The last few months of this pregnancy, I have been a little foggy. My creativity and energy were sapped, my body ached, and I have been horribly cranky.
Thank god it only lasts 9 months…and thank god I have the husband I do.
With Buddy and Little Guy, their nurseries were set up well before I was anywhere near my due date. This time around, we needed to shift 3 of our 4 upstairs rooms to prepare for baby, and I was drowning in paperwork from work – which meant, Baby #3 had no where to come home to until 38 weeks.
I know this is a first world problem and that babies don’t need a nursery. But for me, setting up the nursery has always been a part of the bonding process between the new baby and me. I also had the little problem of Little Guy, who had yet to move to a “big boy bed” and was very comfortable in his “cribby.” So, the past few weeks, I had to extract my nearly 2.75 year old from his beloved crib, create a nursery that was safe and comforting, and – oh yeah – Little Guy decided he was “done with diapers” right in the middle of all of this – perfect timing (groan).
I decided on a simple (and loosely-interpreted!) travel theme for the baby’s room. My inspiration came from some replica vintage signs I had purchased for Buddy when we thought he and Little Guy would be in separate rooms. I wanted to make more use of these signs, and then I stumbled across this Birch Fabric designed with campers. Super cute, right? The rocker, pillows, and side table make for a comfortable place for feedings, reading, and rocking the baby. Is my husband’s old Fat Tire sign inappropriate? I liked it because we love Fat Tire and it has an adorable bike on it…
The crib, adorned with Aden and Anais’ Up, Up, and Away print, features elephants using balloons as transportation. If you know me, you know Aden and Anais products are my one must have baby luxury. Buddy sleeps with two of their swaddles that he stole from Little Guy, so I had to replace them this time for Baby #3. Laying in the middle of the bed is Baby #3’s Lovey-to-Be, a Frog Douglas Schlumpie. The area behind the crib near the window needs a little pizzazz, and I am thinking that a modified version of this lovely art I found on Pinterest might just do the trick (sans pallet wood).
Over the IKEA Expedit cube, which serves as a bookshelf, I have a limited edition print from children’s book author, Zachariah O’Hora’s Pennsylvania One Book Tour, which features a bus being driven by the beloved Bernard, an otter that cannot stop snoring.
The changing table dresser is adorned with an IKEA lamp trimmed with ribbon, A bunting which pulls together a few of the fabrics used in the room, and some yarn wrapped letters spelling out baby’s nickname (sorry, it is covered until the baby is born!).
I also used Mod Podge and some scrap fabric to decorate the light switch cover. I can’t get enough of those campers!
I also love the woven newspaper basket my mom found at Home Goods. Amazing, right? I am using it to stash things I want in reach when feeding or rocking the baby.
The nursery is bright, simple, and boyish, without being too expected for a transportation theme (i.e., cars, planes, trains). Now all we need is Baby!