Happy July!! We made it to Baby Month and I am working on crossing off all the things on my list. This erratic urge to nest is just what I needed to get to the finish line and I'm loving the progress that we've made. The girls together room is coming right along as is the girl nursery transition to something slightly less floral and more masculine.
I'm sure I shared it on here but I'll just blame the pregnancy brain on this one. Last year we replaced the carpets in the bedrooms with wood flooring and I never got around to putting the baseboard back in (it was awful 2'' orangey/brownish wood from 1989) because I needed to go out and get new white baseboard, cut it all to fit, and I wanted to make sure the floors had enough time to acclimate to their new home. Well I finally decided that since we were going to be rooming the girls together I might as well get the baseboard done in their room since we needed to replace Ellie's bed with bunk beds. Before we installed the baseboard I took the opportunity to give the room another coat of paint since the last time I did it I did a terrible job. For the baseboard Thomas and I made a great team; he helped me clear out the room, I did all the cutting and install, then he went around and caulked all the seams for me, and finally I went over it all with one final coat of paint. I can't get over how great it looks and now I can check their room off the list! It's pretty much done now, I just have to go through and decide which pictures and items are making the cut to go back on the wall and I know that will always be a work in progress!
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I created our registry on Babylist and y'all that is the coolest thing ever. All you do is set up your registry and then use their add feature to search all over the interwebs to add to it!! That way you can ensure that you're getting the right item and the best price around. I have items from Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Etsy all in one place on our registry and that just wouldn't have happened if we'd chosen to go the traditionl route. I can't get over how easy it was (and they have an App for your phone) to set up and add to it. Seeing as this is our 3rd baby it was a bit hard to come up with items for the babe but I was able to come up with some items that I think are really going to make a difference this time around.
The nursery is coming along and I finally have a "theme" for it. I wavered back and forth between a Disney type theme or a more Scottish/Irish theme. Both of those idea's were just too hard for me to wrap my head around to what that would actually look like because I don't really care for a very juvenile look that I was sure the Disney theme would come across as and the Irish/Scottish just wasn't obvious for what that would look like, save putting our family Tartan all over which I wasn't too wild about. So I've gone with my gut and decided on a "botanical" theme. That way I can keep a majority of the neutral/natural items I already had in there and really incorporate pops of green. This week I finished up the touch up paint on the walls, installing the baseboard (final room of the house!!), and bringing in my IKEA hack dresser!
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The dresser DIY actually wasn't too bad of a project. I went to IKEA and got the dresser then once home I took all the pieces out of the box, read the instructions over and over and then painted each of the pieces individually prior to putting it together. Once I built the whole thing I went over with one final coat let that dry overnight and then applied the wax sealer. I love how it turned out and the addition of the green is everything I ever imagined and more!! Green is my spirit color 😂.
Speaking of bedrooms and sleeping. We finally are moving Finnley into the shared bedroom! We tried a nap a couple of weeks ago and both girls slept for about 40 minutes. I actually transferred a sleeping Finn from the car into the bed so that was probably my first mistake because when she woke up she was freaked out. So we've been spending extra time in there and since I've been working on the nursery lots of talking has been happening about the girls sharing a room. Well last night we decided to just go for it. I got Little Miss all set up with the sleep diffuser (similar), a calm roller on the wrists, and a tranquility spray on her bed, turned on the sound machine and laid with her for about 10 minutes. I told her this was her new bed and she needed to stay in it the whole night and just go to sleep. She made it from 7:30pm to 1:30am when I was awakened by Ellie yelling that Finnley was climbing the ladder and needed help. So into their room I went, put Finn back in her bed, told her to stay in there until morning and gave Ellie a kiss and apologized that her sister had woken her up. The girls then both went back to sleep and slept in until 7:00am!!! Which is totally winning because they are both usually up by 6am. So I would say that we had our first successful night, I know that there are going to be some challenges in the future and we'll have good nights and not so good nights but I'm so glad that their first night went so well!!
Other bits of nesting I've done is having Thomas fill in all the nail holes around our house so that I can then go and do touch up paint. I also painted underneath our breakfast bar in the kitchen since it was all scuffed up from our old barstools. I've been vacuuming like crazy and just want to get rid of all the things. We pulled down the girls old baby clothes so I could go through and hold onto some keepsakes, pull out the gender neutral ones for Little Man, and then sort and bagged the rest for selling on FB groups as well as some nicer pieces for our local JBF sale. But I'm not posting any of the clothing until our babe makes their arrival because I need to make sure baby is a HE before I get rid of all the girl clothes 😉. But really though, I cannot believe how many clothes we have for the girls and I am really excited to start clearing out some things. Our local Goodwill's have gotten several loads from us lately as have some awesome ladies from my MOPs group. It is so freeing to get rid of these things that are just taking up space.
Did you find yourself nesting during the end of your pregnancy? What were some of the things that you absolutely had to do before baby arrived?
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