Christmas Time Is Here

Yo, shame me now, but being straight here – Jay and I have never decorated the house for Christmas. Knowing us, it’s probably because we were unpacking from one of our many moves, but this year we finally felt settled enough to spread some Christmas cheer.

I’m so, so glad we did. I love coming home and turning on the lights and I love sitting in our living room and just basking in the soft glow of the tree. It’s absolute perfection.

Blogger Christmas Tour

We decided to keep the tree simple this year, and just used a bunch of gold ornaments I paid a few bucks for a few days after last Christmas.

Gold Christmas Tree

It sparkles ever so nicely at night.

Last year I also got these stockings at World Market. I LOVE them, and I love that I thought to get extras for our kiddos. Certainly did not know last year that kiddo #1 would be well on his way to us!

Traditional Christmas Stocking

I love these stockings though because they’re simple and understated and they look so stinking nice up on our mantle. I’m in love.

Mantel Decorated for Christmas

Our living room is my favorite place now! I’m not sure if we’ll ever take it all down I love it so much! 😀 Can’t wait until next year when I can sit in here with a baby that’s out of my belly with a glass of wine in hand. 15 more weeks people, it’s coming!

Decorating House for Christmas

Twin Bed Set

Two is twice as nice, isn’t it? Remember when I introduced you guys to our sweet little nursery addition last week? Well I’ve been looking for a twin bed set for as long as I can remember, and I’m so glad I found one!

Antique Twin Beds

The best part about our new bed, is that it comes with a matching twin bed, so it’s a twin bed set! For the age of these beds (80 years+) it’s super difficult to find a matching set, so I’m pretty pumped about it.

My favorite little human rooms have always centered around two flanking twin beds. Something about it just looks that much more cozy and inviting and warm. Do you guys love that look, too?

I pulled together a few of my favorites this week with twin bed sets:

Gold Child's Room

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Lisa Ly By Ryan

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Double Twin Beds

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Two Twin Beds

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Rustic Child's Room

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Although the day that our little people room has two twins in it instead of a twin and a crib is still years away, I like to imagine what the space would look like! Hopefully we’re able to get something that looks close to these gorgeous spaces 🙂

No Other Babe Will Do

See, I thought I’d be this poised, confident, ready to take on the world pregnant woman. I thought that I wouldn’t worry, that I’d be certain in my ability to bring this boy into this world, in my body’s ability to carry him and my heart’s ability to provide space for him. But, quite frankly, I’m not. I’m scared. That I can’t do it, that my body will fail me, that I won’t be here for this baby from the first second he needs me. It scares me to the brink sometimes, just takes it all from me and shakes me to my core.

I thought I would be confident and brazen and ready, but I do worry. During my anatomy scan the Dr’s measured my cervix and found it was 3.2 cm – for the record – that’s totally normal. Anything between 3-5 cm, is totally normal. But I saw that low end of normal number and ever since then I’ve just been so damn worried that my body is going to fail this boy. That I’m somehow just not going to be able to get him to the entrance gate of this beautiful, wonderful life. A life I want so badly to share with him. A life I now, can’t picture without him.

Be Brave

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I count down the weeks now until viability, when he’ll be able to make it outside of me if my cervix fails and he joins the party early. I know it’s probably irrational, but damn, do I feel it. If I have a night with more Braxton Hicks than normal, I totally freak. This is it, I think. You’re going into labor and baby boy won’t make it. All because your body couldn’t hold out a few more weeks.

So I worry, and I cling to hope and I create irrational dialogues in my head. Because, so badly, I want to be enough for this little boy. I want to be the mother he needs, I want my body to provide for him. I want him to come into our home and be happy and healthy. My heart has so much space for him, more than I think I know what to do with. I just need him here with us. I just need a happy, healthy baby home and here with us.

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See the thing is, I know as this pregnancy progresses, that I more or less need to get used to the worry. The love you feel built up, the fierce love and deepest desire to protect this human – is so incredibly real. I know after he’s here that I’ll worry too. But God, is it a vulnerable love, and that vulnerability can just shake you sometimes. So as I inch toward the 3rd trimester (still 6-weeks away) – could I ask of all of you to send me some good vibes. I’m new to this mama thing and need all the extra strength I can get.

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The Stars to Guide You

Oh man, y’all, I’m on a baby kick this week. 😀 Even though this little man is still 20-weeks away from his grand entrance, I’ve finally gotten some energy back and it’s baby room planning time!

So a few months back, I showed y’all this rendition of the room. And although I liked a lot of things about this space, in the end, I landed up tweaking the board a bit and coming up with this little space, fit for a little tike.

Baby Sell Board

Noticing a subtle theme throughout the room? My mister has got a soft spot for the solar system up above, get that man going on constellations, and good luck getting him to stop. Well I came across some vintage constellation prints online that have become the theme of the room, more or less, and let’s just say I’m pretty smitten. 🙂

Right now, I’m trying to find a chandy on craigslist that has similar lines to the one below that I can spray paint. Cross your fingers I find one, cause this girl just ain’t going to spend $1,100 on a light for the little’s room 😀 I think I might have found a potential online option to hack too, for WAY less – stay tuned 😉

High Street Market Chandelier

We’re all stocked up on frames from our trip to IKEA, so I’m hoping to get the artwork up later this week. We’ll see if this burst of energy sticks around that long 😉

Baby Sell’s a ….

BOY! Mama intuition on this one – I’ve been pretty sure for a while it’s a boy 🙂

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We’ve always known that we would name our little guy Henry if we had a boy. We thought about lots of other names, but in the end, I knew in my heart that this was the name. It’s a strong name and he’ll carry with him the legacy of a very good, humble, and gentle man.

When I was still a kid, my Grandfather passed away. I was little, but I knew what love looked like – I knew what it felt like. It felt like being safe, and happy and content. Like a tight, warm hug and a promise that we’ll see each other again soon. It smelled like coffee and buttered toast in the morning. It sounded like familiar voices talking at a kitchen table, and children laughing as they grabbed onto a cousin’s hand and headed toward the zoo. Some of the happiest memories of my life centered around my Grandparent’s little bungalow in Wisconsin. So much love filled up those walls.

As I grew, my Grandma became one of the most important people in my life. We watched as this amazingly strong women faced hardship with laughter, and taught us all that even in the face of immeasurable loss – there is still so much living left to do. She’s funny and kind, faithful and open hearted. Jay and I wanted so much to recognize her and my Grandpa and the wonderful legacy they’ve created. So our baby boy will be named after my Grandpa; in honor of him, in honor of their family and in honor of their love.

Henry Everett Sell

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My hope for my little guy is that he always realizes how much living there is to do in this beautiful world. Embrace it little baby, take life by your hands and just embrace this bittersweet, beautiful world.

A song that always got me … for my little guy. Seemed fitting since we announced the name today. We love you so much nugget – we can’t wait to meet you soon!

Like the pine trees lining the winding road
I got a name, I got a name
Like the singing bird and the croaking toad
I got a name, I got a name
And I carry it with me like my daddy did
But I’m living the dream that he kept hid

Like the north wind whistling down the sky
I’ve got a song, I’ve got a song
Like the whippoorwill and the baby’s cry
I’ve got a song, I’ve got a song
And I carry it with me and I sing it loud
If it gets me nowhere, I go there proud

Moving me down the highway
Rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead so life won’t pass me by

And I’m gonna go there free

Like the fool I am and I’ll always be
I’ve got a dream, I’ve got a dream
They can change their minds but they can’t change me
I’ve got a dream, I’ve got a dream
Well, I know I can share it if you want me to
If you’re going my way, I’ll go with you

Moving me down the highway
Rolling me down the highway
Moving ahead so life won’t pass me by

And a Little Monkey Makes Three

I’m like the worst future mother. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I’ve had zero desire to work on this nursery. Zilch, nada, nothing. Maybe it’s because we don’t know the gender yet, or because I’m still like – wait – there’s a monkey human in there – but y’all – WHOA. This momma needs to get some pep in da step.

So this week, when I felt a small little burst of babyness, I put together a mood board for the space, to help guide me a bit on this nursery process.

Baby Sell Board

A little bit of this, a little bit of that – voila – a room fit for a babe.

See, I really, really don’t want a themed nursery. I want something gender neutral and easy to pop future humans into. Since this room already has a twin bed in it, I think that we’ll just convert it into a room for two once we have another pip squeak down the line. Easy peasy.

Now I’m on the hunt to find a jenny lind crib on craigslist 😀

I’m also trying to narrow down my rug choices, which are:

Safavieh Hand-woven Natural Kilim Natural

This one is my favorite (I included it in my mood board, above), but the most expensive – of course. I love, love, LOVE it though and might just splurge. Or cross my fingers and hope for a mad sale.

Safavieh Hand-woven Natural Gray Natural

I also love this one, but it doesn’t look quite as soft since it’s a lower pile option. It has a little less detail throughout as well.

Safavieh Hand-woven Natural Gray Wool

This one is cute (the cheapest) but I wonder if the pattern is a bit trendy? If I’m looking to keep this for future babes, I don’t want to have to worry about buying a new rug down the line …

So what say you? Cast your vote!

Dirty Diaper Duty

Before I got pregnant, I always thought that I’d cloth diaper my babes. We try to be a little greenie household, from our one car policy to our urban living footprint, we’ve always had mother earth as part of our equation when we make our big decisions in life.

But y’all, maybe it’s the fact that I am still firmly planted in my first trimester and I have all sorts of aversions, but cloth diapering is sounding less and less appealing.

Since I know lots of my readers have done the whole mamma thing before, I’m curious if you guys have insight into the whole shabang. Even if you haven’t had kids – I’m curious, do you lean toward one option or the other? If you’re all like – ummm – that’s why I’m NOT having kids, I totally get that, too! 😉 lol

Cloth vs. Disposable Diapers

Here’s the list I’ve formulated so far:

Cloth Diapers

PROS:

  1. Eco-Friendly
  2. Cheaper (after the initial investment)
  3. Cuter (IMO)
  4. Possibility of being able to use for future monkeys
  5. Softer for the babies bum
  6. Not disposable

CONS:

  1. Poop in yo face (the whole cleaning component)
  2. Less convenient
  3. Lots of laundry

Disposable Diapers

PROS:

  1. Easier
  2. Daycare … it might be tricky to find one that would mess w/ cloth
  3. Less poop in yo face

CONS:

  1. More expensive
  2. Premium for eco-friendly options (and really, when you’re tossing it into a landfill, what does that mean anyway)
  3. Tons of trash – quite wasteful

So – any thoughts? Speak to me, bestow your knowledge!