For those of you who may have missed my announcement the other day in my post about Cheese Dip, we are joyfully anticipating the arrival of another little one into our family! I'm a little over 14 weeks right now and definitely feeling pregnant.
This pregnancy has been a trial for me in truly trusting the Lord. I miscarried a baby last March, and I would be lying to you if I said that getting pregnant again wasn't a scary thing. Anyone who has miscarried can probably relate to the fact that you wonder if you'll ever be able to have a baby again (or ever have a baby if you don't have other children yet). The Lord was very gracious to us and we found out I was pregnant about a week before our other baby would have been due. We kept the new to ourselves for awhile, because we wanted to have a good ultrasound, with a heartbeat, before telling anyone. I struggled during those first few weeks to leave the entire situation in the Lord's hands, knowing that He was in control, the baby was His, and He would do what He deemed best. Hearing the baby's heartbeat for the first time was awesome! I've still struggled in trusting God throughout this, but He continues to teach me to not fear and trust Him completely.
At this point we've decided not to find out the gender of this baby (some of our friends call us crazy). We didn't find out with our first child and I loved that moment after giving birth when they said, "It's a girl!" There are definitely pros and cons to each way, but neither is right or wrong.
I've never been able to really decorate a nursery before. When we had our first baby, we were living with my parents (husband was just beginning his Navy career), and with our 2nd, we lived in a tiny 2 bedroom apartment, so the 2nd bedroom was also the guest room. Now, we actually have space for a nursery and I have to say I'm pretty excited about getting to decorate for this little one. Currently, the room we will use as the nursery has a crib and a queen size bed in it (it's the 2nd guest room) but I'm hoping to convince my husband to put the bed in the attic for awhile so it can just be a nursery. We'll see how that goes over...
Anyway, on to the subject at hand: inspiration for the nursery. There are several requirements for this nursery:
1. It must be gender neutral.
2. The cost cannot be great.
3. Most decor will be DIY driven (see #2)
4. The colors need to somewhat fit in with the rest of the house.
These are my requirements thus far, the list will probably grow, but this is the start. So, I've spent just a little bit of time looking for inspiration and here are the photos I've found.
I am seeing this alphabet art everywhere right now! Not sure if I really like it, but I do like the pops of color against the blue wall.
The slight orange with blue combo really struck me. There's no way I'm painting stripes on the walls, but the look is nice.
The roman shades stuck out to me in this photo, although I do like the celery color on the wall and non-baby fabric choices.
Blues and greens are my favorite, and this room looks pretty simple.
The idea of hanging fabric shelves is great! They're functional and you can add more color with great fabrics.
This room seems more girly to me than gender neutral, but I do like the simplicity of it.
Embroidery hoop art is perfect for any room, but I like it in a nursery for added color. A clock is a must so as to keep track of nursing time :)
I like the turquoise (NOT painting the ceiling!) and those floating shelves are great.
These are my initial thoughts on the nursery. I hope to figure out how to make an inspiration board, so once I do come to some conclusions (probably in April, right before the baby is due) I'll let you know.