Big Blue Dresser

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The big blue dresser is an important piece of furniture in the boys’ room. This holds 99% of all of their clothes, plus a drawer leftover for miscellaneous supplies.

Baby Clothes Storage

I’ve posted about this dresser before, but to recap: this was a $50 Craigslist find I painted Sherwin Williams’ Georgian Bay. It was actually purchased for the guest room, but the paint color came out way bolder than I expected. It was a happy mistake, because this bold blue is nearly the exact same color as the blue in the nursery rug. So off to the nursery it went.

I set up the top of the dresser with a few of my favorite things, with the boys’ new Miffy lamp at the top of that list. The light on it is adjustable, so we can have a soft glow for nighttime feedings or something a little brighter for their bedtime routine.

Baby Clothes Storage

I’m still figuring out the best way to organize their clothes, but so far, grouping by size seems to be the best bet. I started out organizing each piece by type (separate drawers for onesies, pajamas, bottoms, etc.) but found myself fumbling to find the right size to bring to the NICU for outfit changes.

Baby Clothes Storage

Every item in this dresser has been washed with all free clear laundry detergent. Our nurses mentioned it for being safe for baby plus affordable, so yes… count us in. We’re using this exclusively for everything now… it’s less complicated and simple and those are two things I really treasure right now.

Baby Clothes Storage

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Baby Clothes Storage

We’re happy, the boys are happy and we’ve got a big blue dresser full of clean clothes ready to dress our boys around the clock.

Baby Clothes Storage

To say we are ready to have them home is an understatement! I think the big blue dresser agrees.

xo,

emily


Thank You

I’ve taken a long break from this blog and for good reason! We welcomed our boys Teller Glenn and Nixon Ray to the family on March 27. They are AWESOME!

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They were born at 33 weeks and 3 days. Teller was 4 lbs 11 oz and Nixon was 5 lbs 9 oz at birth. They are currently in the NICU and are doing fantastic… they are called “feeders and growers” in the NICU meaning no issues other than learning how to take bottles consistently and bulking up. They are champs and are accomplishing every task the doctors put in front of them… we hope to bring them home very soon.

The story of their arrival is a month-long tale that included hospital bed rest, lots of interventions, 8 cm dialation without pain… it got quite interesting. I’ll share the full story soon, but before I do, I wanted to take some time to express our extreme gratitude to the army of people who have surrounded us with love and support for the last month.

To my husband, who slept in a hospital chair “bed” next to me for two weeks straight. Who helped me shower, shave my legs and supported me through so many more vulnerable, scary moments. I did not think it was possible to love you any more than I already did, but I do. Seeing you hold our sons is the best view, and I get to see that every day now.

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To our parents, who nearly moved in to our house while we were in the hospital. They spent countless hours with us at the hospital so that I wouldn’t be alone. They got the nursery ready, they babysat our dogs and they ran our errands… all while being 90 miles away from their own lives and responsibilities.

To our siblings, friends and family, who knocked on my bed rest “dorm” door armed with amazing snacks, my favorite ice cream, crafts, design magazines and good conversation. Who filled our freezer with frozen meals, topped off our gas tanks (you know who you are!) and snuck in some much-needed libations for Aaron.

To everyone who attended my baby shower and sent gifts, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend what I didn’t know was my last day of a somewhat normal reality! Thanks so much for all the love and fun. And it’s killing me that I didn’t get to send thank you notes, but I hope you understand.

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To Holly, one of the nurses on the bed rest floor who became my advocate and got me a better IV (for a week I had an IV in my wrist joint… I couldn’t do anything with my right hand!), made sure I got non-hospital food, kept away the nurses that bothered me and gave me much-needed field trips to the outdoors.

To Jessica, my Labor & Delivery nurse who provided a calm in an otherwise insane storm of activity as I pushed out our boys in front of 15+ people. For capturing our first family photo in the best possible way.

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To Jill, my Recovery nurse who washed my pump parts throughout the night so Aaron & I could get a few more minutes of sleep.

To the random NICU nurse, who stopped to tell me that I was doing a great job. (And yes, I ugly cried after that one… it was a rough day).

To Good Samaritan Hospital, for giving us so much confidence that we were (and still are) in absolutely the best place to be when it comes to babies. We know how lucky we are to live only a few minutes away, when most travel long distances to receive your care.

To Go Haus Go readers, for being patient with me as I figure out this changed life of mine. I still plan to be here for the long haul (this blog turned 4 a few weeks ago!), I just need some time to figure it all out. I do have a decor-related post for you this week!

Much love,

Emily

Nursery’s New Wall Color + More Progress

The nursery is now so much more fresh and bright thanks to a new paint job. These walls are now coated in the loveliest shade of a warm, off-white called Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore.

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It is a huge improvement of where we were. The previous sage-y green color was not doing the room any favors. The furniture was not popping, the entire room was dark even in good lighting, wall art looked flat…

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Here is that same angle today, taken under the same lighting conditions.

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And for the sake of easier comparison.

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Much, much better.

As far as painting goes, my efforts to have this done by professionals instead of me didn’t exactly go as planned. The darn painters never showed up! I know they were working hard to fit me last minute in to their busy schedule, but Wednesday passed (their first day on the job) and by Thursday I quickly lost hope. By the time they had called me on Sunday to reschedule, I had already painted and re-assembled (with Aaron’s help of course) the entire space. Tackling this on my own was a proud pregnant moment if I do say so myself. I went sloowww… I normally paint rooms in a day and this time I stretched it over 3 days. Day 1 was rolling 2 coats, Day 2 was trimming out the corners/bottom trim and Day 3 was trimming out the top. Easy peasy and I felt great the entire time. Saving $200 wasn’t too shabby either.

This room is about 70% there and I will do a big reveal post when I’m all through, but I did want to share our changing table solution. When we made the decision to use the blue campaign dresser in here instead of a low dresser, that meant our changing table plans had to change. Changing two babies at our head level probably would not be a good idea. :)

We thought through a bunch of possible solutions for a changing station space (even an option Aaron referred to as the “poop bridge”) but ultimately we decided a vertical changing unit/thingy between the cribs was the best way to go. Except these are really, REALLY hard to find, unless you want to pay lots of money like this beautiful option.

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And then I remembered those dual crib/changing station thingy-s. For you Parenthood fans, this is the type of crib that Amber’s dad gives to her that takes her forever to assemble, but then Ray Romano comes in to help and we all cried together. Anyhoo…

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Perfect solution! Those attached changing stations are actually free-standing units. And these cribs are popular so they are all over Craigslist. I picked up my very own for $100, then discarded the crib side. It just stands between our two cribs. The finish doesn’t match perfectly, but good enough!

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I can’t wait to share with you the final space. Here’s my list of things still to do:

  • Hang art on the walls (and we’re getting crafty with this one!)
  • Add a changing pad
  • Switch out the knobs to something brighter on the changing station (right now the station morphs into a black hole in these photos)
  • “Make” the beds—remove the plastic on the mattresses, add mattress pads and a crib sheet
  • Add curtains with blackout liners on both windows
  • Add a nightlight/lamp (MIFFY is on his/her(?) way)
  • Add adhesive liners to the blue campaign drawers
  • Figure out some sort of shelving/storage solution for next to the glider

I have been sewing up a storm, too. Can you tell I’m having so much fun? :)

More coming soon!

xo,

emily