Alright, the nursery is finished! This is the smallest room in our house, so fitting all these LARGE items in it was no easy task. Ask Mark, I rearranged multiple times to try and find the best and most convenient fit for everything. I contemplated ditching the changing table, or getting a smaller crib (the rocking chair was non-negotiable though). But in the end it all would involve spending more money, so we kept all that we had, and made it work as best we could! So here's what we've got... The lighting is not the best in these photos, but you get the picture. The crib is in the corner (you can click the photo for a larger view). All the bedding is on, washed and ready, and the wall decor I think you have seen before.
Then we move on to the next corner of the room... Here you can see our awesome rocking chair (possibly the best part of the room) and ottoman. It is clearly WAY too big for the room, but I think it's necessary so we just had to make room for it. Then there's our lovely wall shelf with picture frames and such (with no pictures in them), and our baby video monitor (see that thing on the wall, with the cord hanging down behind the lamp?)! Now you might be thinking, "WHAT? A VIDEO monitor??" And yes, that's correct. And no we are not some crazy parents that want to watch our child 24/7, despite what you may think. Here's the logic for the video aspect of the monitor: I am currently a nanny. I have looked after this one baby since he was 6 months old. He has a regular old monitor, that works great, and does its job. BUT, babies can be tricky sometimes. As in, sometimes they cry when they are still sleeping. And if you don't know that, and you go in to try and comfort them or even just to check on them, you might actually wake them up, whereas if you left them alone, they would put themselves back to sleep (trust me, I've done this). OR, when they get older, sometimes you hear random noises coming from the monitor, and wonder, what in the world is that? Sometimes it's the baby banging his feet on the crib rails (not a big deal, no need to go in there). Other times it's the baby smacking a full bottle of formula (that you didn't know he could reach) against the crib, milk flying everywhere (big deal, need to go in there). With a video monitor, you don't have to go in to the room and potentially disturb a sleeping baby if not necessary. You can look at the monitor, and then decide if you actually need to go into the room. And it's not like the video part is on all the time, it works like a regular monitor, and if you need the visual, then you just push a button and voila, there's your baby. I chose this monitor out of pure convenience for me, not to watch my baby's every move at all hours. :) Although who knows, maybe she'll just be soooo cute that I can't resist!
Next we have the view from the door. More rocking chair, a big window, and the changing table. See how smushed (if that's even a word)?
Then we have the closet. Oh boy. Notice there are no doors? We had to take them off so that we could fit the other furniture in the room (otherwise we could only open one of the doors, and that's less than ideal... This closet is full of baby stuff! The bottom green bins are toys (all used), the next bins are sleepers, socks, and hats, then the drawers are full of onesies, pants, and outfits. The hanging thing is blankets, and then the really cute stuff I hung up because it's so cute. That box on the top shelf is baby's memento box. My parents had memento boxes for all of us with all our important stuff in it, so we started one for our baby. Currently it's pretty empty, but it's got the ultrasound pictures/DVDs, her baby book, my pregnancy journal will go in there, as well as a little book full of stories and pictures of her Aunt Katherine that she won't get to meet, but she will sure know all about her!!
Lastly, a few details... The sleep positioner which we may or may not use, but it was like $2 so I bought it. Currently it's "positioning" our baby's seahorse toy, which is some moms (and babies) LOVE so we got one. Then we have a close up of our mobile that hangs above that sea horse in the crib. Also in the background is a fisher price crib toy, that plays music and lights up. Doesn't really match the rest of the room's decor, but it's cute and I liked it, so why not.
That's really all there is to our nursery! Pretty small room, I even briefly thought about switching this room with our guest bedroom, but this nursery room can barely FIT a bed in it, which means we would probably have to get rid of the bed and make this room into Mark's office/man cave, but then where would our guests sleep? So that idea was forgotten pretty quickly. I mean, how much space does a baby really need?? I think it's perfect. Little room for our little baby.