Baby Girl room part 2

So I wrote a post a few months back with our girl nursery reveal. I decided that I’ve added to and changed it enough and tweaked things for practicality purposes that new ‘final photos’ were in order.

I added some cute things to the walls mostly from hobby lobby. So we officially have no more wall space for anything! But we also added this ‘don’t worry, be happy’ sign from @theshedinteriors over the closet. 😍 Plus the closet is way more full now than it was a few months ago because #babyshowers and #imbroke πŸ˜‚.

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My practical side meant the diaper changing area needed to be finalized. We got our keekaroo I had to have because you can wipe it down. πŸ™Œ

This ubbi diaper pail was what I chose because it doesn’t require special bags like a diaper genie does.

I also added this blue ikea cart we already had with all the wipes, diapers, bath supplies, thermometer, nose frida, nail clippers, cradle cap comb, diaper rash cream and this nifty tool I found on amazon for applying diaper cream without getting it stuck under your fingernails.

Seems kindof stupid when I’m perfectly aware that I will have way worse things under my finger nails soon like poop but the reviews won me over. And we’ve got a good stash of wipes and diapers started too!

On the advice of the internet I also set up a nursing/ pumping station in the room. I have a basket hid next to the rocker filled with all the ‘essentials’: Pump, water bottle, lanolin cream, boppy, small hand sanitizer, pacifier, wipes, burp cloths, breast pads/ shield, chap stick, hair ties etc. Just trying to make my life as smooth as possible after our girl gets here because literally EVERYONE has told me ‘nursing is the hardest thing you will EVER do.’ It made me worry enough about it that I bought a book and did some reading up and there was definitely a lot I didn’t know. I chose this book Latch by Robin Kaplan because it was one of the few options I could find out there that was written within the last couple years and it wasn’t one million pages long. Even though I know it will be hard and an adjustment I’m hoping everything I learned will come in handy. I know a lot of people take breast feeding classes but at my hospital they were expensive and only offered during my work hours on Tuesday nights.

I’ve got our hospital bag packed and I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. It will be nice to not be hot and pregnant anymore. I’m looking forward to the day when the temperatures are a little cooler and I can hang with my girl and fit in my pre-pregnancy jeans again. πŸ˜…

My Favorite Resources for Home Decor/ Design

Favorite Stores:

  • Target is my favorite for many things but holiday decor- specifically their Halloween and Christmas releases are highly anticipated times for me. πŸ˜‚ Since I already have a lot of seasonal decor the things I purchase and add in are always very selective. Here is last Christmas’ haul of decor mostly from target. Christmas Decor Guide
  • Hobby Lobby has great seasonal decor as well but I also love them for every day items. You can’t beat their wooden signs when they’re all 40% off which is basically every other week. Those two stores are my main squeeze because they’re super affordable and always put things on sale too.
  • Anthropologie when I can get things on sale.
  • IKEA for big furniture pieces at a great price.
  • World Market and small businesses/ boutiques for unique details.
  • I also have never minded buying second hand. Some of my most unique and favorite items have come from flea markets, thrift stores and yard sales over the years. It takes more time to collect things this way but it ensures that your house doesn’t just look like a department store threw up in it. Here are some of my most favorite second hand items in my house….

Vintage hanging school map πŸ—Ί

Love to add to this for Christmas with my Joy to the World metal letter garland. 🌎

That teal door is a favorite flea market find. The color was perfect already and I didn’t actually know what to do with it when I bought it. When we did our basement remodel it became the perfect cover for some ugly pipes in the corner. πŸ™Œ

That floral TV tray is part of a set of 4 on a stand that I scored at my local thrift. We use these ALL the time. Pretty and functional. πŸ’

Our brown leather couch is actually a Craig’s list find! It was in great shape when we got it and has held up for us and two dogs. I know we will continue to use this for years and we got it for a steal! Plus when we got there he threw in that ottoman and a matching chair. πŸ‘

That mid century cabinet is amazing storage and I like to change the decor up with the seasons. It came with glass doors on the top but I removed them because they’re always smudgy. It changed up the look in exactly the right way. I scored this guy at an online auction.

Our teal buffet was picked up by my dad at a yard sale in his neighborhood. It was in decent shape and hadn’t been painted so I painted it my favorite color and changed out the knobs to something more me – and it’s still one of my favorite things in our little house!

 

Inspiration:

 

  • Instagram– 12 favorite accounts I follow that inspire me…

@houseofwondersdesignco Probably my favorite instagram account to stalk. Her home is to die for and you can definitely see her influence in my home decor choices. If you think my house is cool you will love hers.

@heatherholden I just think she is a lovely person and obviously I’m a little obsessed with her plaid wallpaper entry. She’s the lady that gave me my pink paint recommendation I used on my front door and kitchen cabinets.

@sherrielarkins and @amandarydell pretty bright and colorful need I say more?

@shelbygoodman simple thrifted and perfectly styled. Also don’t you just die over her river rock fireplace?

@love.and.grey Beachy, boho, whites, pinks and peaches. She is so artistic and makes the prettiest signs and she seems like a lovely person too.

@saraparsons her bathroom is the stuff my dreams are made of.

@the_simple_farmhouse Pretty black and white simplicity.

@nestingwithgrace love their cozy small home- she knows how to create an ambience inside and out and her family of 5 makes it work in their small foot print of a home.

@raven.vasquez and @jlgarvin love looking in at their girl gang families and the way they make birthdays and holidays so special is goals for sure.

@amylouhawthorne another sweet little girl gang I love to follow along with. She inspired me to do a book wall in our girl’s room that I can change out with the holidays. She’s literally adorable and gives the best shopping tips.

Pinterest– Here is the link to my dream home board. https://pin.it/znsbx2g7qvcvfn I love scrolling on here when I’m looking to change something up in my house and get a direction to my design.

  • Movie and TV set styling

Have you ever watched a movie and fell in love with it because of the vibe of a character – their personal style or apartment? The first movie that comes to mind is the amazing set styling of 500 Days of Summer. If you haven’t watched it in awhile here are some screen stills of Summer’s apartment. Tom’s apartment was pretty awesome too with that whole chalkboard wall where he really got inspired to pursue his architecture career.

Did anyone watch the show supergirl? I watched like 3 episodes πŸ˜‚ but the main reason I made it to 3 was her apartment. 😍

You can really find inspiration anywhere for your home. I hope you found some good ones to follow on social media from this post!

Our Annual β€˜4th of Jolley’ πŸŽ‡

We had the best, busiest 4th of July weekend with family. Today I’m in recovery and putting my feet up a bit before the work week starts. ❀️

We went to fireworks in our town – which happen to be set off right around the corner from our house. This makes our house the central location for family to come and we walk over and set up our chairs and watch the show. πŸŽ‡

Yesterday was our annual “4th of Jolley” bash at our house. We always have our family over and Bill cooks out and the kids have a blast in the pool and we eat and usually set off set off some fireworks at the end of the night. It’s a great time and we always have so much fun!

It’s fun to look back over the years we’ve been doing this and see how everyone has changed. The older I get the more I realize time seriously flies. I know I sound like I’m a million years old when I say that but it’s true.

Also Bill got my macrame swinging chair hung on our back porch 😍 and I love it.

Annnnd this week was officially the 30 week milestone. Sometime within the next 10 weeks we will meet our baby girl. πŸ’• I can’t believe how close we are getting! πŸ€—

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Wanted to share the details of my donut brunch themed baby shower. πŸ’•

My sister-in-law Brandie is the Queen party planner and put everything together and hosted at her house. She’s done a million bday parties for my nieces and they’re always awesome and she also hosted our GIRL gender reveal a few months back.

I had so much fun at my baby shower even though being the center of attention makes me super awkward and uncomfortable. πŸ₯΅ πŸ˜‚

Onesie my sis made that says β€˜my siblings have paws πŸΎβ€ and has Hiro and Butters names on it

We received so many of the things we needed for baby Jolley and I am so excited to use it all! Thanks to everyone that wasn’t able to make it but sent along gifts as well- super appreciated!

My momma and Me

We played a funny baby making game with play doh and I picked the most creative and funniest to win little prizes.

My mom-in-law and sis-in-law on Bill’s side.

My Bestie since 4th Grade, her momma, and her youngest kiddo πŸ’•

Mara can sew 🧡 ANYTHING. She made me this rifle paper co kimono 😍 and it has a matching newborn gown!

My family β€˜girl gang’. Mom, Grandma, Cousin, and Aunts.

Me and my cousin AKA sister.

Me and my β€˜other mom’ πŸ˜‚.

Work Besties πŸ‘―πŸ–€

We got so much stuff! Now where do I put it all?! πŸ˜‚

Not to mention my work also had a little joint shower where I got all the diapers, wipes, mom advice, gift cards and gifts. Baby girl has so many people that love her already. 😭

Thank you to everyone!!!!!!!! πŸ’•

3rd trimester feels…

Still alive, still pregs and I started that final trimester. 😱

oh, and I cut off all my hair because #momChop #helloHormones

This last week has suddenly gotten real for me. Like- I’m not just going to be pregnant forever- at the end of this we’re actually getting a baby. A prospect that is so exciting but also anxiety producing. πŸ˜…

I am regularly feeling miss thang kick me and I’m also peeing what feels like every hour because she’s really squashing my bladder. πŸ€ͺ

My baby shower is next week and I’m super excited about it! I booked a photographer for newborn pictures. πŸ₯³ These are the fun parts of this week for me.

Annnnnd the other side of it is that this evening I spent time researching and choosing my ‘birth plan’ and ‘what to pack in your hospital bag’ and signing up for an online breast feeding class and buying postpartum supplies on amazon. πŸ™„ (I had never even heard of most of these products or their uses…like seriously…. tucks, lanolin cream, perineal cold packs, spray and bottles. Ice packs for your nips?! Which gave me a mini anxiety attack but it’s fine, it’s fine. 😬) This is the stuff no one talks about ever and you finally go and get pregnant because you’re “ready” and it’s like SURPRISE this is going to WRECK YOU. πŸ˜‚ Women suck for keeping things like this a secret. Ya’ll suck.

I also started a baby checklist for all the things I need to remember to do like call the pediatrician, make sure the insurance gets switched to a family plan, get the car cleaned and pack the hospital bag, get the breast pump ordered, wash the baby clothes, clean the whole GD house….my heart is having palpitations. This list is getting long and the bottom line is I’ve never done this before and it’s the biggest THIS I’ve ever done. So there’s that. There’s the anxiety attack I’ve been waiting on.πŸ‘

Hope this post made you laugh – making jokes is my only defense against crippling anxiety. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Baby girl nursery reveal

One of the best things about having a baby is deciding on room decor while you’re waiting for your little bundle to arrive. 😊 Seriously, I could do kids rooms all day long. There’s something so fun about the way you can choose more whimsical details than any regular old room. I’ve been wanting to dish the details for anyone who has been wondering about them so I’ll start out with pictures and I’ll link some items that are faves too.

I really took my time gathering the exact pieces I wanted for this ‘boho’ girls room. Lots of the items came from target- specifically the opal house collection. I ordered the canvas Roman shades from target.com and they’re blackout and cord-free. Our rocker came from lazy-boy and was a gift from my parents. The pink dresser in the closet was a vintage hand-me-down we had from Bill’s parents that my mom made-over for me. The paint color is behr ‘pink elephant’ and we have used it on our front door and our pantry cabinets.

All of these items are from Target 🎯:

Ikea had the crib we wanted, the wall book shelves and that cute love sign above the rocker. They also make the little dresser with the leather pulls that will be our changing table once we get our keekaroo for the top. I can’t wait to change those book shelves up with the holidays/ seasons! I’ve already started collecting Halloween books since that will be our first holiday with baby girl. πŸ‘»

World market had the perfect macrame ceiling light for the room.

Unfortunately it’s sold out now but here are some alternative macrame options.

The little pink daisy garden table next to the rocker is from Walmart – the flower home Drew Barrymore collection. This thing is gorgeous in person and gives all the girly hippie vibes to the space.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ceramic-Flower-Stamped-Side-Table-by-Drew-Barrymore-Flower-Home/333486654

I searched forever for the perfect large art piece for behind the crib and continued to come back to this large peace sign banner. You can find it at shopdarlingclementine.com the color is ‘dune’.

https://www.darlingclementineshop.com/shop/home/peace-banner-in-dune/

The colorful knit pillows and blanket are from Anthropologie but I got mine second-hand from eBay- they still had the tags on! In case you’re looking for this it’s the ‘stitch play knit throw’.

Lastly a couple items like our donut play mat.🍩

And our faux leather diaper backpack I got from Amazon.

Pregnancy survival kit

This is my first go round for being pregnant and I wanted to do a post on things that I have discovered that have made my life more comfortable for the past 6 months. Because us girls need to stick together and share all the tips ya feel me?!

First of all- ‘morning sickness’. Or in my case evening sickness. For the first trimester I was super sick. I would go home from working my twelve hour shifts to puke and go to bed. It was not fun times. I actually lost weight my first few months of pregnancy because I couldn’t keep anything in. I tried a lot of things to help with nausea and a couple tips helped me:

Snacking- I had ritz crackers on hand always and sometimes shoving one in when I would start to feel bad would help.

Mint pregnancy lozenges- there were days I was sucking on these all day especially at work.

Avoiding certain smells/foods- at almost 6 months I can just now eat pickles again without feeling sick. And I can finally smell chicken being cooked. But these were things that I just could not deal with the whole first trimester. Also my husband had to stay on top of the trash- if I opened the can and got a sniff I would always puke for sure.

Going to bed early- I did this whenever my work schedule allowed. Often times if I was in bed before 8pm and didn’t move I could avoid my nightly puke.

I realize I’m not making pregnancy sound very fun. And I hear it’s not the same experience for everyone. But this was my experience.

Once I got past that dreaded first trimester things started looking up. The second trimester has been much more kind to me. I’m rarely nauseous and I haven’t actually puked since I hit that milestone.

Some pregnancy must haves for me are compression socks. My cousin also works twelve hour shifts and always wears these cute polka dot print compression socks from Amazon. I had been told by co-workers that swollen feet and ankles would become inevitable but so far since I started wearing these I have been able to keep the swelling to a minimum.

Another must have is this pregnancy pillow also from Amazon. This thing is amazing, comfortable and affordable compared to a lot of options out there. I use it every night. Like, after I’m not pregnant I might still want to use it – it’s that good.

Something I don’t think a lot of women share about pregnancy is how it’s hard to see your body morph and change into this thing you no longer recognize. I also feel like it’s super hard to find cute maternity clothes. I can’t understand why clothing designers think that just because you’re pregnant you want to suddenly wear a garden on your big new body. Why so many huge floral prints?!

I don’t know about you- but becoming pregnant did not change my personal style. I was able to find some cute basic maternity pieces like jeans, shorts and bib shorts at my local destination maternity. I also found a couple cute tops at pink blush maternity online and Walmart.com of all places. I’ve been giving stitch fix a chance again as well to see what they can come up with for maternity clothes… so far I haven’t been impressed really but I keep giving them a try because they keep waving my styling fee.

Mental health and feeling your best throughout pregnancy is important and throughout these changes one thing I started using is sunless tanner. It just makes me feel better when I’m tan. And these L’OrΓ©al tanning wipes are the best. I get mine at target.

One last tip I discovered over the last few months is this leave in spray/ de-tangler and this amazing wet brush. Because I’m pregnant and tired and drying my hair is more work than I want to do most days. πŸ˜‚ I have a feeling I will continue to love this combo as I get bigger and the summer gets hotter as well.