Baby Boy's Nursery

Monday, November 13, 2017

I am so excited to share David's nursery with you all today! Micah and I have poured our hearts into this nursery and we can't wait to see our son grow up in this room.

Our crib was the first thing purchased for the nursery. My mom and I found it at the Pottery Barn Outlet and I knew it would work perfectly boy or girl. The name circle was ordered as soon as we knew our baby was a boy. I love walking up our stairs and seeing his name on the wall, it makes my mama heart very happy!

Directly across from the crib is the dresser/changing table, also a Pottery Barn Outlet find. This gallery wall was the most difficult part of the room, I blame pregnancy brain. I love how it came together. I bought the frames from Michael's and stained them using the same stain on his name sign, Special Walnut by Minwax.

In the frames, we have pictures of my brother David, a print I found before we announced we were pregnant at a craft show, Micah's brother David, and a blank frame waiting for a newborn picture. The print reads "the stars danced on the day you were born." The 'D' is another DIY that I painted. The clock is from Home Goods and the picture hanger was on clearance at Kohl's.

One of my favorite parts of the nursery is the rocking chair. The chair is a pass down from Micah's mom that we had refinished with Special Walnut. We also put a little bed in the room for David's puppy brother and sister. The room is fairly small so we tried to maximize storage, for example, we are using the ottoman to store sleep sacks and wearable blankets.

This bookshelf wall is Micah's favorite part of David's nursery. The shelves are Ikea ledges and they work perfectly for books. We were blessed at our baby shower with books from family and friends. The bins below the shelves are from Home Goods ands we are using to store toys. I am sure they will fill up the older he gets! 

The closet in David's nursery was small so keeping it organized was very important to me. We took down the door and replaced it with a curtain so the closet was easier to access. We used bins with chalkboard labels to store clothing he will grow into. The drawer system is from the container store and is being used to store blankets, extra sheets, burp cloths, and other odds and ends. I love that this drawer system can grow with him to store just about anything. We only hung clothing that was too thick to fold, jackets, or "fancier" outfits. 

Crib Sheet: Aden by aden + anais Crib Sheet, Dove Crib Skirt: Little Love Crib Skirt Changing Pad Cover: Aden by Aden + Anais Changing Pad Cover, Dove Diaper Pail: Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail, Gray Sound Machine: Marpac Dohm Sound Machine Bookshelves: IKEA Picture Ledges Letter Board: Felt Like Sharing Name Circle: Lovable Lumber Crib: Pottery Barn Kids Curtains (also used for throw pillows): Target Mobile: BuyBuyBaby Ottoman: Target Drawer System: The Container Store Print: SweetLouDesigns

If you are interested in anything I didn't link, let me know!

Only 3 more weeks till David's arrival,
XOXO Emily

7 Weeks Left!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

  • How Far Along - 33 weeks and 1 day! Only 48 more days of not sharing my little boy.
  • Symptoms – I have been short of breath due to little feet pushing on my ribs and lungs. I have been tired pretty much all the time, but when I lay down to nap I can't seem to fall asleep so I have been pushing through the days. Otherwise I am feeling great!
  • Physical Changes – Some days I feel like my bump is huge and other days I don't. I have finally put on a few pounds which I can see in my face. My feet and hands also get slightly swollen by the end of the day.
  • Weight Gain - I am up three whole pounds!
  • Mood – My mood has been wonderful. I am just so excited and ready to meet this precious little boy!
  • Sleep – Besides getting up to use the bathroom a few times every night, I have been sleeping well.
  • Food Cravings – I still want cheeseburgers and chocolate with caramel. I have also been on a huge Joe Joes kick (Trader Joes' Oreos). 
  • Food Aversions – I am still not a fan of onions or fish.
  • Missing – Being able to pick things up off the floor. I'm sure Micah misses this too. If I drop my keys or the mail on the floor, I tend to just leave it there till I find the energy to bend over and pick it up!
  • Looking Forward To - Prepping for the holidays and having baby boy here!
  • The Past 5 Weeks' Happenings – We finally have everything we need to bring David home and his nursery is one step away from being finished. I am just waiting on one thing and then I will share the precious space we put together for him! Micah and I have been spending our weekends doing things with family and friends that will be more difficult with a newborn - like the movies, enjoying nice dinners, and concerts. 

-Momma Harrison

5 Tips for Cruising with a Bump!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

At 23 weeks pregnant, my entire family, husband, and I went on a Carnival Cruise. Our cruise left Jacksonville, Florida and made two stops: Half Moon Cay and Nassau, Bahamas (we didn't actually stop in Half Moon Cay because of choppy waters). Carnival Cruises will only allow women who are pregnant to cruise before 24 weeks, luckily I flipped to 24 weeks the day we returned to Jacksonville. The cruise ship we were on was the Carnival Elation and this was our first cruise! Here are my tips:

1. Listen to your body. I think I took at least a 2 hour nap every day we were on the cruise. We did a lot of walking (almost 4 miles a day) and spent quite a bit of time in the sun so resting was much needed. I also found myself not sleeping very well due to the movement of the boat so it was imperative that I got a nap.

2. Stay Hydrated! I highly recommend taking your own reusable water bottle with you on the cruise. I did not, even though it was on my list, and ended up buying one from Carnival. The water bottle was totally worth the money because it beat going back to the buffet for a glass of water every 20 minutes.

3. Be Prepared for Smoke. Maybe this is common knowledge, but cruises allow smoking in their casinos and certain bars- such a bummer! The way our cruise was laid out, you had to walk through the casino and smoking bar in order to get to the comedy club as well as the dance club. I unfortunately had to miss out on most of the karaoke bar and dance club time because of the heavy smoking. If we cruise again, I will definitely do my research on the smoking areas. I'd prefer a non-smoking cruise but I'm not sure if that is even an option.

4. Order 2 Desserts! One of our favorite things about the cruise was the dinners every night. We loved sitting down as a family and enjoying a delicious meal. One of the best things about Carnival cruises is that you can order as many options from the menu as you would like. I took advantage of this and probably ate 2 desserts every night. Treat Yourself!

5. Take Advantage of Alone Time. I made the decision to not get off the cruise ship in the Bahamas. My midwife told me that the chances of catching Zika were low, but I knew I would not be able to participate in most of the excursions. My family chose to do a snorkeling excursion which did not allow women who were pregnant so I decided to take advantage of the alone time. I went to the spa and had a wonderful pedicure, enjoyed an empty buffet, and relaxed on the quiet adults only deck!

Cruising while pregnant is still fun! I recommend only doing so if you are cleared by your midwife or doctor, which Carnival requires. I would also do your research - if it was just going to be my husband and I, I probably would've chosen a cruise that didn't go to "zika areas." But most importantly - have fun!

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