Sunday, February 12, 2012

Caught up in the moment.

 Ever been there?  It's very easy for me to get excited about something in want to take to the nth degree.  I think one of the best examples of being susceptible to "in the moment" is during the wedding planning days.  You are planning for the "most special ONE day of your life.  A sales person's dream!  Everything must be magical and perfect!  The bridal mags make it worse because you are inundated with scores of designer dresses, gourmet meals, and party favors that will leave the guests oohing and aaaahing at your extreme thoughtfulness.  Somewhere along the line most brides have to make some tough decisions.  What to let go of and what to she'll out the dollars for.

I remember getting caught up in the moment during wedding planning. I'm sure it happened a few times, but one particular time it was during the purchase of the dress.  You know THE DRESS.  The one you put on that will most assuredly determine the couples happiness for the rest of your lives?!  Pick the wrong dress and you will forever be punished...pick the right one and you will have years of bliss ahead.  Well, it wasn't the dress so much that they got me was thenTWO veils I purchased.  Those sales peeps are trained to spot a weak area and go in for the kill!  Looking back, I know I could've made it down the aisle without any veil from the pricey wedding shop.  I loved the look, but in my heart know it was a symbol of "the moment."

We have arrived in another "the moment."

The nursery.  You know. The one that we will bring our new daughter home to.  Where everything needs to be perfect and explicitly for her.  The one that looks like something straight out of Better Homes and Gardens!  The one that you step into and just can't help but say, "Awwwwwwwwe".  Yep, a darling little room that screams of months of preparation and thought.  The one I happened to post a picture of last week was all that to me.


After another trip to the baby store I have come to grips that this child does not need a bedroom set worth more than her parents' entire bedroom (clothing included).  So after just a few short lived tears we left the picture perfect store and hauled ourselves right over to Ikea.  Nothing like a trip to Ikea to get the creative juices flowing. 

 We brainstormed, measured, talked and looked...

And came out excited with a new plan!  I don't have a picture of a possible whole room yet but I do have a couple pieces to share with you!




 Above you see the elements of the room.  We are pretty pumped to get this all together!  The crib shown is the actual crib we ordered from Target!  I can't wait to see it together!  

Well...stay tuned for more updates!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

So many decisions to be made!

Brian and I have entered the stage of pre-parenting where you make all the decisions regarding where she will sleep, eat, play, what she will play with....what the room will look like etc...  It's both fun and stressful at the same time. I have enlisted my friend Shannon to help with decor of the baby room.  Some of me just wants a super feminine room, but not super "baby".  The other part of me wants to be ridiculous and just go "all baby".  Brian is for sure on the more "baby" side. 

Here is a picture of the crib that we like the best. The picture is slightly different than then one we are actually getting.  I do wish that ours came with that cool storage drawer underneath the crib, but it doesn't.  We probably won't get the changing table you see in the background.  It's terribly small and has a limited time use I'm afraid.  There is a matching longer and deeper dresser that will be more appropriate for clothing storage as she grows up.

Naming this child is a task!  Brian is more of a traditional name person and I tend to like more creative fun names for girls.  We both seem to like Claire, however are bothered there is no short version of Claire for a good nickname.  Brian's mom assures us that no matter what she will have a name other than her real one, ha, which is good!  I'm trying to at least come up with initials that will assist with the nickname. So far all I can think of is CC or CJ...I'm pretty sure those are the only good ones.  Brian really likes Claire Marie, which is a cute sounding name for sure....but not completely sold on it.  The search goes on!  I have a list of about 7 middle names starting with C or J to run by Brian when he gets up.