It's really not like me to go over a month without a blog post. Did you wonder where I had gone? Apologies, but as I find myself increasingly saying, there's too much to do and so little time! I have been pushing myself a little harder than usual and I'm single-handedly decorating the house from top to bottom. That's not a dig at my husband. Someone has to watch the kids as the other gets this house sorted! You couldn't take your eye off Wreck it Ralph (AKA Noah) for a second.
Most first time parents, upon learning of babies impending arrival start thinking about what baby needs. That includes a nursery, and we were no different. We had Jack's room sitting ready for him before he was even born. And then we didn't even enter it for over 6 months as he shared a cot by our bed. This time around we were too laid back. 'Sure he'll be in our room for 6 months plus anyway' says we. Correct - but that 6 months went by in the blink of an eye. It turned into 8 months. 8 months of co-sleeping no less.
Co-sleeping and breast feeding go hand in hand, and it was a blissful arrangement for Noah and I. He loved it, I loved it, and it was just the most wonderful few months. I guess the constant supply of milk did him some good as he is now one hefty chappy . So 6 months in co-sleeping wasn't so enjoyable anymore. He kicked and complained all night long. I was waking up with a sore back from the positions I had to adopt to let him suckle. And so I decided it was time to get our spare room converted into a room for Noah. Problem was, I was convinced I'd spoiled him. The boy wouldn't ever sleep for longer than 20 minutes without me. I was worried I would have to co-sleep for years. If that isn't the motivation one needs to spend every spare moment making a sweet and homey environment for the littlest to bed down, I don't know what is.
Off to Ikea I did go. When you're decorating on a budget it's a necessary evil. But I happen to like Ikea. I spent the next week slowly erecting flat pack furniture. (Read: Jack's at nursery and Noah is napping, which means quietly trying to hammer tacks... Will Noah just sit and eat this rusk whilst I get step 34 through 37 done... Oh no I've put these on up-side-down and now I need to go back 15 steps...) I don't think there is anything more satisfying than when you finally have a fully functional piece of furniture you made with your own two hands.
One of the lovely things about blogging is sometimes you get to feature some beautiful items from the nicest companies and I've got some sponsors to introduce you to. They sent some gorgeous items for Noah's new nursery, and if you see anything you like, I even have some discount codes for you!
A Little Bird Told Me generously sent along this darling rocking sheep. Can you believe Noah has mastered this at only 8 months? He can even carefully slide himself off Lambert's back so he falls gently to the floor on his bum! It is so sweet sitting in the nursery, with his wee soft woolly body. Check out the website to have a look at Lambert, and some other beautiful nursery items, and if you see something you like, A Little Bird Told Me is kindly giving my readers 20% off an order with the code PAPERMOON.
Rabbit Bookends - Vintage / Wood Panel Photo Frame - TK Maxx
I had a little space just beside the radiator. Between the cot and the chest of drawers. What I really needed was a small bench to perch on and settle Noah through the bars of the cot. I asked my clever Pappy Jack to build me a bench to these specifications and he did. I love it. I painted it to match the nursery.
Olli Ella, who specialise in stylish nursery furnishings sent the amazing Felt Leaf Garland that hangs above the cot, along with The Places You Will go print. Have you ever read the Dr. Seuss book 'Oh the Places you'll go'? It is my all time favorite kids book, full of wisdom far beyond what any child can comprehend. But it reads beautifully, and I could just read it to Jack again and again. This print reminds me of the positive messages and home truths in the book, and is super sweet hanging in the new nursery.
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Sass and Belle Cowboy and Indian Hooks
Dotcomgiftshop were sweet enough to send the funky 70s framed Alphabet Wall Poster which, I think, injects some colour into the nursery. Noah is too young to appreciate it, but Jack has certainly read over it a few times. The Rabbit and Toadstool nightlights are also available here, and they look particularly stunning all lit up inside our circular shelves.
You may have noticed a bunny theme throughout the photos? These adorable Rabbit Wall Stickers (in duck egg blue and green) are from Koko Kids. I'm in love with these! They are so subtle, almost like shadows. Amazingly, they can be re-positioned as and when you like. Believe me, I can vouch for this. I had a lot of fun figuring out where to put these, changing my mind, and putting them somewhere else. I have dotted them around the room. Some are nestled in corners, we have a couple nuzzling on the skirting boards, and we even have one jumping over a shelf.
Koko Kids is giving you 20% discount on an order with the code KOKO.
Dotcomgiftshop Rabbit Nightlight £4.95 / Koko Kids Rabbit Wall Stickers £19.95 / A Little Bird Told Me Lambert Rocking Animal £100
Long Story Co sent along these silk-screen printed plush goodies, Garry Guardsman and Samuel Sailor. They're so pretty sitting about the nursery.
To finish off I couldn't resist these amazing Be Brave and Be Kind wall decals from Shanna Murray Illustrated. I'd be a happy mama if my boys grew up having learned that these are rules to live by.
So, to sum up the story of Noah's new nursery, Noah has made the successful at transition from co-sleeper to Mr Independent. And despite my concerns, he has not been traumatized! In fact, I think we are both loving having our own space. Noah will now happily nap in his cot during the day, and he will go for hours at night. I'm not saying he goes all night. I'm still up once or twice to comfort him or give him a little feed. But I notice the stretches are getting longer and longer. My husband and I are loving the extra time together in the evenings, and I'm so relieved the change hasn't upset the babby too much. I'll always treasure those 8 months of sharing a bed with this rascal, but it's time for the next chapter, and I hope little mister enjoys his new nursery.
Thank you so much to all my sponsors that provided such lovely items, and to those who are giving my readers discount codes. You're all so fab. Mwah!
Finally, here's what we've been getting up to!
1. The 5 of us
2. Teaching fart noises
4. Minding Tilly the Hamster for the weekend
5. Read to me
6. Webbed Bananas
7. Feeding Fred and Ted the Donkeys
8. Longer days mean evening walks