14 October 2012

Pregnancy Hormones

Sometimes I feel like a walking hormone storage facility. Having a touch of the flu this week hasn't seemed to help the situation. One moment I am feeling great, admiring how thick and cooperative my hair has been on prenatal vitamins, and the next I am crying because my belly is causing all sorts of inconveniences.

Hello, that thing is way too big for only being 23 weeks along. And those swollen fingers....

Ronnie has been so patient as we go to bed and I suddenly start crying because I am so tired, or I can't get comfortable, or my garment top won't stay tucked into my bottoms anymore, or whatever ridiculous thought crosses my brain. He will sweetly scratch my back or tell me how beautiful he thinks I am, which will lead me to cry even more because I appreciate him so much and then I get carried away in my thoughts and think about how I would absolutely die if something ever happened to him. He usually will just start laughing at me and distract me with something funny, and before I know it, I am asleep.

I have also recently become obsessed with fixing up the nursery and making it into something I would be proud of. I am usually to lazy and cheap to actually decorate so I am blaming the "nesting" hormones for kicking in early. I have spent WAY too much time on Pinterest gathering ideas, and holding myself back from impulsively buying all sorts of treasures. Luckily for our budget, I made Ronnie agree to participate in "Lock-tober" with me where we don't spend money on anything that isn't a bill, groceries, or a date. It has helped us find that extra cash in our budget to buy airline tickets for Christmas and not make me stress out so much.

With winter quickly approaching, I do want to get some painting projects done before it's too cold. Here is where I need some opinions. We are doing a vintage cowboy/southwestern theme. Mostly because that is what we have already laying around the house, and because is it just so darn cute.

Here is the dresser we are using and will put a changing pad on top of. It is quite long, and truthfully I am not a huge fan of this dresser. Ronnie "refinished" it in his single days, and is very proud of it, but it really doesn't do a whole lot for me. I was a little irked when he insisted it moved with us.

This is is with the middle door on:

But I will most likely keep it off to keep supplies handy in these little drawers:
I will definitely change the hardware and have found some cool vintage hardware on Etsy.

The dresser doesn't match our crib at all so I am thinking about painting it's "bones" grey and re-staining the top and drawers a richer, warmer brown color. I may even get a little crazy and do gold instead, or just do the whole thing in navy.

The crib, so graciously given to us by my sister Brittani, goes well with just about anything, so we will most likely put some simple grey bedding with blue and red accents to bring in the cowboy feel.

And here is some awesome vintage fabric I scored at goodwill for $1. I am hoping my sister Chelsey will help me make it into some pillows to throw into the crib to add some more southwest to the room.

I need to re-stain the frame on this, but I love this ugly sand painting I got at a thrift store back home for less than $5. When I showed it to my dad he may have winced a little bit, but then again, he has sand paintings of kittens crawling out of Indian pots. I like this the simplicity of this one.

We have an old, primitive wooden toolbox I got off of KSL that I want to figure out how to mount on the wall and use as a bookshelf. I will be learning how to do all sorts of interesting things with tools.

I also have this old frame I have been hanging onto and want to put a print of Leonardo Da Vinci's "Study of Horses" into.

I have been looking around to find some cool old antlers (just antlers, no head. yuck)to mount above the crib, but I may change my mind if I can get my hands on a cheap indian rug when I am home in a few weeks to watch my brother's kids. I LOVE the thrift stores in NM. They are so cheap and I kind of have a thing for junk. So if you drive by something in the trash and thing, "Mikael would probably like that old __________" you just pull on over, throw in the back of your car, and I will clean it up and love you forever.

I would love to add a rug to cover up our ugly dentist office carpet, but I also want Ronnie to be able to go into the nursery in the middle of the night without his "boots" on and not worry about him biffing it on the rug.

So here is what I want some opinions on...
1. What in the heck do I do with that dresser?
2. If you have kids, did you use a glider or a rocking chair? We might be able to squeeze a rocking chair in there, but a glider would probably be too big.
3. Any other nursery, decorative, or tips on how to make the room more functional are MORE than welcome.


  1. you've got a ton of fun projects ahead of you!! i really like the study of horses drawing... very cool. I know it's all going to pull together great!
    as far as the dresser? definitely leave the front door off. but i have no idea what you should paint it.
    i have a glider and i love it. i think no matter if you get a rocker or glider, they will both take up the same amount of space due to the motion of the rocking. todd's room is small and the glider is always hitting the wall!

    i think if i were doing this nursery, i'd really make teal a main color. brown, black, teal, and a yellow/golden color. like maybe take that awesome vintage fabric and have some teal and/or yellow pillows to also go with it.

    no matter what you do, it's going to be awesome! can't wait to see the end result! i'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled out here in tucson for you! :)

    1. Love the teal idea and will probably do a bunch of turquoise accents instead because I am obsessed with that color.
      Glad to know a rocker and a rocking chair are worth it and I will figure out a way to put one in there!

  2. Can't wait to make pillows for you! It's going to be very cute when it is all sone. Can't wait for you to get here.

  3. Loved reading your post! Made me smile!!!
    Yes. I love J's underwear. haha. Makes most nights comfy.

    Love the cowboy idea! I'm sure this is going to be the most darling room in the west!

  4. I like the dresser, and mixing wood colors is big right now. I have a grey sand painting I was going to put in my garage sale if you want it.