And just like that, I'm a mama. We welcomed little Alice Kate on May 15th at 7:48 in the evening. She weighed 7 pounds on the dot and measured 19 inches long. My husband's first description of our daughter to me was "She looks just like you."
Today she's one week and two days old and has already changed so much. Life will never be the same.
I'm married to the love of my life, I have a beautiful healthy daughter, I have a family.
Please excuse the blurred out name on the quilt! Will most likely share her name after she's born.
Here we are at the last little corner of the nursery posts! We anticipate spending quite a bit of time with Baby Girl in this particular corner of the nursery rocking and feeding her. This rocking recliner is where I look forward to nursing, gazing into my Little Babe's eyes, and eventually reading her bedtime stories!
I have to say this was my toughest nursery decision to make. I went back and forth for a long time on what kind of rocker to buy for the nursery. I agonized over how much of an investment I wanted to make and was told by every mom to just make sure the chair was comfortable. Comfort seemed to be the common ground between all the moms and I asked around a lot. Although everyone voted for comfort the kind of rocker they all used varied. Some ladies invested more money in pretty upholstered chairs and some moms went the more affordable route with the idea that the chair wasn't going to be around long term.
To be perfectly honest, I was sold on the second group. Of course I drooled over all the gorgeous rockers on Pottery Barn Kids and Land of Nod. I scoured Amazon for an affordable upholstered option, but couldn't bite the bullet and just buy one. I balked at the prices and was nervous that they'd be too big for our girl's room. Plus, without actually sitting in one I feared that it would end up being dreadfully uncomfortable.
I made one mistake and bought this chair off Overstock.com. I really, really, really like the minimalist clean look of this rocking chair and have seen them all over the internet on pinterest and blogs. Granted this is a definite replica and the saying you get what you pay for certainly applies here. Sitting in the chair I immediately knew that it was not going to work and there was no way I'd be comfortable sitting in it for any length of time. Plus the plastic of the chair seems cheap and textured - like it will take all of 5 minutes for it to look dingy and dirty. Matt wasn't thrilled about it either. (Perhaps this chair at Land of Nod is a lot more comfortable...? At that prcie, I'd certainly hope so!!!)
In the end, we decided on this gorgeous (and most comfortable) rocker/recliner that we special ordered from a baby store recommended to us by one of my very best friends. The final decision came when my mother in law generously decided that her gift would be to pay for most of the rocker of our choice. Matt and I decided on this rocker after about 10 minutes of walking around and sitting in various chairs. Matt actually made the final call on this one in favor of the kick out reclining option. I was super nervous that the chair would end up being too large for the nursery but he insisted that it would be fine and would take up less space than a chair and ottoman combo. He was absolutely right.
The chair is upholstered in a neutral gray fabric that I just love. I think it looks better in person and I'm perfectly pleased. Plus I think the chair has great "bones" and can eventually transition out of the nursery into another room of the house (living room vs. our bedroom maybe).
A closer look at the inexpensive DIY art behind the rocker. The You Are My Sunshine piece is a cheap framed painting from Ross that I made using this technique. You Are My Sunshine is my most favorite children's song and I have cherished memories of singing this song over and over with my dad when I was younger. I can't wait to sing it with my girl. The ABC and 123 prints were both made by myself on Photoshop Elements, printed on matte paper, and framed in a couple frames I bought at Michaels.
And that's the entire nursery! It's the smallest room in our house and also the most finished room in our house. My husband pointed out that little fact which I find humorous considering we've lived in our house for two years now and as of six months ago this room was a complete disaster used as a storage catch all. Funny how our baby is already changing everything. :)
And just for fun, another look at the nursery as a whole:
The view from the bedroom door.
I have decided to not decide on a window treatment for now. Ideal scenario would be to eventually put up plantation shutters like we did in our living room.
New ceiling fan.
Ceiling fans are admittedly not the most attractive things, but they are kind of a must in Oklahoma summers. We have been working on updating to more attractive ceiling fans throughout our house, only two more rooms to go!
Above two photos = view from standing under the tissue poufs.
Above two photos = view from behind the rocker
changing station is now complete with changing pad in place
Remember when we went to California last September? Oh you don't? Maybe because that was, oh... 8 months ago. Pregnancy was brand spankin' new and we were there to attend one of the most gorgeousweddings I've ever been to.
The first few days of our trip we stayed in Dana Point mainly because we had some extra hotel points and were able to score a room for "free." Our last night we upgraded and booked a room at the same hotel that the wedding was held for convenience sake, The Montage Resort.
You guys... This. Place. Was. Swanky! My photos don't give the resort justice. The service and staff were beyond accommodating Staying at The Montage was definitely a splurge although we were able to get somewhat of a discount under the block of rooms reserved for wedding guests (Even then it was a splurge, but totally worth it.)
We enjoyed our stay so very much and made immediate plans to return for our 5 year anniversary! Here's hoping we make it happen! I'm planning on not being pregnant and enjoying some fruity drinks at the cliffside pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Refreshments: Taco Soup in the crock pot made by our lovely hostess.
Synopsis per Goodreads: "In a narrative replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, scientific miracles, and spiritual transformations, "State of Wonder" presents a world of stunning surprise and danger, rich in emotional resonance and moral complexity. As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness. Stirring and luminous, "State of Wonder" is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss beneath the rain forest's jeweled canopy."
Thoughts: April was a weird "I don't feel like reading month" for myself and for a couple other of my book club pals. Some barely finished in time, some didn't finish at all, and one of the girls didn't even get around to buying the book. It happens.
I finished with several days to spare, but I definitely got off to a slow start. We're not sure what our problem was because the book wasn't bad... I'm blaming it on the arrival of Spring and the changing season.
That being said, I did like this book. I think there were mixed feelings amongst the group in that mostly everyone said it wasn't a bad read so much as it was a slow read. The story kind of moved along without any major events occurring until 2/3rds of the way in. Personally I found it interesting: all the science and research, the characters, and the description of the Amazon.
I think the storyline would made for a good movie. Has anyone else read this? Thoughts?
This month, May, we're reading this and it sounds really good! However, I am 99.999999% sure I won't be making book club this month since I'll be HAVING A BABY any time now. Crazy, exciting, and a great reason to miss my very first book club meeting don't you think?