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The Nursery

Hi folks. If you didn’t know by now, I’ve had a beautiful baby girl named Alissa! I just love her to the moon and back! I feel so blessed to have her in my life and be her mom. She came a little early and celebrated Mother’s Day with me in my arms instead of my belly. How considerate right? And although the first couple of nights were a little hard (feedings every 2hrs=the worst), caring for this tiny person has been the best job ever! Now I’m not going to promise a post about her birth story because clearly I am not consistent with this blogging business but I am here to finally share her nursery!

While she currently sleeps at night in her pack-n-play in my bedroom, she and I actually spend a fair amount of time in the nursery which is my most favorite room ever! Ale and I started working on the room when I was 25 weeks pregnant (hello nesting!) and finished around 35 weeks. I had so much fun putting it together. And without further ado, here are some pics!

DSC_0647When decorating, I didn’t want anything “matchy-matchy” as it’s not my style. I like things to “go” but not match up perfectly. I knew from the get-go, I did NOT want pink walls so I chose Behr’s Adriatic Mist instead. It’s a kinda an aqua blue and the picture below shows it more true to life. It looks so pretty in person. Almost like an oceany tiffany blue.

And obviously, we went with white furniture. Ale picked out a crib from walmart while I found an Ikea Hemnes dresser on Craigslist that I updated with teal knobs from Hobby Lobby. The little name stool by the window was a sweet gift from our neighbors.

DSC_0648The rocker is another CL score. It was only $30! The seller told me his wife rocked their two babies in it and I said I intended to do the same :) The purple knitted pouf is from Tillys and Maria actually found that one for me one afternoon when I was whining to her on gchat that I couldn’t find a reasonably priced ottoman for the nursery. She scoured the internet for me and voila, we got ourselves a pouf!

The wall art above the crib and the two white framed hearts by the closet were diys made by me. The posters in the green frames behind the rocker are from the ChildrenInspire shop on Etsy. The alphabet one is in Spanish and the numbers one is in Italian. They may have been the first thing I ever purchased for Alissa. I’m hoping to display them in her room as she grows up as they aren’t too babyish. And really, come to think of it, most things in her nursery aren’t babyish and can be reused in a “big girl” room.


You can thank a trip to Homegoods for the round mirror. The bookshelf was gifted and painted by one of my baby shower hostesses. The dresses above the bookshelf are some of the Lilly Pulitzer dresses Alissa was also gifted by my baby shower hostesses. The shower theme was Lilly and the girls hung the dresses on a clothesline as party decorations which gave me the idea to hang them up in the nursery! They’re too pretty to be tucked away in a closet!

And that’s it! I hope you like the room as much as I do. I absolutely love to sit in it while nursing. Everything about it makes me smile! That, and the cute baby in my arms :)

Happy weekend!


36 Weeks

How far along? 36 weeks
Size of baby: 6 lbs-ish? Don’t have exact measurements, just going by what the internet tells me!
Mater­nity clothes? Maternity pants never leave my (back)side! As far as tops, I stopped by Target a few weeks ago and picked up some more regular Merona t-shirts in XL while they had a $5 sale that I pair with Target Mossimo long and lean tanks. I don’t know what it is, but I don’t actually like making the plunge and buying full-on maternity tops. Maybe because they’re more expensive? I’ve basically survived this entire pregnancy wearing fitted tees (long and short-sleeved) with tanks. Whenever I do try on blousy, flowy maternity tops and dresses, it looks bad. Real bad. Even Ale’s been like…”errr, stick to the tees, you look cuter in those.” Bless his heart.
Sleep: It’s okay. It was really rough a few weeks ago, but now it’s not the worst. I prefer to sit rather than stand, that’s for sure. But getting out of couches and beds is hard as heck.
Movement: Oh man, is she ever moving! She loves to hang out on my right side. She finally gave me stretch marks there. She makes big movements to adjust herself. So weird to watch it happen. Oh and she definitely gets hiccuping fits at least twice a day. It feels like a heartbeat rhythmically tapping along for a few minutes.
What I miss: Being able to know my size and shop online at my favorite stores (Jcrew Factory, Loft). I’m in a holding pattern now till the little one comes up and lets me know what I’ve got to work with this summer.
Cravings/Food aversions: I decided I needed pizza last night for dinner. I do find myself giving in to food cravings as they pop up. I like carbs. I needs carbs all the time. I am currently devouring a bag of frosted animal crackers.
Other Symptoms: I’ve got a rash on my feet. Apparently those with allergies are prone to bouts of eczema.
What made me cry this week: Nothing.
Favorite moment this week: Watching Ale go nuts over our friend’s 5 month baby girl. He held her the entire time we visited them. He’s ready. He wants his baby NOW!


  • 34 weeks pregnant…which means my kid is more or less 6 weeks away from making her debut. What?
  • Drinking Archer Farms French Roast coffee. I like medium/dark blends and this one is a winner in my book. Just the right amount of depth without being bitter.
  • Reveling in how incredibly generous and thoughtful my friends are. This past weekend, my friends Lucy and Amanda threw little miss and me a surprise Lilly Pulitzer themed baby shower! Assisted by my husband, they were able to invite all sorts of folks, some I hadn’t seen since the wedding almost two years ago! It was so nice to share this special time with so many people. Feeling so incredibly blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life!
  • Oohing and Ahhing over Jess‘s work! She was in on the surprise shower and came up to take maternity photos for Ale and I in littlemiss’s nursery. We had originally planned to take outdoor pics but the weather ended up being dreary and drizzly but Jess made it work!! And afterwards, she suggested we drive to Lucy’s house for lunch as a way to get me to the shower! Sneaky!!

    credit: Jessica Faith Photography

  • Wondering when I’ll blog the nursery for you. It’s finally complete! I’m in love. And I hope you’ll love it too! I definitely sit in it sometimes and quietly soak up the happiness I feel at little miss’s impending arrival. Soon!…But hopefully not too soon! I tell her, TAKE YOUR TIME! DON’T RUSH! Meanwhile, her father is like, HURRY UP!! Dear baby, don’t listen to him.

And with that, lemme stop before I make you all sick with my sappiness! Thanks for stopping by!