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4of52My sweet teething boy.  Happiest with a hand in his mouth, not too particular about whose hand it is.

This week was a great week.  Short but frequent bursts of self-play allowing me to get a few things done here and there, which feels like a HUGE milestone.  He started enjoying tummy time, he started sitting in his high chair, started playing happily in his exersaucer, and started entertaining himself with his firefly toy that, while pretty ugly to this design-minded mama, is clearly a winner in his eyes, which is all that matters I suppose.  Lots of talking (gurgling, cooing really) and laughter.  Oh, the baby giggles!  And doing really well in social situations and out in public – taking everything in, interested and observant, rarely fussing anymore.  16 weeks is fun with Charlie.

I can’t get used to how much love I have for this guy; it keeps growing and growing.  The kind of love I’m completely terrified of ever losing.  I suppose all mothers feel the same way, and I don’t think it ever goes away.

Oh and I weighed him this morning – 18lbs, 5oz.  And in 12-18 month Gap pants.  Big boy.  :)

 


Charlie’s Nursery

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I finally got around to shooting Charlie’s nursery and I’m excited to share the details.  This room was so much fun to decorate when I was pregnant.  I created a mood board before I even started and looking back, I stayed pretty close to my original inspiration of a gender neutral, bright and airy space with pops of color and sweet,  nostalgic elements.  I love this room.  Which is important since babies don’t really care about their nurseries yet so it’s really more for mom’s enjoyment. :)

gender neutral nursery

gender neutral nursery

The first thing we did in this room was building the book rack.  I loved reading when I was a kid and want to instill the same fondness for stories in my children.  Plus, kid’s books look like art so it’s fun to display them.

Right now we have wire to keep the books from falling, but will make something more permanent when he’s mobile. This was an instance where I ran out of steam and just needed to be done with this project so I could move on to one of the seven hundred others I did while pregnant. :)

gender neutral nursery

gender neutral nursery

How fun are these felted fox and hound?  I found them at Scott’s Antique Market and had a total “OMG I HAVE TO BUY THOSE” moment.  Best impulse purchase ever.

gender neutral nursery

Art from Eclectica Kiddo!  My friends, Emily and Laura, have a really amazing art line for kids so of course I was excited to get a few of their pieces on the walls in here.  The yellow and red trucks print below is from Eclectica Kiddo too:

gender neutral nursery

gender neutral nursery

gender neutral nursery

These prints are all from Blanca Gomez, who I found a while ago and blogged about long before I became pregnant. I loved her images and always knew they would have a home in my first nursery.
gender neutral nursery

gender neutral nursery

gender neutral nursery

My grandpa built all these toys when he was involved with Habitat for Humanity.  He would help build homes and then during his off time, he would build these toys for the children who would live in those homes.  I’m really proud to display these. And I think he would be proud of me because I built this shelf, power tools and all, by myself when I was about 8 months pregnant.  *Flexes muscles*
gender neutral nursery

These old soda crates hold all our diapers, wipes, lotion, and all that other stuff that accumulates on a changing table.  It’s great because everything is corralled in one place so it’s easy to keep neat and we just pull the crate out like a drawer if we need to.
gender neutral nursery

Awesome felt bunting randomly found in Michael’s.  I love that it kind of hides the mess of diapers in the soda crates.

gender neutral nursery

I made these crib sheets using this tutorial after I couldn’t find what I wanted in stores.  I made a bunch using different fabrics, but this is my favorite one.  And since Charlie doesn’t actually sleep in his crib, it stays on all the time.  That’s right, our crib is usually used as a giant laundry basket to help me sort and fold clothes.  :)

Speaking of the crib, this one is from Ikea (only $70 bucks!) but I just painted the spindles white (no VOC paint!).  I did the same thing to the changing table so they matched.

gender neutral nursery

gender neutral nursery

I made this banner from felt and drop cloth fabric, inspired by a line from one of my favorite songs.  I had grand visions of sewing each letter on with contrasting thread but called it a day with some felt glue. ;)
gender neutral nursery

A globe from Parker’s grandfather and a basket filled with the sweetest stuffed animals.

gender neutral nursery

Recognize this garland from my baby shower?  Emily made these and I had to find a place for them here, I love them too much.

Also, I had mentioned in a previous post that I might try to DIY some blackout roman shades and I didn’t end up doing that.  We bought these from the Shade Store and I still can’t believe how much they cost, BUT we love them and use them all the time, so it was money well spent.  I have velcro posted on the wood to help reduce any light coming in from the sides and it’s really effective.  We got the same ones for our bedroom and they’re awesome. Love these!gender neutral nursery
gender neutral nursery

Emily also needle felted this garland because she can do any craft or art project and knew I really wanted one.  Isn’t she the best?  It pays to have talented friends.

gender neutral nursery

best book ever for 3 month olds

Can you even handle that face?! Oh, my heart.  This book is his current fave, obviously. :)

That’s the nursery!  Here are some sources, in case you’re interested:

Crib: Ikea, Changing Table: Ikea, diaper pail: Ikea, yellow rug: Pattern Society, Bamboo light fixture from World Market, roman shades: The Shade Store, red school bus on canvas: Eclectica Kiddo, taxi cab pile up print: Eclectica Kiddo, red and yellow truck print: Eclectica Kiddo, red pouf: World Market, rocking chair: family heirloom, Holy Moly banner: DIY, Yellow school bus print by Blanca Gomez | Traffic Jam art print by Blanca Gomez | Girl and balloons art print by Blanca Gomez | Bonjour Mademoiselle art print by Blanca Gomez | Girl and balloon art print by Blanca Gomez, Colorblock basket from Target

I’m sure I missed a bunch, but if you have any questions ask in the comments! xoxo


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Getting bigger every.single.day.  Everywhere we go people comment on how big he is for a three month old.  It seems like we went from comments of “Oh he’s so tiny” to “Wow, he’s so big” overnight.  Born at 7 lbs and already 17 and change (exclusively breastfed and I’m kiiinda impressed by that, not gonna lie).  I’m constantly reminded that Parker was 6 feet tall by the time he was in 6th grade and that my little guy will only be littler than me for a very short time.  It makes me squeeze him a little tighter, hold my gaze a little longer, willing him to stay small in my arms as long as possible. (If only so I don’t have to keep buying him new clothes!  His cute Gap pajamas sized 6-12 months that my sister in law gifted us lasted all of three weeks. Oy.)


I’m the Grownup Here…

I’ve read a lot of books and articles on child-rearing and listened to more than a few well-meaning friends/family members/strangers give advice on what I should and shouldn’t do when it comes to caring for a baby and I’ve had such nagging worries in the back of my mind that I’m doing certain things wrong.  But then today, the most amazing thing happened.  I had an enlightening moment where I fully realized that I don’t have to listen to anyone.  I’m the grownup here and I can raise my kid how I want!

I don’t need to stop nursing my baby to sleep, I don’t need to kick him out of my bed for fear that he’ll never leave, and I don’t need to let my baby cry because he “has to learn” that he can’t always get what he wants.  There isn’t a one-size-fits-all parenting method and what works for one family might not work for mine – and that’s totally cool! It seems so simple (because it is) but being a first time mom is full of self doubt and answer-seeking.  I’m sure I’ll still have plenty of that, but really coming to terms with the fact that Parker and I are the only ones who decide how to care for our child was so empowering and liberating.  I’m the grownup. I’m the mom. I make the rules. (I mean, Parker and I make the rules together, but whatevs :)

I read this article yesterday (which I loved) and it contains the single best piece of parenting advice I’ve heard: Read your baby, not the books. Mind. Blown.

We’re so happy, this little family of mine, and doing so great.  So for now, I’m going to soak this in and let it be.

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2of52Charlie started gripping things on purpose this week, which feels really big and exciting.  Also: peek-a-boo is hilarious to him and lots of my day is spent popping out from behind a napkin or my sweater to make him laugh.

Loving this sweet time. Three months is fun.  :)