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Nursery Inspiration

Monday, April 15, 2013
Back in July when we first found out we were expecting, I was all about decorating the nursery! That was before we started house hunting, house buying and house renovating. My decorating budget and time was quickly consumed by our renovations. Oops! When I thought we'd still be in the apartment, this is what I had planned.

chandelier Serena Chandelier by Stray Dog Designs // fabrics Gray Line Linen and Alan Campbell for Quadrille // glider Crate & Barrel Hathaway Glider // table lamp Meurice Floor Lamp by Jonathan Adler // art Animals Alphabet and Numbered Animals at Minted, Heart Party by hillarybird via Etsy, and Love You to the Moon by Gus and Lula via Etsy // lamp Robert Abbey Isis Lamp // rug Wild Chev Rugs by Genevieve Gorder for Carpel Rugs // crib Room & Board Moda Crib

While the nursery is completely functional, it's definitely not decorated. I'm rethinking a few things based on the new house (can't hang a chandelier in the middle of the room because of the low ceilings) but a few things will be the same... we have the crib, glider and floor lamp. Currently gathering ideas for round two of the inspiration. Maybe I'll have Thomas' nursery complete before his first birthday...

Master Bath - Before & Progress

Friday, April 12, 2013
More than one person have mentioned that the "before" pics of the hall bath "aren't that bad". My dad told me "you're never going to be hired to take 'before' pictures because they look too good". See, I was so excited about the new house, and making sure I documented this transformation that I got really into the before pics. I rented a wide angle lens for my camera, used my tripod and took my time taking the pictures. Well since then, my tripod is covered in dust, the rental lens was returned, and day to day life is consumed by moving, tax season, getting settled and now baby! So the progress shots definitely aren't shining! I guess that will have to wait until the "afters".

In the meantime, let's take a look into our master bath. While it is our master bath since it's off the master bedroom, it's hardly the size of what you'd consider a master bath at a whopping 4' x 7' (that's tiny, FYI). We removed what I called the "torture tub" as it was less than 4' long yet quite deep. Just bizarre. Yes, in a true "what's right for the space" decision, we would have gone with a pedestal sink for space and visual purposes, but we needed a vanity so we squeezed one in. Ok, enough with the chatter...

I could go on and on about this bathroom and I certainly will when I share "afters" but I could spend all day in that shower.

Life Update

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
So on Saturday, March 23 I started this post...
I'm currently sitting in bed, watching HGTV and blogging! This used to be such a normal part of my routine but geez, it's been a while! I've missed blogging and look forward to getting back into the routine but these past few months I've just had to be self-absorbed and focused or else I'm sure I would have had an epic meltdown (or 12). While we have so. much. to. do. it's important to remind ourselves of how much we've accomplished... 2013 has been a big year-- buy the house, substantially renovate the house into our home, move out of the apartment where I've lived for 5 years (with Andy for 2.5), prepare for baby (who will be here no later than April 2) and all of this during tax season which is usually enough to cause epic meltdowns in and of itself!

We're getting settled into our new place and each day, I'm happier and happier to be here. We lucked into an amazing neighborhood. We currently have lasagna in the toaster oven (kitchen is still in progress literally as I type) that a neighbor brought us the other day. Then our across the street neighbor saw the appliance delivery truck in the driveway and realized we didn't have a kitchen so he brought over some BBQ chicken from his grill. The kids across the street have been playing basketball all afternoon and the sounds of all the other kids riding bikes just makes me smile.

Flash forward two days to Monday, March 25...
Thomas Joseph arrived! He was a couple of days early and a surprise to me as I was convinced he was staying put!

We are totally smitten! It's amazing how much he's already grown up in just two weeks! He's packing on the pounds nicely and his doctor gave him the thumbs up at his 2 week check-up. We are slowly adjusting to life as a family of three and the only reason we're not complete zombies is because of the very generous amount of help we've received from the grandmommies! I hope to be back blogging soon as I truly do miss the creative outlet!