Hey friends! I cannot believe how long it has been since I last posted on this blog! Last time we had just found out Charlotte’s gender and we revealed her name. That was around 19 weeks, and I’ll be 39 weeks on Saturday. Wow, how time flies! I received a few comments a couple weeks ago asking about Charlotte and wondering how she was, and I realized that I need to be more diligent in blogging. So many of you have been praying for us, which we appreciate more than you can ever know, and so you need up-to-date info!
Quick recap on the pregnancy before I share photos of her nursery:
N.O.R.M.A.L has been the theme of this pregnancy, and can I tell you how wonderful that is? There is one time in life where you want your child to be completely unexceptional and normal, and that is during pregnancy. And thankfully, that’s what Charlotte has been. Of course we’ve heard a few little things here and there that made me over-analyze and go google crazy, but nothing has panned out to be of any concern. She really could come any day now (although the doctor says she doesn’t look ready to pop out anytime soon…) so please continue to pray for us. Oh, and if you’d like more up-to-date information (as in, not 4 months late…) you can always “like” Sophia’s facebook page where I still post about Charlotte, Champ, and other big news in our lives.
And without further ado, here are some shots of Charlotte’s nursery:
This is the view from the hallway. Her walls are painted light pink, and when the sun is bright it makes half the hallway pink too.
Right when you walk in (on the left wall) are two little pieces of art I made for her:
The “precious child of God” I stitched onto some cardstock, and the “Oh! hello little rainbow” I just made on the computer and printed at home. *In the child grief community a “rainbow baby” is what you call a child born after you have previously lost one.*
Then on the right side wall we have a dresser that doubles as a changing table (I wanted it right by the door for easy access) and a small side table that will hold wipes, lotion, her sound machine, and all of her books (at an easy height for her to, one day, grab herself).
This will be her view as she gets her diapers changed.
Our landlord won’t let us put any holes in our walls (no nails, screws, etc) so everything we put up has to be using Command hooks. Because of this I was too nervous to hang anything heavy over the changing table (or crib), so I left the wall there blank. The hanging pom poms are very light, so if they ever did fall on her they wouldn’t cause any damage. To the right of the changing table I hung some heavier art (button art I made, and the print was a gift to me from my sister after Sophia died) and to the left is a little bow holder I made from a picture frame, and a little bird hook to hang all her head bands.
Also on that side of the nursery is a built in book shelf. This room was originally our office/Dave’s man cave, but we decided to switch rooms with the old nursery. The old nursery room had so many memories of Sophia and Champ, and we just wanted a fresh start for Charlotte.
At first I really wasn’t crazy about the glass doors, but now I know it will make it easier to see when we’re running low on diapers or wipes or other things. As you can see we have quite the stash already built up from the baby shower (thanks friends!) so we should be set for the first 2-3 months.
Turning left into the room, it looks like this:
Unfortunately city/apartment living means that you have to cram lots of stuff into little spaces, so even thought this room feels a bit cluttered to me, all the items have to be here. The futon should come in handy for late night feedings (once she’s sleeping by herself in the nursery), bedtime stories, and just a fun place for her to play when she gets older.
Above the windows we have this super cute clock:
On the far wall (as you can see in the photo above) we have another bookcase that holds baskets full of swaddlers, burp cloths, bibs, hats, and toys. On top we have one of our Sophia bears, as well as the shadow boxes I made for her memorial service. It was important for us include Sophia in this room, but still make it mostly for Charlotte.
Also on that wall is a white wardrobe for more storage, and on top we have memory boxes for both our girls, as well as a high chair we will one day use.
The last part of the nursery is her crib! We love this sweet little crib so much. (That curtained area is our “storage closet.” We don’t have a single closet in our apartment, so we have been creative! I hope Charlotte doesn’t mind sharing her room with our suitcases and floor steamer.)
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I made the bunting for above the crib, and my parents helped me hang it all up.
These 3 stuffed animals are the first that Charlotte got and funny enough, this is the Chinese lunar year of the goat/sheep (same word in Chinese). The pig is from her “Charlotte’s Web” baby shower (hopefully I’ll get around to posting photos from that soon). I also put an air conditioning installed by Ac-Hawaii.com. This is a company that is going to ensure the AC is in good shape and will work for years to come without giving you trouble!
So that is her nursery! Due to space issues and no-holes-in-the-walls policies, it’s not exactly my “dream nursery” but I think it turned out ok with what I had to work with. We still can’t believe that within a week or two she will be home with us, Lord willing, and we will finally be able to use all these baby things that we never got to use with Sophia. God is so good!
I’ll end with a shot of one last decoration…to HIM be the glory!