So the first exciting thing I have to tell you about this week in the baby preparedness chronicles are the “book shelves” I installed for the nursery. These are really exciting “book shelves” because they are not really book shelves, they are spice racks from IKEA, and they cost about four dollars each.
I was going to buy a wall-mounted bookshelf for the nursery because you know how the annoying thing with kids’ books is that they never fit neatly into a regular bookshelf because inevitably one of them is too tall, and also once the kid gets old enough to start pulling them down, they cannot read so they will pull out every single book until they find the one with the picture on the cover that they want? Well, you can get a bookshelf designed to hold kids’ books from somewhere like Pottery Barn Kids or Land of Nod (or even these cool ledges at Fawn & Forest), but I found this idea for using IKEA Bekram spice racks as bookshelves on Ikea Hacker a while back and decided it was worth a try. I just painted them to match the walls, and the whole thing took about 30 minutes to do. I’m quite pleased with the results.
In other news, the elfa closet organizing system was installed. Baby XX doesn’t even have enough stuff to fill it up at this point, but that will change soon, I’m sure. (Or not, and we will use it as extra storage for all the crap we have in the rest of the house.) The doors have not been reinstalled on the closet because we Right-Clicks are not terribly fond of working with our hands. Also: we don’t know how to do it. I am told somebody is coming next week to remedy this, and the current state of the crib . . .
. . . which is clearly not ready to hold a baby any time soon, but I put on a sheet (and waterproof crib protector, just in case) so that we’d be prepared.
One decor-related setback: the pop-up bedside table I had wanted to get for the room is not available in the right color. As a replacement, I decided to go with the inappropriately named Martini Side Table from west elm. It is by far the most glamorous element of the room at present, though once the rug gets here I think it will probably pale in comparison. (For people who asked about the bassinet, it is called the Ninna-Nanna bassinet by monte design, and you can see it here.)
Another thing I did was to repurpose my craft organizer (yes, I have a craft organizer. Shut up. Just shut up.) as an extra baby supply storage center. We now have enough diapers, butt cream, swaddling blankets, and all-pink pacifiers (cough) to get through the harrowing first three month period and then some.
The thing is, now that so much of the stuff is done, and we are just waiting on delivery dates for some furniture and fixtures, I’m getting even more impatient about this whole third trimester thing. At almost 31 weeks, I won’t be allowing myself to hope for a delivery for at least 6 more weeks. 6 weeks is nothing in the grand scheme of things, but with my legs cramping up and my breathing becoming ridiculously labored, I’m getting back into the phase of pregnancy where all I’m good for is reading tabloids and watching TV. And the new season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills doesn’t even start for another month! The humanity!
Anyway, I’m off to BlogHer this week and after that for some vacation with Mini and Mr. Right-Click. When I come back, it will only be about 37 days until a possible delivery date. In the words of NKOTB, I’m hanging tough.