THE FIRST THREE MONTHS

Well we survived our first 3 months as parents!! This has been the fastest, hardest, best, most amazing and exhausting couple of months and I wanted to share an update on how life has been with our sweet girl, Rowen. Like I did with her birth story, I’m keeping things real, a little raw and long winded :)

The first two weeks at home were really busy with visitors practically everyday. This was lovely as we were so excited to introduce our little lady to our friends and family. It also served as a distraction from the constant feeding, diaper changes and functioning on basically no sleep. Knowing that company was coming motivated me to get up and get ready, tidy the house, etc even though we were exhausted. For the first few nights I was essentially staying up all night/as long as I could with her as she would not let us lay her down on her back in her bassinet therefore I was left to hold her in hopes of her sleeping at all. I crushed a few seasons of Friends in the first few nights alone! Obviously I couldn’t continue this way and was struggling a bit with breastfeeding as she seemed to be latched constantly. But everything I was reading (late night googling) indicated this was normal “cluster feeding” or “comfort nursing” and recommended to continue doing so as I established my supply. My husband was awesome as he would wake up and check in with me, bring me anything I needed and provide reassurance when I was emotional (and there were lots of tears during those late nights). Given that he couldn’t feed her, I encouraged him to sleep that way he could take her for a few hours in the morning while I slept. Thankfully my postpartum recovery was not bad at all and I actually felt pretty great physically. As a result though I sort of ignored self care as I was pretty consumed by caring for Rowen. My husband was again super helpful in making sure I was eating, preparing and bringing food that was easy to eat while breastfeeding. It’s funny how quickly you figure out how to do things with one hand. I knew I needed to slow down when I developed a bit of a fever when I had clogged duct that thankfully didn’t develop into mastitis and then almost fainted in the shower the morning of our newborn photos causing us to reschedule. This was a wake up call to take better care of myself so that I could in turn take care of my baby. Weeks 3 & 4 we had fewer visitors and plans which was needed and I was hoping to get into more of a routine. How naive of me lol. Anytime I thought I could predict our day, her cues or thought that I was getting the hang of things, it would change! Any moms reading this are probably like “yah, duh” :). My sister asked me if having a newborn was harder than I expected to which I said “1000% yes!!!!!”. Despite everyone always saying the first 3 months are the hardest, I still wasn’t really prepared for how challenging it was. I think having had a great pregnancy and labour led to feeling overly confident about the newborn stage. I had heard lots of negative stories and experiences with being sick for the first trimester and having awful labours, and given that this wasn’t my experience, I sort of took people saying the beginning is so hard with a grain of salt. I thought I could cope with being tired since I wasn’t working so could sleep during the day if we were up all night. And while pregnant, I wasn’t sleeping the best so thought I was “prepared” for this. BOY WAS I WRONG. I am absolutely over the moon happy as a mama and am SO IN LOVE with our little girl. But between the exhaustion, the physical and mental toll that not sleeping can have on you plus having a teeny human be completely reliant on you while managing the postpartum recovery AND hormones AND breastfeeding, this shit is hard!! Just being honest :)

Thankfully we turned a corner around week 5 following our second doctors appointment. I had suspected for a little while that I wasn’t producing a ton of milk. I was told Rowen had a good latch and she had lots of wet and dirty diapers and was back up to birth weight at her first doctors appointment at one week old. Despite this, she would latch for 30mins + minimum, most times nursing for more than an hour at a time and then wanting to feed shortly after this and was very fussy in between if she wasn’t asleep. She was not sleeping well or sometimes at all during the day and even after pretty intense crying, didn’t seem to be tired. I wasn’t letting her “cry it out”, but she was not soothed by anything but nursing so while I tried other soothing techniques she would often scream the entire time until I breastfed. I was thinking to myself “how are you still hungry?” But would latch her anyways as I wanted to honour feeding on demand. As you can imagine, this began to take its toll on me both physically and emotionally. My nipples were sore and I was exhausted and frustrated. I was not enjoying breastfeeding as I hoped I would and was starting to feel resentful as I couldn’t set her down or have someone else hold her without her becoming inconsolable and requiring me to nurse her to settle her. If she did fall asleep, I still encountered some issues setting her down or giving her to family and friends to hold, my husband included, as she wouldn’t sleep long. It wasn’t all bad, we had lots of lovely visits and outings during this time where she would be content and/or asleep while we were out or had people over. My ring sling was a saving grace during this period. We were trying to get out of the house regularly, even if just for a walk around the block. Her long feeding sessions and fussiness made this increasingly challenging though and was causing me to feel slightly anxious. I didn’t feel like I was able to drive further than the doctors or my in laws 15 minutes away as I didn’t think she would last a longer car ride without becoming inconsolable. I felt comfortable breastfeeding in public and when we had visitors thankfully or else this would have been very isolating if I was always doing this in private. I don’t think I really realized how much I was struggling until around the one month mark when I acknowledged these feelings to my husband, mom and sister. They had all picked up on it and were often met with tears when they asked how I was doing. I knew I had a bit of baby blues and given that I work in mental health, was very mindful of my own mental health and the possibility of postpartum depression. I was definitely struggling more at night, given that this is when I was the most tired. This is when I found myself the most frustrated and often in tears. We were still unsuccessful in getting Rowen to sleep in her bassinet the first few weeks and we were co-sleeping with her on the boppy lounger between us. Which YES I KNOW this goes against all sleep safety rules but we were in survival mode and this would SOMETIMES allow for an hour or two of sleep. Thankfully even after a rough night, I found the day time much more manageable but I was lacking the routine and opportunity to practice self care that is so important for our mental health and well being. I thrive on schedules and structure so this was tough for me to adapt to no schedule or predictability. Also not being able to shower or tend to my personal needs when I wanted/needed was challenging. I decided I would try to get up before my husband left for work in order to get in a shower and eat prior to Rowen waking. But then we would have a rough night and I would need to sleep until she woke and it was another day of being in my pjs until 2pm. I knew I needed to let go of my expectations as I was putting pressure on myself and needed to accept that I wasn’t in control. Who cares if I haven’t showered and my clothes aren’t clean (easier said than done) and just embrace all the newborn snuggles while I could and let her feed as much/ as long as needed. This helped for a few days. I also planned to follow up with my doctor to address my concerns about possible low milk supply. I had been trying to pump to start building a supply as we had a wedding coming up that would require me to be away from Rowen for several hours. I was starting to stress about my limited output and not having much of an opportunity to pump since Rowen fed so frequently. My mom suggested I buy some formula to have on hand which was a bit reassuring knowing I would have a back up but would keep trying to stockpile. I also thought about trying the formula at night to see if she slept better knowing she would have a full tummy. So we attended our doctors appointment and it was confirmed that she wasn’t gaining much weight. My doctor was wonderful in discussing options and ultimately we decided to start supplementing with formula. I can understand how devastating this can be for some mamas to not be able to feed their babies and to require some help. For me, I honestly felt so much relief. It confirmed what I had been feeling and knowing we had a plan in place was so helpful for me. I was also looking forward to having some additional freedom and flexibility for feeding and that others could help with this, primarily my husband who had barely been able to even hold her recently due to her screaming and coming back to me to nurse. I was happy that this would allow for more bonding for them and it has done exactly that!! It has also helped my bond with her as I have continued to nurse (for a maximum of 10-20 minutes at a time) and then follow up with a bottle. This time is so much more enjoyable now and it has made an absolute world of difference in Rowen. It is so obvious that the poor girl was just hungry before and therefore fussy trying to communicate this to us. I have focused on the positives that we have resolved the problem rather than dwelling on the fact that we encountered the issue at all and/or didn’t catch it sooner. Supplementing has made a huge difference in my overall happiness and mental health. I also feel less pressure and anxiety that exclusive breastfeeding was having. I feel Like I can read her cues much better now and that she and I are on the same page for the most part :) This has also granted me some freedom as I know I can have a shower, walk the dog on my own, go to the store if needed, etc and I know that she’s okay with dada or one of her grandmas. Before if I attempted just to shower while she was napping and left her with my husband, I returned to her screaming uncontrollably. This was upsetting for all of us and I am so glad we are past it. I never imagined breastfeeding would be this challenging and was already a firm believer in Fed is Best, but even more so now. Rowen gained almost 4 pounds in the first 6 weeks when we started supplementing and we continue to comment on what a difference we see in her level of contentment. It’s actually quite unusual now for her to be fussy as she is such a happy baby and we can usually resolve it pretty quickly if she is upset. She is also sleeping so well which is great for the entire house! She is napping every two hours and in her crib during the day and at night she sleeps in her bassinet for 5-7 hours, wakes for 30 minutes to feed then goes back down for 2-3 hours. She is no longer taking a bottle in the night just breastfeeding and I wonder if she will drop this dream feed soon. I am so relieved that things have improved and absolutely love my day to day with her. She is becoming more and more interactive and responsive and her little personality is really starting to shine. There is no better feeling than her looking up at me and smiling!! We are so lucky to have a healthy and happy babe and to get to watch her grow !!

And my advice to other mamas out there, trust your gut! You know yourself and your babe best and if you think something is up, or not going well, address it. We have this fear of admitting things aren’t perfect, or easy or coming naturally. There is already so much pressure on us as mamas raising these little babes, especially now in the age of social media. If we share that things are going well, we are bragging and it’s rude to other people who are struggling but if we express the challenges we are having, we are being too negative and should just shut up and be thankful to have a baby. So basically you can’t win but don’t let that stuff bother you. I am so thankful for a few of my favourite IG mamas that I have connected with who also had babies this summer. Around the time I was struggling, two of these ladies shared the most real and honest posts about their struggles and it was so helpful and reassuring. We are human, we can admit we aren’t perfect as no one is and we are all just trying to figure this motherhood thing out. It is the best thing in the world but definitely not easy. Take it one day at a time and remember you are doing an amazing job!!

And here’s some Rowen spam for you to enjoy :)

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-Jess, xx

Rowen’s Birth story

We welcomed our beautiful baby girl, Rowen Kathryn Kirby on July 15th at 3:50pm! She was born 8 days early, weighing 6lbs 3oz and 18in. It’s hard to believe it’s already been a month since welcoming her into the world! We are adjusting to our new life as parents which has been challenging and exhausting but also so amazing!! I wanted to share her birth story while details are still relatively fresh in my mind. And just a warning that this post is a long one :)

My blood pressure had been borderline high since 36 weeks so my OB was monitoring it and talked about the possibility of inducing early as a precaution. It wasn’t until Friday July 12th that my doctor called and told me to come into the hospital on Sun July 14th to start the process with the foley bulb induction, the official induction being Mon July 15th, one day prior to 39 weeks and 8 days prior to baby girl’s original due date of July 23rd.

We had a busy weekend as we hosted a ‘diaper party’ for my husband and his guy friends Saturday afternoon/evening. On Sunday, we cleaned and washed our bedding which I highly recommend, it was so nice to come home from the hospital to a fresh bed and clean house. We went to the hospital at 2pm for the foley bulb induction (this helps dilate the cervix). We were sent home for the evening with instructions to return the next morning to start the IV hormones. Once we knew the plan, my sister made arrangements to be home for the birth which was amazing as I really wanted her and my mom to be in the room along with my husband. I was told I would be really crampy due to the foley bulb. The process of having it inserted wasn’t too bad, but they did a stretch and sweep at the same time which was not enjoyable but the discomfort subsided. We stopped and grabbed some frozen drinks as a treat on our way home and I started to feel increasingly uncomfortable. We planned to have a quiet evening at home with my mom and sister joining us, making a steak dinner, watching a movie and then hopefully getting some sleep. By the time we got home, the cramping was getting worse and I wasn’t sure if I was having contractions or not (pain was constant but also coming in waves if that makes sense). I actually started crying when my mom arrived because the pain was making me so nervous about what was in store for the next day and what actual labour pains would be like. I ended up getting nauseous and vomiting due to the pain and wasn’t able to eat dinner. Thankfully the cramping subsided a bit and I was able to go for a short walk around the block and then watch a movie. The catheter is meant to dilate the cervix to about 3-4cm and will come out on its own if it has been successful in dilating to this point. Thankfully it came out just before I went to bed so I was much more comfortable and actually managed to get a good nights sleep.

I woke up at 545am to get ready and have something to eat. My nurse recommended not eating anything too heavy for breakfast as a lot of women get sick during labour but it’s important to eat as it could be awhile before I would be able to. We also had to call the hospital to confirm if we could come in first thing. They gave us the go ahead to come so we grabbed our bags and the car seat, snuggled our pup and took one final picture as a family of 3.

Last bump photo

Last bump photo

Last photo as a family of 3

Last photo as a family of 3

My husband and I got settled in our room around 730am and my mom and sister were planning to come between 9-10am. I was 3cm dilated at this point and my OB broke my water. They decided not to start the IV oxytocin right away as someone else carme in in active labour so they needed to tend to her first.

Soon to be mom and dad

Soon to be mom and dad

Ready to get things started and no idea what to expect!

Ready to get things started and no idea what to expect!

Breaking my water actually got things started immediately and I didn’t end up needing the oxytocin as I was having contractions and a lot of pain as a result. We weren’t timing the contractions but I felt like they were on top of each other as I was not getting any relief in between. Similar to Sunday evening, I was again very nauseous and thought I might throw up. As things continued to progress, my nausea got worse and I began to vomit with each contraction. I had Intended to walk around during early labour but given the pain and nausea this was not an option. I would get freezing cold and start shaking so my husband would cover me in fuzzy blankets we brought from home. I would have a painful contraction followed by vomiting and then feel hot and sweaty so they would remove the blankets. And then it would start all over again.

Pre-epidural - not having very much fun!

Pre-epidural - not having very much fun!

My family was really helpful in reminding me to relax my body and breath through the contractions but this got more and more difficult. My doctor asked what I wanted to do in terms of pain management, I knew from the get go I wanted an epidural and requested it at this point as I didn’t think I could continue to manage the nausea and getting sick as things got more intense. The nurse told me my contractions still needed to get more powerful/productive and I was about 5cm dilated at this point so i knew things would get worse and I was already so mentally exhausted and discouraged from getting sick. They called the anesthesiologist and gave me the laughing gas while we waited. I HATED the gas as it didn’t provide any relief for the pain and intensified the nausea. The mask also limited my ability to take deep breaths which wasn’t helpful. Thankfully the doctor arrived fairly quickly, the worst part of the epidural process was having to sit up and lean over for it to be administered. I didn’t want anything touching my stomach or any pressure on it so this was uncomfortable. I had about 3 contractions (and vomiting) while sitting up waiting for the epidural. All I felt was the needle poke of the freezing and was relieved when they let me lay down again. Immediately I started to feel relief, I could still feel pressure but no pain and the nausea went away. Hallelujah!!

Waiting on the epidural- struggling to smile but knowing relief is on the way!!

Waiting on the epidural- struggling to smile but knowing relief is on the way!!

Post epidural - can breathe, talk and smile again!!! Best decision ever. I was so comfortable and relaxed for the remainder of my labour

Post epidural - can breathe, talk and smile again!!! Best decision ever. I was so comfortable and relaxed for the remainder of my labour

I got the epidural around noon and was 6cm dilated at this point. They told me they would check my cervix again at 230pm, not wanting to check sooner as they said it could be discouraging if I hadn’t progressed at all. It was like night and day after having the epidural, I was able to relax, talk to my family, enjoy listening to music and even had a nap! My sister had everyone guess how much I would be dilated before my nurse came back at 230pm. I was optimistic but still realistic only expecting to have progressed a cm or so. I was so shocked when my nurse said I was fully dilated!! They suggested waiting another hour to push given that I was comfortable, this way baby would continue to descend naturally and get into position before pushing. They suggested I have a nap which was impossible given the nerves and excitement of knowing baby girl was coming soon. I had made a labour playlist of all of my favourite slow/relaxing music that had been playing all day. The song “Lullaby” by Dixie Chicks played just prior to pushing which is such a beautiful song, a lullaby from a mama to their baby. I started crying as I sung the lyrics as it felt so meant to be. My sister had been snapping pictures the entire day and I asked that she continue during the birth to capture these amazing, intimate moments. She also had everyone guess what time baby would be born when we knew I would be pushing at 330pm. My sister guessed 3:40pm, my husband 3:45pm and my mom 3:50pm. I was much more conservative guessing 430pm or later. My nurse also suggested it could take anywhere from an hour to two and a half hours or more for a first time mom. At 3:30pm, my nurse had me prepped with my legs in stirrups and they gave me these grab bars to hold onto for leverage which were really helpful for pushing. The woman across the hall was also ready to push so my OB was back and forth between the two of us and the resident remained with me along with my nurse who had been amazing. Because I couldn’t feel much other than some pressure I didn’t know when I was having a contraction. She felt my stomach and told me when I was having one and when / how to push effectively. They said they could see the head almost immediately and my sister asked if we wanted to know what colour her hair was (which looked much darker than the colour it really is). My nurse and family were awesome, reminding me how to breath, to push and just providing general encouragement. My husband understandably wanted to stay near my head :) I honestly had no idea if what I was doing was accomplishing anything but according to my team, it was. After 20 minutes of pushing, our baby girl was born at 3:50pm — Welcome to the world Rowen Kathryn Kirby !!

Hello sweet girl!!

Hello sweet girl!!

“Hi Mama + Daddy”

“Hi Mama + Daddy”

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My moms reaction to finding out she guessed the right birth time - 3:50pm. Also, my husband staring at his baby girl :)

My moms reaction to finding out she guessed the right birth time - 3:50pm. Also, my husband staring at his baby girl :)

Tiny peanut, 6lbs 3oz 18in

Tiny peanut, 6lbs 3oz 18in

They immediately laid her on my chest, which was an absolutely surreal, overwhelming, and amazing experience!! She was crying, I was crying and when I started to talk to her she sort of stopped crying, opened her eyes and looked up at me like “hey Mama, I recognize that voice!” a moment I will never forget!! My husband cut the cord (despite some serious hesitation lol) and she and I did skin to skin while the placenta was delivered (honestly I didn’t even really notice what was going on as I was just focused on my baby). Everything was good with baby and I so the doctors and nurses, along with my sister and mom left the room. My husband and I spent the “golden hour” alone doing skin to skin with our fresh little babe and I nursed for the first time!

My favourite picture !!!!

My favourite picture !!!!

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My sister and mom along with my in laws joined us afterwards for their first snuggles with baby Rowen! We snapped lots of pictures and popped a bottle of champagne to celebrate our girl’s birthday (and my first drink since last October :) ha!)

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CHEERS!!

CHEERS!!

My sister had to leave to get back to Toronto and my father in law stepped out to grab us a pizza for dinner since I hadn’t eaten since breakfast. My epidural had been taken out along with my catheter, but my legs were still very numb. The nurses wanted me to get up to pee because my bladder was distended and affecting my uterus moving back into place. I was bleeding heavily as a result so they wanted my bladder emptied but I didn’t feel like I could walk to the bathroom and thankfully I didn’t as I actually fainted when they tried transferring me to the commode. It was likely a combo of low blood sugar from not eating all day, low blood pressure from the epidural and the blood loss. Thankfully I came to pretty quickly and they re-inserted my catheter which resolved the issue. While baby girl was napping on her grandma, I went ahead and slept too and then finally enjoyed some pizza. Our families headed home and our nurse gave baby her first bath and then left us all to get some sleep. Our room was quite large with a pull out couch for my husband and a bassinet for babe. Our first night was pretty uneventful as was the following day. We just hung out watching Friends and enjoying newborn snuggles. We had a few visitors before being given the okay to go home at 5pm.

Little lady’s first outfit - newborn clothes are still pretty big on her!

Little lady’s first outfit - newborn clothes are still pretty big on her!

First time in her car seat. Cried a little at first and then fell asleep.

First time in her car seat. Cried a little at first and then fell asleep.

Let’s roll Daddio!

Let’s roll Daddio!

We were very eager to get home to our pup to introduce her to her sister!! Poppy has been so great, always wanting to be close to Rowen and is concerned when she cries. She is so gentle and snuggly with her, it is adorable!!

Poppy - so happy to have us home !!

Poppy - so happy to have us home !!

Loves her baby sister !

Loves her baby sister !

We also couldn’t wait to have showers at home. I could have had one at the hospital and took all the necessities to do so but decided to wait until we were home. I overpacked my hospital bag big time! I had a few changes of clothes even though I only wore a nursing tank and robe while at hospital (as well as a hospital gown). I was happy to have brought slippers as well as a few of my own pillows and a comfy blanket. I wore a maxi dress home which was perfect. I was also happy to have brought a Bluetooth speaker for music which we had playing the entire time. A few other helpful items were extra long phone chargers, a tablet with some shows on it, good lip chap, dry shampoo, gum and hard candies to suck on when I couldn’t eat, some snacks like crackers, nuts and granola bars (mostly for family but I enjoyed the day after delivering), and Gatorade because hello breastfeeding thirst! We had our best friends who live on our street over to visit when we got home, enjoyed a glass of wine (again first in a long time !!!) and spent our first sleepless night home as parents with our beautiful baby!

Life has been a bit of a blur since and I can’t get over how quickly time is passing already -although it doesn’t always feel this way during late night feedings and sleepless nights :) There have been hard days as we adjust but I remind myself that this newborn phase will pass quickly and soon I will look back and miss it! It’s a heck of an adventure and we are so happy to be on it together!!

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Jess xx

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