On Saturday, I reached the 38 week mark. Nothing really new to share on the pregnancy front except I feel like baby’s dropped even more and I’m a little bit more uncomfortable. I had a doctor’s appointment today and she confirmed that the baby has indeed dropped (not just my imagination) and she also said that this will hopefully shorten the time I have to push since baby’s so far down-music to my ears! She asked me if I wanted to get checked and I declined. I didn’t see what difference it would make to know whether or not I’m even more dilated or effaced, that has no indication as to when labor is going to start. She mentioned that if I make it to my next appointment, she will check me and sweep my membranes to hopefully help things along. I definitely want to do whatever I can to keep from going overdue and having my labor start via pitocin. She also estimated little baby to weigh between 8-8.5 lbs! I’m definitely ready for you baby, I think you’ve grown enough in there :-)
On Tuesday, we FINALLY completed our nursery. I love everything about how it turned out. It’s exactly what I had imagined for a gender neutral baby room.
A lot of the projects in the room were DIY projects inspired by things I found on Etsy and Pinterest. The color scheme is one that I came across by accident. I originally had planned for a grey and yellow nursery, but when we were at the paint store, I picked up a mint green paint sample just for fun. I came home, held it up to the wall and I LOVED it.
This little project I came across on Etsy. The seller was charing $48 for a pack of three. I thought that I could easily do this and I was right. I created the prints in Microsoft Word and printed them off at Kinkos. I like that I was able to do this myself, because then I could personalize it a little bit more. It only cost $2 to print each picture and $5 for the 8×10 frames at Target. Total project cost about $21 as opposed to the $48 I was going to spend.
The next DIY project came from this blog on Pinterest. I was originally going to buy a paper ball mobile that I saw on Etsy, and then I came across the yarn ball mobile on Pinterest. I loved this idea so much more, because it’s not something I’ve ever seen in a nursery.
And here’s the baby’s view from the changing table :-)
The dresser is from Ikea. We got it on sale for $240. It was a pain to put together (so I was told), but hubs did a fantastic job. I love this dresser because the drawers came lined with pretty yellow paper :-) and we’ll be able to use it later on down the road. The glider was one of the baby shower gifts from my mom. She bought it at Babies R Us and it’s very comfortable and sturdy :-) The beige afghan was handmade from my grandma. It’s beautiful, soft and will be baby’s favorite blanket :-)
The crib and mattress came from Walmart.com. It’s a Graco Lauren model and we bought it during Walmart Baby Days on-line, and paid about $175 for the crib and mattress. The bedding came from Land of Nod. I searched high and low for gender neutral bedding that matched our color scheme, that wasn’t outrageously priced and didn’t have some kind of animal/themed print. This was exactly what I had been searching for. The blue and green afghan came from hubs Aunt. She had no idea what our nursery looked like when she started making this. I was so happy to open it because it matches our nursery perfectly!
Next, is the canvas print that I made and did a post on a few months ago. It was kind of tedious project but was 100% worth it. It involved having a lot of patience, which is something I sometimes lack :-/
The inspiration for this bookshelf came from Pinterest. The original project had used rain gutters at the bookshelves. I found these photo shelves during our Ikea trip for $14.99 each. I like this a lot better than an ordinary bookshelf because it adds decoration to the room and to me, looks less cluttered. Baby will have lots of books to read thanks to all our shower guests!!
Last but not least, the baby’s closet and storage system. I wanted to make sure everything was organized and easy to find in the baby’s room. I bought the white bookcase and colored bins from Target. In them, I have extra bedding, feeding stuff (bibs, bowls, spoons) that we will use later, bottles, formula that was sent to me and scrapbook items/cards. The closet also consists of lots of diapers that should last us awhile and other side we have a few outfits for the baby.
I’m really happy with how everything turned out. I’ve never been so crafty in my life, but when I saw the prices for some of the stuff that I knew I could myself, it was time to find my inner DIYer. Not knowing the sex of the baby didn’t make decorating the nursery hard at all. I think if I knew what we were having, I would’ve still stuck with the same color scheme. I’m not a huge fan of pink all over the place, and I’ve seen the sports theme too often in baby boy rooms. While I think it’s cute, it was something I knew that I wanted to stay away from. The nursery’s all ready to go…now all we need is a baby!