At 38 Weeks and 3 days pregnant I am quite happy to say that our baby's room is finally DONE! With a little less than two weeks to go I was really starting to (unnecessarily) worry that we wouldn't have everything done before Baby arrived home but my husband Jon did all he could to appease his hormonal wife and did an amazing job in the process.
As I started my third trimester, those nesting instincts really kicked into gear big time. I'm not even sure how Jon managed to continually deal with me on a daily basis and not lose his mind. He may have been tuning me out, as he had his music really loud while he chipped away at the nursery, so maybe that helped a little :)
The first step to getting this room together required moving all the furniture we previously had in this room out, as it used to be used as a guest room. After that, Jon installed crown molding, painted, installed a BEAUTIFUL barn wood wall, added extra electrical outlets, installed a new ceiling fan and can lights, and cleaned the carpet so that everything looked brand new.
Being the huge Harry Potter fan that I am (see our Baby Shower) I really wanted to incorporate the Wizarding World into our baby's room. Jon, however, felt that I may have started to go a bit overboard, so we compromised with a rustic theme that allowed for a few Potter touches here and there.
This reading nook (pictured below) is where most, if not all, of my allowed Potter decor resides and I absolutely love it. The shelves are built from left over barn wood we purchased for the wall and are a perfect showcase for the Harry Potter books and the figurines my mother purchased years ago before the Warner Brothers store went out of business.
The deer head (obviously not real) is another nod to Harry (his Patronus is a stag) and also compliments Jon's rustic taste. Win win!
Laying on our comfy chair is a throw blanket that will sure serve to keep us warm on those mischievously chilly nights, while the accompanying pillow will not only be a physical comfort but an inspiring one as well. Is there no end to Dumbledore's wisdom?
So, I told you I was hard core nesting... Hence the ridiculously organized dresser drawers. Thanks to Ikea and of course, Pinterest, I was able to satisfy my hormone driven need to MAKE EVERYTHING PERFECT. I took these pictures because even I realize I may have gone a bit overboard while also recognizing that once Baby is here, this will probably never look like this again.
I have to admit though, I've gone into Baby's room several times since putting this all together, opened all of these drawers and found myself feeling a great sense of accomplishment. It's the little things people...
Below (left) is a book shelf Jon built, again out of the remaining barn wood we had. I had originally wanted something different but Jon fought me on this one, wanting to come up with his own idea and not have Pinterest dictate this entire nursery. I'm glad I acquiesced because it came out great and allows for more books than we have right now, so it's definitely a piece we can grow with.
The chest of drawers (right) is for the meantime empty (how much clothes can an infant really have?) but I feel will come in handy as our little boy grows. I love the clock we have above it, another rustic touch and a pop of color. Sitting atop the chest is my Young Living Diffuser. We plan on diffusing essential oils in the baby's room, which I think will come in handy this Fall/Winter cold and flu season. As I learn more about the different methods of using essential oils with Baby I will post it on here, so stay tuned!
All in all, Jon did a fantastic job of getting this room together for me and for Baby. I don't know where I'd be without him and his support, even on my most horrid hormonal days! On the occasions I peek in to look about I am in complete awe at everything that Jon accomplished for his son. He says that it was my vision and all me, but there's no way any of it could have come together without his hard work. I hope our baby recognizes it one day and is proud to have a daddy that will work so hard to make something special just for him.
As the picture below says, our love for this little boy is for always. I can hardly believe that in such a short time there will be a gorgeous little baby in that crib, finally making the room complete.
I am ready.