...because home doesn't happen overnight.

There it is. Baby’s corner. It’s not much but it’ll do for now. {We plan on moving into the Underdog very, very soon…not that everything will be done by then but it’ll be livable.} Due to lack of energy and not wanting to repaint the wall back to white when we move shortly, I decided to leave the flat white wall as is. If it were my permanent home, I think I would have gone for a warm gray wall color.

The 5’x7′ herringbone rug is a cotton flat weave and I love it! The backside of the rug does not have the herringbone pattern. I purchased it about a month ago to put in the boys’ shared bedroom at the Underdog…but until we move I’m using it to define baby’s corner in our bedroom at the apartment. Nothing like stealing stuff from the Underdog to use in the apartment!

The cradle is an antique family heirloom and I slept in it as a newborn. I decided to leave it au naturel and not paint it. I actually quite like the wood tone. A few readers have commented on the crib’s spindles, worried that they might be too far apart. I assure you they are exactly 2 & 3/8″ apart. I measured. Three times. With two different tape measures. FYI – The mandatory safety standard recommends that cradle and crib slats be no more than 2 & 3/8″ apart.

I also caught some flack due to the sheepskin in the cradle. To be honest, it’s just for looks. A mama-in-waiting is allowed to try her hand at some photo styling, isn’t she? The sheepskin and throw pillow will get removed when baby is in the cradle. {Although a supervised newborn photo shoot on the sheepskin could be really cute!} Under the sheepskin is a white sheet and waterproof pad. Please, don’t take my words and images out of context and twist them into some kind of ‘yeah, everybody put sheepskins in your cribs!’ propaganda. THE SHEEPSKIN AND PILLOW ARE JUST FOR LOOKS.

On the floor next to the cradle is a woven basket holding the minimal, gender-neutral baby wardrobe I picked up at Once Upon a Child. I’m waiting to see what baby’s sex is before I buy anything beyond those few gowns, sleepers and onesies. The bag is Amy Butler’s Abina Oversized Tote in her Treasure Box Cinder fabric. I used all of my birthday money several months ago to purchase the bag. It was a total splurge for me. I’m going to use it as a diaper bag. I really wanted a diaper bag that didn’t look like a diaper bag. A bag that I could use beyond the baby years as an overnight or carry-on bag.

Above baby’s cradle I put together a loose arrangement of art and wall decor. I borrowed the canvas art from our living room. It was a purchase from the Underdog’s estate sale last year. I used a 3M Command hook to hang it.

To the left of the canvas art I finally hung Buck Jr. Buck Jr. is a cardboard trophy deer. Handy Hubby got him for me two Christmases ago. Up until this week, he was a set of one dimensional cardboard sheets. The boys and I had a good time punching out his pieces and putting him together. It was really quick and easy. I think he’ll find a permanent home in the boys’ shared bedroom at the Underdog. Until then, this deer will look over our newest dear.

And baby makes 5…

The floating ‘5’ is a metal address number that I picked up at a local home improvement store for $6. It represents how many people our growing family is about to include. Upon seeing the newly decorated baby corner, all HH had to say was “What’s the five all about?” {Obviously, he doesn’t get the whole nesting thing.} When I told him that’s the soon-to-be number of people in our family, he had a moment. A ‘holy crap, you’re right!’ moment. According to our apartment complex’s guidelines, we’re allowed to use small finish nails in the walls without having to repair the holes when we move out. I hung Buck Jr. and the ‘5’ with finish nails so nothing is required of me when they come down.

My favorite part of the lil’ baby corner is the red and coral mobile. It’s just the pop of fun, color and whimsy that I was looking for. I crafted it out of paint stir sticks, an embroidery hoop and paper for $10. A complete how-to coming next week! It’s light enough that I was able to securely suspend it from a 3M Command hook on the ceiling.

So baby’s corner is ready. I think. I have a few won’t-need-‘em-right-away baby items {breast pump, cloth diapers, spare cradle sheets, extra changing pads, etc.} stowed away in a wooden trunk elsewhere in our bedroom.

As I mentioned, I spent less than $20 total on items specifically for the temporary nursery setup:

  • metal address number ‘5’ – $6 {The Home Depot}
  • DIY mobile – $10 {details coming soon!}

TOTAL: $16

All other items we already had on hand or I borrowed them from elsewhere:

  • cradle – family heirloom
  • sheepskin – IKEA {borrowed from living room}
  • gray geometric throw pillow – Etsy {already had on hand}
  • woven floor basket – ?? {already had on hand}
  • rug – Urban Outfitters {borrowed from the Underdog since we’re not living there yet!}
  • Amy Butler tote – Amazon {already had on hand thanks to some birthday money}
  • canvas art – estate sale {borrowed from living room}
  • Buck Jr. – Cardboard Safari {gift from HH years ago}

Oh, and as you may have noticed, we don’t have a cute baby-in-belly name for our unborn child…we just call him/her ‘baby.’ I don’t know why. We called Layne ‘pumpkin’ and Everett ‘bugaboo’ when they were in my belly. What did/do you guys call your unborn babies?

Congrats to Courtney! She’s this week’s winner of the Miracle Blanket giveaway. Here’s the miracle moment she shared:

My Dad tells the story of ‘The Miracle of the Pizza’. When I was in elementary school, my parents were barely getting by. We had had dinner that night, but our family of five was still hungry. And there wasn’t much at all to eat. Out of the blue, the phone rang, and it was Papa John’s Pizza. The man on the other end of the phone said they were new to the area and would like to send our family a complimentary pizza to get the word out about them. Within 30 minutes, a large pizza arrived at our door. My Dad has always been loyal to them since that day, and we were all grateful to God that He had used something as crazy as a pizza place to provide for us in a time of true need.

 

Mmmmm. Banana peppers & garlic sauce, need I say more? I absolutely love Papa John’s. Even more so now that I know they’re in the business of making miracles.

I had such a great time reading through all your big and little miracles. They made me laugh, tear up, think twice, feel grateful and smile. I think it’s true that we live in a world filled with miracles – we just have to be open and present to see them for what they are!

Here’s hoping you have a miraculous weekend!

images: all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

37 Comments

16.March.2012

It’s adorable! Sorry you got fussed at for the sheepskin and pillow… that’s silly. It looks great, and more importantly, it’ll be perfect for your new little one!

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16.March.2012

absolutely lovely.
this child is super blessed to be arriving into such a lovely family.
cheryl xox.

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16.March.2012

Too bad that some people feel the need to tell you how to properly care for your child (sheepskin & pillow)…I mean come on…it’s your third baby. I think you would know by now. Good luck with everything. Can’t wait to check in one day to see that you’ve had him/her!

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16.March.2012

I don’t have any kids, but my friend Pamela had a cute nickname for her baby before he was born. She wanted to follow Jewish traditions and not reveal the baby’s name until he was born. So we called him Luigi until then.

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16.March.2012

I love it! The mobile is so cute and such a creative idea! Great job.

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16.March.2012

Love bucky jr. Beckett has the white elephant on up in his room. Your designs are always so cute, and livable. Well done.

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16.March.2012

Awe, this reminds me of the little corner of the room we put together for our first born when my hubby and I were temporarily staying with my parents. I like what you put together here – precious times. I guess people can’t resist bringing up safety concerns, but it’s good you qualified – you just never know who might see the sheepskin and think it’s ok to use. I bought a cute little decorative pillow at pb kids when I was expecting and the sales clerk decided to give me a little warning – I was like thanks, yeah, I know about all that. She couldn’t resist either.

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16.March.2012

What a beautiful little corner for bubby. Nesting instinct assuaged (for now). I love (she says through gritted teeth) how pregnancy and babies, actually motherhood in general attracts so much “advice”. I’m with Melissa, this is your THIRD! Which is irrelevant anyway, we all do our best for our kids. Looking forward to meeting family member #5 – anyday now…. x

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replied on March 16th, 2012

Melissa & Anne – I know safety whistle blowers probably mean well. Still, my motherly instincts must be putting me on the defense. I just wanted to be very clear that the sheepskin and pillow will not be in the cradle when the baby is and vice versa. Thanks!

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16.March.2012

I love what you did with baby’s spot. My favorite is probably the deer head, actually. I wonder if one could actually try and recreate it? That would be a great challenge. Have a good weekend. :)

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Looks fantastic!! Don’t worry about the styling. Sarah Richardson puts pillows and duvets in her cribs when she styles them!

I don’t have a proper name for my baby either. Just baby. Nothing ever seemed to fit. Ah well. :-)

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16.March.2012

I noticed the Amy Butler bag immediately! I found myself checking out her newest patterns earlier this week. I haven’t seen too many reviews on the bags (they’re also limited on Amazon) so I’ll be interested to know how you end up liking it as a diaper bag. You picked a beautiful print!

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16.March.2012

Cool! But bring on the baby!! name in the belly or not, I am ready for this baby’s arrival! Since January, I have started a new job, renovated an outdoor porch into an indoor room, ignored my own blog, and about a million other things, but by golly, I check this blog every day to see if this baby has been born! Can hardly wait. I love it that you don’t know the gender. I did that with each of mine (boy and girl) and it was delightful to wait for that surprising moment when they say like in the old days “it’s a …” One of the few genuine ways to be surprised anymore. Congrats on keeping it incubating these last few weeks. I bet it was a challenge but you’ve done it. Now, bring her/him on! We are all waiting! ( :

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replied on March 17th, 2012

Deborah – I’ll see what I can do! Each morning I wake up and think, “OK, I’m not ready to have a newborn today. Too much left to do!” But then I realize that there’s always going to be something left to do. I’ve definitely entered the uncomfortable stage…but I haven’t gotten to the point of thinking “I want this baby out!”…YET! So, I’m feeling a little stuck. Getting uncomfortable but not quite ready for the chaos that #3 is sure to bring.

I’m 37 weeks today. That’s how far along I was when our first was born so anything’s possible!

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16.March.2012

ok, sorry about that hotel thing if you click on my name. it’s some spam that has leached onto my blog!?! rrrrrrrr

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16.March.2012

Eh, you know how people can be these days, they ain’t got no couth!
Looks lovely! And the baby won’t mind, they only want their mommies and daddies and milk. : )

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16.March.2012

That little corner is oh so sweet!! That is the perfect spot for a wee little babe! It’s so loving how you decorated even though you know you won’t be there long! I remember when my third was born, his brother and sister, who are 2 & 3.5 years older than him, liked to love on him so much that he ended up spending half his sleeping hours in a lined laundry basket beyond a baby gate in our dining room – such ambiance! He was the easiest, loveliest baby and is such an easy-going kid (as a result?!?)…..wishing you the same for your newest little one!

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replied on March 17th, 2012

Lisa – I will take all the easy baby vibes you want to send my way!!!

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16.March.2012

So excited to see the corner! I knew it would be cute, but I absolutely love the mix of artwork above the cradle on the wall!

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16.March.2012

I knew it. I knew it would be beautiful just like your family’s 5th member’s momma!
Can’t wait to see him/her.

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17.March.2012

Dana, this looks so fabulous!!! I love the different textures and elements in the space. So cozy! {seriously} I’ve been wanting a sheepskin for sometime now.
You’re taste is impeccable :)

~*Jessica

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17.March.2012

SO CUTE!!!! I love the rug, painting, mobile… everything!

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17.March.2012

I love that you’re not finding out the sex until your baby is born. It seems like hardly anyone does that anymore. My husband and I did not find out the sex of our first child and it was such an incredible moment when she was born (I had felt all along I was carrying a girl). I love reading your blog and can’t wait to find out what you’re having. Love your little baby nook in the apartment–great job!

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replied on March 17th, 2012

Heidi – We have never had our babies’ genders revealed to us before they were born. It’s our personal preference and such a wonderful, natural surprise at the birth! We can understand why many people do find out their baby’s gender…they just want to know!

Even though we didn’t know any of our babies’ genders before birth, I would have bet money {and I’m not a betting gal} that the first two were boys. I always saw myself raising two boys. This time around, I go back-and-forth on a daily basis. One day I think girl, the next I’m sure it’s another boy. We’ll see!

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17.March.2012

Very nice! You did an awesome job putting together a simple little nook for your new baby. I pray that you have a smooth rest of your pregnancy and delivery.

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17.March.2012

Of course we know that you know, but what a great vehicle you are for spreading the word. Trust me when I tell you how many young mothers don’t know that. You would be horrified at how many young mothers don’t know about old attic cribs with bars too far apart, or using pretty, soft, fluffy things that would be “comfy for baby”. Or the ones who let baby sleep in the swing or infant carrier because they have never heard of positional asphyxia.

By pointing these things out to you, (I didn’t, but the thought crossed my mind), maybe a little one somewhere will be saved because Mom saw people mention it on your blog!!

Love the mobile–waiting impatiently for the tutorial.

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17.March.2012

Its a perfect baby corner. :)

We called our babies “baby” too. Of our four, we only found out the gender of #4 before the birth and I much prefer the surprise at the birth. So exciting!

I also like that you have art from the previous Underdog owners. What a great idea.

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17.March.2012

Darling! I love how it’s whimsical without being cutesy. And I fully endorse the diaper bag splurge. If you’re going to be carrying something around 24/7, you deserve to have something functional that you love.

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18.March.2012

You say “moving into the Underdog very very soon” … how soon do you mean ? Very nice baby corner, btw ! Take care !

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replied on March 18th, 2012

Ariane – ‘Very, very soon’ is very, very vague, isn’t it?! We don’t have an exact date in mind but we’re thinking we’ll give our apartment complex our 30 days notice after the baby is born. I’m due in 3 weeks so…within the next 2 months?? This whole baby thing has thrown our renovation for a loop!

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19.March.2012

Love your baby corner! :)

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19.March.2012

God, people on the internet are so nosey. Clearly you weren’t going to put your baby in there with the sheepskin rug. The little corner looks great! I immediately recognized that rug from sneak peek you posted. I’ve had my eye on it for months but found a killer rug deal at Target this weekend instead.

I’m excited to see how you guys transition from the apartment into the new home soon!!

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19.March.2012

I don’t have any children yet (we’re TTC going on 10 months), but some nicknames I’ve heard are “monkey”, “bean/beanette”, “spud”, and “baby rock” (dad’s college nickname was d-rock, short for his name).

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19.March.2012

cute, especially the mobile!

waaay back when, we called our son-in-the-oven “the bub”–he was born in Australia, and it was a term a lot of the other parents used for babies. #2 was “monkey child” because of her amazing in utero antics–she’s a competitive gymnast, so the name stuck!

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20.March.2012

I am not even pregnant & Courtney’s comment totally made me tear up. What a sweet story. I love when stuff like that happens.

Really, you weren’t going to lay your newborn on a sheepskin rug? Ha! :) I know it’s always meant out of love & caring, but why would people think they need to comment on that, esp to a soon to be momma of 3. I also had a LOL moment when HH realized you were soon to be a family of 5. Sweet.

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22.March.2012

You will actually just be finding out the baby’s SEX, not gender. Gender is the social construct, while their sex is the actual goods. Hah. Sorry, had to say it. :)

We’ve decided to wait too, and the more I tell people the more people tell me how AWESOME it is! Good luck in the coming weeks!

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22.March.2012

This is SO CUTE! I love how you were able to create such a fun area with such a small budget and as a renter!

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