Wednesday, June 8, 2011

nursery progress: making space

Note: If you don't appreciate all of the effort I put into these pictures, you ought to. I appreciate all of you visual people!
So apparently, babies come with a lot of stuff. I made my list of things to register for/buy and my eye started to twitch. Then I made a plan and all was right in the world :)

Step 1: Determine where Boy will go.

Our upstairs currently looks like this:

Upstairs 1

And we decided that it should look like this:

Upstairs 2

Step 2: Get Organized.

There was a lot that needed to happen in order to make the guest bedroom a nursery. Most of it included unpacking boxes that we didn't unpack when we moved, making a Goodwill pile and organizing my Christmas decorations. True story. This is the progression:

gb collage

Ohhhhh yikes. But over Memorial Day weekend, we made it happen. We got organized.

Step 3: Make room for Boy.

There was a lot of room-switching fun which involved cleaning out a closet, cleaning out attic space so we had a place to put the stuff that was in the closet, cleaning out the office/craft room so we'd have room for the stuff that was in the guest bedroom, moving guest bedroom furniture into the office/craft room, moving a bookshelf from the office/craft room to use in the nursery, etc. And the green grass grew all around, all around and the green grass grew all around.

Because of my "condition" Andrew did most of the moving. Rudy and I just sat back and directed.

GB Page and Rudy
As you can see, Rudy is mid-yawn. He also thinks he weighs about 30lbs less than he really does and insists on being right in my lap whenever possible.

Step 4: Daydream.

After the planning and the organizing and the room-switching, we were left with this:

GB After

We can breathe!

That's the cradle that the babe will sleep in while he's still in our room. All the other furniture is coming...THIS WEEKEND! That was the main reason for pushing ourselves over the last two weeks to get everything cleaned out. We're headed to Charlotte to do a little shopping with Andrew's parents and when we come back, we hope to have a truck full of furniture. I can't wait.

For now, here's what I'm thinking for the bambino's room:

Nursery Polyvore

We're still in a rental (and probably will be for a while, thanks to the Navy) so painting isn't likely. I love the gray and I love the yellow/blue/green combo and I like that the options I have for bringing in color without being drastic. It all makes me very, very happy.

So there you have it, folks. The first few steps of the nursery makeover. I'll keep you posted along the way, but in the meantime what's the one thing that you or your baby couldn't live without?

7 friends said...:

  1. I appreciate the effort you put into the pictures. I am a visual person. Sad I'm going to be missing y'all this weekend!!

  2. Ok, so it's not one thing, but I hyonestly can't imagine having shopped/registered/planned without the book Baby Bargains. It rates absolutely everything from pacifiers to cribs based not only on price and quality, but also value for the money. It really helps you pick between brands, because it lets you know when it's worth it to go for the "better" brand and when the value brand is just as good or better -- depending on your personal criteria/needs (i.e. certain umbrella strollers are great for people like me and Jason, but would be tragic for you long-legged Castrodale folks...) I would loan you mine, but it's 3 years old and they REALLY keep up with the latest and greatest, along with recalls, etc. Here is the link on Amazon

  3. We could not have lived without the book "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding." When I pumped for Merrit, it was a life-saver and a 24/7 "friend" ready to give me a pep talk. And when I nursed Ollie, and had totally different questions, issues, concerns, it was also great...there with practical help when I needed it. Wish I still had my well-thumbed copy to pass on.

    The nursery is going to be adorable.

  4. I love the color palette you chose. Can't wait to see pictures of it all finished! And by Charlotte, did you mean Charlotte, NC? I live just outside of Charlotte.

  5. I love the color palette! Congrats on accomplishing so much :)

  6. Thank you! Hopefully I can get it all wrapped up soon!


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