You guys, I am so, so, SO in love with this dress from Shop Vintage Minnie! I’m not going to lie, I wore it for three days straight when I got it in the mail. It’s not only red, which is my favorite color, but it’s got flowers on it, which you all know I’m addicted to anything floral, it fits my pregnant belly, and it’s vintage. A combination like that is irresistible.
There’s a similar blue one available if anyone wants to, you know, send it to me. Haha!
Plus, it looks good with boots OR heels. I wore it like this just for a day out and about running errands and seeing family, and then the next day to the baby shower my mom threw for me but with heels and a flower crown, and I loved that changing up the accessories just a little bit yielded two really different looks.
And lastly… the husband likes it. Which is always a plus.
The baby shower (I totally didn’t mention that till today, did I? Oops) was so much fun! Mr. Owl and I had absolutely nothing except the bassinet his sister handed down to us, a few hand-me-down clothes from her as well, a cute owl hat, and… that’s it. So it was SO fun to be able to bring home lots of baby stuff from family.
I feel like I can finally start setting up his nursery now. Well, if you can call it a nursery. It’s really just an approximately 4×5′ space above the stairs that has a half-wall around it and a slanted ceiling. It’s kind of tiny. Then again, so is the whole house.
Still, we’ll be able to fit a crib, changing table (which will be a dresser, too), trash can, and laundry hamper in there. That’s enough, right?
I really want to make his space look special, even though it’s tiny and not an actual room at all. I’ve been scouring Pinterest and mommy blogs for inspiration, and with a little bit of creativity and a lot of DIY on hand, I think we can make it a cute space as well as a practical one.
While I was taking pictures, my nieces and nephews were running around trying to scare Mr. Owl with this mask, and it was pretty funny. They’re a very lively bunch, and it’s a lot of fun just watching them interact with each other and the rest of the family, and getting to know them all and their different personalities.
I think I may have mentioned this before, but it’s also really weird to be around people who actually read my blog for news when they were far away (they’re missionaries in Ukraine, back for a 10 month furlough), so also talk to me about blogging. It’s making me a lot less self-conscious about taking pictures in front of people (or with people), that’s for sure!
Now that we have a little head-start on a stockpile of things for the baby, I’ve been trying to find a good list of unexpected must-haves for a first-time mom and newborn, but it’s surprisingly hard to find. I feel like there must be something a new mom didn’t realize she would need, and there has to be someone who would make a list of the things she used the most at first… but I can’t find anything that doesn’t list the obvious (aka diapers, wipes, breast pump, teething toys, swaddlers, etc).
So I am thinking once the baby is born, I’ll be watching and making a list of things I didn’t realize I would need to share with all of you new expectant moms so we can all be more prepared.
I also need suggestions from those of you that do have babies: is there anything you, as a new mom, wish you would have had before the baby was born, or found you unexpectedly used the most?
I hope you all have a good Monday! I intend to get started on the baby space today. We finally decided on his name (took long enough!) so I’ve got his initials in wooden letters, and I’m going to paint them to coordinate with his nursery colors of gray, green, and maroon. Then, I need to figure out a good storage system, get the rest of his corner cleared of non-baby things (aka, take the bookcase out so we can fit his crib and dresser in), and decide what goes where.
And that means I have to reorganize (and clean) the bedroom to fit the bookcase in there somewhere.
It’s going to be a good day!
A few of my favorite Shop Vintage Minnie items: