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My Two Babies

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The past few months have been a whirlwind and went by so quickly! I can hardly believe that Cole will be 12 weeks old this Thursday. When I was pregnant I originally told clients that I’d only need 4-6 weeks for my maternity leave and the clients who had children laughed at me. I can now see why! It really does take three months to get into a groove and develop some sort of a schedule. We’re still working on that schedule part, but it has gotten so much easier! Cole is an awesome sleeper and only wakes up once, maybe twice, each night and when he does he goes right back to sleep. He’s even had a few nights where he slept eight straight hours! He’s been in his crib from the first night home from the hospital and I like to think that helps with his sleeping. Once we swaddle him and put on his sound machine, he usually goes right to sleep. He is amazing, that little boy.

He is developing such a fun personality now that he’s almost three months old. He has been smiling a ton and is just now starting to giggle and coo which melts my heart. When Ryan sings to him in a silly voice he kicks his legs like crazy and smiles a big toothless smile. Here’s a few of those adorable smiles. :)

 

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I have some more big news! Ryan and I bought a house! :) I know, we’re crazy. Two of the most stressful things in your life and we did them both within 10 weeks of each other. It doesn’t feel real and we’re both on cloud nine.

We weren’t planning on moving for at least two years but Ryan was looking at real estate every day “just for fun”. That’s like going to target “just for fun”. You always end up with a cart full of random items that you probably didn’t need. But, that’s besides the point.

Ryan found a different house last February and we ended up placing an offer but it didn’t get accepted. Looking back, I am so relieved! Our realtor casually mentioned that she had another house coming on the market  on March 28 (my birthday), so I saw it as a sign. She described this house and my eyes glazed over: center hall colonial, fixer upper, north side of Cranford, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, a wood burning fireplace and a finishable basement (for a future office). Ahhhh! It reminds me of the Father of the Bride house (my absolute dream house) but obviously on a much smaller scale. I knew this was “the one”.

We closed on the house last Monday and it couldn’t have gone any better. We met the previous owner who lived there for 40 years and raised her family there. She was emotional to say goodbye to the house but she was so happy that a young family was moving in. She was sassy and full of life and exactly who I was hoping she’d be. Her positive energy was infectious and it made me feel so good because I know the house is full of good energy too. I asked her what her favorite thing about living there was and her answer would have been my own. She said her kitchen was always filled with people and love. I promised that we would continue to love the house, cook delicious meals in that kitchen, and have parties to create new memories. After we signed our life away to the mortgage company, the previous owner and I hugged and we both cried. While I jokingly teased that it was from my nursing hormones, I know it’s just because I’m just so happy. SO happy. I am so excited for this next chapter in a house I am so proud to call my own.

Since the previous owner was a bit older, it does need a lot of work. This past weekend Cole spent time with his Grandmas while Ryan and I were able to paint almost every room. It’s amazing how productive you can be when you don’t have an infant attached to you! Before we move in we are going to refinish the wood floors, install wood flooring in one of the rooms that is currently carpeted, and install central air. Go big or go home, right? We’re also removing a few HUGE trees that are way too close to the house. See that big daddy below on the left? He’ll be gone soon so we don’t have to worry about him falling on the house.

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My line of work is dangerous for my own house because I have big plans. For the exterior I want to built an overhang over the porch so the house doesn’t look so flat. We’re going to paint the shutters black and eventually get a new front door. We’re going to replace the lighting, windows, add landscaping and remove that funky walkway to the street. We have another walkway that goes to the driveway which is what we would use anyway. Ryan photoshopped a picture here to get an idea. Swoon!

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I’m sure I’ll be posting progress pictures once we have time and money (ha!) to do more work. I don’t want to rush anything because this could be our “forever home” and I also don’t want to miss out on Cole’s infancy. Spending time with him is way more important than stressing over which windows to buy or how quickly we can add molding to the dining room. :) Baby steps.

 

The Nursery

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My pregnancy books say that once you start nesting, you’ll probably go into labor about ten days after. Clearly I don’t fit into this statistic because I’ve been nesting for months. I started planning the baby’s nursery back in October and it’s been done since December. I’m not sure why it took so long to take photos and share them! This room is one of my favorites in the house. It’s so teeny and cozy and I just sit in the chair and imagine what it’s going to be like holding my baby boy in that glider. (Even the cats love the room!)

Originally I was thinking of doing an orange and grey color scheme, but the bedding I originally fell in love with was discontinued the week before I was going to buy it. This happens to me way too often! Once I needed to look for new bedding, I decided to go a different route. The rest of our house has a lot of grey and neutrals so I knew I wanted the baby’s room to be more colorful and youthful. I came across this bed skirt and it inspired the entire room. I love the modern chevron print, the teal and lime green. I’ve been obsessed with teal lately!

I ordered  a custom glider from a vendor in CA, but it got damaged in shipping. (See how the arm looks scrunched?) I’m waiting on getting a new one made, but am holding onto this one for the time being. With this chair I wanted to create a little reading nook. Ryan hung these shelves to place books on since we don’t have room for a bookshelf and I love how they add color to the room. For my baby shower, everyone brought a book with a note inside instead of bringing a card. Everyone wrote sweet little notes to the baby and I get weepy every time I read them.

(Side note: I know we’re not supposed to keep anything in the crib because it’s a safety hazard. Once he’s actually sleeping in the crib, the blanket and pillows will be moved to the chair.)

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The Closet:
I am obsessed with this closet because everything has it’s own place. I only have one before picture on instagram, but it’s a huge difference. The original closet pole was broken so we* replaced it and added another below it. (*Note: Usually when I say “we” it usually means I gave Ryan a honey-do list and he installs everything for me :) Since babies have so many little tiny accessories, I also wanted a shelf above the lower closet pole. I have little baskets with bibs, burping clothes, gloves and shoes in them.

I am so grateful to my sister for saving all of my nephew’s clothing. I didn’t have to buy much and mostly everything you see here is from my sister. I am so, so lucky! Everything is hung on these baby hangers and separated by size using these organizers. I hung as much as I could because there isn’t much space in the room, and folded clothing for future months in those larger baskets to the left of the closet.

Oh, and all those diapers? At my baby shower, my sister put on the invitation that there would be a raffle and whoever brought a package of diapers would get a ticket to enter. We have SO many diapers in different sizes, which is amazing in helping us get started.

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We’ll also keep the diaper genie and a hamper in the closet to hide the dirty clothes and diapers. The hamper was picked up at Home Goods and I love the pattern!

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The Dresser:

Instead of having a changing table, we’re using a dresser with a changing pad on top. Honestly, any time I’ve changed a baby’s diaper I’ve always felt more comfortable changing them on the floor. Even so, it’s nice to have this as an option for us or our moms.

Each drawer has little baskets: the top drawer has space for diapers, wipes, lotions, medicines and the thermometer. The middle drawer has socks, onesies, pacifiers and little accessories. The bottom drawer is all PJ’s for newborn and 3-6 months, including swaddles and sleep sacks (again mostly all from my sister).

Ahhh… I love that everything is in it’s own place. Ryan thinks I’m crazy and I’m okay with that. :)

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My carpenter had some wood leftover from a job so he cut a piece so I could use it as a shelf on top of the radiator. It’s perfect for a little plant (that has seen better days) and the white noise maker so we can hopefully get some sleep.

I’m due on Wednesday. I’m going to be someone’s mother. O.M.G.

To Do: Order Birth Announcements

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I love to-do lists and have been reading quite a few recently to get prepared for the baby.  A common recommendation is to pick out your birth announcements ahead of time. I started looking at Minted and fell in love! I’ve ordered my personal and professional Christmas cards from them  for the past two years. I love their thick card stock and artsy stationary designs. They even have beautiful art prints, and an adorable blog with DIY crafts! You should definitely check it out if you’re looking for easy Valentine’s Day craft ideas!

Here are my current favorites:

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Striped Suit Art Print : Cute for a modern beach house.

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Baby Sophisticate Birth Announcement

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Taylor Birth Announcement

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Big Baby Name Birth Announcement

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Hello Baby Birth Announcement

There are too many adorable options for birth announcements! I think I’m loving Hello Baby. :) Which one is your favorite? Now I just have to print the labels for the cards. One less thing to do once I have a newborn at home!

The baby’s nursery

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The baby’s nursery is one of my favorite rooms in the house. It’s really teeny, so it makes it really cozy to be in. Ryan’s been using it for a “gym” and by gym I mean it has a weight bench that the cats lay on more than he does. :) Sometimes I go in there and sit and daydream about what it’s going to be like to rock our son in there. It gets the most beautiful lighting in the afternoon adding even more coziness to the space.

I’ve started doing some research but I keep going back to the same items. I may need some help making decisions! I can easily make them for clients, but have a hard time making them for myself. Which do you like best?!  I’m leaning more towards option 1, but knowing me I’ll probably continue to do more research.

Option 1:
Using orange, blue and gray color scheme are more boyish and fun.

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Option 1 Sources:
Crib
Sheets
Bumper
Chair
Paint (Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore)
Rug
Dresser
Lamp

 

Option 2:
By using the subtle mint and gray color scheme, I’ll add some personality by mixing patterns like chevron, stripes and polka dots. Slide 1

Option 2 Sources:

Crib
Bedding
Chair
Paint (Teresa’s Green by Farrow and Ball)
Rug
Dresser
Lamp
Below are the runners-up for the rocker and crib.

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I love the style of this rocker, but I’m worried that it might be too deep for the space.

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Graham Glider
I love the look of this glider, but it’s just too deep. So bummed!

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BabyLetto Mercer Crib
I love the look of this crib and the fact that it converts to a toddler crib, but I kept going back to the clean lines of the ikea crib. Although the storage below this crib is a bonus, I like how clean the other crib looks. Am I crazy?

Baby news and nursery plans

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Yesterday I got a call from my doctor with results from some recent bloodwork. The baby looks perfectly healthy which is a huge relief! There is also a newish blood test that can see the gender at only 15 weeks and we chose to find out. I was sitting in Penn Station in NYC coming home from a client meeting when I got the news. Not traditional by any means but I just couldn’t wait a few weeks to get the news in person! I conferenced Ryan in and the doctor told us that we’re having a healthy baby boy!

I was sitting on the steps waiting for my train to go home and I just sat there in shock. A baby boy! Now it feels more real because we can refer to the baby as “him” or “he” instead of “it”. I hope he’s as much of a mama’s boy as his daddy is! :)

I’m only 15 weeks right now but I’m a planner and I’d love to have everything chosen for the nursery pretty soon. I’m looking into having a small scale glider made because the room is so tiny and that can take up to 3 months. In the nursery plan below you can see how tiny it is! We really only have room for a crib, dresser and maybe a glider if we squeeze it in! We have overhead lighting, but I’m going to use a low lighting floor lamp for mid night feedings. We have a small radiator right under the window so I had my amazing carpenter make a shelf like this to sit on top so it can serve as a side table.

My next project that I am really excited about is revamping the closet. Right now the closet in the nursery has one shelf and one bar which really doesn’t provide enough storage especially since there won’t be much dresser storage. There is also a pipe running through the closet which is a huge eyesore. My plan for this week is to redo the insulation around the pipe, and remove the shelves. I’d like to install two shelves/bars above each other like this so we have more clothing storage. I’m also going to add a tall skinny cube bookshelf for things like shoes, towels, and sheets. Why does organizing make me so happy?!

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Below are some inspiration images I’ve been pinning on pinterest. Ryan said I could do whatever I want (we’ll see how honest he was being) so I’m looking for something light, bright and fun. I love nurseries that aren’t too gender specific but I’d like to have this room have some more color than the rest of the house. We already bought this dresser from ikea a while ago. I’ve had baby on the brain for a while and I loved this dresser so much that I was scared they’d discontinue it. Crazy, I know. I’ve started doing some research for cribs and rockers so once I’ve organized my thoughts I’ll share the options with you. I can’t wait!

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oh, baby

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So…guess what? I’m pretty sure you have an idea. Ryan and I are expecting a little jelly bean this April! We are still in shock even if we’ve had a few months to digest this exciting news. It’s something that we’ve wanted for so long, but the moment it’s confirmed that there is a tiny human growing inside of you reminds you how real it is. If you follow me on instagram, you may have already seen some bump pictures and I am so loving being pregnant. I haven’t had any sickness (knock on wood!) but have felt incredibly exhausted which is to be expected. I just entered the second trimester so I’m looking forward to seeing my belly grow and to finally feel some movement.

I’m so excited to share the inspiration I’ve been collecting for the baby’s nursery! To be honest, I’ve probably been collecting photos for years. I blame on my baby fever, although I’ve been passing it off on “design inspiration for clients”. Apparently I’m too transparent because everyone was calling me out on my pinterest pins. The nursery is barely bigger than a 5×7 rug so it’ll be a challenge to create an organized and cozy space. We find out the sex within the next week or so and I am so anxious to find out! Once we know what we’re having I’ll start taking photos to share the process along the way.
Eeek! I still can’t believe it.

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