nursery update

The past month we’ve been a little busy trying to get our little nursery together. There is still a little ways to go with decorating but so far the big stuff is complete! I’m pretty proud of us for all the work we’ve done!

We decided instead of buying a brand new changing table and dresser, we would check out garage sales and Craigslist to see if we could find anything that might work. We lucked out with both!

I found a changing table at a garage sale for $10 and couldn’t pass it up. It even matched the crib perfectly. Keeping it brown was not much of an option for me so we decided yellow would be fun. About 800 cans of spray paint later, it was perfect! Dan did about 99% of this project since the spray paint fumes were so strong and he did such a great job. :)

Next up was the dresser. I searched all over Craigslist and finally found one for $60. Dan wasn’t too thrilled with it because it was not in the best shape. It’s definitely not the nicest dresser out there but I fell in love with it and really wanted to make it work! Fixing it up ended up being a MAJOR headache (just like Dan predicted). I’m pretty sure we could have bought a couple new dressers for the price we paid in paint and supplies for this one. ;) It all worked out in the end though. I am so incredibly happy with how it turned out! (And how cute are the knobs I added!? Thanks to Hobby Lobby for having them for 1/2 off!)

It’s been so much fun seeing the nursery come together. With every project we complete, it makes it that much more real that in just a few short months, there will be a little baby sleeping in there! :) We cannot wait!

Heather Weather - June 20, 2013 - 3:53 pm

I loooove it!! I can’t wait to see it all together!

amanda fales - June 20, 2013 - 4:25 pm

you guys are so amazing. love these :) (love you.)

Ashley - June 20, 2013 - 4:37 pm

OMG THE DRESSER IS SUPER CUTE!!! I can’t believe you got that looking the way you did. nice work!

Jeremy - June 20, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Looks great!

prego party!

Dan has a really great group of work friends who threw us a little prego party on Sunday. :) A few of them unfortunately are moving out of the state so we decided to have the party a little early so everyone could be there. It was so much fun! We had Mexican food (not a new craving or anything .. I’ve always been obsessed!) then went back to our friend Lacy’s house for snacks, present opening and non-prego games (there were boys involved and I don’t know many that would enjoy playing baby shower games!). :)

We got some incredibly cute gifts which made me so much more excited for this little girl to get hurry up and get here! This was baby shower #1 of 4 (holy crap!). Our family showers are next month .. one in Ohio and one in Illinois. We are so lucky to have such amazing friends and family in our lives! This little girl is already so loved! :)

Katie - May 28, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Such fun goodies!!

xo,
Katiehellolittlebean.com

Gillian - May 29, 2013 - 4:18 pm

So cute! I LOVE that mobile!

special day

Today is kind of a special day. :) On top of it being Mother’s Day and being preggers with this little lady, it’s also our one year wedding anniversary! I always had the intention of blogging about our wedding but life got in the way and I let my little blog get away from me. Now that I’m updating more, I figured today would be the best day to write about it. :)

We had the most perfect day. I had been planning a larger wedding from the start but I got so stressed out. I couldn’t handle all of the decisions that needed to be made, the drama and the costs of everything. We were also reaaally torn about wanting to use our saved up wedding money to get a fence for our house. That might sound crazy to some people but for us it was so hard to justify spending thousands on one day when we could use it for something we would get use out of every day! Long story short .. we decided to buy the fence and change up all of our wedding plans .. and we were SO glad we did! :)

Our total guest count was a whopping 12 people after inviting only our parents and our closest friends. :) The weather that day was so perfect (unlike today .. high of 55 and windy! yuck!). We were married outside on a cute little patio right next door to the bed & breakfast we booked for dinner our reception. Our wonderful friend Robbie married us (which made everything that much more special!) and even included Otis & Penny in a little of what he wrote. :) The ceremony was short & sweet which was perfect for me because I am not a fan of being the center of attention. After our ceremony, we did photos with our family & friends then Dan and I went off with our photographer for for our own little photo shoot (it was so weird being in front of the camera since I’m the one who usually photographs the bride & groom!). Once pictures were done, we had a reaaaally yummy dinner (pasta!), ate red velvet & white chocolate raspberry cupcakes and then everyone went back to our house for a little bonfire. I would not change a single thing about our day. I can’t say enough how perfect our day was!

By the way, can I just take a second and brag about my $20 H&M wedding dress? Sure it’s not your traditional wedding dress but nothing about our day was traditional so it totally worked. :) I love that from now on I get to say I only had to spend $20 on my wedding dress!

I can’t believe it’s already been a year that Dan and I have been married! This past year has been pretty wonderful. I am so lucky to have married him. He really is the most helpful, caring guy I have ever met. That’s become even more apparent since this pregnancy wasn’t (and sometimes still isn’t) easy for me. I am already looking forward to many many more years of being married to him. :) I know he’s going to be the best dad too! I’m such a lucky girl to have him in my life (so is our soon-to-be-here little one). :)

Dan - May 13, 2013 - 7:50 am

I LOVE YOU!!! a 100 more years with you wont be enough time with you.

Katie - May 20, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Happy anniversary! Your wedding sounds amazing! I always thought I wanted a big affair, but the more time that passes, the more smaller weddings appeal to me. I love yours!

xo,
Katie
hellolittlebean.com

decisions decisions

Since we bought our home a few years ago, it’s become pretty clear to me that making a decision when it comes to decorating is not an easy thing for me. I don’t even want to try and remember how long it took me to find the ‘perfect’ bedspread for our room. It had to be months.

Now we have a nursery to decorate which only means I have been driving myself crazy again! :) I scoured the internet looking at baby bedding sets and didn’t like anything. I decided to give up on the bedding search and just find fabric I liked to make my own. I don’t own a sewing machine or I’d take on the task myself but luckily I have some pretty crafty people in my life who have offered to help!

After weeks and weeks of searching, freaking out about the cost of quality fabric and going back & forth about what I thought I liked, I think I can finally say I fell in love with a collection!

My plan is to do a crib skirt, a few sheets, a little quilt, diaper changer cover and possibly some window valances. Just typing all of that out overwhelms me and I’m not even doing the sewing!

We’ve also made a little progress with nursery furniture! Dan got the crib put together (with a little help from Otis & Penny of course) and I kind of can’t get over how cute it is. :)

I can’t wait to see how this all comes together! :)

Katie - April 30, 2013 - 12:20 pm

I feel your pain! I’m hating ALL crib bedding in general. I do own a sewing machine and I’m pretty handy with it. But all the fabric I find that I want is so expensive =/

I love the fabrics you picked! It’s going to look so cute when it’s all put together!

xo,
Katie
hellolittlebean.com

Shannon - May 15, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Cute fabric. It looks like it will be perfect with your wall color and the style of crib you chose (which is also adorable!)

20 weeks!

We had our 20 week ultrasound yesterday and I’m happy to announce our little lady is doing well! Her measurements, spine, brain, and heart all looked great. The ultrasound tech was so impressed with the view of her heart that she took a video of it to share for training purposes. I joked that she is already a little model! :)

It was pretty amazing to see her little heart working away. Dan and I decided it was probably the coolest thing we’ve ever seen. We also go to see her yawn which wasn’t as amazing but it was still pretty adorable!!

I also got the 100% confirmation that I was hoping for that she’s all girl! :) We are so so so excited!


Katie - April 22, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Yay!! SO cool! Ours is tomorrow and I’m so anxious and excited!

She’s beautiful =)

xo,
Katie
hellolittlebean.com

Katie - April 24, 2013 - 10:57 am

Yay for girls!!

xo,
Katie

hellolittlebean.com

Londen - May 9, 2013 - 11:37 pm

I remember our 20 week appt. like it was yesterday…very exciting!! Good luck finishing up her room, have fun!

Londen