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So I’m seven months late. My bad. Things have been crazy around here. But I thought I should hurry up and share how Big T’s nursery turned out before we move in a few weeks.

Gender neutral giraffe nursery

As you may remember, I decided to go with a giraffe theme. I love giraffes and I thought they’d be cute for a boy or a girl. Since we didn’t find out Big T was a boy until he was born, this theme–Along with a touch of chevron seemed perfect.

His room is sorta a nursery and craft room combo, but he doesn’t seem to mind sharing. When we move he will have his room all to himself, so I may ditch the chevron sewing machine cover, or incorporate it into my craft room somehow. We shall see.

DIY Alphabet wall tutorial

This alphabet wall is probably one of my favorite parts of his room. In a last-minute effort I got a few of my friends tohether and we decorated all of these. I’ve seen sets for sale on Etsy but they cost a pretty penny, and none of them had all of the elements I wanted– A button ‘O’, a “Disney” ‘W’ and other colors I like.

Here’s a quick tutorial:

1. Search for a set of plain wood letters on eBay. I bought this set on eBay.

2. Get a group of friends together, preferably crafty friends who have a lot of paints and skills. Shoutout to my friends Laura, Hope and Melissa for helping me with these! They did all the super cute ones. Lil’ J also gets a shoutout for decorating the ‘&’ and  ‘X.’ She loved helping.

3. Gather a variety of supplies: Scrapbook paper and modge podge, acrylic paints, even fabric, to decorate your letters to your choosing.

4. Lay out the letters and strategize what colors you want where. I made a plan for my favorite letters beforehand, then made sure not to put similar colors or patterns next to each other.

5. Paint, glue, and modge podge like mad!

6. After the paint dries, modge podge the top for an added layer of sealing.

7. Hang and enjoy! I used double-sided command tape to hang them on my wall.

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Ty's-Nursery17-copyI’m not sure if I’m going to re-hang the alphabet wall betters in his room, or hang them in the play room once we move. I’m kinda leaning towards playroom as it seems more appropriate.

Since his nursery also doubled as a craft room I tried to keep the spaces separate but organized. His white bookshelves store a few books as well as his swaddling blankets (we seriously have over a dozen of these gorgeous muslin swaddling blankets by Aura Weavers and Aden and Anais), baby wraps, diapers, wipes, and a low basket of soft toys for Lil’ J to reach for her brother.

My mom gave me the baskets on top of the bookshelves. They had pink ties that I took off and sewed my own giraffe-print ties. I also spruced up the plain brown canvas baskets by hot gluing some chevron ribbon I sewed into ruffles. At the time I didn’t know Leechie was a boy, but I figured it wasn’t too girlie. I still find it cute.

Giraffe gender neutral nursery shelves

I also used the same ruffle ribbon technique on the green baskets on the diaper changer. I bought them from Ikea for Lil’ J’s room but wasn’t using them, so here they went! I keep the large one stocked with burp cloths, and the small ones hold his bow ties, and socks.

I used the same diaper changer and dresser I had used for his sister (she got a new big girl dresser) , but took off the pink drawer knobs and ordered some chevron and brown ones off Etsy. Over there I also changed out his light switch for a cute one I found on Etsy. And I hung a second piece of whimsical artwork I found by Nidhi. She is amazing! I couldn’t buy just one.

Gender neutral giraffe nursery diaper changer Ty's-Nursery12-copyTy's-Nursery21-copy

His funky crib bumpers are called Wonder Bumpers. I won them in a raffle I donated to. They are reversible and the other side has a pretty blue damask design, but I thought the brown was more versatile for the gender neutral nursery theme I was going for.

Gender neutral giraffe nursery crib bedding 2

His amazing minky blanket is custom courtesy of Rocker By Baby. We are not a very “punk-style” “skull enthusiast” family, but Amber always manages to make the perfect item for my kids. Lil’ J still loves her mix tape blanket. But OH I forgot how soft her minky is. I need to read up about keeping it this way. He sleeps on it every night. I bought the boppy cover to match.

The adorable safari quilt was handmade by Big T’s great-grami. And the two friendly giraffes are sound machines that his sister loves to play with.Ty's-Nursery01-copyTy's-Nursery20-copy

His giant friendly giraffe kinda replaced the idea of a mobile. One of my awesome readers emailed me when she noticed it was on sale for 50% off one day on Amazon. So instead of it being $100, it was only $50. It’s cute, and gives him something to stare at. Soon enough I’m sure he’ll be trying to ride on it.

Over his bed I also hung a very elaborate, very detailed vinyl tree that I finally finished taking the last sticker off of yesterday. I went the cheap route and got a $50 one off eBay that was split in like 100 different pieces that I had to puzzle together. If I get another I’ll definitely shell out the extra cash to get one that I can pull off in one or two pieces.

Also above his crib is the giraffe piece that inspired me to go with the giraffe-themed nursery. I love it!

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And in the craft side area of the nursery I have a rocker chair I thought I’d sew a cover for, and for the foot stool, but instead I just draped with a crocheted chevron throw I ordered from a local woman. For the foot stool I just literally wrapped some extra fabric I had around the cushion it. It works!

Giraffe and chevron themed craft roomTy's-Nursery27-copyI wanted to tie in a bit of safari on my craft desk, and I fell in love with this elephant lamp. Originally I thought I’d do an elephant-themed nursery, so I’m glad I still used a bit of that in the end.

What do you think? Love it? I really do! My daughter’s was decked out with lots and lots of pink but I loved going the gender-neutral route here, and I think the whimsical giraffes really fit my sweet boy’s personality. I’m not sure how long we’ll keep it yellow and brown but I plan to set it up similar to this after the move. He’ll have more space though since it will no longer be a nursery/craft room combo. Perfect timing too cause my little big guy thinks he wants to start crawling.

Update: We’ve moved and our popular alphabet wall is now in the playroom.

DIY Wooden alphabet wall letters tutorial. #playroom #nursery #disney

Here’s where everything is from. If I’ve missed something you’re wondering about, let me know!

Chevron curtains/ iDecorateWithPillows Etsy
Vinyl tree/ eBay: Design4Wall
Giant giraffe/ Melissa and Doug via Amazon
Giraffe sound machines (big and little)/ Cloudb
Wonder Bumpers/ Go Mama Go Designs
Minky giraffe blanket/ Rocker Bye Baby
Minky booppy cover/ Rocker Bye Baby
Giraffe artwork: Savannah & Up and Away/ Nidhi Chanani Etsy
Custom white picture frames/ Ebay: Tabby7
Plain wood alphabet wall letters/ eBay: Anyshka_2
Elephant Lamp/ Carters via Amazon
Light switch cover/ ModernSwitch Etsy
Popup baskets/ Ebay (beige), Ikea (green) and Walmart (brown)
Diaper changer/ Craigslist
Drawer knobs/ Whimzicality
Polkadot burp cloths: HeartlandShop Etsy
Chevron throw blanket/ Handmade locally
Sewing machine cover/ YellowFarmHouse Etsy

Feb
03
2010

IT’S A…


Going through my mind the morning of, before SHOWTIME:

6am: Crap, gotta go pee. Try not to trip past the fireplace, make it to the bathroom. Go back to sleep.
8am: CRAP! Gotta go pee again! … Can’t go back to sleep. Wishing I could so that I could wake up again later, closer to show time!
8:05-8:30: Mess around on my iPhone, check email, Twitter, Facebook. Get a text from my mom that says something to the effect of “You’d better tell me today” hinting at the fact that she’d seen the details of my pink or blue party.
8:30: Get a call from my mother-in-law. She too was trying to get the details of our appointment. Nope, not this morning, I wish! Yes, it’s this afternoon, yes, I’ll call or text you as soon as I know!
9:00: Have conversation #20 about our thoughts on the day’s events. Make a plan to go exercise (him, not me… I stayed on my computer), get ready, go to the bank, go to the store, the post office (none of which actually happened). Talk about how he’s doesn’t care if it’s a boy or a girl and that I don’t either!!!… I just am ready to shop! … Make a plan to go to Babies R Us after the Ultrasound.
9:30-11:30: Goof around online, get on Twitter, answer work emails that can’t wait until Wednesday, start writing blog post drafts, ANYTHING to kill time. Wait… Did the clock just move BACKWARDS?! I think it did!!
Fast forward to 1:30 pm. We’re in the parking lot waiting to go in. I’m drinking orange juice and eating hash browns, my husband is downing a Quiznos sandwich. My stomach started to turn in knots as it always does before my appointments. I hadn’t really felt Spawnie kick all day and I was beginning to worry a little… I’m not sure why, it’s habit I guess.

When we went and checked in I took off my jacket and revealed my “Alien on Board” Tee from Speggwear. It’s one of the only maternity shirts I have so far and I enjoy showing it and my little bump off. I calmed down in the waiting room and tweeted my updates. After just a few minutes we were called into the ultrasound room.
It was dark, I’m not sure why but I didn’t expect that at first. The woman who greeted us was a nice lady, older, she seemed like she had been doing this awhile. I wanted to ask her how experienced she was but my courage went out the window as my nerves kicked in.
I laid on the table and got lathered up with jelly… Cold jelly. Then I fixed my eyes on the screen.
The first thing I noticed was Spawnie’s head. Spawnie was upside down in what looked like the most uncomfortable position. Chin to chest, head stuck in a corner near my bladder. I saw its head, torso and legs. But no arms.
The tech was pointing out Spawnie’s head and “nice spinal cord” “great heart” but WHERE WERE ITS ARMS?! I was overcome with nervousness, all this time I’d been worried about my child’s gender, praying for good health, yes… But now I was starting at what appeared to be my armless baby and limbs immediately became the only thing that mattered. My eyes began to water as I thought about this. Perhaps it was my punishment for calling my baby Alien Spawn for so long.
As the tech moved the wand around my belly different body parts began to focus. Spawnie’s femur bones and… Wait… Yes, ARMS! And hands, and fingers! I counted five fingers on each of Spawnie’s little fists!! I silently thanked the Lord.
The tech moved around explaining each body part and all I could do was smile and nod. When she hovered over Spawnie’s bum, sticking straight up, I was looking for boy parts. I had studied about 50 ultrasound gender-determining pictures on About.com the night before and was sure I’d be able to decipher between a boy and a girl if the position was right. I saw three white lines, and no turtle head when the tech asked us if we wanted to know what it was. We both said “yes” (I knowing I couldn’t wait another second) and she told us it was a baby girl! A very… Non-shy girl! I was so shocked, surprised and completely excited. I turned to my husband who had an elated look on his face. He gave a fist-pump showing his excitement. I cried after realizing we were really having a baby girl.
My OB later examined the photos and said it was a very obvious girl!
I knew it! It was my gut instinct from the beginning and my husband’s all along. I think he also wanted it to be a girl just so she would prove Intelligender wrong. I was mentally preparing myself for a boy but I’m so happy to be having a little girl! SO HAPPY!
Seeing her on that screen made yesterday undoubtedly one of the best days of my life! I can’t wait to meet my little girl… Our daughter!

(horrible picture I know! I don’t have a scanner so gotta go to Kinkos!)

Ready for the party to start? They’ll be a chatroom on my site tomorrow so you can join in! Be sure you’re typing in pink or blue! Here’s some hints (most myths) as to what I knew before my ultrasound:
I was carrying sorta “low”= Boy
Intelligender Test results = Boy
My 91-year old great-grandpa who claims he always predicts correct = Girl
Heartbeat was high 160s@12weeks and high 150s@16 weeks= Girl
Craving salty foods= Boy
Husband is gaining weight too (to his credit, it’s muscle)= Girl
Ancient Chinese Lunar Calendar= Boy
Dreams were all of boys until a few weeks ago = Girl/Boy
Dry skin=Boy
Morning sickness= Girl
Sleep on the right= Girl
Feet are colder than before (hard to believe!)= Boy

Hmm. Looks like we’re back to 50/50. Which test do you believe most?
Good luck with your guesses 😉

Now on to the Pink or Blue Party Prizes!

The Design Girl (3 winners)
A Premade Blog Template
A Premade Announcement Design
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A Mommy Measure

Spirit of Giving
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Sweet Dreams Maternity Wear
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Spawnie was not shy!! I know what (s)he is for sure! Tune in at 10:30am EST Tuesday to find out and win prizes!!

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