Baby K's Nursery

It’s pretty wild how quickly 9 months of pregnancy can pass by and all of a sudden we are at the end! I’ve been off work on vacation for two weeks before my maternity leave officially starts and am being induced on Monday so I figured it was time to share our little lady’s nursery before the chaos of newborn life takes over :) it’s actually been pretty well finished for quite awhile but became a bit of a dumping ground for miscellaneous baby items I didn’t want to have all over the house until closer to bringing her home. So now I have finally taken the time to write a post and take pictures to share with you :)

This has been my most favourite home project to date! Creating a space for our baby girl has been so amazing and was a team effort for my husband and I. There have been many projects around the house that I have tackled independently and only called on my husband for some help with heavy lifting or when I needed more than two hands. But this was an exception to that and I am so glad we worked on it together :)

The inspiration for the look and feel of the room obviously came from me. I knew I wanted it to be bright and fresh with a feminine feel. I chose Behr Illuminated for the walls which is a very soft, blush pink (I picked out the colour and had it colour matched at Lowe’s as they had a sale on their Valspar paint + primer).

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We chose to do a white board and batten accent wall. Originally I was looking into floral wallpaper but my husband nixed this idea early on and I am glad I agreed with him. He prepped the room by moving all of the furniture out, taking off the trim and tearing out the old, stained carpet. I filled holes, sanded and painted. And together we laid new laminate flooring. This was our first experience with laminate flooring and it was very easy to install and we are thrilled with the look of it! Also, it was only $0.99 a square foot, it doesn’t get much more affordable than that. It did require the use of underlayment which is the blue tarp looking stuff you see in the photo below. It comes in rolls and we laid it down and stapled down to secure and the floor is laid on top. Some laminate flooring come with an underlayment attached and some require this additional step. I love the colour of the flooring and how it coordinates with the white trim, board and batten and light pink walls. Once the flooring was done, he re-attached the trim and I touched up the paint.

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I had researched a few different tutorials on DIY board and batten and my husband gathered the supplies. I painted half the wall white where the board and batten would be hung. Since our walls are flat, all it required was paint however if you have textured walls, you would likely want to add MDF boards along the entire wall to make the surface smooth but this wasn’t required for us. This was such an easy way to make a big impact in the room.

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The most challenging part (and it wasn’t actually hard) was determining the spacing of the battens. We hung the floor 1x4 board first *make sure to use a level in case your floors are not level. Then we hung the horizontal top 1x4 board at 4 feet from the floor so that we could get two 1x3 battens out of one 8ft board (a great suggestion by my handy husband) this was also a great way to save money on supplies. He did all the cutting of the MDF boards and we hung them together (although you could easily do on your own). We measured the spacing twice and using our level to ensure they were straight and attached to the wall using our brad nailer. We weren’t concerned with nailing them into the stud as they are not very thick boards and seems to be attached well to the drywall. You could attach to the stud or also use liquid nails but we didn’t think this was necessary. We also added the 1x2 hung on top of the horizontal batten to “finish” the look but again this is simply preference. Once everything was hung, I filled the nail holes and seams where the wood met and be another with wood filler. Once dry, I sanded these areas well and wiped everything down prior to painting. In some tutorials I have seen where people choose to use caulking along all of the seams between the boards and walls but I didn’t feel this was necessary. If there was any visible crack between the boards and wall, I used a bit of extra paint to camouflage it. I applied two coats of Valspar semi gloss ultra white. Again, such an easy way to add some interest to this wall and it only cost about $50 in supplies.

The MDF boards come primed white, this is after hanging and prior to painting to match the wall.

The MDF boards come primed white, this is after hanging and prior to painting to match the wall.

The finished product after the wall and boards were painted ultra white.

The finished product after the wall and boards were painted ultra white.

With my leftover white paint, I wanted to give the closet a fresh coat and decided to also add some interest to it. I grabbed some black paint I had on hand and painted some black dots/splotches. I absolutely love how this turned out and have had several people think that it is wall paper. Such an easy and fun detail!

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Will share the interior of the closet in the future once it’s organized and not full of our diaper stockpile

Will share the interior of the closet in the future once it’s organized and not full of our diaper stockpile

At this point, we were ready to buy and set up furniture and start decorating- the most fun part!!

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All of our furniture and decor sources are listed below ; Crib- Walmart

pillow covers -Ikea

stuffed swan- Homesense

rug - Giant Tiger

light fixture - Structube

curtains - Ikea

curtain rod - Giant Tiger

bamboo blinds - Bouclair

bunny prints - Etsy + dollarama frames

white square frames - Dollarama + online prints

gold wire basket + blankets - baby shower gift

palm planet -grocery store

plant basket- Homesense

rocking chair - Structube

stool - Homesense

Black side table - Canadians tire

side lamp + shade - Walmart

gold circle mirrors - Walmart

macrame wall hanging - Homesense

bookshelves -Ikea photo mosslanda ledges

Misc books - baby shower gifts

canvas storage tote- Homesense

Hemnes dresser- Ikea

change pad - Skip Hop (shower gift)

White rustic mirror - Homesense

mosslanda picture ledges from Ikea

flamingo print - homesense

“&” print -Michael’s

Photo frames - homesense + baby shower gifts

gold desk lamp - Walmart

macrame rainbow - Ginger And Pine (Instagram giveaway)

grooming kit and sleepy time spray - Instagram giveaway

gold wire basket for diapers - dollarama

Glass mermaid tale - Dollar Tree

This room gets the best light in the morning and puts a smile on my face everytime I walk by. I have loved getting this space ready, adding little details, putting away tiny clothes and just sitting in the rocking chair anticipating the arrival of our little one, wondering what she will look like and imaging her little personality. It is so surreal how fast this pregnancy has gone and I don’t anticipate time slowing down once she is here! Now that I am off work, her room is finished, we have had showers, maternity photos and our bags are packed for the hospital, I am feeling so ready for our family of 3 to welcome it’s newest member (counting our pup, Poppy of course). Life is about to get a whole lot busier and I cannot wait! We are ready for you little one :)

maternity photos by Jenn Eggleston photography

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-Jess xx

THIRD TRIMESTER update

Hello friends! As I approach 39 weeks I figured it was time to share my third trimester update. I did have a bit of a surprise at my 35 week appointment when my blood pressure was elevated so my OB has been keeping an eye on that with some additional monitoring and tests but everything has looked good for our baby girl. Despite that, my OB has decided to go ahead and induce me on a Monday at 39 weeks to be on the safe side. While it freaked me out when we started talking about induction at 36 weeks, now that I am just over a week away from my due date I am thrilled we are so close to meeting our babe and the fact that it’s scheduled is an added bonus! The planner in me is so happy to not have to deal with the anticipation of when will she come?!

My last day of work was June 27th so I have enjoyed a few weeks of vacation, summer weather and puttering away at the last few tasks on my to do list. It’s really interesting how pregnancy can seem so long and so short all at the same time! I have to admit I am feeling the timing is pretty perfect and that we are as ready as we can be to bring our girl home !! (Remind me that I said this in a few weeks :) )

How far along: 39 weeks

Gender: GIRL !!

Weight gain: 24lbs

Maternity clothes: Loving maxi dresses! I purchased a few non maternity dresses in a size up which have worked perfectly. I’m also getting lots of use out of a maxi dress and skirt from last summer as well as a few cotton dresses. Still rocking my maternity tights with a tank or tee a lot of the time. I have pretty much dropped the maternity jeans due to the heat and wishing I snagged a pair of maternity shorts but I’m too close to the end to get them now :)

Sleep: Sleeping better now that I am off work and not worried about getting up for an alarm. I am still up a few times a night for the bathroom (which I am so accustomed to it’s hard to imagine sleeping through the night) and sometimes have an hour awake period around 2-3am. I’ve also started laying down for 30mins to an hour in the afternoon since being off. Taking advantage of getting good sleep now!! I’ve also ditched my pregnancy pillow now that I’m bigger as I found it restricted my movement too much and made getting in and out of bed even harder. Back to a pillow between my legs and side sleeping.

Best moment so far: 36 week ultrasound, it had been so long since our last ultrasound at 20 weeks. So much has changed and I had tears in my eyes thinking how close we are to seeing her squishy face and holding her! It was amazing the detail we could see in her face and the tech said she has mama’s nose and lips and a good amount of hair! I can’t wait to see what she looks like and what colour her hair is.

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Miss anything: I can confidently say I have had a great pregnancy and have not really struggled with missing things but now being so close to the end, I know I won’t miss the restrictions that come with pregnancy. Not having a glass of wine or 2nd cup of coffee, avoiding certain foods, always having to pee, feeling short of breath, limited clothing options, heartburn, swelling, etc. That being said, I have loved having a bump, feel adorable wearing cute clothes that show it off and more confident in a bikini than before. I will miss definitely miss that! I will also miss how accommodating everyone is to a pregnant lady! and this pregnant lady is very excited to enjoy a cocktail soon!!

Movement: baby girl is pretty chill for the most part but she definitely lets me know she’s there and is starting to run out of room. I can feel her up under my ribs especially towards the end of the day or after a big meal. She’s more of a mover and wiggler than kicker so I often feel her back and bum when she’s stretching out and changing positions. It’s been so hard to capture on video. She also gets hiccups pretty often which is a bizarre feeling. I’ve also started experiencing “lightening crotch” which takes me by surprise and usually causes me to shout out in pain but thankfully it’s just the brief jolt of pain and hopefully means she’s getting into position for her grand entrance into the world :)

Cravings: still loving ice cream at night or some sort of sweet treat! Loving fresh summer fruits like peaches and watermelon and foods with lots of texture and crunch. I have felt like my appetite has decreased a bit lately likely due to baby taking up more room so I feel pretty uncomfortable if I eat too much.

Food aversions; still eggs- I don’t mind hard boiled or egg salad.

Queasy or sick:  Occasional heartburn that is pretty easily managed. Again, I have been SO fortunate to have had a very smooth and enjoyable pregnancy! I am definitely slowing down and trying to relax more with my feet up as I can tell when I have overdone it. Also given that my BP has been elevated, I am trying to avoid anything too strenuous but still being active as I get stuff/sore when I’m not. Love going for walks and just getting things done around the yard and house feels productive physically and mentally.

Looking forward to: meeting our baby girl, seeing what she looks like, knowing what labour is really like, being a mama, bringing our babe home, and the list goes on!! Can’t believe we are so so close!!!!! AAAAHHHH so excited :)

maternity photos by Jenn Eggleston photography

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-Jess, xx


2nd Trimester Update

I can’t believe I am already sharing my second trimester update!! This pregnancy is seriously flying by and I cannot believe I am in my third and final trimester. I have been so incredibly lucky to have felt great the entire time (sorry to all my girlfriends who have not had this experience!!) With time passing as quickly as it has, thankfully we have also managed to get a ton done in preparing to welcome our little one into the world. We found out the gender at our 20 week ultrasound on March 8th and although we were pretty dang certain we knew what we were having, it was amazing to confirm that we are indeed having a BABY GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Both of our parents were away on vacation and my siblings don’t live close by so we had our close friends over for dinner at our house to do a mini gender reveal. I made cupcakes filled with pink icing to share the news (and didn’t take any photos-d’oh). No one was surprised as everyone guessed we were having a girl!
That weekend I headed to Lowe’s and picked up paint for the nursery and we got the ball rolling right away! I already had ideas for a girl nursery pretty well locked down, just needed the confirmation from our ultrasound. I chose Behr Illuminated for the walls which is a beautiful pale, blush pink (I will do an entire post on all the details of the nursery). We painted, replaced the flooring, added a board and batten accent wall and started setting up the furniture we purchased on sale over the winter. Although it seemed really early to have purchased a crib and stroller back in November, I am so happy we took advantage of sales when we saw them which has helped us out huge financially to have spaced out these bigger purchases. I’m also so happy we were able to get all of the major work and renovations done during the cold weather months when we don’t have much else going on. We are so thrilled with how the nursery came together. It still needs a few finishing touches decor wise and I will share once it is complete!!

Our wedding photographer is a friend of mine and she is the absolute best and gifted us a maternity photo session. I am so excited for this to happen in May and can’t wait for her to capture the nursery and all the details of our babe’s sweet room to share with you. I have also been fortunate enough to receive a TON of hand me down clothes from friends of mine with baby girls so our little one has a seriously awesome wardrobe already. I have two baby showers coming up in May and June which I am so excited for but we really don’t need much as we have been so lucky to inherit lots of amazing items. I am a planner and organizer so having all of these things early is so helpful for me to feel prepared as the nesting urge is super strong! I have been cleaning, purging and organizing most spaces in our home and trying to check off items on the to do list and complete projects while I can.

So that’s what we have been up to the past 3 months!! Below I shared some more details from this trimester :)

How far along: 28 weeks

Gender: GIRL !!

Weight gain: 16lbs

Maternity clothes: Tights are still my go to clothing choice, typically paired with a long t-shirt or tank and a cardigan. I recently bought the Fabletics maternity tights and they are AMAZING!! I wish I could have gotten two pairs but they were out of stock so I got a regular pair for postpartum and they were on special for 2 for $36! I have some maternity jeans and a few of my oversize tops and sweaters that still fit but the days might be limited. I bought a pair of white maternity jeans as these are a staple for spring and summer. I am so excited for warmer temperatures so that I can start wearing more dresses and skirts. I have a few I have been paired with nylons and booties but am looking forward to breaking out more t shirt and maxi dresses. My favourite places to shop have been Old Navy, Urban Planet and Amazon. For the most part, I am still shopping in the regular section and just sizing up with the exception of pants, these are all maternity! I am so happy to be getting bigger in the warmer weather months where I can slip into flats or sandals and don’t have to worry about zipping up a coat!

Sleep: Still sleeping well but up 2-4 times to pee. Just preparing for those night feedings :) I have started using my maternity pillow and it is the best!! I found I was waking up on my back (strange since I wasn’t a back sleeper to start) and this provides lots of support and sort of cradles me which I love!

Best moment so far: Finding out we are having a girl at our 20 week ultrasound, feeling her kick, flip and move around and creating a beautiful space just for her !

Miss anything: less frequent trips to the bathroom? Just kidding, if this is my biggest complaint at 28 weeks I would say I am managing well :) Still not missing alcohol like I thought I would because not being hungover is pretty awesome lol But I will be VERY excited for a real cocktail and wine once our babe is here this summer!

Movement: Lots of kicks, wiggles and flips! I wasn’t sure how much I would feel after our 20 week US as I have an anterior placenta which means it’s at the front of my uterus/tummy and acts as a cushion to baby so you sometimes can’t feel as much. But I feel lots of movement and although baby’s placement typically feels quite low (like right on my bladder, all the time!)  I have started feeling more up in my ribs and along my sides. It is the strangest/best feeling! I especially love when she wakes up when I start to move around in the morning :)

Cravings: Still loving sweets in the morning- fruit, smoothies, yogurt, syrup, jam, cereal, etc. Also loving frozen yogurt and fresh fruit for dessert and I continue to treat myself to a good chicken or beef burger and fries on a regular basis :)

Food aversions; still eggs- YUCK! but that is it.

Queasy or sick: I have been so incredibly lucky to not feel sick or nauseous at all. I even avoided winter cold/flu season for the most part! This has allowed me to absolutely love being pregnant and the time is passing so quickly!! I have started getting some mild heartburn around 5pm but this typically goes away when I eat dinner (and maybe take some tums). I’ve been getting regular massage and chiropractor adjustments which has also been helpful in dealing with some new pains and aches. I am starting to feel a bit more winded and have to remind myself to slow down sometimes. I anticipate starting to feel more and more uncomfortable as babe and I continue to grow and we get closer to our due date. I am really lucky to be taking vacation prior to my mat leave so I can relax the last few weeks of this pregnancy!

Looking forward to: Meeting our sweet girl in less than 3 months !!!!

-Jess xx

Photo at 20 weeks, just before our ultrasound confirming we are having a girl :) 

Photo at 20 weeks, just before our ultrasound confirming we are having a girl :)