Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Old news for anyone who follows me on Instagram, but new for anyone just reading the blog- I'm pregnant! 28 weeks pregnant to be exact, with a baby boy on his way in late January. The whole experience of growing a small person inside you is an interesting one (one that let's you into this club where all fellow mothers look at you knowingly and pass along tips. They've been there; they know these looks say. Which. Yup. They have.) And there are a lot of ups and downs with all of this as you are excited and scared and you hurt..... but one of the fun things has been planning the nursery. That nesting instinct is real, and I thought I'd share it with you.
Originally, the idea had been to have a gender-neutral nursery, and since The Boy loves science and technology a "Journey to the Moon" theme seemed a great way to combine something he loved with a shot of whimsy a la the 1902 film La Voyage Dans La Lune. My original inspiration relied heavily on black and whites (babies see contrast must easier than colors was part of the rationale. But really, I just like black and white), and I loved the idea of a moon over a city, so you see several building-shapes worked into the design. However, dreams are not reality. Many of these items are either expensive or are not for sale anywhere. I have made something for the nursery, but there are limits to my talents (and time) in that arena.
The first pinboard to the second one shows a lot of evolution with this "Journey to the Moon" plan. We recently purchased this very crib and dress set, as well as the rug (So excited)! The blue isn't so much to scream "Its a boy!" as it is....well, I love the color blue and the crib and dress reminded me of the bed my sister and I both slept in as kids. Its a family heirloom that my father had painted blue when he was ten or so. Its been refurbished back into a rich wood with no paint, so this blue seems a bit nostalgic. There are certainly more rockets than I'd originally intended, partly because old childhood favorites have pictures with rockets. How did I never know before that Babar has a space travel book? And Tintin is a family favorite. Both of my parents read the comics as kids and passed that love on to my sister and me. The crocheted rocket is still a bit of a pipe dream, admittedly. There are instructions on how to make it, but I don't know anyone who crochets. Not the the baby will know whether it is there or not, but a girl can dream, right? I did manage to make a paper mache moon that will hang by a window, so some of my own handiwork is in this all. The cradle is one my own grandfather made years ago, and won't a stuffed robot look cute in it? Overall, things have gotten a touch more science-y than whimsical, but I do still enjoy this print "Mr. Tinker Visits the Moon" which is an illustration from the Oz books.
Of course, it is all a work in progress, so who knows if the final room will have changed as much as the idea has over the past few months. I'll be sure to show you when its all done!