Back in May, we started converting our once "dog room" into a nursery for our little bean. All of Toby, Hemi and Starr's belongings once lived in there - their food bowls, all their toys, cat litter box, dog crate, etc. We moved their stuff to the rest of the house and they quickly learned that this was now going to be the new baby room! Although it took Hemi a long while to figure out that when I said "go home" to his crate for bedtime, his crate was no longer in the "dog room" and it was now in the living room.
Our friends Phil and Elizabeth came over to help us finish the nursery painting and install new baseboards in the living room. This was a MAJOR help since we
Any who, once all of the paint and baseboards were done... Brad got into "nesting mode" and cleaned up the room pretty well. It was like brand-new again - you could never tell that our pets lived in here :)
Brad and I finished most of our registry with the help of my mom while at Babies-R-Us picking out nursery furniture. Have I mentioned lately how helpful he has been? I mean, he's always really helpful during my kitchen experiments, but he has been EXTRA helpful and amazing throughout my pregnancy and preparing for our little bean to arrive. And yes, he seems to enjoy himself playing with all the different baby toys!
Between learning about car seats, strollers (yes, we are definitely going for the jogging stroller - we gotta get back to marathon training eventually.. wink wink), carriers, etc. he's been pretty relaxed and fun about the whole thing :)
While at Babies-R-Us we decided on a crib/dresser set and placed our order! We are very lucky and thankful to my parents for gifting us our nursery furniture <3 ...now we just have to wait for all of the pieces to arrive. Meanwhile, my mom (we call her Mami) is also helping us restore Brad's old dresser he had as a child - its around 30yrs old and sturdy as a rock! Here is a before picture, with a little bit of sanding and no handles (I have to learn to take more pictures so that I can tell better stories on the blog - rookie move!):
While all of that nursery construction is going on, Brad's Mom (we just refer to her as Mom) and I have been discussing the bedding/theme of the nursery. I decided I really liked baby elephants. So, I picked out a nursery pattern (I had to learn what a pattern was, kindly Mom explained that when you sew things from "scratch", patterns are like instructions to help you figure out how much material you need and how to create what you want to sew). We also made a trip to Joann a few weeks ago and we picked out all of the material. Phew! Here is what we are working with (pink, grey and white). I'll dedicate a post to these different mini-projects later.
This past weekend, our dresser/changing table and glider arrived. It was an interesting experience trying to figure out if the furniture had arrives at Babies-R-Us or not. If we didn't get such a great deal on the furniture, I think we would have returned it all and gone to BuyBuyBaby who have the most helpful and knowledgeable employees about baby stuff on this Earth. We decided to get a dresser and purchase the changing table "topper" separately. I've read in a lot of places that the changing-table-only is pretty much a waste of space and we really needed more storage. TADA! The dresser with the changing table topper.
We also picked up the glider! Which I am looking forward to spending lots of evenings sleeping while feeding in this bad-boy! (that is seriously not sarcasm) For now, I'll let Brad practice his rocking with our largest child, Toby...
Thats all for now! Hopefully the crib will arrive soon, we'll start our sewing project at the end of the month and Mami will get to finish the dresser in August by the time our baby shower comes along.
Time is flyyyyyying and it feels like we still have so much to do!