Friday, May 11, 2012

The nursery

We are having a boy!! By the time we had the ultrasound, we were both pretty certain it was a boy. Obviously Brian would have been fine either way (I hope:), but every time he talked about the baby or when we would pray for the baby, Brian would refer to our baby as he and him. So I naturally started calling the baby a he as well. Needless to say, if we had ended up having a girl it would been quite the transition to referring to Baby C as she :).  The ultrasound was nothing short of amazing. To see him kicking and rubbing his eyes and puckering his lips was one of the most special moments of my life. I felt like the pregnancy was moving pretty fast until that point, but since I saw his sweet little face so clearly, I can't wait to meet him and hold him and love on him. Seeing our little guy also made these past 19 weeks of puking and constant nausea seem like no big deal. I knew from the beginning all the pregnancy sickness was definitely all worth it, but I'm not going to lie, I am ready for the puking to stop :). At least it will stop once the baby is out, right? I am hopeful for that :). We are so grateful to the Lord for this little miracle growing inside me. Now we just need to name him. Decisions decisions.

The day I found out I was pregnant, I started thinking about how I wanted to decorate the nursery... because I absolutely love decorating! We have decided to decorate the nursery in aqua, gray, and yellow. That way if our next baby (our baby in Ethiopia) is a girl, we won't have to do the whole thing over... maybe just add a little bit of pink.We are not going to have any type of theme, just lots of patterns and color. Chevron and polka dots and stripes... oh my :).

Here are the things we have either already bought or we are planning on purchasing soon for the nursery. I can't wait to see how it all looks together!

Last night, we bought this baby bedding from Land of Nod. I was thinking about trying to make the bedding, but then I found this and it was exactly what I wanted. 

So far we bought the following crib sheet, skirt, and changing pad cover. I'm still not sure if I am going to buy the quilt. It's a little pricey for my taste :).

We also already bought the following fabric and Ikea book shelf to make a little bench seat (idea found on pinterest:) for under the window.

The fabric is from

This is the EXPEDIT book shelf we purchased from Ikea:

And I am going to make a bench like this:

A tutorial to make the cushion for the bench is found HERE.

We are going to buy the white Jenny Lind crib. It is very inexpensive and I absolutely love the classic look of it. 

We are not going to buy a traditional changing table. We will not have room in the room for a dresser and changing table. I am either going to buy a used dresser and paint it white or buy this dresser from IKEA. We will just use the top of the dresser as a changing table.

Or..... we might buy a tool cart and use that as a changing table. My friend Amy-Jo did that for her baby and it is super cute and genius! Here is a yellow tool cart that would look great in our nursery :)

My awesome father-in-law is going to put beadboard on the walls, which will be white, and then we are going to paint the rest of the wall Benjamin Moore's Robin's Nest.

Here is a nursery painted in Robin's Nest. I LOVE the aqua and yellow together. And... that is the crib we are getting... I love the yellow version of it but we are going to stick with the white one just in case I am all yellowed-out in the future :).

Image above found HERE.

I'm going to attempt to make these curtains using THIS tutorial. I'm a little nervous about this project... Have any of you ever used/made fabric paint before? If so, I might need a little help :).

I'm not sure what will be on the walls yet... Probably something to do with the lyrics to "You are my sunshine", something with his name, and I'm also thinking about putting the alphabet on the wall using the same spray paint used to make this sign:

It's all coming together! Hopefully decorating this nursery will keep me busy enough over the next few months to make the waiting time until our little guy arrives feel a little shorter :). Fun fun times at the Coates' home!