Since the masses have been inquiring (um, I mean, since three of you have asked this week), I decided to share a picture of Bumblebee's nursery-in-progress. Ready? BEHOLD .....
Oh, what? You were expecting to see an actual bedroom fit for a baby due to arrive in 4.875 weeks? Oh. Sorry to disappoint, Internet, but this is all she wrote so far. A PB catalog page taped to the door, my inspiration picture, if you will. I'm oh-so excited to decorate for my little girl, I promise, but we've got two good reasons to hold off on the nursery. (Two good reasons AND a busy toddler who has been high maintenance of late and our respective jobs and a master bedroom makeover in progress and a crew of unwieldy pets and a whole entire household to keep running.) But the two primary reasons for the procrastination are:
1) The nursery currently serves as our guest room. And because we have just three bedrooms in our humble abode, once Miss B moves in, the guests are relegated to the couch. My parents will be here to stay during/after the birth and we expect a few other visitors soon after, so a guest bedroom is a very nice thing to have available unless our guests enjoy no privacy and sleeping on a couch with a cat or two on their head.
2) The whole 'live and learn' second timer thing. By this same point in my pregnancy with Anderson, his nursery was done. Decked out, fully stocked, every blue-hued airplane accessory in its place. As I entered my 3rd trimester, I remember feeling waves of new mom anxiety that it must ALL be done and perfect at LEAST one month prior to his due date or ... or ... well, I'm not sure just what I thought might happen, but I know it was VERY CRUCIAL and maybe even involved CPS. Then A was born and that lovingly prepared room collected dust for 4.5 months as our little Mister slept snugly in his $99 pack and play beside our bed. I cherished that bonding time with him that rooming in provided, J and I loved the early morning snuggles with our newborn and the ease of feeding a baby twenty times a night without having to leave our room. And okay, being semi-neurotic and all, it was pretty handy to be able to put a hand on his belly and make sure he was breathing. Which I did no less frequently than twice an hour in those early weeks. I want that same special time with Bumblebee as our roomie, so I just don't see any reason to stress about having her nursery ready and waiting.
So back to the "progress". Here's a better look at my inspiration, courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids (who else?):
Look past the fussy/fancy crib and the hanging birds, neither of which are part of my vision. Well, we will do a white crib, just not this particular white crib. Think simpler. But the birds? Not happening, because I'd like Auntie Megan to still love us. What I'm inspired by and planning to replicate is the soothing light blue color on the wall, the clean lines of the long white panel curtains (topped with a rod with these pink finials I've had picked out since I first became pregnant three years back), the simple/modern bedding, and the pink chair with other pink accents throughout. White floating shelves on the wall, perhaps, mirrored frames atop. A whimsical wall decal of vines or perhaps a tree? So you see, I have ideas. I'm not in denial and not unaware that baby girl's room deserves all the love and attention that baby A's received. We'll probably paint this week or next so the fumes are good and gone by the time Bumblebee comes home. We've got the pink chair and ottoman ordered. But the rest? Eh, it can wait until March-ish when we're even close to needing the room. The modern miracle that is internet shopping will make this possible with two babies under a year and a half to care for, and I'll feel a whole lot more like decorating a room when I can get from the sitting position to the standing position in under 10 minutes without gasping in pain.
So stay tuned, my friends. Sometime in mid-April or so, I'll show you a picture of a fully furnished, functional nursery. Until then, don't worry about Bumblebee, because the beauty of a newborn is that they're not very materialistic. Food, clothing, a $20 box of diapers a day ... and they're all set.