Thursday, December 29, 2011


Dear Elliot,
I have been putting off just about everything we need to do before your arrival until "after Christmas," so this week I decided it was time to cross at least a couple things off the list.

The list that just keeps on growing!

Since working on your room/getting all your baby stuff organized sounded a lot more appealing than other items on the list such as cleaning the garage, or fixing the garbage disposal, I decided to tackle that one first. 

As a reminder, here's what your room looked like as of Tuesday morning:

And here's what it looks like today:

Obviously, I've got a long way to go before it's a cute little nursery fit for a cute little boy, but hey--it's major progress! I put everything into piles: breastfeeding supplies, toys, diaper bags, baby carriers, changing/diapering supplies, bath stuff, blankets and sleep sacks, and even went through all your clothes and organized them by size and type (sleepers, onesies, tops, and bottoms). 

Foxy thinks your clothes piles are actually nice little cuddle spots made just for her :)

My favorite part of organizing was putting all the books we've collected (some bought for Stevie, some for you) on your bookshelf:

The Elliot sign will go up on the wall eventually, after we paint

Then yesterday I went shopping with Auntie Jersa (my BFF) and got some unreal bargains on more things to complete the room. First, I got the paint for the accent wall on super clearance at Home Depot:

It's hard to tell in the picture, but it's a green color that matches the green 'leaves' (that's what the circle thing on the can is!) on the tree mural I made to go above your crib

After Home Depot, we hit a couple thrift stores, where I found this adorable vintage chalk board to hang up for $3.99:

I was planning on making my own chalkboard, but just cleaning this one up will be much easier!

And at Goodwill, I scored this like-new glider rocking chair for...wait for it...$9.00! Can you believe it?!

So this weekend we'll be painting. I also still need to get a lamp, some baskets or boxes for under the changing table, a rug and curtains (but I want to see the crib quilt your Auntie Rachel is making so I can try to match them before I do!), and a couple other things, but I feel like everything is starting to come together. 

It's weird, I've been feeling extra anxious/nervous yesterday and today and I couldn't figure out why. Then I remembered that putting together Stevie's nursery was one of the last things I did before she died. I even blogged about it two days before the morning we found out she was gone. Logically I know that setting up the nursery had nothing to do with your sister dying, but it's almost like now I'm waiting for something bad to happen again now that I've taken that step. 

I love you so much, baby. I can't believe in just a couple more months I will get to finally see your sweet face and kiss those chubby feet that have been kicking my ribs each night. 

Can't wait to see you again next Friday (28 week growth scan). Until then, keep growing little E!



Liz said...

We almost have the same crib. I'm jealous you are getting anything done. The husband and I are probably moving with in the nest 4 months or so, so I have just put off actually setting up the full nursery till we move-that way I'm not paying to paint here and then again.

Oh get little boxes to fit in the dresser to help organize all the clothes.

B. Wilson said...

I'm pretty sure you have some magical thrift stores in Minnesota, because I can never manage to find great things like that! I usually just hit up the baby consignment stores and score excellent deals there. That, and Craigslist.

Love a deal! I bet that paint will look incredible on the wall.

Brie said...

I agree on the magical-ness of Minnesota thrift stores. I went into our local ones a couple weeks ago, and got skunked! I ended up making my own chalkboard but it isn't anywhere near as cute or vintagy as yours. SCORE!!!!!!!!

Emily said...

I too am majorly jealous of your thrift store finds. Honestly, I think you've got your dad's talent at finding awesome stuff where others find junk.
Nursery is looking good!

Becca and Logan said...

I miss thrift stores. [actually I miss raiding my aunt's (a thrift store super hero) closet] Honing my thrift store excavation skills is one of the top things on my list for when we get back to the US.

The nursery looks great. Elliot is going to LOVE it! said...

I know how you feel, when you talk about the nursery being the last thing you did for Stevie. I registered yesterday, which was the last thing I did before Lukas died. I have been anxious all day even though I know that it has no relevance to life or death.

Rhiannon said...

Thinking of you and your sweet babies often!

P.S. You are a thrift store queen!! :)

Tiffany said...

Love the chalkboard! Great find! I'm glad that everything is going so well for you so far!

Shelby ... Stella's Momma said...

Impressive progress! Hopefully as the days go on you'll feel more secure that this pregnancy with E will have a very different outcome than with sweet Stevie!

Shan said...

You are the queen of deals! I thought our $65 glider and ottoman via Craigslist was a deal, but I have been properly schooled.

Looking forward to more good news (and good finds).

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