The Nursery

February 17th, 2013

Originally, we weren’t going to find out the sex of the baby. Only a few months into pregnancy and the secrecy was driving us nuts – we wanted to know. However, we still wanted to keep the room gender neutral. The hardest part about gender neutral rooms is that most of the items available for sale are either brown or yellow – not my favorite choice of colors. We also thought about using gray since that’s the main color throughout most of our house, but we still wanted it to be colorful and fun – it is a baby’s room after all.

We finally settled on a colorful polka-dot theme by Skip Hop. Not to make the room too matchy-matchy, we decided to incorporate a bird theme as well. To do this, we added a tree decal to one of the walls to give the room some pop. Plus, it’s best not to have too many things hanging on the walls, especially above the crib. This easily solves that problem.

Paint was the hardest choice. What we ended up choosing was a light pistachio green. Not too baby-ish, gender neutral, and can grow with him for several years. We thought about blue once we found out the sex, but we had a blue room in our old house and  frankly, were pretty sick of looking at it…

Furniture was an easy choice! We knew we wanted something modern and convertible. The bed we chose converts to a toddler and twin bed later on down the road. The dresser slides apart to reveal a changing table. When he’s older, he can use it as a desk, or just slide it back and use it as a dresser. This particular set is called “Cube” by Baby’s Dream Furniture. There are plenty of cheaper, modern sets out there, but Baby’s Dream doesn’t use particle board and is built right here in the U.S.A. It was worth the extra $100.


Max in His Crib 

No, we don’t let him sleep with bumpers or stuffed animals, this is just for show.

Looking into the Nursery

The color of the room looks a little yellow here. I didn’t have time to color correct it. Newborn, remember? To keep with the bird theme, we bought the cutest little LED branch light from IKEA to hang over the changing table. It’s perfect for late night diaper changes.

Corner of the Nursery

Again, looks darker and more yellow than it really is. We accented the room with white and red. Max LOVES staring at the red curtains and the red birds. He’s also mesmerized by the dots in his crib.

If I had to do it all over again I would:

1) Start sooner. Technically, you don’t need the nursery for the first few months. However, trying to paint the room at 7 months preggo was no fun. It’s really hard to manuever… Also, the dresser ended up being on back order for nearly two months. Once the baby is here, it’s harder than ever to pull the room together because you’re so busy taking care of him. I would have started it at 5-6 months pregnant.

2) Not fret so much over everything being perfect. Nesting is at an all time high in the final months of pregnancy and I panicked his room wouldn’t be ready. Of course it wasn’t ready. And that’s ok. All Max really needs the first few months is the be held, fed, and loved.

3) Not listen to input. People love to offer their opinions. You don’t need them. You’re the one who will be spending the most time in that room. Especially at 11 p.m., 1 a.m., 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Do the room to your liking. If I didn’t love those birds, I should as hell wouldn’t want to stare at them for hours a day. I like how the room looks and it works perfectly for us.

4) Remember it’s a work in progress. Not all the photos are hung. This is because the best memories are yet to be made and captured.

5) Realize that pee, spit-up, and explosive poo will end up all over the…well, everything. Don’t get too invested in stuff. Babies will combust all over your perfectly matched nursery.

6) Seriously, pee everywhere.


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