When we moved into our current home, I was about five months pregnant with Baby Eddie. To be honest, I’ve struggled to decorate the rest of our two-story, circa 1970s home, but I always had a clear vision for what I wanted the nursery to look like.
Everything revolved around a wall full of stars. One afternoon, as I googled “nursery ideas,” a similar theme jumped out at me and my wheels started turning. We didn’t know the baby’s gender, but I knew that a room with beautiful blue walls, gray furniture, and a new hardwood floor would let us create a a serene, lovely sleeping oasis for our little one. With those parameters in mind, we rolled along, replacing the floor, picking up thrift store images of space that we reframed and hung, and building an enviable library of baby literature.
As I read about baby sleep patterns, a few things were reiterated time and again. The baby needed a sound machine, and the baby needed to sleep in a dark room. I bought these blackout curtains on Amazon, and for under $45, they were one of our best purchases for the entire room.
Baby Eddie’s bookshelves are laden with an antique wooden train that his great-grandfather Edmond Lawrence made, tons of books (the French ones are my favorite), and lots of Tubby Todd natural toiletries. I rubbed some all-over ointment on his windchapped cheeks last weekend and he woke up good as new.
Luckily, Mark already owned a comfy rocking chair. Every night, one of us sits with our boy while he has a little more milk and listens to a story or two.
When we told my grandmother that I was expecting, she told me that she had been saving for me the bassinet that she used with all of her babies. She had 13 of them. After I rehydrated myself (imagine your grandma telling you that when you are heavily pregnant and emotional) and brought the bassinet home, Mark set about making a new stand for it. Baby Eddie has been sleeping in his Babyletto Sprout crib since he was about a week old, and we use this beautiful, special vintage bassinet to hold extra blankets, burp clothes, diapers, and other nursery necessities.
He slept soundly for 13 hours last night, so I think he likes it too.