... but I've got a few months to prepare (hopefully).

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    1. Yeah, you have time. With the first it's hard to prepare because you have no idea what to expect. With the second, it's hard to prepare because you are so busy running after the first! :)

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  3. Don't stress! Olivia and Axel both slept in my closet for the first 9 months of their lives in a bassinet. I wouldn't want them out of my room until they were sleeping through the night anyway, because I'm too lazy to walk down the hallway! ;)

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    1. Guinevere slept in our room until about 4 months - a couple weeks after I went back to work. I was so nervous about moving her to her own room. But then she slept all the way through the night her first night in the crib . . . and we wondered why we hadn't moved her sooner! To this day, she sleeps best in her own crib. Thinking maybe I should train new baby to sleep in the pack n play a little better. :)

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