Losing my daughter at 17 weeks pregnant was the worst thing I’ve ever lived through. I look back now with surprise that I lived through it at all. I couldn’t talk about it, couldn’t deal with it, couldn’t understand why such a horrible thing had happened to us. It wasn’t until January of this year that my feelings finally spilled out on paper (you can read about it here) and I began to truly heal from the experience.
After four miscarriages, I found myself pregnant with Mister in the fall of 2014. Waiting isn’t a skill listed on my resume so we opted to have the DNA blood test at 11 weeks. The nurse called with the news we had been waiting for. It was healthy, thriving baby boy.
Despite our joy, there’s always that person who asks the insane question:
“Are you disappointed you’re not having a girl?”
Read above and hear me clearly: No. Not for one moment. The nurse who delivered the gender news is probably still deaf from my high-pitched squeals of happiness.
I don’t think people ask this question with ill will in mind. In fact, I think it’s less to do with gender preference and more to do with decor options. Think about it: Magazines are filled with baby girl nurseries, but the wee men don’t get much coverage in the design department. Maybe we assume boys don’t care as much. Maybe the lack of options leave Moms-of-boys feeling uninspired. Whatever the reason, I have a healthy and hilarious little Mister who makes every day better. After a long journey to parenthood, Dave and I were determined to give him a beautiful and fun-filled nursery.
- Mister’s bedroom has lovely vaulted ceilings that were under-appreciated and covered in beige paint, the same paint originally coating the kitchen, dining room, living room…everywhere. We decided to separate the wall and ceiling colors with crown moulding to give the nursery a blue “sky” and some additional height. Bracing Blue by Sherwin-Williams was the perfect shade.
- I’m wary of yellow tones under most circumstances, but these horseradish blackout drapes from West Elm are a perfect addition to a friendly space.
- We went back and forth on vibrant vs. muted when it came to the wall color. We finally settled on Crushed Ice by Sherwin-Williams; a subtle background for all the colorful decor.
- Every home needs a moose if you ask me, and this stuffed buddy was too adorable to pass up.
- This graphic print was my first baby buy from French Blossom, a children’s boutique in Rennes, France. I love the bears’ little personalities and Mister waves every time he sees it. “Bonjour, bears!” is a common phrase around here.
- Etsy is a great place to find fun and creative art, and albiedesigns’ cityscapes are no exception. Seattle and Chicago hang above Mister’s crib.
- No, Mister’s name is not Ezekiel, but we did enlist OhDierLiving’s amazing skills to whip up a personalized sign in red for Mister’s room. I couldn’t believe how intricate and well-made it was.
- Remember the aqua clock in the dining room? I’m obsessed with its vintage feel and the coral version tied in perfectly with Mister’s name sign. It was also handy during those newborn feeding days as I watched my life slowly tick by. #neverforget
- I’m the girl who built a loft for books so it’s no surprise that Mister’s room is filled with reading material. I fell in love with these hanging shelves from The Picket Fence Projects. Dave followed the tutorial using some old pallet wood to create my favorite part of the nursery. So fun!
- Convertible cribs are a genius buy for frugal parents who also like quality. This gray Marlowe crib transforms into a toddler bed and a full-size headboard, taking Mister all the way through high school.
- The Marlowe dresser is so pretty and spacious. Bonus: the drawers are lined with cedar which excites me for some weird reason. I’ll take it!
- We needed a small nightstand for Mister’s lamp, bottle, etc. and IKEA’s Hemnes series came through once again.
- I won’t go into Dave’s relationship with Pottery Barn, but let’s just say it’s rocky. I’ll admit, it’s an expensive brand, but we are both so glad to have this lovely wingback rocker and ottoman. It’s crazy comfortable and it converts to a regular armchair once our late-night feedings are done (will that ever happen?)
- Sheep sheets? Yes, please! I love these Land of Nod percale beauties. They get softer with every wash.
- We chose a dark navy crib skirt (color out of stock) from RH Baby and Child, which perfectly complimented Mister’s blue sky.
- Walter the Whale brought the aquatic trend into Mister’s room, which means there are whales and fish everywhere.
The Finished Product