If you recall, a little over two years ago I shared our little boy’s completed nursery on the blog, only we didn’t know he was a little boy and we didn’t know if we would be able to keep him alive long enough to really enjoy the fruits of our labor. I am happy to report that he is alive and thriving (thanks, Mom!) and his room has been a space that functions really well for us that he loves spending time in.
I recall fondly the way people looked at me like I was nuts when I mentioned our plans to have the baby sleeping in his/her own room almost from the get go; I was on the receiving end of a lot of SIDS lectures and reasons why this was a terrible idea.
“Oh, you just wait. You’ll change your mind once the baby is actually here.”
I mostly just nodded along while mentally noting that I would stop discussing our plans for sleeping arrangements (or anything baby-related, for that matter) with the general populous because opinions are like a-holes and everybody’s got one. Especially when it comes to babies.
Anyway, all this to say that Billy slept in a borrowed bassinet next to our bed for about a week or two after we brought him home, and then moved into his crib down the hall from us where he has happily stayed ever since. He started sleeping through the night (and by this I mean 6-8 hour stretches) at around 12 weeks old, and by 16 weeks he was consistently sleeping for 12-13 hours a night in his own room, and still does. For any new moms who may be reading this, there is no “right” or “wrong” way; figure out what works best for you and your baby/family and do it.
Matt and I plan on having the new babies follow in Billy’s footsteps, which means we wanted to make sure everything was done and ready to go in their room before they made their appearance.
There were a few key differences in the process this time around, the most glaringly obvious of which was designing a room that would house two newborns, not just one. When we first found out I was pregnant again, the plan was to move Billy into the larger room that was being used as a guest room/Matt’s office and update it into a “big boy” room for him. We’d then have the new baby use Billy’s nursery. That kinda went to the toilet when we found out we were having twins — we definitely needed the larger room for them and so our plans shifted.
Another big difference I found from doing the twins’ room and Billy’s room was my own personal motivation. I had so many plans and couldn’t wait to start…but I also just couldn’t start. This pregnancy was a lot tougher than my first, and I also had much less free time than I did during those blissful, child free days. I think start to finish, Billy’s nursery was done in a little over a month: it took me a solid 3 months of picking away at the twins’ room and relying heavily on Matt to do most of the work before it started coming together.
Lastly, because I was so tired and uncomfortable, this room has a lot less “personal” touches in terms of DIY projects. (Thank you, IKEA.) I am ok with this. I am still happy with how everything turned out and although it meant our budget was a little (a LOT) more than Billy’s room (which was mostly thrifted or DIY’d), we spread things out and it was completely manageable.
Ok. Enough talk…what am I a food blogger? Here is the finished space:
Because we needed two cribs, it was tricky to find a lay-out that we liked, but I am pretty happy with what we settled on. I had been swooning after this rocker for a few months, but Matt insisted it was too expensive. I tried to argue my case (we’d only spent $30 on Billy’s, I wanted something that reclined, I would be spending a lot of time in the chair, etc.) but he was still pretty resistant. I was extremely annoyed with him and had decided I was going to buy it anyways, but he surprised me with it for Christmas. What a guy.
It is so comfortable and is high enough in the back to rest your head, which was a must for me. It’s also very wide, and I can already envision snuggling in with my three little guys for storytime.
The sheep ottoman was also a Wayfair find. It’s kind of “whimsical” and not something I would normally gravitate towards, but I think it’s a cute touch for a baby’s room. It is also very sturdy and a decent size. Billy loves playing on it already and I think it will be great for his brothers to practice pulling up on (when the time comes).
For cribs we went super simple with the IKEA SNIGLAR crib. At $99 each, the price was right (especially because we needed two) and they are also very suited to my personal style. I was initially worried about the quality and sturdiness, but the reviews were great and after Matt put them together, they really are very solid. Color me impressed! We hung the white LACK shelf (also from IKEA) on the wall above the crib, but before you call CPS, it is holding less than half the recommended weight in bric-a-brac and Matt went overkill with the anchors attaching it to the wall. It’s not going anywhere.
IKEA strikes again! We went with the KOPPANG dresser to use as our change table. This thing is a beast and has a ton of storage. It was fairly easy for Matt to assemble and it fits the space we have on this wall perfectly with enough room on either side for a laundry hamper and diaper genie.
One of my favorite things in the room is this watercolor rainbow elephant print from Society 6. It was one of the first things I picked out for the room, and I made all my other choices around it (which is why everything else is so neutral)! I am not crazy about color (all the walls in my house are white) but I do love me a good rainbow in a nursery. It might have something to do with the fact that my bedroom had rainbow wallpaper when I was little. Nostalgia, amirite? I kept the cost down framing this guy by thrifting one for $30 from Value Village that I repainted a nice fresh white.
All of the other smaller decorative items are either from HomeGoods or Value Village. I love plants in a nursery (and any room, really) so I added a few to warm up the room, and last but not least, laid this super pretty/affordable rug from Wayfair.
I hope these two little bubs love how it turned out as much as I do! Billy has certainly made himself at home already.
I am so happy with the final result. Its bright, spacious, and calm which is exactly the vibe I was going for. We can’t wait to bring our new little guys home and for everyone to get settled in to our new “normal”.