Baby Brain, Nursery Inspirations, Baby Dancing and more by Annemarie

Posted in: Annemarie, Baby, Us- Jan 27, 2011 6 Comments

So, after I finished my last update about BBB, I remembered that there were a few other things that I wanted to jot down. So…here goes.

Baby Brain

It’s true. I’m not sure if it’s really medically reasonable that you lose, or share, brain cells while growing a baby…but I’ve noticed several times recently that I know exactly what I want to say, but the words that I want to come out….well, they just won’t.

Nesting and Nursery Madness

Yup, this has happened too. I really thought that I wouldn’t care as much as I do about all the little things. I really should have known, after just coming off wedding planning, thinking the same thing. As it gets closer, I find myself obsessed with figuring out how I want to decorate the baby’s room. I know I am eating my own words in this case….but it really is kind of fun.

After our trip to BRU, I spent one whole night searching everywhere online for baby bedding. At this point, I had resolved that there was no way I was going to be able to do it myself, even with my new nifty sewing machine, and the bedding that I did find that I liked, well, it was just way more than I was ok with spending. So, I looked around and bookmarked about 20 or so, and when I went back to them again, to possibly show them to Brett, I decided that I didn’t really like any of them. So, back to the drawing board.

Then, out of the blue, my cousin, Virginia, sent me a link to and it has spiraled from there. Not too far into reading the kid’s room posts, I linked to, and it just kept going from there. Click…oh, that’s so neat….click, click, oh my gosh, I have to bookmark that…, click, click….woah!

Amidst my internal battle with doubt about sewing our own baby bedding, I found this post about how to make a no-sew crib skirt, read it, and said, “Hey! I can do that!”. So, I was re-motivated. I’ll probably end up actually sewing the hems, but I like the idea that she has going there. I saw another one on there on how to make no-sew curtains, and was confident that I could do anything that I wanted to do.

On Tuesday night, I took off to the fabric store in SB to see what I could find. After all that reading, I had a good idea of what I wanted….a good base fabric with a pattern and strong colors that I could find others to coordinate. I didn’t want all matchy stuff, but for it to all look like it goes together. As soon as I walked in, I spotted (of course) a yellow polka dot pattern, but knew I couldn’t start there.

This cute fabric, with owls on it, but not too many owls, popped out at me, and I decided to walk around with it to see what coordinated. Funny enough, I was then drawn back to the yellow polka dot, and then noticed that it was the same designer and collection – it was MEANT to go together! What are the odds?? It was definitely meant to be. I found two others that went with them too, got my samples, and was excitedly on my way home to share with Brett.

I was nervous to show him, afraid that he wouldn’t like what I picked out… I waited a while. After I was sure I had his full attention, I walked him through my process and reasonings for choosing each one. I was pleasantly surprised that, despite it wasn’t all baseballs and sports theme, he seemed to like it. Woohoo!!

So, after I got Brett’s blessing, I was back online searching for more ideas. I started up a Nursery Inspiration Board to keep all my ideas in one place. I was searching on blogs, etsy, furniture stores, and so many other places. I’m sure my internet history from that night was all over the place.

And… is what I have come up with over the last few days.

Since this is what they seem to do on the blogs, I’ll do the same, and provide a breakdown.

Crib Sheet – DIY with It’s a Hoot – Little Owls – Marshmallow by Momo for Moda Fabrics
Crib Skirt – DIY with It’s a Hoot – Dots – Banana by Momo for Moda Fabrics
Curtains – DIY with Oz by Sanae for Moda Fabrics – Brick Road in Green
Changing Pad Cover – DIY with Jade Green by Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman
B – wooden letter “B” (for Bollman) – TBD craft store, and paint green. Hope to find one that is pretty large.
Art – inpired from items I saw on etsy, and then I created them myself. I’ll be printing them 8×10 and putting them in white IKEA matted frames.
Crib – undecided exactly which one, but it’ll be white wood
LightingIKEA lamps that I plan to cover with fabric
Changing Table/DresserIKEA with secured changing pad on top
BookcaseIKEA (I have ALWAYS wanted one of these Expedit shelves). There are drawer inserts that you can get for this item, and if it looks OK, I’ll paint them in coordinating colors.
Owl pillow – inpsired by an etsy store. DIY with the fabrics.
Mobile – inspired by I’ll make the birds and mobile myself.

Since most of it will be DIY, I’m planning on saving quite a bit of money, and also giving myself plenty of little things to do to keep me busy while I nest over the next few months. 🙂

Baby Moves

Oh my goodess, does this kid have some energy. He is moving all over the place. I started to feel the light flutters that they tell you about around week 18, it became more noticeable over Christmas, and now…..well, now, he might as well be rehearsing for Saturday Night Fever. When he is going, he really gets going. Brett has definitely been able to feel the kicks now, and they are visible too. You can see the strong kicks through my shirt. It’s totally cool, and a little bit freaky at the same time.

He kicked pretty strong at work this week when I was in the middle of a conversation with two of my coworkers. So much so that I put my hand on my stomach, and it warranted a “woah”. Two seconds later, he did the same thing, and they saw it too. They were both a little shocked….one of them commented, “That was heavy!”. He hasn’t been keeping me up at night….yet…..but I’m sure that’s coming.

Pillow ‘O Body

Sleeping started to get a little more difficult, or mainly less comfortable, so when we were at Babies R Us, we picked up a full pregnancy body pillow for me. It does look a little strange, curls up to look like the letter G, but it’s so worth it. I fit into it very nicely…..AND…..Brett actually now has MORE room in our bed than before. I used to sleep with a pillow on both sides of me, and so it turns out that this little contraption takes up less space. Who would have thought?

After the first night we had it, the morning after when we made the bed, we curled it up on top, and figured that Molly might take a liking to it. Well, we were right. She does love it, and this is how we find her most days if she’s not cuddling next to us on the couch.

Jeans Update

They came in, and while they weren’t everything I was hoping they would be….they’re staying. I decided that I prefer the full belly coverage, as opposed to the shorter mid belly, and so these were a little too tight in some places, while being too large in others. I did a little bit of first found editing to them, but will be going back for more. So, I guess I won’t find the perfect jeans for this part of the pregnancy, but that’s OK.

I’m also still wearing normal tops, just with a tank under them, to resist buying maternity tops. I am sure as I get bigger, even that won’t work, but for now, it’s making the cut.

Well, that seems like that’s it for now. Thanks for the fun words of encouragement for those of you that make it all the way through my MANY words. I am not a journal-er, so this is my way of remembering the things that I want to during our pregnancy….and it’s fun to share with you too!!

6 Responses to “Baby Brain, Nursery Inspirations, Baby Dancing and more”

  1. Marisa says:

    love it!! my mom is making my crib bedding for me (since i can’t sew) and i’m super excited!! when i come down i’m going to LA to find fabric, but i do know the nursery is going to be black and white with shades of teal accents :). you and me…definitely know what our favorite colors are! i like your idea for the framed prints…i haven’t found any artwork i like yet so we may be moving in that direction too. and we are opposite for clothes – i’m still in regular jeans but have found i really like the longer maternity shirts. i’m carrying pretty high which explains why this has been working for me :). can’t wait to see you and take “bump” pictures together!!

  2. jubu says:

    you are the best mama-with-a-fever-dancing-baby ever!! <3

  3. Caitlin says:

    I can’t wait to see it all put together! Love the fabrics 🙂 You are already such an amazing mom!

  4. Autie says:

    So cute! You and the nursery ideas :o) Love it all, especially you!
    Thanks for doing this so I/we all feel included in you and Brett’s journey
    with Baby Boy Bollman!

  5. Grandma Betty says:

    You are so daring and resourceful, I love it. I made the curtains in Autumn and Brett’s nursery too, but I can’t believe all that you are taking on. I have a possible idea before you buy the Ikea changing table. I love the book shelf and bins idea. I saw that when I was in Ikea last time and even have thought about it for the office. I love the prints fabrics and the coordinating colors. Are you going to paint the room? Will the guest bed still fit in the room? That yellow looks like it would even coordinate with the other fabrics. If you run out of time or more likely energy, I’ll be glad to help and would love to help! Woohoo!! It’s coming closer and closer! I can’t wait to hold him and cuddle him, my first BABY grandson.

    I need to send you a picture of the Steeler’s blanket I made for Logan. It turned out well, hope he loves it! Don’t over do sweetie!

  6. Mamma AB says:

    I’ve already made some changes to the furniture part…..figuring out what will fit and what I really want to do. I’m going with an actual changing table after spending the weekend with Nae and Weston, I now have a better idea of want I want. I just didn’t update the thing yet…and I’m sure it’ll change a few more times before we spend the actual money. With us moving, I’m even more excited about getting the stuff for the room. Undecided yet about the bed, we’ll see how it all fits in there! I’ll definitely keep you posted on whether or not I need help…..thanks so much for the offer – as always! 🙂 xxoox