Redecorating Fever

I have the fever. Little H is but a mere 5 months old, and I am already scouring the internet for ideas on redecorating his room – a million times over! Will it be robots, earth & sky (can’t you just imagine these fluffy clouds hanging above his crib!?) or perhaps the very popular “rainbowtheme?

Right now I am going for a colorful/unbabyish/mod look. Am I pulling it off?

 

Parenting Advice – Courtesy of the Year 1935

1940's Parenting BooksMy mom visited this past week and brought with her some awesome vintage booklets ranging in date from the 1930s to the 1950s. These sage parenting and pregnancy books reveal such tidbits as, “If the breasts become large and heavy, the should be supported with an uplift type of brassiere.”, and “Today, liver soup is recommended by many doctors for babies three months or less, because of it’s valuable iron content”. That last gem was from the booklet Meat in Your Baby’s Diet, published in 1941. Of course, I have been feeding my infant son liver soup for the past two months – it’s what modern mothers do.

So here for your reading pleasure are some tips you, as an expectant or new mother, should take under consideration:

  • On traveling when pregnant: Many times women wish to know whether or not they may travel to various out-of-town places. The answer is no, and if you go you must be entirely responsible. If an emergency requires that you travel, a trip by train is preferable to one by bus or automobile. Automobile rides on smooth streets and roads are permissible, but you should not make long tours even under the best conditions. (From Instructions for Expectant Mothers)
  • On general habits while pregnant: Drinking alcoholic liquors during pregnancy is not advisable. I suggest you ask me (presumably the doctor) about smoking. Plan to be as quiet as possible during the week which corresponds to each menstrual period (this was obviously written by a man). (From Instructions for Expectant Mothers)
  • Hooey is the Main Ingredient in Infant Food. The old time baby specialists started it. By dint of much algebra and trickonometry they contrived to throw a forbidding mantle of mystery over the business of fixing up the baby’s bottle, and the dumb nineties let them get away with it. Probably the family doctors were so busy attending to their practice in those days that they didn’t give the carryings-on of the pediatrics much attention. (From The Brady Baby Book - in which the front cover quotes, “Babies today are 25% happier than when you and I were younger, Maggie. There are reasons.”)
  • Colic is a quaint concept. Maybe you old timers should renounce your faith in my teachings, if any. I don’t believe cutting teeth ever makes a baby ill; I don’t believe “growing pains” are due to growing; and I don’t believe in “colic”. (From The Brady Baby Book)
  • Dedicated to Modern Mothers…mothers who are alert to new discoveries…mothers who welcome developments in infant feeding that will help them bring up stronger, healthier children. (From Meat in Your Baby’s Diet )
  • Don’t – Feed the baby too often or too much
    Don’t – Urge him to stand on his feet too young, for if you do he will become bow-legged
    Don’t – Give him team and coffee, beer, whiskey, gin, or any drink containing alcohol
    Don’t – Let him stay up all hours of the night, undress and put him to bed promptly at six every night
    Don’t – Handle him too much, it is bad for him
    Don’t – Pin band or diaper around him too tight, as it may cause deformity and often is the cause of vomiting (From The Care of Babies)
  • The Mother’s Clothing: Your own good common sense, dear mother-to-be, will suggest that the essentials of correct clothing during pregnancy are comfort, warmth, looseness and ease of movement. Surely you can not hope to be comfortable and dress in the height of fashion at the same time. (From Motherhood and the Coming Baby)

 

Nursery Finished!

So here are the nursery pics I have been promising. It’s done (or so I hope)! Our big focus was modern (but affordable) furnishings, bright colors (but not primaryish) and cute accents!

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Crib Skirt

The crib we purchased (the Parklane Baby Mod) from Walmart has an odd space between where the mattress ends and the storage area begins. Especially since we have the mattress up high for when the baby is young. A traditional crib skirt was out because it would interfere with the storage drawers below. So I set out to find a DIY solution and came across this post over at Young House Love. They just so happen to have the same exact crib, and therefore issue, that we have! And because they are loads craftier then me, came up with an awesome, and super easy, solution. Since I am as lazy as they come, I took Sherry’s idea and made it even simpler. Instead of using traditional fabric as she did I found some grey felt in my stash that would do the trick. Since felt doesn’t fray I was able to get away with just using plain, un-hemmed squares of fabric for each side of the crib. I also didn’t bond all three pieces together – I did separate squares for each side. I did use Sherry’s idea of sticky velcro to attach all the pieces on (works perfectly!) and since each side of the felt hangs below, or is hidden by the sides of the crib, I didn’t have to do any sewing OR bonding of the material. Score!

Crib Before

This is crib right after we assembled it. You can see the funky space between where the mattress rests and the storage area below.

Crib Close Up

Here is the after. You can see the felt hangs nicely since it's a bit stiffer than regular fabric.

Full Crib

Here's a full shot of the completed project. I only did 3 sides - leaving out the back.

Tuba Approves

Tuba Approves.

Rocker Update – Score!

Sleepytime Rocker in Slate Grey

Our Sleepytime Rocker!

Rocker update! I was super worried that a deal I found on a parent’s board was bogus. The deal was too good to be true – a Sleepytime Rocker (which retails for about $900-$1,000) for $375. BRAND NEW. Now come on! That IS too good to be true. So I finally made a time and date to go pick it up and it turns out the people were completely normal. In other words, Dom and I were not sold into a sex slave ring! Yay! So the rocker was procured this past Sunday and now sits in our nursery waiting for Baby V to make it home!

Rocker Update

Sadly I do not mean rocker as in David Bowie. I’m talking about my ongoing obsession with finding a reasonably priced nursery rocker. A few months back I had posted about my search for a modern affordable glider or rocker here. While I pined over the Monte Joya rocker, alas, it was not in the budget. I eventually settled on an Eames rocker knock off.

Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker

Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker

Now, I must say, I LOVE that little chair. It’s super cute, the size is great for our little nursery and it has style. Is it the most practical rocker for a nursery? Probably not. The more mama blogs I read, and the more people I talk to, it seems like having a super comfortable place to chillax during a nighttime feeding is reallllly important. So, with limited budget in hand, I began my search again. This time I went to the boards. I belong to NPN, a Chicago-based parents site, and began posting and searching the boards there for a used modern rocker. I lucked out and found a Nurseryworks Sleepytime Rocker! It’s even in the color we want (see pic) and it’s brand new. For 1/2 off the original price it’s a steal! Score! We are supposed to pic it up this weekend. So unless the lady flakes, or we show up and it turns out they are recruiting for a sex ring, hopefully this rocker will be in my home by the end of the weekend! Yay!

Pinterest

I had been hearing a lot of buzz over the past month or so in the blogosphere about “Pinterest”. It’s basically a way to pin or tag images you see on the internet onto a board. I signed up for an invitation about a week ago and yesterday received my login and password. I set up my first “board” as a way to show all the items that make up our nursery. Check it out here: http://pinterest.com/ambersiscoe/our-nursery/

Custom LA Blik Magnets! How Cool is That!?

I love Blik. I mean LOVE LOVE LOVE them. I have posted previously about using Bliks in our nursery (Wee Gallery) and it seems like everyday they come up with something new and cool I want to use somewhere in our house! So when I got the Blik email today and saw these awesome LA themed magnets (a first for the company) I knew I wanted some for little Baby V to be. Maybe Chicago-themed? How cool would that be!

Custom Blik Magnents

Custom LA Blik Magnents

Custom Blik Magnents

Custom Blik LA Magnents

Since they are custom made (boo) you can’t buy them from Blik. But maybe they will start selling kiddo sized magnets soon! One can only hope…

Check out more pics here

Forget the Sock Monkey… You Need a SOCKTOPUS!!!

I ran into this amazing tutorial this morning over at ReadyMade (love love love their magazine!) and must have one. I think there might be a certain grandma out there right now (hint hint) that just wants to sew one up for little Baby V!

 

Socktopus

Socktopus

Check out the full tutorial here!

Give in to the Giraffe…

Sophie the Giraffe

Sophie the Giraffe

Pop quiz: what costs $25, is made of rubber, goes into your baby’s mouth and is the “it” toy for all celebrity babies? Why, its Sophie the Giraffe. Coming straight out of France and into your drooling baby’s face is the hottest toy out there for the “just out of the womb” set.

I had seen Sophie popping up everywhere – local shops, online and in various nursery tour pics across the interwebs, but hadn’t given it too much thought. Until my friend Heather sent me this article yesterday from Salon.com:

Somewhere, right now, a baby is torturing a giraffe: dropping it, chewing it, coating it with a thick layer of drool. Despite this pattern of unprovoked attacks from the nation’s infants, the long-necked mammals—rubber teethers that hail from France—are multiplying across the United States. Sophie the Giraffe is the best-selling baby product on Amazon.com, outranking a nasal aspirator called “The Snotsucker” and a nightlight shaped like a turtle. And while it’s not quite as well-reviewed as Jacques the Peacock, customer comments tend toward the rhapsodic: “totally lives up to the hype”; “this is truly the greatest toy we have—truly”; “Wow! Best Baby Toy Ever!”

You can read the whole article here.

So, I want to know, do you have a Sophie? Is it really worth $25 bones?! It’s cute and all, but that seems like a lot of money for something that will be drooled on and washed constantly in the sink.