Wednesday, May 14, 2008

So Many Things!!

Wow... there are so many things that we've already bought for when the baby comes, but still so many things I have to pick up (and even pick out... like a car seat... oops!)

And today I remembered that I should pack a hospital bag before labour begins, so I'm working on that, but even with this I'm finding that there are plenty of things that I need to buy! (like a nightgown?? and a bathrobe?? and slippers?? and the bulkiest, ugliest sanitary pads ever known to man??)

We're going to Nelson at the end of the long weekend so I should hopefully be able to get some shopping done there at Mountain Baby and Annie's, and then whatever I can't get I'll buy here at Bumbletree and online! Apparently things like nursing bras are handy to have before you go into labour.

This has been a very expensive week for baby things, but it's because I realized that I need to buy this stuff NOW or I won't have anything when the baby comes expect a crib without a mattress and a stroller bassinet without a stroller! I did all my research and planning for most of this stuff months ago, and just put off purchasing it (in case something better came along!)

So far this week I've ordered the stroller, the hammock (instead of a bassinet or cradle), muslin swaddle wraps, breast pump, nursing pillow, pouch style sling, pretty wall decals from etsy that are trees and hedgehogs... to the tune of around $1500 and after all that my crib still doesn't have a matress (which is fine because the baby won't use it for quite awhile).
And even with all of that I still haven't chosen a car seat (Michiya & Elizabeth have a REALLY nice peg perego one that they mentioned I could borrow, now I'm just waiting to see if that'll work out, so in the meantime a friend offered to lend us hers so that we can do important things, like take the baby home from the hospital).

This week I need to buy a contoured changing pad and get a small stash of newborn and size 1 7th generation diapers.

We're going to Calgary on my birthday weekend because Blair is picking up more softubs and while we're there we'll buy the dresser at Ikea, not my first choice for qulaity but I'll get over it...
I really hope the baby doesn't come before then or decide to come while we're on our way there or back!

For the Baby Boy

√ Miyo Baby Hammock - Sand
√ Extra Mattress
√ Crib – Graco Sarah - Espresso
□ Crib Mattress
□ □ √ Crib Sheets
□ Cozy Wedge Bumper
√ Moisture Resistant Layer
□ Dresser – Ikea HEMNES
□ Contoured Changing Pad
□ Change Pad Cover
√ Helen Ige Mobile
□ Baskets
□ Under Crib
□ Change table
□ Closet
√ Bad Bird Prints
□ Frames
□ Shelves

□ Twilight Turtle
√ √ Ugly Dolls
√ Aden & Anais Muslin Wraps - Sage
□ Huggies Newborn Diapers
□ 7th Gen Chlorine Free Diapers
√ 7th Gen Chlorine Free Wipes

□ Car Seat
□ JJ Cole Bundle Me
√ Stroller - MBUS Elite - Black
√ MB Bassinet - Black
√ BOB Stroller Caddy
□ Strollometer
√ Rockin’ Baby Pouch
□ Diaper Bag
√ Skip Hop Pronto

√ Baby Buddy Nursing Pillow
□ Nursing Cover
√ Ameda Purely Yours Pump
□ BPA-Free Hygenikit
□ Milk Storage Bags
□ Lilypadz
□ Think Baby Bottles
□ □ □ Nursing Bras
□ □ √ Nursing Tanks

To Sew
√ Crib Skirt
□ Nursing Pillow Cover
□ Change Pad Cover
□ Organizer
□ Pillow Covers
□ Quilt
□ Seat Liner for Stroller

Friday, May 9, 2008

More Options

So if we add a different dresser into the equation we get the following...

Layout #9

Layout #10

Layout #11

Layout #12

Take 2

I guess I should've mentioned that the desk will be used as a changing table because the dresser is too short and narrow for that purpose, the dresser also lives in the closet because it has the tv on it.

We tried to find a new dresser that would be long enough (change mat + basket of supples), wide enough (most change mats are 33" wide) and tall enough (preferably 36" tall, since Blair is 6'2") to use as clothing storage and a comfortable changing area, but we couldn't really find anything in town that worked for us, so we figured we'd re-purpose the furniture we already have for now, until we find something a) better b)not $1000 (because I did find a few of those)

The bed probably won't always live in there, we're building a garage in the near future (hopefully by the end of july) and then the bed will be stored in there and we'll bring the mattress out when company comes.

We'll probably put a loveseat in the nursery instead, which would open up the room alot.

In addition to all of that, the baby will most likely sleep in our room for the first few months, while we get used to things.

EDIT: Okay, so maybe I've changed my mind again... I found a dresser at ikea that will work, it's 38" high (which will be comfortable for both of us) and it's wide enough and it's got plenty of drawers. I wanted to avoid buying more furniture from ikea but for $400 it will do the trick and doesn't have actually have to last for eons...
Which means that I won't need the desk (and, bonus, I won't have to stain it to match the crib... was not looking forward to doing that when the baby was on the outside and obviously wasn't going to happen with the baby on the inside) to be in the room and I can move the other dresser out of the closet.
Then I will get Blair to build shelving in the lower half of the closet for storage and a place for the tv to sit (still in the closet! - the cable jack is right next to the closet and so its a wall plug).

The crib location in #1,2,4,5,6 is the most ideal because I can peek in from the hallway and don't have to open the door up fully (it's such a stupid shaped room!)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Nursery Layout

So I've been playing around in photoshop for around 1.5 hours trying to decide on the most logical nursery layout... and now my whopping 5 readers get to help me choose the winning layout!

note: the blank spaces in front of the desk and dresser show how much the drawers come out...

Layout #1

Layout #2

Layout #3

Layout #4

Layout #5

Layout #6

Layout #7

Layout #8