I'll admit last week was not my favorite one. I didn't think it would ever end. Owen and Della have been getting sick back-to-back for weeks. Just when I think they're healthy, they come down with something else. Their little bodies have been through the wringer between fevers, coughing, endless snot, and vomit. Della hit the four month sleep regression (so now she wakes up every 2-3 hours at night, which really isn't all that bad) and Owen has once again gotten himself so sleep deprived he looks like a zombie all the time.
No sleep for the weary.2:45 AM
Favorite Shop Friday: Della's Nursery1:33 PM
Hi friends! I'm so excited to share photos of Della's nursery with you today!
|cocoon, crib sheet|
Even though we live in an apartment building, the base housing office still allows us to paint the walls. Our entire apartment is four different shades of gray and I haven't regretted it yet. Della's is a very light gray so I was tempted to do a white crib. But any military spouse will tell you to never buy white furniture because chances are high you'll be stuck in a house where you can't paint the pasty white walls to make your white pieces stand out. The all white look is totally in right now, but my luck would be such that the whites would clash. With the amount of light that shines through the north facing window, I opted for this gray finished Union crib from Amazon. For the price, we're really pleased with it. I'm glad I went with gray because it adds a warm feel to the room.
|prints, mobile, crib, crib skirt, blanket, birth announcement|
|pillow, pacifier, pacifier clip|
The inspiration for the room started when I found these prints from Sharon Montrose's Animal Print Shop (Little Darlings are above the crib and the Babies are over the changing table and on the shelf). We had just gotten to Korea and were still living in the tiny little TLF at the time. I went into serious nesting mode and had a vision for what I wanted the room the look like. Regardless of whether baby was a boy or girl, I knew I wanted to include these in the nursery. Alex and I spent days trying to decide which ones we wanted and ultimately ended up letting Owen pick. Of course, the duck is his favorite one. I complimented the prints with this adorable mobile on Etsy. My mom made the tiny pink tutu for the elephant. :) Della will lay in her crib and smile and coo at these cute knitted animals for hours, it's the sweetest thing.
We love books in our family so a shelf in Della's room was a necessity. I bought one bookshelf used from someone in our apartment building for dirt cheap. It's solid wood and really sturdy but it was painted green and brown - it was ugly. My mom helped me refinish it with Annie Sloan's chalk paint in Antoinette while she was here and I adore it. The detail, the color, the way it perfectly fits in that space...it's everything.
|diaper pail, dresser, rug|
|shelves, peonies, lamb, blocks, curtains, curtain rod finials|
|moccasins (similar color), hello, giraffe|
|storage baskets, baby doll, daddy doll, Sophie teether, vanilla teethers, wood toys (similar...mine are from Germany)|
The eyesore in the room (in my opinion) is the glider. I have a serious love/hate relationship with these chairs. I just think they're ugly. The one I wanted is from the Land of Nod, but they don't ship furniture to APO addresses (APO = military address for those stationed overseas) and it was way over the weight restrictions. Rocking chairs and gliders are essentially non-existent at furniture stores here so I found the end of the internet searching for a glider that was within the dimensional and weight restrictions to be shipped to us and for one that wasn't hideous. I settled on this one from Walmart. Long story short, even though it wasn't too heavy to ship to us and they claimed they would ship it to an APO address, we still had to have it sent to my in-laws and have them mail it on to us. Anyway, it's not quite the look I would ideally like for this space but it works. It's comfortable enough and does the job. The description says it's gray, but really it's more of a taupe and I really like the color. I replaced the gliding ottoman with a natural moroccan leather pouf from Wayfair to give some color and texture. It has become one of my favorite spots in the house and I find myself sitting there with my morning coffee rocking Della or reading books to Owen.
|rug, table, lamp, pouf, chair|
|mug, camera teether|
|baskets, tray, mocassins|
|elephant hook, dream catcher, changing pad cover|
Everything is linked for your reference, but please let me know if you have any questions. I had so much fun with her room. With all the shops listed, I'm going to call this Favorite Shop Friday (sorry, no discounts available today) but here's a reminder to use your OatMama discount before the 17th (see here for details) and make sure you've entered the Freshly Picked moccasin giveaway before midnight on Sunday (details here)!!
Have a happy weekend!
Mother's Day + Freshly Picked Giveaway!7:00 AM
Happy Mother's Day!
If we want wisdom we should ask God for it and He will give it. - James 1:5
Motherhood is tough. It's poopy, snotty, drooly, there's spit up, lots of loud noises, screaming and crying, there's tantrums, and bumps and bruises to kiss. The house is never clean, the laundry is always piled high, and I'm lucky if we're having anything other than take out for dinner. "Oh yay, you made tacos! Again."
But it's the hugs and kisses, giggles and grins, and those peaceful yet fleeting moments that remind me God has so much to give and teach us.
|It's blurry, but this has always been one of my favorite photos of my mom and I. She was always the one behind the camera and photos of us from my childhood are rare.|
Happy Mother's Day to all the human's who provide love, care and compassion for children in their keeping. I pray you find a moment to celebrate YOU in between loads of laundry and that your cup overflows with love (and coffee and wine).
Okay, now let's talk about shoes.Freshly Picked moccasins! I doubt many of you need an introduction to these moccs but in case you're not familiar with the brand, I assure you, you're going to become obsessed. I am a huge fan of Susan Petersen, creator and founder of Freshly Picked. If you know me, you understand my deep love for supporting handmade businesses. They are hand made in the USA and 100% genuine leather (I just love the way they smell). When Della was only a few weeks old I treated her (okay, me) to her first pair of Platinum moccs and fell in love before she'd even grown into them.
Freshly Picked sent me (well, Della) a pair of the blush pink to try out and we loved them so much I have since bought more.
I've had so much fun styling the moccs with Della's wardrobe. I love that they can be worn with anything. Truly. Any outfit instantly becomes cuter ones I slip those tiny moccs on her chubby baby feet.
|blocks, headbands, bib, onesie, leggings, moccs (left), moccs (right), Owen's shirt|
They are very durable and I know they will protect her precious little feet through it all once she starts becoming more mobile. I can't wait to see the little imprint of her foot on the bottom of the leather soles...
|camera teether, pacifier clip, pacifier, headband, blouse, leggings, moccs|
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Terms & Conditions: Sorry, open to US residents only. You cannot have won any other giveaway including a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins within the last 60 days. One winner will be selected via random.org and will get to pick one pair of moccasins (soft soled only). Contest ends Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm Central. Good luck!
|blocks, peonies, moccs, lamb, print, hello, giraffe, curtains|
|baskets, tray, print|