The Crib

After much back and forth about cribs… do we get a convertible? how much should we spend? what color? etc… Here were our thoughts:

PRICE: We figured around $300-$400 was a good “middle of the road” price range for cribs. They start at $100 {IKEA} and go to over $1,000 {Layla Grayce} including the much-drooled-over Kardashian Acrylic Crib of $4,000 {Nursery Works} YIKES! It definitely needs to be safe, but you can get a safe crib at a decent price.

CONVERTIBLE: There are cribs that convert to a toddler bed, and some that go all the way to a full or queen bed. I think the 4-in-1 are great if you are having one child and/or are limited on space for storage. Personally, I don’t like the 4-in-1 option because I couldn’t find a crib where I loved the “headboard” and “footboard” conversion. Plus, we are planning on having more kids {don’t quote me on this until after our first child is born}, so I thought it was best to buy ONE crib, that can be used for all of our children. The plan would be, once our first is out of the toddler bed, then we will buy him a twin/kids bed and use the crib for the next one. With this thinking, I wanted a crib that is gender-neutral, simple and timeless.

On the internet, this was my first choice: The Babyletto Hudson Crib in White. I have seen it ALL over Pinterest {see my Nursery Design board} and thought it was simple, timeless, has clean lines and is so cute! Once Nick and I saw it in person, we thought it actually looked kind of cheap… and for a $400 crib, we just didn’t feel right about it.

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Our second choice was The Babyletto Mercer Crib in White, which we did see in person and thought it was so much better in quality and construction than the Hudson. Although, I wasn’t IN LOVE with the drawer at the bottom… it would save on having to buy a crib skirt, which can get pricey!

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We were ready to buy the Mercer, when I got a catalog for Pottery Barn Kids and the Kendall Crib was on sale for $399 {from $599} and I thought that was a GREAT DEAL! I ended up having a coupon for 15% off too, so that saved even more! It actually came out cheaper then either of the other cribs… so it pays to wait for a great deal!

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Hurray! We picked it up, but won’t put it together until we paint. I cannot wait to see it in our nursery! Stay tuned for photos.

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Baby Bump: Week 24

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The size of a cantaloupe? Wowza! He is a growing machine at a whopping 1.5 lbs and getting bigger every day, putting on fat that will make his chubby cheeks the cutest! All of his organs are fully formed, now they just have to grow along with his bones. It’s still crazy to think theres a tiny human inside of me. I definitely have to do a double take every time I walk by a mirror. I still can’t eat a full meal, it makes me sick when I “over eat”. I don’t understand how those women say they ate an entire gallon of ice cream… it just couldn’t happen with me!

This was a fun week! My best friend Laura was in town visiting, only for 24 hrs but I’ll take any time with that girl I can get! She brought her daughter Grace with her and we just had a blast! My Aunt Marcia was also in town and we were able to get together for lunch one day. It was great to see her also! We picked up our crib and bought paint for the nursery. I ordered the crib mattress too, so hopefully that will arrive next week.

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Top 10 Baby Products {via Lacey}

I asked my friend Lacey what her “Top 10 Baby Products” were when she had precious little Lilah in August 2013. Here’s what she said:

  • Fisher Price Swing
  • Sleep sacks by HALO
  • Sleep and plays by Carters
  • Magic Bullet for Homemade Baby Food
  • Boppy Pillow
  • Gas Drops or Gripe Water
  • Blankies of all thicknesses for the seasons
  • Pacifier clips
  • Portable changing pad that has a place for diapers and wipes {for public places}
  • Humidifier

This is what I found:

Fisher Price Swing | Sleep Sacks by HALO | Carters Sleep & Plays | Magic Bullet | Boppy Pillow | Gas DropsGripe Water  | Blankies | Pacifier Clips | Portable Changing Pad | Humidifier

Lacey’s list was so helpful because these items are definitely needed here in Colorado with the dry and unpredictable climate! Thanks girl!

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Baby Bump: Week 23

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This little man is the size of a grapefruit this week! He moves around mostly in the morning, at night and right after I eat. He can hear our voices and can actually cover his ears when its too loud. We’ve been working on the kitchen remodel this week, so I’m sure there have been plenty of loud and strange noises for him to hear. He has been sitting very low, so I was guided to buy a Maternity Support Belt and so far its helps a lot!

We decided on a color for the nursery and purchased all of the paint. Hopefully we can get started on that project next weekend after our Kitchen is fully completed. First things first, right? …and we are so close to being finished!

I am totally nesting right now too. I spent an entire day going through boxes in the basement and organizing everything. Also, I received my very first sewing machine as a gracious gift and took a “Machine 101” class to learn how to use it. I cannot wait to get started on burp cloths and swaddle blankets. My goal is to make the curtains for the nursery before our baby boy arrives. Any pointers?

 

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Friday Finds: Bump Nest

I don’t know how pregnant women sleep without a pregnancy pillow! This is a MUST-HAVE from the beginning of your pregnancy all the way through! This isn’t just any pillow, it is specifically made to shape your ever-changing body and help you sleep.

I found this site through Lexi at The Proper Pinwheel {see post here}. I ordered the Pacific Peacock cover, although if you want, you can add more covers to your order.

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The price is a little more than the other pillows, but its worth it! What sold me with bumpnest vs. some of the other brands is the fact that the pillow is machine washable along with the other features listed here:

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I’ve had the pillow now for 2 months and LOVE it! I would suggest getting an extra cover, so that when you wash one, you can instantly put on the other in case you need a nap.

Enjoy!

 

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Our Home: Before Move-in

In October 2013, we purchased a 1959 brick ranch-style home in Centennial, Colorado. The original owners sold it to us and took great care throughout the years. It was remodeled in the 70’s in a “southwestern” theme and they finished the basement with a full wet bar and a built-in dance floor! These people sure liked to party! So we knew it was a great fit!

As a designer, I have the (so blessed) ability to picture a space with how I want it to look and this definitely came in handy with this house (no offense to the previous owner). I plan to post room-by-room remodel photos so you can see the transformation.

Here are the photos from before we moved in:

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Living Room {right when you walk in the door}:

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Dining Room:

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Kitchen:

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My Office:

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{Soon to be} Nursery:

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Master Bedroom:

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Main Bath {don’t you just love the porcelain blue?}:

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Basement Bedroom 1:

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Basement Bedroom 2:

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Basement Storage Room:

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Basement Bath:

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Basement Party Room {with full wet bar and dance floor, YES!}:

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Patio & Backyard:

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Thank you for taking a tour through our home before we moved in! It really is a diamond in the rough and I can’t wait to show you what we’ve done!

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Baby Bump: Week 22

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Week 22! Time is flying by so fast. He’s kicking like crazy, mostly in the morning and at night. I’m still craving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and fruit, although I did have a craving for a Del Taco burrito just the other day. My hair is so soft and my finger nails have never looked better. I’ve actually been sleeping pretty well, other than those nights where I have a lot on my mind.

We ordered our crib! We were going to purchase the Babyletto Mercer in White {I love the simple modern style} and then Pottery Barn was having a sale, so we decided on the Kendall Crib in White. Last month, I was able to find a Pottery Barn changing table on Craigstlist {GREAT FIND} and its definitely that “Pottery Barn White” where its slightly off-white, so I knew trying to match whites wasn’t going to work unless we went with pottery barn, and actually this crib came out to be cheaper with the sale and a coupon I had… HURRAY! I just love it when things work out!

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Top 10 Baby Products {via Laura}

I asked my best friend Laura what her “Top 10 Baby Products” were when she had her precious baby girl , Grace Violet, in September of 2012. Here’s her list:

  • Swaddle Me – Swaddle Blankets
  • Soothie Pacifiers – pacifier
  • Mother’s Love – nipple cream
  • Noodle & Boo – baby lotion
  • Aiden & Anais – swaddle blankets
  • Ameda Breast Pump
  • Simple Wishes Hands Free Pumping Bra
  • Breastflow Bottles – newborn bottles
  • Baby Timer App – track feedings, diapers, etc.
  • Ergo Baby Carrier – baby backpack
  • Pacifier Clips
  • Baby Recliner Chair – BABYBJORN BabySitter Balance

I was able to research each item and added these to my registry:

SwaddleMe | Soothie Pacifiers | Nipple Cream | Noodle&Boo | Aiden & Anais | Ameda Breast Pump | Pumping Bra | Breastflow Bottles | Ergo Baby Carrier | Pacifier Clips | BabyBjorn BabySitter Balance

Another great set of advice Laura gave me, was to register at each store {Babies “R” Us, Target, Giggle, etc} and then sync/link them all to MyRegistry.com. That way your family and friends can go to one registry and everything is in one place. You can add individual items to your MyRegistry.com, although most stores will give you a discount on the rest of your registry items and this is HUGE when you are trying to buy things you need and can’t get your discount.

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