A bit overdue, but I finally got around to taking some decent photographs of Chico's room and have been dying to share all the hard work we put into his living space (even though he doesn't even sleep in his crib yet!).
So when it came to our baby’s room, Adam and I knew a few things for sure – we didn't want a typical “themed” nursery and we wanted it to reflect our unique and eclectic style; which includes all things mid-century and our love of toys.
The first two things we purchased were the mid-century pieces: his crib and his dresser (which doubles as a changing table). The crib was the most expensive item of the entire room, which we are very proud of.
My husband is a painter (fine art and by trade) so he had free-range to do what he wanted with my color choices which were grey and yellow.
All of the toys on this shelf are things from my childhood that my mom saved for me. Does anyone recognize those cars with the McDonald's characters? They were from Happy Meals from 1984 or 85. See! Hoarding does pay off sometimes!
I have a bit of a problem when it comes to collecting Aden & Anais Swaddlers for Chico. Since I was investing so much in them I thought instead of folding them in a drawer I would display them! We purchased a curtain rod from Target and I just tied them onto it. This isn't even all of them. Don't judge me...
Above Chico’s crib I made a mobile made of paper cranes, washi tape and a branch off of last year’s Christmas Tree. It was a fun project for me to do towards the end of my pregnancy when getting around wasn't so easy anymore.
Lastly we purchased the awesome handmade animal “busts” from artist Amy Ortiz. This is probably my favorite part of Chico’s room because it encompasses his Papa and I – artistic, humorous, a little weird and never taking ourselves too seriously.
I wanted to share my son’s room to show that a child’s room can be full of style and personality without breaking the bank. Parents shouldn't feel boxed in to buying only items/furniture from children’s stores and should really think ahead – would my child still like the style of this room in 5 years? I think Chico will love his room for many years to come!
Crib: Giggle - $980
Dresser: Sunbeam Vintage - $300
Bookcase: Martha Stewart for Home Depot - $50
Floating Shelves: Lowes - $14.99
Rug: Martha Stewart for Home Depot - $150
Mobile: Made by Mama - $30 in supplies (washi and origami paper)
Animal Busts: Amy Ortiz
"Gentleman" Print - Etsy - $30
Hello Kitty Deck - Girl/Carroll Limited Edition $50
Skor-it Pinball Game - Etsy - $50
Circus Puzzle - Etsy - $19
3 months? Feels more like 3 years! No, no - not in a bad way Baby Bear - we just have done so much and you have grown so much, that it's hard to believe you can learn and change so much in just one months time!
During the past month you have learned all sorts of new tricks! You can grab onto toys and bring them to your mouth like a champ! Your new favorite thing is to play on your "jungle gym" as I call it - you lay on your back and look up at flashing lights, music and spinning objects that dangle from the gym. You crack up so hard while your playing in your gym. Sometimes it looks like you are playing a drum kit! You kick hanging monkeys with your feet, punch a hanging rattle with your right hand and with your left hand try to grap the spinning toys. DOUBLE BASS DOUBLE BASS! This further proves my prediction that you are going to be very musical someday!
The other fun thing that you do now is babble and chat with me. I will ask you something and you respond by chatting and laughing. We do this every morning for a good bit of time - that's usually when you are the happiest. Yes Little Bear, sometimes you can be quite a grouch! It's funny, one moment you are laughing and the next minute you look so grouchy! Your Grandma Sue thinks that maybe you are going to be really serious and think your Papa and I are pretty ridiculous (which we are). I think that you might just have a really great poker face.
Speaking of poker - we went on our first family trip a few weeks ago! The 3 of us went to Las Vegas for your uncle Patrick and aunt Sophie's wedding. It was the first time you got to meet a lot of family - you met your Grandpa Adam, Great Grandma Mary, Aunt Loretta, and your cousins Sierra and Jonah! Sierra wanted to hold you right away and you looked huge in her arms!
I will tell you a funny story about Vegas. We bought you an adorable little sailor outfit (including a sailor hat!) to wear to the wedding. When we arrived at Cesar's Palace you started screaming and I couldn't figure out why you were so upset. I picked you up out of your car seat and you had pooped all the way up your back, all over your car seat and of course your all white sailor suit. You kept looking at your Papa and I with this look that said, "Guys, I'm so sorry - I feel miserable!" It was quite an ordeal!
Love you so much Baby Bear - here's to another month of love, laughs, antics and growing!
You and Papa hamming it up during your photo shoot.
Yellow & Grey Bow Tie Onsie with Vest - Noah's Boutique on Etsy - Cool thing about this? The onsie has snaps on it and you can order different ties, suspenders, vests, etc to snap right on to create different looks. We actually ordered this for the wedding but it didn't come in time. It's okay though, you would have just pooped on it anyways. ;)
Things I said I would never do #2:Cutesy Clothing.
"Just because they are babies doesn't mean they have to be dressed like it's Halloween," I would say...
Fast forward to Chico's first Easter this year and you better believe I was counting down the days because I was ready with a full on bunny suit.
Were we going to an Easter Egg Hunt? No.
Were we visiting with family? No.
Did I just want him to be in his bunny suit all day because it was Easter? Hell yes.
I really wanted to see him with ears and a cotton taill. Is that so wrong?
Another strong opinion I once stood by "Pre-Chico," was that I was not going to put my child in clothing with cutesy phrases on it.
I present to you Exhibit B:
I'm mostly talking about all the Carter's onsies, rompers, sleepers, etc. that have: "Mommy's Little Guy," "Cute Like My Daddy," "Captain Cutie," etc. going across everything. You might be thinking - she sure knows those Carter's catch phrases really well!
Well I do.
Because I dress Chico in that shit on the daily! Not only did we receive baby clothes like this at our baby shower, but we totally bought it as well!! Why have I gone back on what I originally said? Because seriously, who cares. My baby is cute as shit and somehow he looks even cuter when it's spelled out across his chest. It makes us smile, it makes other people smile and again - who cares? He's only going to be an infant for a short amount of time. He's supposed to look effortlessly cutesy. He is cutesy with or without it being spelled out. I'm not going to go out of my way to shun clothing that I think is really cute because it says, "I Love My Mama" on it. He does love his Mama dammit!
You really don't know until you know - you know?
Since we are mostly housebound with babe, we try to get out of the house for little jaunts on a daily basis. Today we went to the bank and Target (big outing!). I had told Adam earlier today that I wanted to dress Chico in a bunny costume for his first Easter and he was totally into it. In my mind I imagined a pink, fluffy bunny costume.
As we were perusing the baby section of Target we stumbled upon this awesome get-up by Carter's. They have the best stuff - it's affordable, soft, and the sizing is really accurate for our baby. Before Chico was born I always said I wanted to avoid clothing that had phrases like, "Mommy's Little Man," and "Daddy's Little Sporty Sport." Carter's does have a lot of that sort of thing (and duh, we've broken down and gotten stuff with cutesy shit on it) but they also have a line called "Baby's Firsts" and it's very simple and classic.
So while all the other kids in the family will have on fancy Easter get-ups from Janie & Jack - Chico will be rocking this bunny costume. Because that's how we roll. And I love it.