Fact: The second born doesn't quite get the attention and care to details that the first did.
Fact: The second born gets quite a bit of hand me downs, even if the hand-me-down isn't the "right" gender color.
Fact: The second born gets a bit more of a seasoned momma.
Fact: The second born gets more of a time-constrained and rushed momma.
Fact: This momma right here moved 5 times since finding out I was pregnant with Calum!
All of these facts = Calum's nursery is JUST NOW done in time for his 9 month birthday!
Life is so hectic that I needed a simple, clean, and functional space for the nursery. Enjoy the tour!
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I've linked some of my favorite items in Calum's room that have helped me simplify life with two babies in the house. You can find them at the end of the little picture tour below!
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Before we dive into the pictures, here are my top 6 must have's for mommy in a baby nursery.
1. Touch lamps
2. A comfortable rocking chair
3. An ottoman or foot stool
4. A side table with storage
5. An awesome video monitor
6. A iPod / white noise machine
And babies are subject to economies of scale. The more you have, the more use you get out of the initial capital investment, i.e. we reused a lot of stuff, even if it was pink and covered in bows.
These items we reused from Ellie's nursery:
1. white crib
2. changing table
4. pacifiers and bottles (lots of pink ones. poor kid.)
How cute are these little slippers? Little man was an easy sleeper just about from day one...until we hit the 8 month mark. We definitely went through a sleep regression these past few weeks. My tips for sleep regression - pray, invest in earplugs, invest in lots of coffee, pray, and just give up on continuous sleep for awhile. That's it! Easy peasy! (No, not easy at all. It is one of the most difficult and frustrating things about parenthood, BUT as is everything with children, it is just a temporary phase.)
Calum had a lot of hand-me-downs. This crib was his older sister's and comes complete with all her teeth marks. We touched up a few spots, but mostly we didn't sweat the details. He has a sturdy, comfortable bed to sleep in at night. We can be confident that he will survive quite a bit of jumping and bouncing in that bed...just as his big sister, Ellie did.
I love this leather tote for Calum's travel bag. In his first few months, we had to travel quite a bit, and it was miserable always packing and unpacking a newborn. One would think that a newborn would be easy to pack for, but no, they come with lots of accessories! This bag is both rugged and stylish. It will be great for mommy or daddy once he's done with it! Click on the pic for more details on this W.I.L.L. all leather tote. These totes come with a 100% lifetime guarantee, and are the best quality I have ever seen. So excited to be able to use this as my weekend travel bag one day soon!
Wall color is Benjamin Moore smokey taupe 983.
These little touch lamps are a MUST have in a nursery. When you are up feeding baby in the middle of the night, you don't want to fumble around for a switch. Also, these lamps have 4 brightness settings. That helps you quickly turn it on low and get your business done and get back to bed ASAP without waking up baby from their sleepy state. A serious MUST.
Funny story about the fiddle leaf fig tree, which is in the ficus tree family, not the fruit bearing tree type. I drove up to Tall Plants of Houston and was greeted by a young man, Kyle. He politely welcomed me, and then without me saying a thing, he said "Let me show you the Fiddle Leaf Figs." I snorted and asked how he knew what I was there for. He said it was totally profiling. If a woman between 25 and 40 stops by, odds are they are there for a fiddle leaf fig. Kyle knows his stuff! He schooled me on the finicky ways of the fiddle leaf fig tree, and so far I've managed to keep mine alive! These guys are the nicest and most thorough purveyors of plants, trees and flowers. It's nice to shop where they love what they do and are happy to share their knowledge with you.
The set of 6 prints and the monogrammed baby blanket were purchased from etsy.com. This blanket from EmbellishedBabe is soooo soft and is a great "lovey" blanket for Calum.
We went with a Flying Tigers airplane theme. Quick history fact (any history majors in the house? oh yeah, that would be me!) - the Flying Tigers were a volunteer group of pilots from the U.S. military that were officially part of the Chinese military for about 6 months during WWII. Read more about them here.
I had so much fun getting his room all pulled together. I hope he will enjoy it for years to come!
Here are some of the items I used in Calum's all-American boy nursery.