I think the cleaning mania has to do with the fact that it's warmer outside than it is inside today and all of our windows are open to celebrate. Yesterday I went for a walk and nearly froze to death, but today I spent over an hour on the deck reading in a t-shirt and shorts. And I nearly cried I was so happy. It may also have to do with the fact that I go back to work in less than two months and am experiencing some form of late-term nesting. But I'd rather not talk about that.
So, in the spirit of getting things done, I bit the bullet for the millionth time and took some better pictures to go along with some older pictures that actually turned out. So in case you're wondering, I did not raise and lower the crib between pictures. I mean, I guess I technically did, but not today.
Anyway, behold! A mere 10+ months after originally promised, I give you the baby's room!
This picture is actually quite old. The crib is now lower and I've since lined the blinds with my mad glue gunning/discount fabric buying skills (as you can kind of see in the picture above).
I didn't want to inundate Parker's room with decor before he was born because a) I'm terrible at that kind of thing and b) I figured it would happen naturally. It's his room, after all. He told me, though, that he really likes polka dots. And teal. Instead of stressing myself out with a themed room, I went with the obvious "baby" theme and stopped there. My dad and I each painted something for him, showcasing our Picasso-esque skills, and more or less left it at that.
I just hung pictures in our own room after a year and a half, so Parker should feel pretty honoured having these up before he even moved in (to the house, not my uterus).
Pro parenting tip: Dollar store baskets and weird shaped vases make great storage for baby randoms and soothers.
We initially started out with one bookshelf and I love how quickly it's grown into two. I love Sandra Boynton books, hate Goodnight, Moon, and Parker's a star at That's not my Tiger. My baby knows where the scratchy nose is. He's basically a baby Einstein.
I got that print from Hello Hue when she was closing up shop and I love it. Parenting is tough, especially in those early months, but it is definitely well with my soul.
I got the idea for the mobile off of Pinterest as every good mom should. I ended up combining a yarn ball tutorial and Young House Love mobile. I feel like I really earned my mom/blogger/DIY stripes with this one. In reality, it just involved me making a huge mess on the kitchen table in my sweatpants one afternoon.
If you ever decide to make a mobile like this, I would just like you to know that when they say it doesn't take very much paste to make the balls they're lying to you. I would also like you to know that your husband will totally judge you for buying a $15 branch from Winners when you could "just get any stick" from your yard. I recommend not arguing, just repenting. But seriously, it's the most beautiful stick I've ever spent $15 on in my life.
And there you have it! Well worth the wait, right?