Planning Lucy’s Big Girl Room

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What’s the first thing I thought of when I found out I’m pregnant? I’m going to be totally vulnerable and tell you that among my first thoughts were possible color schemes for the new kiddo’s room. You know, the important stuff. The interior designer side of me stayed up late dreaming of cute color combinations and mentally space planning our spare room for a crib and baby furniture. But one morning I had a redeeming thought pop into my head: Why redecorate a room for a baby who could care less, when I have a toddler who would find the whole process as exciting as I do?

I scratched my plans to makeover our spare room for the new babe and decided to ask Lucy about what she would want for the room instead. And what did my little firecracker tell me? “BOOOOO!” What color do you want the walls to be? “Boooo!” What color do you want your bed to be? “Boooo!” What color does mommy like least out of all the other colors? Bluuuuuue! But I set out to find a fun and fresh color scheme that was Lucy approved and wouldn’t require too many new purchases. I prefer shopping for home furnishings and accessories in our storage shed in the backyard.

Well, as our little girl ran around yelling “Booo woom! Boo wooom!” this week, we got to work at clearing out the spare bedroom and painting it a beautiful shade of light blue. Now we’re just wrapping up the painting, and I’m getting excited to paint and instal moulding this week. But first I thought I’d stop and take inventory of the things I’ve collected to far for Miss Lucy’s new room.

blue pom pom trim 5 yards for $5.50 from Etsy
inexpensive white curtain pair $41.07 for a pair from Amazon
eyeball sconce white $29.00 from Urban Outfitters
valspar la fonda mirage blue Valspar’s La Fonda Mirage #5003-5B
rabbit bunny nightlight $14.99 from Target
puppy sheets $69.00 from Land of Nod
ball finial white curtain rod $14.99 from Amazon
8 $354.76 for 8×10 from Amazon

off white diamond grid shag rug

Lucy’s furniture was either found or given to us, but we’re still looking for a dresser. Her headboard is a beautiful royal blue ironwork piece that will add a nice feminine touch to her room, though I would’ve never chosen that color had it been up to me. Lucky for Lucy, we found it that way and I didn’t feel like undertaking a big stripping and refinishing job, so it sort of forced me to bring royal blue into the mix. Now I’m kind of loving it!

Lucy's Room Before

Lucy's Room Before

I’m planning on adding a picture rail moulding strip to the spot where the color changes on the wall. I’m hoping it will add a nice classic touch to the room, while helping a fickle girl like me keep from making nail holes in the walls as I change out the artwork from time to time. So far we’re loving the changes, but Lucy’s actually been the most excited. I’m just so glad we decided to give her the new room instead of the baby, because that gal sure is enjoying watching the transformation!

This week we’re heading out to my favorite inexpensive antique shops to look for an old dresser with lots of character. If all else fails, we’ll go for Ikea (cheap!), but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can find something used. Wish me luck!

WHAT WE WORE | Sunshine & Daisies

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Sometimes a happy pregnancy is all about a quality mattress, oodles of carbs, plenty of antacids, and, of course, a healthy baby. But in the morning, what really makes this pregnant lady happy is just a comfortable dress to make getting dressed a breeze. When I found out I was pregnant last Fall, I found this vintage ’90s maternity dress at the online resale shop Thred Up, and bought it immediately. When it arrived in the mail, I was disappointed with how boxy the dress was on top and how baggy it felt in the shoulders. I couldn’t imagine the day when I would have to pin closed the button holes and exercise extreme caution when reaching forward, lest I risk a fat-man-in-a-little-coat situation. But guess what? That day is here! I’m 26 weeks pregnant and this dress is quite tailored on top these days.

Yes, the body is changing (aka growing) at lightning speed, and I’ve been a bit embarrassed by my vain feelings that make me sad about my extra face chub. But I can still wear my favorite boots, so all is good Mandi’s world of comfortable maternity fashion!

L U C Y  :  sweater: Gap Outlet / skort: thrifted / boots: Kenneth Cole / puppy purse: vintage

M A N D I :  hat: thrifted / dress: vintage maternity from Thred Up / tights: ASOS maternity tights with support band / boots: Clarks

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One Last Look at Lucy’s Nursery

Toddler room with vintage elements

Talk about a cliff hanger! I sort of left you all hanging there when I teased you with a color scheme for our master bedroom project. Well, I’m hanging right there beside you, because the project has been suspended since the news of my pregnancy. One day I’ll have a relaxing little getaway in that corner of our home, but for now we’re focusing our efforts on making over the untouched third bedroom for Lucy’s big girl room. Her nursery has evolved quite a bit since it’s debut, so I thought I’d share one last look at her room before it becomes the new baby’s nursery and Lucy’s things are moved next door to her new room.

calico critters family

It’s been fun to put away Lucy’s baby toys to make room for her cute new toddler toys. A particular favorite of mine are these Calico Critter toys (bunny family and elephant family) that live in my old childhood Sylvanian Family dollhouse that my mom and dad refurbished for Lucy’s Christmas present.

These toddler years have been my favorite so far, thanks to Lucy’s bubbly and affectionate demeanor, but also— the toddler toys! The fact that she is so excited about Easter and hot air balloons! Everything is just so much fun. You should see how she walks around enthusiastically babbling about her new bedroom with “boo waa” (blue walls), a “boo beh” (blue bed), and “white eets” (white sheets). She’s two and a half, and life couldn’t be sweeter.

Toddler room with vintage elements

Toddler room with vintage elements

vintage illustrated hangers

Toddler room with vintage elements

Toddler room with vintage elements

baby crib and crewel work

elephant tea party

Things in Lucy’s room are a bit mis-matched and quirky as of now, but soon all of her toys and some of her artwork will be carefully placed in her new bedroom with a bit more polish and pizazz. I’m not sure who’s more excited about it— her or me. But I’m also nervous about transitioning her to a twin bed. Life is changing a mile a minute.

toddler chalkboard

Here’s a picture of Lucy last summer drawing on the chalkboard that used to be in her room. It’s hanging out in storage now because it just takes up too much space in our little house. We’re thinking about doing a chalkboard finish in her new room somewhere. Maybe a closet door? Any tips or advice for toddler friendly chalkboard walls?

MATERNITY STYLE | Round Two

maternity striped shirt and neck scarf

Remember me? I was a little worried you’d forgotten about me. I kept meaning to write, just as earnestly as I intended to get to the gym. You know how it goes…. Oh, this week is a little busy, but next week I’ll get to the gym and bust my butt on the treadmill to make up for it. But next week is also busy. And so is the next week. And before you know it, it’s been months before you’ve been to the gym, and it seems easier to just give it up all together.

But I’m here to tell you, even though I’ve finally become honest with myself and cancelled my gym membership, I haven’t fallen off the blogging wagon completely! I just had become burned out, and I can’t even blame it on the baby. Blame it on the baby?! you say? That’s right, as you can see in the large and in charge version of myself depicted above, I’m growing another little girl with just as much hair as Lucy Jo— if my heartburn is any indication, that is. But really, as exhausting and sickening as this pregnancy has been (I’ll get to that later), the real reason I stayed away from this ol’ blog is because I just really loved not blogging. It’s been wonderful! I’ve loved having extra time to read, to act like a real suburban mommy and arrange playdates for my kid in between days spent in the kitchen making organic, sugar-free, chocolate spinach doughnuts (surprisingly not a fail!). You know, the kind of stuff you either have the energy to do or the energy write about doing, but usually not both. Oh, sure, I could’ve made time to pop in here from time to time and say stuff like, “Hey, guys, I’m 25 weeks pregnant and we decided to postpone our bedroom project in lieu of putting together Lucy’s big girl room.” But I just didn’t feel like it. So I didn’t. And it was wonderful.

But I’m back.

ultrasound photo baby girl

So what have I been doing while I was gone, besides making a baby? Well, I’ve still been contributing to A Beautiful Mess (see my projects here), though not as much as I had been, which you’d think would leave me more time to blog here…. But instead I purposefully decided to invest that time and energy into people and community, and it’s been great and so fulfilling.

I’ve stepped back from wedding photography for a while, mostly because all of my gear is in good shape and I’m not itching too badly for anything new, so there’s no immediate pressure to get gigs, and the lack of pressure involved with weddings has been wonderful, quite frankly. The income is missed, but we’ve adjusted and I’m happy with my decision to take a year off for my health and to settle into being a mother of two.

I’ve also been dealing with a lot of physical issues, and trying not to complain about them on social media. I had a heck of a first trimester with this pregnancy, feeling extremely tired and lethargic as well as the usual all-day morning sickness routine of weeks 5-12  of pregnancy. I had some scary bleeding episodes which turned out to be “normal,” though nonetheless very scary. There were a couple of good weeks at the beginning of my second trimester until I fell ill with the flu. Just when I thought I was over it, I became even sicker, only to wake up at 5am with the most excruciating pain of my life. I dramatically entered the emergency room bent over and screaming bloody murder, causing quite a stir at the nurses’ station (mission accomplished, I guess). They soon discovered that my appendix was extremely inflamed and that I needed surgery immediately. I was 18 weeks pregnant at the time, and didn’t have much time to worry about what would happen to the baby, though I did cry before surgery, wondering if I would soon be saying goodbye to that precious baby. “We can’t do anything about the baby— it’s your life we have to worry about now,” they said to me. I was warned that I could very well go into early labor because of the trauma of surgery so close to my uterus, but thank God— after a week in the hospital I was in the clear and sent home to finish recovering. Who knew recovery from such a simple surgery would be so difficult? I graciously did no bodily harm to the well-meaning people who assured me that recovery from an appendectomy is so easy. Ha! Well, I’ve finally recovered and the baby is in wonderful health at 25 weeks along, though I haven’t been sure if I keep getting the flu or just have really bad morning sickness most days. Needless to say, I’ll be glad when this pregnancy is over, but I really am trying to enjoy it and will be sharing bits of it with you before it’s over.

maternity striped shirt and neck scarf

During the time I’ve been away from this blog, I’ve had a lot of epiphanies about why I hadn’t been blogging, and the conclusion I’ve come to is this: My life and subsequently my blogging style has changed, but I’ve still felt bound to my old regimen and routine of blogging, because that’s what I’d worked for so long to build and that’s what you all had come to expect. But during this time off, I gradually grew to realize that while I enjoyed a reprieve, I did still have plenty of things I wanted to share through photos and words. So much of it was about motherhood (Ahhh! Mommy blogging has come for me!), and some of it was about icky feelings I have about the materialistic nature of blogging these days. I’ve enjoyed freeing up my life, getting rid of a good amount of possessions, and reevaluating our spending habits and lifestyle. I’m looking forward to sharing that with you, though I’ve also been considering ways to do this that won’t be demeaning towards others who aren’t choosing to live their lives similarly. (I still love stuff, don’t get me wrong. I just want to love stuff less and have less stuff.)

And speaking of materialism, here are my outfit details! No too shabby, I’d say.

maternity top: ASOS / scarf: vintage / pants: thrifted

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