Welcome to my first blog post after nearly 5 years of saying… Yes I’m going start a blog because um… yeah… I love fashion, home decor, baking, babies and life. Well, it took me a while folks but here goes!
My baby needed a nursery. Cheers to sharing my first real post with y’all.
Happy Nursery Reveal. My heart is deep into the details and seeping so much love now that our babes has arrived.
Well this was fun…and I mean that!
My weekends quickly changed from a few or many glasses of white wine, overpriced Cleveland Cavs games to Pellegrino, and stalking Land of Nod and Pottery Barn Kids. Side note: my husband said multiple times “PUMP THE BRAKES!” but I was too excited!
After 3 long years of waiting and renovating the house of our dreams, we were finally able to fill this empty bedroom with peonies, pink hues and more plush animals than we can count. Vivian Cruz Crowder arrived on 3/3/18 at 12:12am – and although her nursery was complete, she has spent her first 6 weeks sleeping at our bedside in her lovely halo bassinet gifted from her wonderful godparents Justin & Heather Crowder. She just loves it and so do we!
Back to Vivian’s nursery reveal… I envisioned this space for years. Throughout my infertility journey I’d hoped, prayed and visualized a baby girl crying, dreaming, sleeping and growing up in this room. Maybe it was an attempt to stay positive, maybe it was hope that there would finally be a Crowder GIRL, or maybe just maybe my prayers would soon be answered. It’s a baby and it’s a girl! Once it was official, I couldn’t help but start shopping right away!
First of multiple shopping trips took us through the annoying 480E traffic to Berg’s Baby & Teen Furniture. This store had EVERYTHING! Cribs, Dressers, Strollers, Carriers, and Mattresses. They truly had it all! It was a great first stop to spend time creating a registry and asking many questions about the pros/cons of baby gear! Clearly, I was new to this! And WOW, I learned so much each trip, the sales associates are wonderful and extremely patient (insert indecisive pregnant mama here) which was necessary. The one downfall of creating a registry was although locally and family owned (awesome!) you couldn’t purchase over the phone and they don’t have a website. Super Bummer! However I’d like to send a shout out and thank you to my Mom & Mother-in-Law for the multiple trips to Bergs. They helped me MAKE A DECISION and we finally ordered/purchased the Romina -New York Collection Crib + Dresser. Phew, one thing down, many more to go! ALSO a HUGE thank you to my sweet mama for buying these furniture pieces for our Vivian. The photo below is a quick glance of the crib in her nursery. Sidenote: Thank you to my amazing sister for capturing these beautiful photos.
Next order of business – a gallery wall. Well, I personally think it came together quite nicely. Thanks to my husband who is the king of a humble brag! What do you think? How’d he do? I knew I wanted to incorporate items that reminded us of our family members, especially Viv’s great grandparents who she will not have a chance to meet. She was named after my grandmother Virginia Vivian Silverwood. Hence the name board with our sweet girl’s full name. We incorporated this awesome print of a Koala Bear from (Society6) due to Adam and I both having Koalas as our favorite stuffed animals as babies, the unicorn (Target) was a necessity (DUH!) and the Mickey & Minnie Mouse drawing was from Adam’s late Grandfather Robert McConnell. We loved it – and thank you to my mother-in-law Bonnie Lou for gifting it to us! Clearly framing it in pink at (Hobby Lobby) was a must, and it fits the nursery like a white glove. The “hello little lady” print is also a hobby lobby find and well I envisioned her to be small considering I’m 5’2″ however she is proving me wrong. This corner of Viv’s nursery is used quite often, for feedings, reading the amazing collection of books from our family & friends, and meetings with my weather.com app (Will we ever say Spring has Sprung?) Lastly a few of our favs >> this unicorn bank gifted from Viv’s Awesome Nana BonBon and these adorable toy bins from Viv’s sweet Uncle Jordy & Aunt Nikki. Below are additional photos of the room with details attached. Throughout my shopping journey I had to remind myself that although pink and girly I wanted the nursery to be fun, cozy and inviting. I think we nailed it!
Lastly… a HUGE shout out to my Father-in-law Chuckles Crowder and my husband who installed Vivian’s closet, chandelier and smiled when I had ridiculous requests daily.
I have more exciting details to share on Viv’s Nursery. In a later post I will share photos and suggestions on how to keep your baby clothes + gear organized. It’s already quite difficult but I’m taking notes on what not to do currently. Wink! Thank you for viewing and reading my first blog post! This is my effort to have some mama time and connect with other wonderful women/bloggers/inspirational peeps around the globe.
stay rad, cassidy