So! That was November. Here we are in May with a real live squirmy baby instead of just a theoretical baby, and you may be asking yourself, “Self, how’d that whole Ariel-sticking-her-baby-in-the-closet thing work out? Is it awesome? Or is it like that R. Kelly song?”
I am here to answer that question. Come with me as I show you what’s become of the baby closet…
So while baby closet is working out super well, the room has shifted around a bit … as I assume many nurseries do.
The first thing got scrapped was my newborn-vision stimulating red, black, and white theme. It was a great palette to start with, but who am I kidding? I’m too much of a color junkie to have such bare-bones colors, and so now things are more red, black, aqua, and RAINBOW. (Because rainbow is totally a color.)
Another big shift is the addition of a crib. After a couple months of family-bed co-sleeping, we made a pretty natural, gentle transition to having Tavi sleep in his own bed — a minuscule European crib that we inherited from a family friend.
Then I pimped out the bed with a custom crib set from RockerByeBaby. I am a complete sucker for Amber‘s RockerBye style, and the custom crib set was worth the wait. (Tip: if you’re considering having Amber make you a custom crib set, order it in your second trimester!) Tavi sleeps in a cloud of minky, surrounded by rainbow stars. I’m jealous and sort of want my own furry bumpers around our bed now.
The adorable bunting banner that’s hanging over the crib was made by Offbeat Shrie. She’s doing a tutorial about how to make your own bunting over on Offbeat Bride tomorrow, so you can make some of your own, iff’n you like.
I also got over my misguided impression that mobiles are dumb. I don’t like the look of most of them, but no denying my son likes watching mobiles spin … so I hijacked a second-hand mobile and added three dangly felt deer and recovered it in black marabou. It still plays “Rockabye Baby,” but at least it looks less offensive to me. One of the deer is actually a pirate, which pleases me more than it should.
The chair in the nursery used to be my dad’s office chair. While not my primary nursing station, I do nurse in it before Tavi goes to bed at night. It’s not as uncomfy as it looks, although if anyone has recommendations for uber mini micro gliders or rocking chairs, let me know.
Oh, and the beaded necklace hanging behind the chair is the “blessing beads” from my baby shower. Each of our guests spoke their prayers for the baby into their bead, and then my mom strung them all together.
Another awesome addition to the room is this ridiculous twilight turtle that sits on the floor. It’s silly, but I LOVE THIS THING. It shines stars out its “shell,” and in a room as small as the baby closet, the entire space is transformed into this magical glowing constellation chamber with stars all over the walls and ceiling.
When the crib moved in, the changing table and little dresser of baby clothes moved out into our bedroom. So technically, the baby is sort of weaseling his way into our non-baby space, but that’s to be expected.
I still have moments of frustration with our small space (it’s hard to have our living room do triple duty as living room, dining room, play room, and my home office) but being able to walk out the front door with the baby and stroll into my awesome vibrant urban neighborhood makes up for it. I love our home, and I love how our baby fits into it.
I’d love to hear from y’all urban mamas — what are your ingenious space-saving tricks?