It’s hard to believe that we are so close to meeting our son. Silas Rein Alexander, he was in our hearts two years ago and now he’s a reality. The journey of pregnancy has been fun and full of excitement especially because we moved into a charming three bedroom house to make room for his arrival. I’m glad I’ve been preoccupied with the move, some travels, and styling work during this pregnancy because it has kept me busy and time has flown by. My mover personality can get the best of me sometimes. I can find it hard to enjoy the moment if I know what is coming ahead. Over two years ago we decided it was time to expand our family. I wanted to hold a hold baby in my arms as soon as I felt “ready” to try. It’s been a learning process for sure! Not only have I been forced to be patient, but I’ve also learned that the process of waiting can be beautiful and full of life. Glad to say that I’ve enjoyed each phase of this pregnancy.
My friends and family threw me an amazing shower back in the Fall. You can see the details in this blog post The Perfect Baby Shower. I thought for sure I would become anxious to meet our baby after celebrating his impending arrival. But, that wasn’t the case. I’ve been nesting at a slower pace than I’m used to. And slowing things down is always Ned’s advice for when my racing thoughts begin to control my mind set. Super chill Ned compliments my intense personality perfectly. Silas’ room is as ready as it can be. I’ve organized and re-organized his furniture, decor, and clothes so many times and now I feel fully ready to hold this cutie in my arms. The process of putting this nursery together has been amazing and I’m so thankful for each and every item gifted to us. It does take a village to raise a child. We couldn’t have had this gorgeous nursery for our little boy without the community of friends, family, and instagram shops who showered us with blessings. Thank you for your love, gifts, and sweet thoughts. I still remember opening all those presents at my shower and feeling so overwhelmed with love. New boxes continued to arrive even months after the shower. Every time I opened a new box it felt like Christmas. Ned and I have not had to buy very many baby items for Silas and we certainly feel very spoiled.
We have tried to keep the nursery as minimal as possible because there will be plenty of things that we will want to get for the baby once he arrives. And I’m sure there will be many “baby’s first” items that we will want to keep. Staying minimal now will help us choose wisely what we want to store for years to come. The dresser has all of his comfortable pajamas and at home clothes and the closet is saved for adorable outfits for church, coffee dates, and running around town. I only keep his clothes in 3 month increments while the rest is stored away. This will help us keep the nursery minimal and use exactly what we need. In a few months I can switch out the next batch of clothing and store away what he grows out of. You never know if we’ll have another boy.
I did make Silas a very special gift just from mommy. The mobile hanging over his crib was an idea I had for years. I remember collecting sweet little Christmas ornaments in the hopes of making a nursery mobile for our baby. After over two years I’m finally able to put those ornaments to good use. As creative as I may be, I don’t always finish every DIY project I start. This mobile however was so special to me that I kept working on it until it was complete. I may even post a small tutorial one day on how I created it and it will have to be after this boy arrives and gets settled. You can find a list of my favorite items in the nursery with links to their sources & shops below in case you mamas want to get some of the sweet pieces for your little babes too.
Crib & Dresser/Changing Table: Babyletto
Handwoven grey & white wool hanging: BlancLaine
Cloud Hooks: Hagelens
Geometric Print onesie, black suspender leggings & onsie on dresser: Mile
When you smile print & arrow shelf: Puurrr
Pompom blanket: LinksandCo