May she have the sweetest dreams

This is a picture of a white baby crib with decorative bedding on it

Our baby girl finally has a room all her own!

Mark and I were a bit concerned about how we were going to have room for a baby in a small living space. We’re working on a budget and had to be smart about choosing our apartment. Lucky for us, we found a place with a dining room that could be turned into a nursery. This meant we wouldn’t be paying rent for a two-bedroom space and could stay on budget, while still having a separate room for little peanut.

This is a picture of a baby's nursery

As mentioned in previous posts, the nursery was functioning as a storage space for all the crap we didn’t know what to do with for the past couple of months. That ended a couple of weekends ago, when my in-laws came to visit and helped us turn the storage room into a real nursery! They took us to IKEA and Home Depot and we collected everything we needed to make the room into something wonderful. It was a long weekend of cleaning, measuring, building and painting, but it was all worth it for sure.

This is a picture of a baby's nursery

I wanted subtle colours with some splashes of natural wood accents. I didn’t want to make the room overly feminine and I think we achieved that. The last hurdle we have to overcome is deciding what to do about doors. There used to be a door to the kitchen, which was taken off at one point and no longer exists. The archway to her room will be covered with a set of curtains, but we’re deciding if we need to/how we would sound proof it, since it’s not an actual doorway. We still need a diaper genie, a side table for the bed (coming this week), and a few other little necessities, but it’s pretty much done!

The little personal touches are my favourite. I always wanted to display Mine and Mark’s old stuffed animals in the nursery. It’s nostalgic and awesome to see them displayed in our little one’s room. I also wanted the room to have a bit of an outdoor vibe because Mark and I grew up enjoying the outdoors and we hope our daughter will too. The painting of the girl with the canoe has major sentimental value to me, as it was a gift from my late father. The same painting used to hang in the bedroom I slept in at a cottage my family used to rent for several summers when I was little. The little paddle is Mark’s, and used to be his great grandfather’s. The wood B (for our last name) was made by Mark’s Poppy and is a very special part of our decor as well. We’re waiting on pictures of our parents to add, and then our display will be complete with the pieces of our wonderful family.

This is a picture of white, wall-mounted shelves with decorative objects on them

Mark and I are SO excited to meet our little peanut and can’t believe there’s only about 9 weeks left before her due date! We’re treasuring all her movements and I’m enjoying my ever-growing bump. We’re really looking forward to seeing our girl at our ultrasound appointment this week 🙂

Good things to come!

A

Getting ready for a big change

This is a picture of a pregnant woman's belly at a side profile

I am 26 weeks pregnant. It’s so weird following this timeline in weeks vs months. I keep track of each week as it passes, noting the changes in my body. Sometimes I still feel like it isn’t real. Other times, I feel like time is going too fast and we’re not ready yet! The nursery is still filled with boxes and furniture to be put together. We haven’t purchased a stroller (but there is a plan in the works for that), car seat, or diapers. Thinking about all we need to do, preparing for our little one, can be stressful. The feeling passes though, and I find peace and excitement in the little things.

Since we have peanut’s name picked out, I created an email address for her. I got the idea from an article I read online a while ago, before I was even pregnant. I plan to send her emails with pictures and little anecdotes over the years until she’s old enough to take over her inbox.

I also started a lullaby playlist. This is one of my favourite little projects. Whenever I think of a song I want to add, I grab my phone and put it on the playlist. Once in a while I’ll play the songs for peanut. I’ll just lay there with Mark and we’ll listen to the songs while we feel her little body move around my belly. She’s growing well and her movements are getting stronger, sometimes it takes me by surprise!

The urge to “nest” is real, but we have to wait until the end of May before we can get the nursery in order. We’re waiting for a ride out to IKEA for more necessities. In the meantime, I have a few sweet little items of clothing to start her wardrobe for now, which bring a smile to my face. Also worth noting, if you build a baby registry on Amazon, they send you a box full of baby goodies/samples for free! Ours arrived this week and came with a bunch of handy things for mama and baby. Sample diapers and breast pads, body washes and lotions, a swaddle blanket, etc. Nothing for daddy in the box, unfortunately, but we appreciate free stuff!

This is a picture of an infant-sized yellow cardigan and blue and white striped jumper

Only 14 weeks until our little one is due and I’m doing what I can to soak it in and remember it all… except the glucose test. I had to do it a second time because I threw up the first time. I don’t really need to bask in that post-vomiting glow, I prefer to sleep it off and forget about it 😉

I hope everyone enjoys the weekend, I’ll be hitting up a yard sale for baby stuff and spending quality time with my man. Life is pretty good.

A

Home is wherever I’m with you

This is a picture of a corner of a livingroom showing part of a grey couch with a striped blanket on it and a large grey map in the right corner

Guess I broke my one-a-week posting streak. It was bound to happen sooner or later. Writer’s block always finds its way back. The rain is really coming down today so I’ve run out of excuses for avoiding this little blog of mine.

Things have been much more settled over the past couple of weeks. Mark and I have created a cozy space for ourselves and we’re starting to enjoy the apartment more. After a lot of online shopping, we’ve found a way to make this place our own. Ya gotta love Amazon Prime, Target and Wayfair.

It’s a shame we can’t hang anything on the walls. Until we get our full lead inspection, which won’t happen until after the baby is born, we can’t risk putting holes in the walls. This will be a real pain to deal with because our apartment will very likely need to be de-leaded. This means the lead paint, under the paint that is currently on the walls, has to be removed. It’s possible we’ll have to move to another place that has already been de-leaded. Anyway, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. It’s been a learning curve, figuring out the do’s and dont’s of renting in another city/country. The biggest lesson? Never rent from anyone sight unseen. Videos and photos are not enough to ensure you’re moving into a safe, well-maintained, clean place.

Our kitchen is complete and while it’s small, it fits everything we need and we’re still reveling in the luxury of having a dishwasher. The living room/office space and bedroom are nearly done. Each has a few small pieces of furniture we need to acquire. I’ve given up on trying to make the bathroom “pretty,” but having black accents tones down the insane colour palette in there, which is good enough. It’s just a bathroom anyway, not like we spend a lot of time in there admiring the scenery.

The bottom line is, we have a comfortable, functional space that is all ours. We’ve dreamed of having new furniture that we picked out ourselves. We finally got the matching bedroom set we wanted and this space has turned into our new home. This apartment marks the start of a new chapter for us that has been years in the making and I can’t wait to make so many memories here.

The weather has been so crappy these days, I haven’t been out as much as I would like. Mark has seen two of the infamous Brookline turkeys in past week and I’m kind of jealous! I wandered out a few times to try to find maternity clothes but had no success, as I realized there are no large malls and almost no big brand stores in Brookline. This isn’t a bad thing, but it makes it much more difficult to find clothing, especially maternity clothing, for reasonable prices. I ended up buying a bunch of stuff from Target and Old Navy online, free shipping and returns are key!

It can get a bit lonely around here during the day when Mark is at work, but when the clouds lift, I’m sure that will change. Besides, I should enjoy my quiet a lone time while I can, since I’ll have my hands full with our little peanut in a few short months!

This pregnancy still feels surreal, even though the bump is growing by the day and our girl is moving and kicking all the time. I have about 17 weeks left before things get REAL. In the meantime, Mark and I are really enjoying talking and planning and getting excited for what’s to come. The nursery is acting as a storage room for now, but I’m looking forward to nesting soon. I want it to be very simple and neutral with a few fun accents here and there. Again, we can’t hang anything on the walls, so I have to get creative.

Okay, I’m really craving an apple with some cheese, so I’m off!

A