Nursery Crib

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Someone contacted me asking about some of the furniture details in Landon’s nursery and I realized that I never shared the finished crib! No time like the present…

I remember sharing a while back that I was having trouble finding a crib that I liked. I wanted white distressed wood. Everything I was finding in white was smooth finish and everything in a distressed finish was off-white or almost yellow. Of course, I have no problem painting a piece of furniture 🙂 but if I was going to put work in to it, I didn’t want to spend a lot. I searched some thrift stores but there’s not a lot of cribs out there. Enter Wayfair.com.

I went on Wayfair.com just to see what they had. I had purchased my office chair from Joss & Main, which is a sister company of Wayfair.com, and loved it so I thought I’d check it out. Turns out, there are a lot of options under $250! The crib I chose is by Viv & Rae, called the Rocco Kokopelli Convertible Crib.

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What I loved about this crib was the “shutter-like” look on the endcaps. I knew the raised edges would give great texture when I distressed it. Unfortunately, this crib is sold out 😦 However, if you go on Wayfair.com and search cribs, there is an option on the left side of the screen to select “cribs under $200” and there are lots of options to choose from.

My favorites, to get a similar look to what I did would be…
Camden 4-in-1 Convertible Crib by Child Craft
Harbor Lights 4-in-1 Convertible Crib by Graco
Watterson 4-in-1 Convertible Crib by Child Craft
And, the first 2 options come in multiple finishes, in case you don’t want to refinish or paint.

To refinish the crib I used Heirloom Traditions chalk paint in A La Mode. Heirlooms Tradition, as most chalk paint, is non-toxic and safe to use on furniture that a baby may put it’s mouth on. You just want to make sure to let the paint cure for a few weeks before baby would have it’s mouth near the furniture. The thing you don’t want to use in this case, is the soft wax. I didn’t use the soft wax this time and it didn’t really affect the distressing. The biggest benefit of the wax is that it seals the paint, protecting it from chipping and stains.

*Quick tip: assemble your crib before you paint it!

There are so many nooks and crannies and areas that will not be visible and therefore don’t need paint, you will save so much time if the crib is assembled first.

Once painted, I used 100 grit sandpaper to sand the edges. I used a coarser sand paper because I really wanted the dark brown to show through. I didn’t sand any flat surface, just ran the sand paper along each edge.

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That’s all folks! Pretty simple transformation. And for those wondering, the crib bedding is the Vintage Ticking Stripe and Vintage Washed Percale Collection from Restoration Hardware.

Vintage Scoreboard was made by me and you can find the instructions here.

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Changing Table Organization

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The fourth trimester…I saw things on Facebook and Pinterest about this topic when I was pregnant but I didn’t really read anything about it until now. Essentially, it speaks to baby being in the womb for 40 weeks and how shocking it is to them when they are born to no longer have hunger & thirst needs constantly met, to not be rocked to sleep at every moment by mom’s movements and to not be constantly warm, “snuggled” and comfortable. It makes so much sense!

We are still learning so much about Landon on a daily basis and it feels like every few days, you master one thing and then something new comes up. Right now…we are working on Landon’s feeding. Meaning, for the first 3 weeks, he never seemed to have gas, never spit up and was never fussy while nursing. Then, all of a sudden, in the last few days, he is nursing at such a fast pace for the first few minutes that he gives himself a tummy ache EVERY TIME! Any tips that you mamas have on getting baby to slow down are much appreciated! So far, I am trying the following…
1. Anticipate baby’s hunger, feed baby at the first hunger cue or beat him to it and not let him go more than 3 hours without nursing to keep him from getting agitated.
2. Laid-back/Biological position or Football/Clutch hold with baby sitting up rather than laying for breastfeeding. Laid-back position means, mom is laid back in a semi-reclined position (I usually prop myself up on pillows in my bed) and baby lies on your chest/stomach. This is how the lactation specialist showed me how to breastfeed in the hospital and is also a great position for skin-to-skin time. When we got home, Landon seemed to do best in the football position, so we changed things up and I position him so he is more seated than laying flat and propped up against my leg. Basically, I just avoid keeping him as upright as possible so gravity is doing it’s job.
3. Burp baby every 5-10 minutes, especially if he seems to be eating ravenously. (Making sure to anticipate baby’s hunger can help with this though. He will eat slower and not need to burp more than once or twice). After the first 5 minutes, whether he stops or not, I pull him away to burp, as the first 5-10 minutes are when he nurses the fastest. Typically, I burp him after 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes and end of nursing session.
If I can manage to make all of these things happen, he stays happy and there is no upset tummy or spitting up.

Anyway…on to my original topic for the day…changing table organization!
Not sure why I felt the need for an exclamation point there 🙂 This is my life now, getting excited about having time to post on the blog, no matter what the topic, and about getting a new shipment of diapers from The Honest Company. I’ll take what I can get these days… you know…when showering is no longer a part of daily life but rather a luxury that happens when dad is home and baby happens to be napping well. Ahh, mom life 🙂

My changing table is a 6-drawer dresser with a changing pad on top. I filled the drawers with all the essentials for diaper changing, nursing and bedtime. I really could have done with just 4 drawers, so if you’re trying to save on space you could get away with that, however, I still found stuff to put in those 2 extra drawers that would need a home somewhere else in your nursery.

Drawer #1: Diapers & Diapering products (i.e. Diaper rash cream, powder, ointment, baby body lotion. Note: Wipes are kept in the wipe warmer on top of the dresser (not pictured because it was added later) with extra packs of wipes kept in a bin in the closet. If you have room, certainly keep extra wipes here as well.)

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Drawer #2: Onesie sleepers and swaddle blankets

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Drawer #3: Nursing supplies (i.e. burp clothes, nursing pads, nursing covers)

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Drawer #4: Extra changing pad covers, diaper genie bags and scent fresheners

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Drawer #5 (Extra): Crib & cradle sheets, car seat covers, breast feeding pillow and sleeping cushion covers
Drawer #6 (Extra): Baby wearing & carriers (i.e. Moby Wrap, Ergo carrier, etc)

Hopefully this was helpful for all you new mamas out there. I know I was totally lost as to what to include and how to organize before I started researching so I hope this makes things a little easy, even if just for one person 🙂

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Maternity Photos

I thought it would be fitting to share our maternity photos the week baby is due 🙂 Only 2 more days until due date…not a whole lot of action so far…hopefully he starts making some moves soon because this mama is getting uncomfortable!

Of course our photos were shot by my amazingly talented friend, Janine, of Janine Soltman Photography. Literally, an INCREDIBLE photographer. I have never felt very photogenic yet I love all the photos she takes! Janine has such an amazing way of making people feel comfortable, laugh and have fun, and forget that they’re having their photo taken. Such a pro!

We decided to shoot the photos at Kruger’s Farm on Sauvie Island. I saw a photo someone had posted on Instagram at this location in what looked like a field of sunflowers and instantly wanted to get the photos done there. Turns out, the “field” of sunflowers was more of a “row” of sunflowers…unless we just didn’t walk around the property enough. Nonetheless, I absolutely LOVE how all the photos turned out and we are going to cherish these photos and the memories of this time forever.

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Hospital Bag Checklist

 

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We went in for our 34 week check up, which is more like a 35 week check up because it was 1 day shy. Baby boy is still transverse, he is really comfortable and really stubborn apparently. So, doctor said that if he hasn’t turned by our 37 week check up, they will set an appointment to try to turn him. She casually mentioned that this appointment will take place in an operating room so that an emergency C-section can be performed if needed…say what?!?! The thought that baby could potentially be here that soon kicked my butt into gear! I’ve spent most of today doing research, and shopping, both in store and online, for all the necessities for our hospital bags for mom, dad & baby.

In an effort to take some of the guess work out of what you need, I’ve compiled a list of must-have items for your hospital stay, including my favorites in each category.

Mom’s Hospital Bag

Above items include: (left to right, top to bottom)
1. Destination Maternity Clip Down Nursing Bra (need 2-3)
2. Sole Society ‘Candice’ Oversize Travel Tote
3. Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads
4. Nordstrom ‘Butter’ Slipper Sock
5. Nordstrom ‘Moonlight’ Nightshirt
6. Nordic Naturals Postnatal Omega-3
7. Honest Company Nipple Balm
8. Nordstrom Lingerie Nursing Camisole (need 2-3)
9. Kensie Floral Print Lounge Pant
10. Kensie Floral Print Robe
11. Destination Maternity Bow Detail Hipster Maternity Panty (need 2-3)

Other items mama needs…
Slippers, shower flip flops, going home outfit, license, insurance card, camera, camera charger, phone, phone charger, maxi pads, toiletries, chapstick, hair ties, Dermoplast spray, water bottle, Tylenol, vitamins, laptop, laptop charger, pillow, tuck’s pads

Dad’s Hospital Bag

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1. Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle
2. Ugg ‘Colton’ Lounge Pant
3. Boss ‘Authentic’ Zip Front Track Jacket
4. Ugg ‘Ascot’ Suede Slipper
5. Beats Studio Wireless Headphones
6. iPad
7. Mack’s Earplugs
8. Hershel Supply Co ‘Novel’ Duffle Bag

Other items dad needs…
Toiletries, shower flip flops, 2-3 daytime outfits, phone & charger, pillow, DVDs

Baby’s Hospital Bag

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1. Aden & Anais High Seas 4-pack Classic Swaddles (needs 2-3 swaddles)
2. Nordstrom Baby Convertible Cotton Gown & Hat (needs 3 sleepers or gowns)
3. Nordstrom Baby Cotton Hats 3-pack
4. Natursutten Original Pacifier
5. Nordstrom Baby Panda Graphic Romper
6. Maxi Cosi Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat
7. Aden & Anais Striped Long Sleeve Zipper One-Piece (needs 3 sleepers or gowns)
8. Pottery Barn Kids ‘The Ultimate’ Diaper Bag
9. Aden & Anais Flannel & Muslin Wearable Blanket
10. Boppy Nursing Pillow & Cover

Other items baby needs…
Mittens, burp rags, nursing cover

Extra items to bring…
Hospital forms, social security forms, FMLA paperwork, gifts for nurses, empty box for gifts, cash for vending machines

For easier use, here is a printable checklist that includes all items that everyone needs to have a comfortable hospital stay
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Dressing the Bump

I have a confession…when I first found out I was pregnant, I said again and again, I’m not going to wear “maternity clothes”. I had this idea in my head of the look and design of maternity wear being frumpy, not cute, not fashion forward. Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly some maternity items out there that are…how should I say…dated? However, you get to a point of being pregnant when clothing cut for your average body is just not comfortable. I started searching online for maternity brands, there are a lot of well known brands doing maternity lines but I think the brands I loved the most were those who are solely focused on maternity wear and nothing else. They get that pregnant woman are already feeling “not cute” no matter what they have on and tend to have a much better selection for whatever style you are looking for.

One of the best brands I came across was Pink Blush Maternity. Pink Blush has a GREAT selection of dresses, tops, bottoms, active wear, sleepwear, hospital robes, nursing accessories, and now, baby accessories too. And the best part, everything is so affordable! Because when you are only needing these items for 1 season, the last thing you want to do is spend a fortune!

I decided to try out one of their maxi dresses, the Overlay Chiffon Maxi in Light Pink, and was so happy with the fit and quality. This dress is going to be a staple for me this summer.

By now you probably know my absolute favorite photographer, J Soltman Photography, who shot these gorgeous photos at Pittock Mansion in Portland. We had fun walking around the grounds, seeing all the friends, couples and family enjoying the views and having picnics. You can hike up to the mansion from the trails below for a fun day or half day hike or drive up and stroll around or tour the mansion.

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My advice to fashion forward mamas-to-be…
1. Don’t be afraid of maternity wear, it has come a long way in the last few years. One of the most important things is your comfort; dresses, tops and maternity jeans that are made to fit your bump will do wonders for your comfort level.
2. When choosing a flowy style dress, choose something with a waistline just above your bump or a fabric that drapes well over the bump. This will help accentuate your new “accessory” without making you feel large or wide.
3. Don’t be afraid of fitted dresses. I have felt the most confident in fitted t-shirt dresses that are gathered or ruched on the sides. Own that bump, be proud of it.
4. Flowy tops with skinny maternity jeans are a great idea! I know it’s summer and I’m all about dresses in this heat, but if you want or need to wear pants, the contrast of a skinny jean with a flowy top will have you loving your bump style.

I’ve already picked out some of my favorite items from Pink Blush that are going into the rotation for the rest of the summer!

Ivory Grey Striped Fitted Short Sleeve Dress

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Black Hi-Lo Dress

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Ivory Crochet Tie Front Boho Top

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Colorblock Halter Maxi Dress

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Enjoy dressing your bump and have fun with it! Something tells me I will miss it when it’s gone 🙂

Inspired by…Nursery Decor

I’ve begun the task of building my baby registry…this is no small task! Having a baby is like planning a wedding. I start to research one item that I want or know I need and during the process, I end up finding 5 other items that I’m supposed to have on the list! Who knew so many gadgets go into raising a baby. The list of things I need to choose, decide between or research grows by 10 each day…never ending.

On top of this, I’m not very good at planning an entire room just by looking at photos so it’s going to be so hard for me to choose nursery décor and not just go buy it all myself! When I design a room, I build piece upon piece, starting with 1 main furniture item, decorating around that and the moving onto the next furniture item. Many times, I buy things in 2 or 3 different colors, patterns or styles and bring it home to try it out with what I already have to make a decision about what I like best. How is this registry thing ever going to work!?!?

Case in point…it took me about 2 weeks to find a crib that I like. I finally picked one out that is the color and style I want and will work for either gender. Of course, the one I picked is $900! I know this is an investment, it turns into a toddler bed and I can use it IF we decide to have more kids later on, but still! Then, as I was searching high and low for other cribs, I came across a gem! I want a rustic, French country look but many cribs that fit that description are very girly and would be tough to make work for a boy’s nursery…if that is what we have 🙂 …plus, I want white furniture in the nursery and most of the shapes and styles of cribs I like don’t come in a distressed white finish (off white maybe, dark brown, smooth white, but no distressed white that I like) So I found a really simple crib with “shutter-like” head and foot boards.

Now, it only comes in dark brown, however, it is only $200!! My plan is to chalk paint and distress it to get the look I want. The crib should arrive in 2 weeks so I will post an update when it comes and let you know how it turns out! In the meantime, here are some of the photos inspiring my nursery décor!

Surprise!

I can finally let you all know why I’ve been a little MIA lately…

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That’s right! Baby Blackwood is arriving in Fall 2016!!!!

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We are beyond excited for this little adventure and I am already so obsessed with this little munchkin!

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I’ve certainly been lucky to not have much morning sickness, however, the fatigue is no joke! Working a full time job, keeping a house running smoothly and trying to work on projects for blog has been a huge challenge during the first trimester. I came home from work so exhausted everyday and on my days off, just getting out of bed, showering, going to the grocery store and cleaning the house was a win in my book. I am 13 weeks now, and feel my energy levels getting somewhat back to normal, although, every once in a while I push myself too hard and am useless on my day off…like today. So I thought I’d just lie in bed and post to you all!

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Not only is our family expanding, but the blog is expanding too! I’ve added a “Baby” page to the menu to share all the updates, planning, decorating and preparations related to baby. My hope is to be open and honest about this journey, to share excitement and fears, and to maybe inspire someone else along the way. This is our first child so I really don’t know what to expect but I have to give a shoutout to my friends and family. I have an amazing support system and lucky, most of my girlfriends have had babies and are the most supportive, non-judgmental group of women and I am so lucky to have them through all of this. And a shout out to my amazingly talented photography friend Janine, of J Soltman Photography, who took these beautiful photos of hubby and I. On top of that, my husband has already been absolutely amazing! Helping me out when I need it and being so understanding when I’m not feeling well or…when I start crying…out of no where…and he has no idea why…:)

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I hope you all are excited for the new blog addition, probably not as excited as I am 🙂 I would love your comments and suggestions about things you’d like to see me post about.