Friday, March 25, 2016

Baby Girl's Cherry Blossom Nursery!

I'll be honest: I've been planning out the perfect baby girls' nursery for years and years.  Something peaceful, bright, feminine but not girly - and even in all my dreams, I couldn't have imagined a room that turned out more perfectly!  I'm so happy with it!
 
This room used to be Cole's room.  In January, we moved Cole into Chase's room so the boys could share.  We did this for a couple reasons:  First of all, Cole had been begging to share a room (even his bed!) with Chase.  He loves his brother! Also, we thought it would be easier to transition Cole to a new room than Chase (being older and slightly more flexible with a new routine).  Lastly, since I just painted Chase's room two years ago, I super didn't want to paint it again, and Cole's old room really needed new paint.  The boys have loved sharing a room together and I had an absolute blast making Baby Girl's room perfect!
 
Ok. So photo overload ahead of Baby Girl's cherry blossom nursery.
 
I first repainted the dark gray walls to a lighter gray.  When you walk in the doorway, the first thing you see is this canvas painting I did.  Don't look too close, I'm a total novice painter, but the effect is good and it was free (I already had the canvas and paints): 



The ornate frame on the opposite wall to the door was a $1 yard sale find.  It was originally silver with a broken mirror, I tossed the broken pieces and spray painted it white.  And Baby Girl's name starts with an "I" :)
 
 
The empty frames behind the crib were all hideously ugly frames I purchased from thrift stores for $.10-$1.00 each and spray painted.

The crib was a very generous hand-me-down from my sister and her family! Our old crib was 18 years old and really starting to show its age.  I love the white on this one, it's so fresh and clean!
I sewed the pillow (it might be one of my favorite things in this room!) and ordered the crib bumper offline.  Ok, so the bumper was a fiasco.  I have had my heart set on a cherry blossom crib set from Restoration Hardware for years and years...but unfortunately, they discontinued the line last year!  And I could not find ANY fabric that matched even a little.  I scoured ebay for months, searching for sheets or pillow cases, anything I could finagle to make the bumpers.  Ebay had a couple sets for sale occasionally, but the bidding would go up to $65 +, without shipping!  I was trying really hard to do this whole room for less than $50 if possible.  Just as I resigned myself to making do with plain pink, I found a set for sale - for only $20, on a Varage Sale website in Louisiana!  It took forever and a lot of persistence to get in contact with the buyer and convince her to ship it to me, but I think it was totally worth it!
 
 
I sewed the bed skirt from some plain pink fabric, then added a painted on cherry blossom design. The original Restoration Hardware version had it embroidered on, but I took the easy way out!
 
I made the mobile from fishing line, a couple sticks from our yard, and some scrapbook paper birds.  It's hard to see well, but it looks really beautiful in person.
 
Paper lanterns! To be honest, I've had the paper lanterns so long I don't even know how much they were.  They were super cheap from the paperlanternstore.com.  The other hanging balls I made - one pink tissue paper, one silver lame, and one with pink flower cutouts pinned onto a Styrofoam ball.  All hung with fishing line.
Oh! this chair. I am so so happy with this chair! I still had our old rocker from Chase and Cole, but it is getting OLD.  That thing was like 19 years old! It squeaked and didn't have padded arms - so I really really wanted an upholstered rocker.  I spent SO many hours rocking Chase to sleep and nursing him in the rocker, I wanted something really comfortable and luxurious.  But again, everything I liked was so expensive! Finally a couple of weeks ago, someone posted this leather rocking recliner for sale on a Facebook site - she was only asking $25! After I made arrangements to come pick it up, the seller let me know that it was actually in worse shape than she thought with some marker marks, tears in the back, and small holes in a couple places - so she let me have it for free!


After a scrub down and some super glue hole patching, the chair was looking better.  I didn't love the cream color, but I didn't want to reupholster, so after a lot of research I came back to my old standby - spray paint! Rusteoleum brand makes a vinyl upholstery spray paint - I took a chance on it and I absolutely could not be happier! The coverage was great, there's no cracking or peeling, you can't even tell it's been painted.  It's so comfortable and I'll be happy to even take a few naps or spend some nights in that comfy reclining chair!
 
Across the room from the crib is the changing table and mural I painted. I originally found a vinyl wall sticker of a cherry blossom tree I loved and wanted to copy, but couldn't figure out a way to project it onto the wall.  So, I did it freehand.  It took forever, but I think it turned out ok.

                                   

 
 
I couldn't find pink blackout curtains ANYWHERE! But I did some measurements and a flat queen sized bedsheet was almost the perfect dimensions for the window.  I hemmed them, added the blackout lining, did the grommets, and decided at the last minute to paint on the cherry blossom design on the curtains as well so they would match the bed skirt. I think the total cost for the curtains was around $20 - $9 for the sheet, and $11 for the blackout fabric and grommets (I used a coupon at Joanns).

 

My mom found this adorable bird cage and bird cage hook hanger for us!

 
This lamp I found for a dollar at a yard sale when I was pregnant with Cole! I had painted the pink stripe blue while it was in his room.  I quick repainted it pink and added the cherry blossom ribbon around the lampshade.

There's a built in desk and shelving area in the room - I mostly used things from around the house we already had to decorate here.
Some things I purchased - the white vase was an ugly one painted white from the thrift store.  All Baby Girl's hairbows and headbands are in the basket!
I tried my hand at using watercolors for this cherry blossom painting.  Not the best, but the effect is good from a distance.
The little bird was also like ten cents from the thrift store and just needed a quick coat of paint.
 
My mom also bought this wall quote for us to hang above the closet.  I love love love this sentiment for our little girl!


Hamper is Chase's hamper ($2 yard sale find) repainted and a new lining.

And the finishing touch is these beautiful cherry blossom fabric bins from Restoration Hardware, a gift from my mom.

All that's missing is Baby Girl! Come on out, baby, we can't wait to meet you!

Friday, January 29, 2016

On Taking Risks

Last summer, Chris bought Cole a pair of rollerblades.  Not quite my favorite idea, but Cole was SO thrilled, I just couldn't dampen his spirits.
 
Every once in a while, he'll pull them out and stumble around, falling every other step.  It's almost painful to watch - even with all his protective gear of helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, I have visions of rushing him to the hospital with broken bones and sprained ankles.
 
But it's SO SO important for him.  Part of Cole's perfectionist little personality is his aversion to risk-taking.  He doesn't like to try anything unless he can do it right, perfectly, the first time.  Now, as a mama, I'm often pretty happy that he's not a fan of risks.  Wheelies on his bike? No worries.  Climbing the bookcase? Never had to worry about it.  Jumping off the roof?  The thought never crossed his cautious little mind.
 
However, there's a certain amount of risk that's necessary for life, for success in life.  More and more during our schooling, I'm realizing that his hesitancy with risk-taking impacts his ability to be successful.  When answering questions about something he definitely knows, he replies, "I don't know," even if he does, just in case he gets it wrong.  He asks questions about things he knows the answers to.  He is loathe to try any new experience.
 
 
But the roller blades?  It's a risk, physically and mentally.  It's not something you just "know" how to do - it takes practice and skill and persistence.  
 
It's so hard to watch my sweet boy fall down again and again.  But it's ten times more rewarding watching him get back up again, and try again.  To hear him call, "Look Mom! Look at me!".  To watch his tiny increments of skill learned, day by day.  I hope it's helping him learn the lesson of how it's ok to not get everything right the first time, to try and fail and then try again.  To take risks.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Power of Mama


I am consistently amazed at the power of being a mama.  As a new mom, that was one of my biggest surprises - how simply my presence or my touch was enough to help infant Cole stop crying and be calm.

Still, after five and half years of mothering, I am taken aback occasionally at the strong bond between mama and child.  At how much Cole still needs me - even on my grumpy days - and how much he wants to do nothing but spend time with me.  As I woke up this morning and came downstairs at 5:15 to have some alone time, how Cole was upset because he'd rather be down with me doing laundry and emptying the dishwasher than warm and snug, reading in bed.  And how if Chase is sad or upset about something, how simply my hugs or loving touch can immediately soothe him. 

I know it won't always be this way.  Someday soon my hugs and kisses will be brushed off for fear of being embarrassed.  Someday there will be hurts and heartbreak that my presence won't heal.  Someday my boys might want nothing to do with me.  So I'm soaking up my powerful presence in their lives while I can, even though it means I can't pee in privacy or have forty five minutes in the morning to get a load of laundry done in quiet.  It's ok, because this season won't last forever - and I'm building a foundation for our relationships on love, attention, and hugs; and a strong foundation can last a lifetime.






Saturday, November 14, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Chase's Big Boy Bed!

We moved Chase into his toddler bed this weekend! He's been at the top of the height restriction for a few months now, but I was nervous so I kept putting it off. He still seems to small and young to be in a vulnerable bed instead of his safe crib! But, as usual, the transition was a million times smoother than I anticipated... Helped out, of course, by Cole's genuine excitement for his brother and his generous sharing of his special blankies to ease the transition!


Chase slept great and didn't get out/fall out once! I'm sure he will eventually figure out he can get out and explore, but I'll take it for now. Cole was so excited to see Chase the next morning he fairly flew out of his bedroom to run in to see Chase and enthusiastically ask him how he slept! Snuggles were exchanged and I'm pretty sure that was both of their favorite parts of the new bed. Cole also informed me that he had been listening during the night to make sure Chase was ok - such a good big brother!

And both boys' favorite part? Definitely the snuggles!



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Big Bro


Overheard, while Chase was fussing in the car:

"CHASE, I'LL HELP YOU WITH THAT.  DO YOU NEED HELP?  YOU WANT YOUR BOOK? I'M BACK HERE WITH YOU, BABY. CHASE! CHASE-A-RONI! WE'RE GOING TO THE BEACH! THINK OF ALL THE FUN THIGS WE CAN DO AT THE BEACH! THINK ABOUT IF YOU WANT TO SWIM OR PLAY IN THE SAND!"

While I was busy upstairs:

"CHASE, YOU'RE CRYING BECAUSE YOU WANT MAMA RIGHT NOW?  SHE'LL BE BACK IN JUST A MINUTE, SHE JUST HAD TO GO UPSTAIRS.  SHE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.  MAMA ALWAYS COMES BACK.  WOULD YOU LIKE TO RIDE YOUR HORSEY WHILE YOU'RE WAITING FOR HER?"

Kindness:

"WOULD YOU LIKE TO HOLD MY NINJA TURTLE? I'LL LET YOU HOLD MY SPECIAL FRIEND IF IT WILL HELP YOU FEEL BETTER!"

Helping:

"CHASE, YOU WOULD LIKE TO TURN OFF THE LIGHT? I CAN LIFT YOU UP SO YOU CAN REACH!"

Every morning, I first go to Cole's room to get him, then we go get Chase together.  Last week when Cole and I went in to him, Chase climbed up on the rocking chair and invitingly patted the spot next to him, saying "COLE! COLE!"  Cole climbed up and together the boys rocked.  Every couple of minutes, Cole would look over at Chase and say, "I LOVE YOU CHASE!" and Chase would give Cole a huge smile and a hug and kiss.  So much, SO much love between these two.  In my wildest dreams, I couldn't have imagined how sweet and tender Cole would be with his brother, his patience outlasting mine most of the time.  And watching how Chase idolizes Cole, mimicking him and wanting to spend all his time with him - it's just heartwarming.  I couldn't ask for a better sibling relationship with my boys!





Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Lost Tooth

Earlier last month, Cole lost his first tooth!  It was quite an exciting time - I can't believe that tiny little tooth was the same one I first spotted poking through his baby gums almost five years ago!

(Cole at 6 months old, his first tooth!)
 
 
We made a tooth fairy door and a special tooth pillow:
 
 
 
 
 
 
My big boy! Just one more way he's growing up - SOB!!
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