Last night after I got my little Drew-man in bed, I was reading over emails. I had one from my weekly pregnancy thing. I clicked 5 weeks ahead to see what their little animated baby looked like at that point cause that's just around the corner. Then I saw the words, "Your due date is now only 13 weeks away!"
My eyes got bigger than my salad plates. (And I have big salad plates. Seriously, I do.) I don't know why I've felt zero urgency about getting ready for my sweet girl's arrival. I guess it seems as though fall and cool temperatures are FOREVER away. And if you live in the South and have stepped out of your air conditioned home this week, you know why November seems forever away. So it hit me...and I nearly had a panic attack. I jumped on craigslist, made a list of all the things that need to be completed and bought, and did a survey of 3 extremely cluttered closets that need to be dejunked in order to make room for baby and other important stuff (like those 10 egg wreaths I bought on super duper clearance last season). Then I called Andrew and went on a tangent about how behind we are with getting ready for this baby. When I stopped to take a breath he just sighed and said, "Yeah...it will all get done." Clearly, I worry enough for both of us!
So here's my list of what needs to be done ASAP:
1. Pick fabric for bedding, table cover & curtains
2. Determine amount of material needed
3. Consult with my mother in law about making them
4. Find a cute minky dot pink blanket to match bedding
5. Buy a toddler bed with mattress & boxsprings
6. Buy bed rails
7. Pray for my sanity as we switch Drew from a crib to a toddler bed soon
8. Buy items needed for wall decor, a hamper, curtain rod, and hangers
9. Pick a paint color based on fabric
10. Paint the room
11. Move Andrew's office back to our bedroom for the 3rd time since we've lived here
12. Declutter and organize closets
13. Go through newborn clothes to find gender neutral outfits. Buy clothes where needed.
14. Possibly paint dresser
Um....who wants to come do all this?! I know it really doesn't seem like that much, but it feels OVERWHELMING to me at this moment. I think one good day of choosing fabrics/paints, purchasing items, and planning will leave me feeling a lot better about the situation. *Deep breath....*
Here are a few photos of what we're looking at for bedding, idea wise. If you've seen these online you know most of us would have to sell a kidney to afford them. How hard can making a bedskirt be?! We'll be using our breathable bumper, buying a coordinating sheet, and adding a minky dot blanket to the mixture...
I love the tailored look of this bedskirt (and how cute are those fabric covered buttons?!), but I'm not sure it will show well with our crib...
But I simply love the fabric. I might even see if my grandmother would make a simple blanket out of one of the materials to pass down to Hannah...
A good idea of the girliness I'm going for, bedding wise.
I think a full skirt such as this might show up better, but I'm not crazy about the orange.
I loooove the paisley and stripes together. This is a definite possibility. Please be kind to me, JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby.
How cute would a valance like this be with a color coordinating panels behind them like this:
(of course the top contrasting fabric wouldn't be there, but the same patterned fabric used on the valance would be used at the bottom of the panel.) Oh, and we must add the light blocking blinds and fabric backing to the curtains. Darkness is key for naptime!
Thoughts? Advice? Criticisms? Okay...keep the criticisms to yourself if you're not a fan of pink and frilly! ;)
It's time to get a move-on!