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Wow!  I can’t believe it’s been a month since Peanut and I planted our garden.  As expected, some things are growing well and other things… aren’t.  This year is all about learning what works and what doesn’t, and hopefully after the season ends I’ll have some good knowledge to build on next year.  So, with that, here’s how things currently stand:

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The lettuces (one pot of red leaf and one of mixed leaf) are doing well.  I worry that they’re a little crowded in the pots, but they must be happy enough because they’re consistently producing plenty of nice, tender leaves.  I’ve plucked quite a few salads from these pots and the lettuces grow right back.  At this rate it’s looking as though I won’t have to buy salad greens all summer, and I couldn’t be more delighted about that.

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The herbs are a mixed pot… errrrrr, bag.  I knew when I planted the mint I knew there was a chance it would try to take over the entire pot, and that does appear to be what it’s attempting to do.    It’s probably claimed a third of the pot for itself and the rest of the herbs are trying to hold onto a little of their own.  The parsley is doing okay, but not great; the dill and rosemary appear to be fighting back and hanging on; but the poor basil has, I think, bolted.  I probably should have planted the mint in its own pot – next year, I will – and now I’m trying to figure out how to rescue the basil.  I’m not sure if moving it to its own pot will do the trick at this point, or if it’s a losing battle.  The good news is, mint is my favorite herb.

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The strawberries are growing decently well.  Every couple of weeks, we seem to be getting a little handful.  (These were eaten, so we don’t have anything right now, but I’m sure we will soon.)  We’re not going to get enough at any one time for me to make a dessert out of them – we’d need a few more plants for that, I think – but it’s fun to have them growing out there and to pluck a few now and then.

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The tomatoes are not doing very well.  The stalks have grown much taller, but that’s the only progress I’ve seen.  There are several stalks with yellowing leaves and we’re just starting to see a couple of buds – and no little green fruits.  I’m sad that these seem to be struggling, and again I think I may have planted them too close together.  Pruning the stalks, and possibly thinning them out, is high on my list for the next few days.  Hoping that will have some effect.

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As for my gardening buddy, she’s still really enjoying the activity.  I’m careful to space out the tasks on which I include her – I don’t make her help with more complicated stuff, and I don’t drag her out to water with me every day – because I don’t want her to get burnt out on gardening.  She probably joins me in watering every three or so days, and the rest of the time I do it myself.  And I always bring her out to pick with me when I’m grabbing some lettuce or herbs – she loves helping me fill up the colander.  As expected, she enjoys picking (and eating) the strawberries most of all – it’s a challenge to get her to wait until I’ve washed the berries before she takes a big bite.  So cute!

All things considered, this garden is doing about as well as I expected it to.  I have never been a green thumb, and I’m hoping that a little experience will change that.  But the fact that I’ve gotten several salads out of this garden, that I have enough mint to last a lifetime, and that Peanut and I have an activity we’re enjoying, is enough for me to call the experiment a success so far.  Further updates to come as the season progresses!

Do you have a garden this year?  How’s it doing?

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Hey, look at this – a livable room!  We have made shocking amounts of progress in the nursery, considering (a) our laziness when it came to decorating this room (due mainly to being overwhelmed at work, and not to a lack of enthusiasm for Nugget); (b) Nugget’s slightly early arrival; and (c) our sleep deprivation after he came home.  Here’s what has been done since we last checked in:

  • Walls and trim painted.  The nursery used to be an ugly shade of cream that reminded me of spoiled milk, and the trim looked like yellow teeth. (You’re welcome for the visual!)  We’ve spruced it up nicely, I think, with crisp white trim and Benjamin Moore paint (the shade we chose is called “Wales Green”).  The walls now remind me of new leaf growth… which is nice, because there sure aren’t any signs of leaf growth outside the house.
  • Bedding obtained.  I ordered sheets from Pottery Barn Kids in a sweet green shade, and then Land of Nod upped its game and released this “Nature Trail” bedding (which was not available when I first started shopping for this room).  So Nugget is currently sleeping on sheets from both stores, and he finally has a cute quilt like his sister.
  • Furniture delivered.  Pottery Barn Kids came through for us in a big way after the Land of Nod disaster.  We purchased an upholstered rocker, dresser and nightstand.  (The book caddy is from Land of Nod and was shipped conventionally, so avoided the whole “sorry, but we don’t actually plan on giving you the furniture that we’ve already charged your credit card for” fiasco, and the crib is a hand-me-down from Peanut.)

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  • New closet doors installed.  This was part of the room-painting deal.  I like the closet doors, but the trim did not turn out the way we had discussed with the renovator, so now I have to see if there’s a way he can come back and fix it – or else decide if I can just live with it as it is.

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  • Wall decal purchased and hung.  I used to detest the idea of wall decals, but after I found super cute one for Peanut during a 3:00 a.m. online shopping expedition when she was a newbie, I came around to the idea.  It’s awfully nice to have some decor over the crib and not have to worry about anchoring it to the wall so it doesn’t fall off and injure the baby.  The theme for the nursery, which is just starting to come together, is sort of a loose “nature boy” theme.  So I chose an adorable decal of four woodland creatures from Trafalgars Square, an Etsy artist who also did the print in Peanut’s room.

That’s an awful lot of activity, considering that most of it happened during the two days before, and about the week after, Nugget was born!  We were able to get Nugget home to a room he could live in – which is to say, there’s a safe place for him to sleep and a dresser stocked with all the essentials.  (He’s been sleeping in the nursery since very early on; we tried to have him in a bassinet next to our bed, but he absolutely hated it yet was strangely willing to sleep in his crib.)  I’d say we’re probably 90% of the way to a completed room – the only tasks remaining are small decorating matters.  Namely:

  • Frame and hang Nugget’s two art prints.  I ordered an “Adventure Boy” print and a crowd scene of woodland animals from Trafalgars Square (can you tell I’m obsessed with her work?  So cute…) and a pair of espresso stained frames.  I’ve got the frames and the prints all ready; all that remains is to actually put the prints into the frames and hang them up on either side of the big picture window.
  • Address the closet trim issue.  Can you see, in the picture above, how the trim is painted green and is just one piece along the top of the closet?  I think it looks okay, but it’s not what I had specified when I met with the painter who also installed the closet door.  I had wanted white trim with mitred corners extending all the way around the closet.  I need to talk to the painter to find out why it wasn’t done that way and whether it’s even possible to do (I thought it was; after all, we talked about it).  I didn’t see the trim going up because I was in the hospital having the baby as the doors were being installed.  It might end up staying this way, but I at least want to find out if it’s possible to get what I thought I ordered.
  • Receive and hang up Nugget’s wall letters.  I had to wait until after Nugget was born to order them, since although we pretty much decided on his name back in November, there was always the chance we’d change our minds if we met him and the name just didn’t seem to fit.  (It did fit, and Nugget’s name is indeed what we thought it would be, but you never know!)  I ordered espresso stained letters from Pottery Barn Kids and they are on their way.  As soon as they get here, I’m planning to hang them over his dresser.
  • Finish up arranging toy storage.  Peanut has a lot of baby toys that she no longer uses, and they are now Nugget’s – but most of them are still stored in the playroom.  I plan to move at least a few of them to the basket in his room.  I also ordered a cute plush campfire from Land of Nod, along with little pine tree and s’mores pillow buddies, and I need to set those up.  At the moment, toys are really beyond Nugget, and the only person actually playing with his toys is Peanut.  But he’ll appreciate the toys soon enough!
  • Iron and insert Nugget’s crib skirt.  Hubby set up the crib not knowing that I had purchased a new crib skirt, so Nugget is currently using Peanut’s “pretty pleats” skirt.  Not a major issue, of course, but he does actually have something a little more manly, and I need to get it in there.
  • Replace the ugly eighties tan light switch and outlet plates with crisp, modern white (this should take me about five minutes once I’ve made the time to get to Lowe’s).
  • Have new window blinds installed.  The blinds currently in the room look okay, but appearances lie – they’re broken.  (They don’t actually close.  Bad scene for naptime.)  We’re planning to get wooden blinds installed in both of the kids’ rooms and in the den as well, I think.  We’ve picked the new blinds out; all that remains is to order and install them.

And that’s about it!  As you can see, we’re pretty close!  That’s in large part thanks to my mom, who helped out a lot during those first few weeks at home.  Hopefully I’ll have a final update and nursery tour to show you soon.  In the meantime, I’m spending a lot of time in that room, just enjoying this adorable view…

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I think the room is pretty cute!  But not nearly as cute as its inhabitant…

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Well, here we go!  I can’t believe that I’m 34 weeks pregnant and we’re only now getting around to working on the nursery.  I guess second kids really are different.  Between work, pregnancy and chasing a toddler around, I just haven’t had the energy to face the big task of furnishing and decorating another room.  But Nugget is coming… in six weeks or less.  The possibility that it could be less feels very real – at this time in my last pregnancy, Peanut was already three weeks out of the oven.  I hope he stays in until March, but in any event, things are not going to get less crazy around here, so we really needed to get going on this project.

When we bought the house, we already knew to expect an addition to the family, so we thought carefully about which room would become Nugget’s little space.  We chose a bedroom for him and then proceeded to use it as a dumping ground for all kinds of random stuff.  Behold:

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Just keeping it real.  Pretty bad, right?  And that’s actually not a true before – that’s after I’d gone through and thrown a bunch of things away, and started organizing bath products into the green bins along the wall.  Anyway, now you can see why the whole idea was so exhausting to me.

Enter hubby.  He spent a few hours clearing out the mess and this was the result:

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Ahhhh – much better!  Ready for paint and… furniture?  Yeah, about that.  I’ve shown you the first tracks.  Now, for the setbacks.  Back in December, I ordered nursery furniture for Nugget, from Land of Nod.  Hubby and I decided to go with Land of Nod because we had been so impressed with the quality, service and speed of delivery when we furnished Peanut’s nursery back in 2012.  2015?  Not so much.

After more than a month went by without a call to schedule delivery, I called Land of Nod’s customer service to ask about the status.  I was told that the furniture I’d ordered was not actually available for delivery to the East Coast.  When I asked why I hadn’t been notified that there was a problem with my order, I was just told, “Oh, yes, we see no attempt at contact was made.”  They then told me that they might be able to shift some of the order to a different warehouse and then do a long-distance shipment to my area, but it was going to take a long time – even if the furniture could be found (and there was no guarantee we’d even get that far) it wouldn’t be available for shipment until March.  Guess who else is being shipped in March (if he waits that long)?  Yeah, that’s right.  We checked our credit card statement and learned that we’d actually been charged for this order – before the furniture was delivered – and then credited a partial refund with no explanation or even identification of the piece we were being refunded for.

The next day, hubby got a cryptic voicemail message telling him that one of the pieces of furniture we ordered had been located.  Which one?  We’d have to guess.  I called customer service again and asked which piece was available and when we might expect it and was told in no uncertain terms that none of the furniture we wanted would be delivered, ever.  The customer service representative also seemed pretty annoyed that I wasn’t more sympathetic to the frustration she was feeling.  Well, sorry, lady.  But I’m pregnant, I’ve got a baby coming within the next six weeks, I ordered this furniture over a month ago, you’ve charged me for it with apparently no intention of actually delivering it… but yeah.  I’m sorry this is frustrating for you.  At that point, I requested that she cancel my order and refund any amounts I have been charged and not yet credited back.  I got a bit more attitude delivered my way, and the deed was done.

So, there we were – back to the drawing board.  Nugget has a crib (he’s inheriting Peanut’s, since she’s ready to move on to big girl sleeping arrangements) but nothing else.  Hopefully, that will change soon.  Hubby and I scrambled to put together a furniture order from Pottery Barn Kids, and I placed the order over the phone so I could get multiple assurances that the furniture I wanted was available and would actually be delivered.  I’m told that it is, and it will.  Whew – that was a little exhale.  I’ll breathe even easier when I get those long-awaited calls to schedule delivery.

So, with that, the task list remaining before Nugget takes up residence:

  • Paint the walls and trim, remove the broken mirrored closet door and install a fresh white closet door.  (We’ve actually hired someone for this task, since the closet door replacement has proven to be more complicated than we’d like, and we don’t have spare time to devote to a painting task anyway.  We called back the master painter/renovator who scraped our popcorn ceilings before we moved into this house, because we were so impressed with the speed and quality of his work.  Good to know someone like that!)
  • Receive the furniture delivery (crossing fingers and toes and eyes) and move the crib into the nursery.
  • Frame and hang art piece (I ordered an archival quality print from the same artist who did the print in Peanut’s room).
  • Set up book and toy storage and lighting.
  • Hang wall decal over the crib (I’ve ordered a cute one from the same Etsy artist who did the print) and order and hang Nugget’s wall letters (once he officially has a name, which he doesn’t yet).
  • Set up Nugget’s crib and fill the dresser with his little clothes, diapers, blankies and bibs.

If this isn’t all done by the time Nugget comes home, I’m fine with that.  Babies have survived for hundreds of years without perfectly decorated nurseries filled with Land of Nod  Pottery Barn furniture.  All he really needs is food, shelter, warm clothes and love, and he’s certainly going to have all of that from the moment he takes his first breath.  But I’m hoping that he’ll stay put long enough to let us get more done than Peanut did in her nursery!

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This post has been a long time in the works, and I can’t even tell you how happy I am to share the news that I am going home.  No, not to Old Dominion.  To a new home!  After months of searching, countless houses visited, four rejected offers, and umpteen sleepless nights, we’ve finally bought a house.  We closed on Wednesday, we’re having some work done this week and next, and we plan to move in by the end of the month.

The house is outside the city, which makes us very happy.  Our experiment in urban living over the past year has taught us that we are not city people.  True, I loved living in Foggy Bottom for my first two years of law school, and we lived in some fairly urban parts of Arlington (although, as a hilarious rule, Arlington thinks it’s more urban than it actually is) but for where we are in our lives now, the city just doesn’t work.  We hoped that our walkable urban Buffalo neighborhood would be kid-friendly, but it hasn’t been – even with the playground just a few blocks away, the constant noise and the confined spaces have been tough on little Peanut.  As they have on all of us.  I’ve been getting progressively more down on our house, our neighborhood, and our urban environment in general, and I’m ready for wide-open spaces and friendly neighbors.

So we’re moving to the country.  I won’t say exactly where, but I will say that we lucked into finding a house in a lovely rural area that somehow also manages a decent commute.  We won’t have to spend much more time in the car than we do now, fighting city traffic.  And we’ll have several acres for Peanut to explore, a pool where she can learn to swim, a fabulous kitchen where I can enjoy baking again, and a big, rambling house with great bones that’s just waiting for our updates and personal touches.

I can’t wait.  I can’t wait to wake up to birdsong instead of sirens.  To run down country roads and stargaze in our backyard under velvety skies unmarred by city lights.  To float in the pool in our private backyard all summer, and snowshoe around the nearby town park all winter.  To plant an herb garden and grow tomatoes in the abundant light.  To drink my tea in the mornings on the cozy back porch (maybe we’ll get a swing!).  To experience “years of painterly skies at dawn,” a line from The Cloister Walk – a book I recently finished – that perfectly sums up the gifts I hope country life will give our family.

I’ve never lived in a rural area before.  I grew up a suburban kid and have bounced back and forth from suburb to city to suburb to city.  This is a new departure for us and we think it’s going to be great.

I can’t wait to go home!

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We may not live in Virginia anymore, but the state will always have a very special place in my heart.  It was my home for almost nine years (I spent two years living in D.C. before moving to the Commonwealth), and it was the site of so many special things that happened to me in that time.  I came home to my first married nest in Arlington.  I got the news that I was going to be a mother in Alexandria.  My baby’s first (scary, yes, but also magical) weeks were spent in Fairfax.  My years in Virginia were the happiest of my life, and I will always, always treasure the memories I have from that time.

My house is full of Virginia and always will be.  I have paintings by Virginia artists hanging on my walls.  I have photographs of special places – some personal, family photos and some professional – scattered about.  I sip tea from a handmade mug I bought at the Torpedo Factory, and I season my food with salts and spices from my favorite shop on King Street.  Before we left, while we were soaking in the magic that is northern Virginia, hubby and I went on a Christmas ornament-buying spree, because we knew that our Buffalo tree had to reflect our love for our adopted state.  Here are our new additions:

Starting with the top… can you believe that until now, we didn’t have a tree topper?  We just never found one that we liked.  But I wanted this one as soon as I saw it – almost a year before we actually picked it up.  This white dove is a replica of the tip of the weathervane atop Mount Vernon.  You’ll notice it isn’t actually sitting on the very tippy-top of the tree.  It’s so well-made (read: heavy) that the top branch droops if we try to place the tree topper on it.  So it’s nestled in the uppermost branches instead, and I think it looks pretty darn good there.

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If you’ve been to Mount Vernon at Christmas time, you know the story of the Christmas camel.  Every year, George Washington used to procure a camel to entertain his step-children and grandchildren at Christmas.  They still carry on the tradition today, and a camel lives on the Mount Vernon estate and entertains the visitors all through the Christmas season.  For the past few years, it’s been a spirited little guy named Aladdin.  Here’s our own Aladdin:

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Another Mount Vernon Christmas tradition is the rendering of a huge gingerbread mansion inside the visitors’ center.  All year, there is a tiny, perfect, scale dollhouse representing the mansion just where the guests enter the property, but at Christmas, it’s all about gingerbread!  The gingerbread mansion is so impressive and we always loved checking it out.  There were plenty of Mount Vernon ornaments to choose from, but I knew I wanted this one, which gives a nod to the gingerbread version:

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If you know me “IRL,” you have probably heard about my obsession with Presidential china.  (Someday, I’ll tell you all about the time I toured the White House and wowed the Secret Service with my vast knowledge of different administrations’ china patterns.)  The first time I actually saw most Presidential china in person, it was at a special exhibition at Mount Vernon.  (If it seems like we were there a lot, it’s because we lived two miles from the estate.)  Even without the special exhibition, though, Mount Vernon is a mecca for a Presidential china-loving gal.  I always loved checking out the various china patterns that George and Martha collected, including some “protest” china (you’ll see what I mean), their personal china, and finally the Washington Presidential china.  There’s plenty to see in the Museum and Education Center, and I knew I needed Washington china on my tree.  There were miniature plates and cups, but this tea lover wanted the tiny teapots:

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Finally, lest it seem like we only care about Mount Vernon, I have one more ornament to share.  Another one of our stops just before leaving was to the gift shop at Christ Church, our church in Old Town Alexandria, where we picked up a few items by which to remember that special place, where we spent many happy Sundays and where Peanut was baptized.  We grabbed a black and white photo of the historic building (George Washington was a member!) and a copy of the members’ cookbook, complete with little snippets of church history and members’ favorite graces.  And we grabbed this ornament, which I will probably hang up in my kitchen after the holiday season ends:

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And there we have it!  Our new ornaments for this year.  Every time I walk past the tree, one of them catches my eye and I smile, thinking of beautiful Alexandria, where my heart will always be at home.

Any special ornaments on your tree this year?  Any that weren’t there last year?

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Well, friends, here it is: the long-awaited final chapter of Peanut’s nursery decorating saga.  (Long-awaited by ME, in any event.)

Let’s see… when we left off, we had cleared out the space, painted the walls a happy yellow shade, had a panic attack and a corresponding flurry of activity, and made an indecent number of trips to Home Depot.  And after this flurry of activity (a substantial portion of which was done during naptimes or feeding times – i.e. hubby would do a project while I fed Peanut, or vice versa – once Peanut came home from the hospital), we’ve got ourselves a sunny, cheery space for baby girl.  It’s the first room in the house that I actually consider “done” (the rest of the place has a long way to go before it goes from builder bland to personal and meaningful) and I think it’s currently my favorite room.  So let’s get to it, yeah?

Above you see the view from the door.  Peanut’s crib stands against the far wall, under a decal of tulips from Pottery Barn Kids.  I had grand plans of hanging a frame collage on that wall, a la Young House Love in their nursery, but I realized two things: (1) I have neither the time, nor the energy, to track down enough coordinating frames and DIY meaningful art; and (2) I don’t trust myself to anchor the frames to the wall securely enough for them to go over the crib.  So one evening, when I was sick of being greeted by a blank wall whenever I walked into Peanut’s room, yet was completely exhausted and unable to deal with the idea of doing anything more strenuous than slapping some stickers on the wall, I decided to look for a decal.  While I was planning the nursery, I firmly rejected the idea of decals: they were cop-outs, I told myself, and tacky to boot.  But when, in my state of near-zombie exhaustion, I finally caved, I was shocked to find some really adorable decals at not-outrageous prices.  I actually had a hard time deciding what to get, but I settled on the tulips because they fit perfectly in with my loose “handmade flower garden” theme for Peanut’s room.

Peanut’s other major wall art piece hangs between her two windows.  (Incidentally, the window treatments are the Pretty Pleats curtains from Land of Nod, the baby and kids’ arm of Crate & Barrel, and the curtain rods are from Home Depot.  We pull the blinds down to darken the room a bit, but we don’t use blackout curtains.  I know some parents swear by them, but in the NICU they cautioned us not to make the room too dark or quiet, since Peanut had gotten used to light and activity.)

The print, of a little girl reading a story to a group of bunnies, was the starting point for the nursery aesthetic.  It is from Trafalgars Square, an Etsy seller, and my heart melted the moment I saw it.  Isn’t it adorable?  Under the windows are two pink rope bins from Land of Nod; one holds Peanut’s receiving blankets and afghans, and the other is a landing spot for her cuddly toys.

Let’s take a closer look at Peanut’s bed and sitting area.  Her bedding is “Puzzle Patch” from Land of Nod.  I love the crazy quit, with its adorable pinks, yellows and greens, and the sheets that go with it.  The crib skirt is “Pretty Pleats” – like the curtains.  (Full disclosure: the quilt usually doesn’t hang over the side of the crib like that.  I “styled” it to look pretty for the photograph.  It’s dangerous to have anything in the crib but a fitted sheet – and mattress pad – and baby.  Safety first!  The quilt usually hangs over the back of Peanut’s upholstered rocker – which is from Pottery Barn Kids – and Clochette hangs out in one of Peanut’s toy bins.  She wanted to come say hi to the blog, though.)

The floor lamp in the corner is from Land of Nod – I love the pink shade and the sweet birds – and so is the crib.  The side table is from Pottery Barn Kids and makes a good landing spot for a bottle when hubby or I comes upstairs to feed and rock Peanut.  It’s also the resting place for Peanut’s AngelCare monitor.

Here’s a picture you’ve seen already!  Peanut’s dresser (which is from Land of Nod, although I replaced the pulls with blank matte knobs from Home Depot) holds her tiny clothes as well as burp cloths, bibs, swaddling blankets and sheets, pump accessories, extra diapers and wipes.  On top of the dresser is the changing mat, which hubby bolted tightly to the back of the dresser for added security (but we’ll be able to remove it when Peanut is a big girl, and no one will ever see the holes, since they’re facing the wall).  I also picked up a couple of pink baskets from the Container Store, which keep diapers and baby care supplies within easy reach for me.  And there’s a cute little Plan Toys sheep hanging out there too, just waiting for the day when Peanut is old enough to play with him (when she’s two or so).

And above the dresser, just in case we ever forget Peanut’s name (we’re pretty sleep-deprived) we hung her wall letters.  We got them from Pottery Barn Kids, but it’s plenty easy to find them in other stores too, or even to paint your own if you have the time and skill (I don’t).

 

One thing I really wanted to do was hang some of Peanut’s little dresses from hooks on her doors.  I was originally eyeing some patchwork bird hooks, but at the last minute these flower hooks (again, from Pottery Barn Kids) captured my heart.  The dresses are from Cherokee Baby – I got them at Target – and the hangers were her Nana’s.  One hook hangs on Peanut’s closet door and the other on the door to her room; both face into the room.

I think this is my favorite part (of course) – the book storage!  I had my heart set on wall ledges and found these at Land of Nod.  They don’t hold many books, but that’s okay – they’re more for display than anything else.  The bulk of the book storage is on the Library Cart, also from Land of Nod.  I am ridiculously in love with this thing.  Not only does it add great functional storage… but, well… you know how I feel about libraries.  The top shelf holds Peanut’s books (and the Dragonstone Castle from Haba, which I love), and on the bottom shelf, two pink tin cubes are devoted to more toy storage.  The elephant chair was a gift from Peanut’s Grandma (it was supposed to be a baby shower gift, but Peanut showed up ten days before my baby shower and all festivities were cancelled) – I can just see her sitting in it to look at her books when she’s a toddler!

So, there you have it: a bright, happy garden of a little girl’s room, with sweet touches and plenty of function.  My new favorite room in the house!

And they all lived happily ever after.

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Q: Who needs three trips to Home Depot in order to complete one simple, inexpensive dresser upgrade?

A: A NICU mom.

I wanted a little contrast in Peanut’s room – it was a lot of white and pastels – so I decided to bring in a touch of black here and there to ground things out.  I hung simple black curtain rods to contrast with the white curtains (Peanut loves to stare at the high contrast area between the curtain rod and the curtains – bonus) and decided that it would be a fun, easy upgrade if I switched the white wooden pulls on Peanut’s white dresser for matte black ones.  So I took myself off to Home Depot, thinking I’d pick up the pulls, install them in ten minutes or less, and have a cool “custom” dresser to show for my minimal efforts.

Ha.

Home Depot Trip #1: Scoped out the pulls, picked a design I liked and purchased six pulls – one for each of the six drawers.

Womp Womp: Realized that there are two pulls on each drawer, for a total of twelve, not six.

Home Depot Trip #2: Purchased six more pulls from the same bin.

Womp Womp: One of the pulls was mistakenly dropped into the wrong bin and didn’t match the rest.  Partly my fault (I didn’t check them closely enough when I was grabbing six more pulls to buy) and partly just unfortunate circumstances (the pull being in the wrong bin to begin with).

Home Depot Trip #3: Return the wrong pull and pick up the right one.

Win!

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