Monday, August 15, 2016

Peach Perfect

My heart holds a tumble of emotions when it comes to our baby to be. I'm so pleased, so, so pleased for this second chance at growing our family.  And the girly part is a welcome twist of fate.  But also detachment (is there a real baby inside?), doubt (will we truly get to have her?), responsibility (to keep her safe), fear (about the flavor of our first few weeks) and jealousy (for Eleni's memory).  Everything that is sweet, is bittersweet.

How do you nurture a joyful anticipation under these circumstances?  To choose a name is to refuse detachment.  To create a nursery is to imagine a world in which baby comes home to discover her space.  A space where she enjoys the sensation of being rocked, smiles at the sight of a bunny lamp and makes use of the rug's padding when learning how to sit and crawl.  There is no reason I should deny these acts of faith.  I am trying.

Today I share my inspiration board for this little girl's nursery.  I adored Eleni's nursery, but want to make this one entirely different.  Because everything should be different.  This time we have non-neutral medium-peach walls, rich dusty teal velvet curtains and a southwestern-inspired rug.   I'll try to bring in whites and pastels through the accent items to keep things overall soft and peaceful.  But I'm not very good at peaceful!  I'm so easily captured by all the colors, patterns and pretties.

Peach Perfect nursery

No. 1  Sanela curtains  (Ikea)

No. 2  Bloom wall art (Land of Nod)

No. 3  Olunda butterfly picture (Ikea)

No. 4  Mint Wall Clock (Society6)

No. 5  Abracadabra bunny lamp (Land of Nod)

No. 6  Elkton end table (Target)

No. 7  Miniments in raw, All Paths in clear and Bed of Daisies all from Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory for crib sheets

No. 8  Baxton Studio rocking chair (Wayfair)

No. 9  Sniglar crib (Ikea)

no. 10 Skinny laMinx Flower Bed, Cali Mod Ziggy and Tapestry Destination Aerial all from Fabricworm for changing covers

no. 11 Tiger Stripes canvas (Lark Cottons) and Les Fleurs Rosa Peach (The Loopy Ewe) for floor poufs

no. 12  Hemnes Dresser (Ikea)

no. 13 Mohave area rug (Target)

The crib and dresser are from our last nursery, and I've already stashed away the rug, curtains and rocking chair.  Although it will be months before there's an actual room available to put anything in, I think I should start making things now for the sake of my heart (and time constraints!).  First up are crib sheets.  My fabrics just arrived from Bobbie Lou's!

22 comments:

  1. Very pretty color palette ... and I think it looks soothing.

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    1. Whooot! Soothing is hard for me. Crossing fingers I hit the mark!

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  2. I have an idea how you feel. My husband and I were recently matched to adopt our second child with a birth mother who is due at the end of September. I have so many conflicting emotions about it and what to about planning, who to tell. We know it's going to be a girl and our first child is a boy. I think it would be easier if it was another boy because I could plan without really planning. It's harder with a girl because I want to make some changes to the nursery and buy some clothes. Part of me is happy and excited, but part of me knows it might not work out and maybe this little girl isn't meant to be ours.

    I wish you all the best and hope you have fun planning for your new little girl, but also understand how it's a bittersweet time.

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    1. Oh, yes, you sound like you're in a very similar place. Baby isn't really here until she's here, right? Yours in hope!

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  3. This nursery looks beautiful. While I can certainly understand your conflicting emotions, please try to enjoy the anticipation and planning for this little girl.

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  4. Beautiful, just beautiful. Thank you for sharing this journey with us all. We love you and what you do for us in thismwonderful quilty community.

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  5. Very pretty! Quilters have such great color sense.

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  6. Your words resonate a lot with me. I think pregnancy after loss is a hard thing holding many joys but also some difficult feelings. After we lost our son at 28 weeks gestation, my next pregnancy was hard and full of doubt and fear. It's difficult to let yourself enjoy the joy and excited anticipation when you've got full knowledge of just how much reality can differ from your hopes and dreams for a little one. It helped me to give space to my emotions while remembering that they wouldn't last forever

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  7. (My first comment cut off before I was done, oops!).

    I just wanted to say I think you are so wise to put forth these acts of faith, in choosing joy in the midst of all the hard feelings that come too. Your new little one is a lucky lady to have a mama like you. Sending you love and hope for a peaceful heart during the rest of your pregnancy.

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    1. Thank you, Kirsten. It is nice to remember that these feelings too shall pass.

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  8. I can'timagine what this time is like for you, and my heart aches thinking of all the emotions you must be going through. I can only think that Eleni is looking on, and whispering to her sister, "You're gonna love Mom!"

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  9. I get it. I get excited by bright girlie pretties too.
    I like the teal, the grey green-ish, the dusty beige and the peach.

    I also understand the sting in your heart.
    I am sure all of you are looking ahead with hope and excitement. Eleni's presence and memory will always be there. She was with us for a short time, but we will never forget she was here.
    I just love these ideas for your new little flower's room. I love the bunny lamp. I am getting excited too.
    ^^ I love what Sarah Craig said. So true. Eleni is looking on with love ♥️

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  10. Sarah said it so well (above). My heart aches for what you must be going through. I do pray that the peace of God will permeate this pregnancy.

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    1. Thanks, Gloria. And I've enjoyed seeing your many designs on Instagram lately =)

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  11. I echo some of the thoughts that Kirsten C shared above, pregnancy after loss is a hard, and bizarre thing. I appreciate the bravery that you are showing, as you look towards the future. Praying that God helps you and your family as you begin to bond and welcome this new little girl into your lives (even before she arrives).

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  12. How I would get through it? Prayerfully.
    Pray for guidance, Rachel. He will not disappoint you and will guide you.
    He alone knows why things happen. We cannot even guess at His reasons.
    Trust and faith will take you there.

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  13. I adore your choices for this baby's nursery. I am so moved and inspired for your courage in each step you take. I am praying for complete joy for you when the delivery day arrives and in all the days that follow. God bless you and your family.

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  14. I think your choices for the nursery are simply adorable. If I were a baby girl I immediately would move in and never leave. This room is going to be very beautiful. May I suggest to you to cherish all happy moments and keep them in your heart while contemplating the worries and allowing them to pass? Maybe it will help you to stay a bit more relaxed.

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  15. A peaceful mood board ... is always the best place to start 💕

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  16. Mustard and peach, yummy! Well, the colors anyway ;)
    Floor puffs sound so fun and will be loved by all I'm sure.


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  17. It will be perfect! Everything looks beautiful on your board. Hopefully staying busy with these things will take your mind from the other thoughts! I pray for you, your little bundle, and the rest of the family.

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