You guys! I am over halfway through this pregnancy! Twenty-two weeks, this week! I can't believe it, it seems like it's right around the corner yet at the same time, forever away. Many have asked if we had a theme for our nursery, and the answer is yes and no. I started out with a solid theme, but the truth is that I just like way to many things. That and I think it will be easier to change the room as our little girl grows if it's more of a "loose" theme. I think everyone is expecting me to have unicorns everywhere, and not that I don't love them, but again, I like all the things, so if I could call her nursery a theme, it would be enchanted forest. I guess. Basically I think it's the closest thing that can encompass pretty florals, fairy-tale whimsey, and anything Disney I might throw in there.
Whenever I would think about being pregnant, I always thought it sounded exciting to keep the gender a secret and had planned on a pretty gender neutral theme, but Josh really wanted to know the gender and I didn't think it would be fair to say he had to wait to know with me. He is horrible at keeping secrets from me and would inevitably let it slip, so when my perks of working at the hospital and having their insurance kicked in to offer me the gender revealing blood test for free at twelve weeks, we agreed! I definitely don't regret it and it makes me feel more connected to her. I say all of that to say, whenever we found out she was a she, the gender neutral theme went out of the window. I might have fought it when I was an adolescent, (I don't really know why, for some reason it seemed a little cooler to be a tomboy) but I am for sure a girly girl. I like the frills, the glitter, the florals, all of the girly pretty things. I still have tried to keep it toned down and not SOOO girly, but after several mood board experimentation, I finally came up with one I am so excited about.
I have been loving this color of green for a while and waiting for the opportunity to use it. Enchanted forest nursery seems the perfect place! These little toadstool seats were the first thing I bought for her nursery, they've been on my Zulily wishlist for quite some time! I thought this navy crib is a nice contrast to the green and is a good neutral choice for future kiddos. It also goes well with these curtains, I think they're very "wish upon a star." These birch tree decals will bring in the "foresty" aspect and are a lot easier to stick on and later remove then painting or doing a wallpapered accent wall. I've also bought a few various art prints, some including tea cups, some Disney characters, and I plan on buying something from one of my favorite artists, Katie Daisy. Her's is the top watercolor print. As far as the rocking chair and rug, I hope to be able to find some cheaper options at Ross or some consignment store.
I love a collected look, thanks mom for dragging me to all of the garage sales and thrift stores, and had already collected a few decorative accessories.
The wooden elephant clock we purchased in Venice, Italy! We went on that trip around when we decided we were ready to add some little people to our family. I can't wait to finally hang it up, it has been boxed up for the past two and a half years and I absolutely love it. The rest were all thrift store finds, the little shelves with the sweet little scalloped edges and the little planters. Maaayybe I can keep something alive in them. I mean, if I can keep a baby alive in that room, maybe the plants have a chance.
Here are a few kiddo rooms I have come across on the wide world of the internet and am using for inspiration for Mayzee's room.
Yep, that's right! Her name is going to be Mayzee Bloom Brooks. I fully reserve the right to change it when I see her and if I feel that that name is no longer fitting, but right now, and for the last couple of months, we love it. We've had Bloom picked out for a while for her middle name, as you may not be surprised by from all of my pregnancy posts. It's so hard to think of a name that is unique, but not weird.
Bloom is different, but it's, in a way, symbolic of what her arrival means. No, she will not be born in spring, but at this stage in our lives, she is bringing in a Spring for us, a new beginning, the winter is over and new life is here, beauty, color, sunshine, birds tweeting, flowers blooming- get it? And Mayzee, well it just fits and as soon as we came across that name, it has stuck. I don't know why, but even the spelling was never questionable to me, that's just how I knew it should be spelled.
So, my friends, that is the direction I am working towards for her nursery. I mean, decorating a nursery is right up there with planning your wedding, I think. It's something you think and dream about for a long time as a girl dreaming of being a mommy. It's so exciting and I love getting asked what our plans are, even though I haven't really had a definite answer. Hopefully, this will help some of you that are so incredibly sweet to keep that in mind. I know this little girl is loved so much already, and it is just one of the best feelings for people to be so happy and excited for you, so thank you all for that. And now I'm crying.