For some reason, I have felt extremely laid back about this whole new baby thing. Several of my wonderfully generous friends have offered to let us borrow most of the baby gear essentials, but obviously, little dude will need a few things all his own. I can't stomache the thought of him wrapped up in frilly, pink, flowery blankets, but I also know that I can easily make him some snuggly blankets, burp cloths, bibs, onesies, and pants. Of course, that all takes some time. Maybe I should get started.
The other thing that I would really like to start on is a nursery make over. Initially, PJ was not a fan of the shared room. He worries about interrupting Cara's sleep and routine, and honestly, I worry about that too. She is an awesome sleeper, naps and nights, and Lord knows, we do not want to mess up a good thing (and the little dude will probably sleep in our room for a while). But I absolutely cannot bring our baby boy home without a space of his own. He needs to be welcomed by some boy cuteness in the same way that Cara was welcomed by girl cuteness. It's only fair, after all.
I'm thinking that our dining room will double as a playroom for a little while to make room for a new crib and dresser/changing table. Our plan is that *maybe* in the near future we will add a garage/laundry room/playroom on the side of our house. In theory, this sounds like a perfect solution. We will have a place to put all the stuff that is currently in our office/sewing room/photography equipment storage/guest room, and then the kiddos will each have a room. In theory. I know us, though. We moved out of a one bedroom apartment into a three bedroom house and filled up the house with all of our stuff almost immediately. Regardless, we still need a place for both babies NOW (or in 8 to 10 weeks).
Here's where I am thankful for Pinterest. I half-heartedly pinned a few things I liked to my "nursery inspiration" board, but I took a more serious look at it today, and here are a few ideas I have for this shared nursery.
First, some encouragement:
Look! It's a toddler girl and baby boy room! Other people do this too! I feel better.
My mom is an amazingly talented sewer (sewist? sewing expert?). She inspired me to starting sewing, teaches me new things, and helps me when I get stuck. We are planning to make coordinating quilts for the babes, and we did a little shopping when I visited for Christmas. We didn't buy any fabric yet, just shopping for inspiration really, but I did find these two charm packs that are looking pretty dang cute:
But I also love the simplicity of this pattern. Realistically, this is more what I will be capable of doing. I have only made one quilt, and it was pretty basic, and my friend Laura held my hand through the entire process.
Speaking of ways to use fabric, I would also like to make something like this to hang over each bed:
And something like this for the wall over each bed:
Any suggestions for making the shared nursery thing easier? Cute decorating ideas?