Friday, August 29, 2014

Nursery Gallery Wall

With little girl's name coming from family members, I wanted to incorporate pictures in her room. A gallery wall was the perfect solution.
We laid out the gallery wall before printing any pictures or placing anything on the wall. Luckily, Aaron is very meticulous when it comes to measuring.

Top Row
Easter circa 1990-ish (Aaron and I are both pictured here from church we grew up and married in) / Painting from an artist and blogger in Birmingham / Bible verse that was in our wedding ceremony / Picture of Aaron's grandmother

Bottom Row
Lyrics from our first dance / Picture of my grandfather and I / Little one's initials (these are painted cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby; much cheaper and less dangerous than the Anthropologie metal lettters)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nurse Gifts



Like any pregnant woman, I want the best treatment possible while in the hospital. So I figured bribery always helps. The hubs is in healthcare and explained the nurses are not supposed to take gifts but I went against that advice and mocked up some baskets for both the night and day nurses.

My sweet co-workers also found my Pinterest page and saw I wanted to do nurse gifts so during my work shower everyone put together little baggies. It was such a thoughtful idea.

Here's to hoping I get a few sympathy points while drugged up and in pain.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Baby Girl's Nursery

The nursery is complete and I could not be more excited with the outcome. I wanted something non-babyish with items she can grow up with. I am also not a lover of baby pink so we steered clear of that as well.

I wanted most of the large items to be rather neutral in the hopes we could use it for the next baby (way down the road on that one). 

I am in love with the crib bedding, made by my mom.

After a lot of thought and two dressers, we decided on the wood finish (as opposed to all white). I changed out the pulls to dress it up a bit. I also wanted a comfy glider as I have a feeling I will be spending a lot of time in that chair. 

The room already had shelves so we worked with what we had. I added the stencil in a metallic silver finish.


Of course I couldn't take pictures without my sidekick. She has followed me around the house for the last nine months so this day was no different. She also seems to think this is her room but will be highly upset when it comes with a screaming baby in less than 2 weeks.

Sources
Crib - Target
Dresser - Ikea
Pouf - One Kings Lane
Glider - Home Decorators Collection
Side tables - CB2
Lamp - Target
Crib Sheet - Serena and Lily
Changing Pad cover - Serena and Lily

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hospital Bag: What I Am Packing

Considering I have not actually had baby girl yet, my hospital bag packing is a shot in the dark. But after my overnight stay, I have learned to pack lightly.

Here is what I am packing, thanks to Pinterest, friends and google searches.


For Me
Bathrobe
Undergarments
Nightgown
Going Home Outfit - I am thinking black maxi... slimming and post-baby body forgiving
Toiletries - I picked up travel size items as I am hoping for only a brief hospital stay
Makeup
Pillow - make sure to add a colored pillowcase so it doesn't get taken away
Boppy
Belly corset - I have heard good things about these for the post-baby figure so I thought to give it a try

For Baby
Going Home Outfit 
Swaddle - This is for her precious baby scent and getting the dogs used to it before we come home

For Hubs
Clothes
PJs
Toiletries
Pillow
Camera
Chargers
Contact List
Hospital Documents - While you already pre-register, it is nice to have the printed documents

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lately

Wow it has been a long time since I have blogged. Nothing like waiting til the last of the month :)

A lot has gone on these past few weeks... we have traveled, prepped for baby girl and tried to soak up these last few days of just us.

Our last weekend of travel consisted of Aaron's best childhood friend's wedding, who also happens to be baby girl's godfather. It was great to see friends and family for our last weekend back in Bama for a while.

We actually had two weddings that weekend so I got the chance to meet up with my college besties (but missed the stunning bride :( ) It was so good to catch up with everyone as I don't see them enough.

The hubs may kill me for posting this picture but he was my rock for a scary 24 hours. Two Saturdays ago, I fell in our garage. The doctor on call wanted me to come in for monitoring which turned into an overnight stay at the hospital. Luckily, everything turned out fine but they wanted to monitor me just to be safe. Looking on the positive side, we got a good test run of the hospital stay and Aaron learned he needs to be prepared for some frigid temps.

Like I said, we have done some serious baby prep through nesting mode and getting things put together.  The mamaroo was not a huge hit with the big brother and sister but they better get used to it. Baby has taken over the Williams household.