We are all ready for baby! Which I mean in a purely material sense, and certainly not in a metaphysical one. This weekend we were having guests over, so it gave us the extra push to complete all those last-minute details to get the baby room finally ready.
Here is what it looked like before. Not very hospitable, is it?
Here is what it looked like halfway through our project. I'm afraid I didn't get another wide-view picture of the room, so you'll just have to look at this link. (My camera died, and my charger disappeared.) But here are some of the finishing details.
We found a mobile (which we didn't register for on principle because they were so danged expensive) at a consignment shop for $10 (usually $50 to $60). Though this one doesn't match our set, it adds some nice feminine softness to the room. Upon entering the room a couple weeks ago, one friend said, "You're having a girl, right?" So I guess that means we needed a little pink.
To the left of the crib, we set up our little start-up library for her. Check out the dictionary pages of "A" tied with a pink bow (just under the Beatrix Potter book). My friend Katy got that for me, which I thought was quite adorable and appropriate.
Then there's our dresser/changing table that Mike redid for this room. I wasn't sure about the diaper stacker that came with our crib set, but it's pretty cute, n'est ce pas? We also had this leftover poster that was meant to be hung in the ice cream store. We could never find a frame that fit it, so it's been gathering dust. But Mike pulled it out of the dust bunnies and we noticed how well it matched our set. AND we found one frame that fit it. We are just going to pretend that there are giraffe and acacia trees in the hundred-acre wood.
Here's a closer look at the poster, which we both love.
And here is my little nursing corner. Do you see the lovely blanket on the chair? A friend from work, Carol, hand-wove it for me on her loom! Check out her wares here.
I also was suspicious of the toy bag that came with our crib set, but it turns out it's pretty darn cute too.
And lastly, here's a 36-week picture for you. We went blackberry picking down at Happy Apple Farm this weekend, where they sadly lost all their apple harvest this year; but it was an excellent year for blackberries! We'll be making some blackberry gelato sometime soon.