We live in a small apartment, I love it, but for 3 people it can get a wee bit cramped sometimes. When I got pregnant with James we considered moving, but then bedrest happened and moving was not an option. Instead I told Jerry we could all fit in our little space, we just needed a little redecorating and maybe some purging, but we'd make it work. I knew I wanted James to stay in our room with us for two reasons: 1. He would be up every 2 hours and I planned on breastfeeding, so I wanted him as close as possible. Any extra steps at 2:30am when you've gone to bed at 12:30am can feel torturous. 2. I wanted to try and avoid waking up Ardo. Newborns in my opinion are easier to put back to sleep than a 3 year old.
We started by rearranging our room, once we did James' corner came together perfectly.
First came the changing table. This is actually Ardo's changing table. It was originally black. Jerry painted it a light green because with James I wanted lighter pastel colors. Also, James is our second born and I'm a second born, as much as I love hand me downs and reusing things we already had with Ardo, I'm a big believe in making items their own. Even something as small as painting, can achieve that. I wasn't sure we were going to be able to get an extra dresser so I bought these bins at target to create a dresser out of the changing table.
I bought a new changing pad and covers trying to keep everything colorful but not overwhelming. I don't like to have to many stuff animals because they can become clutter so easily. I found a few I like and James seems to like them too. That little elephant pillow I found on ebay for $2.00. When Ardo was born I got him a few of these pillows for his head to avoid him getting a flat head and it seemed to help.
I was really hoping to get a mini crib for James because although we have Ardo's crib, it's a much bigger crib. I scoured craigslist because I had a feeling Jerry wouldn't appreciate us getting a brand new one. I had no luck, then one day my friend Laura was shopping at a little boutique near her house. They had the crib I wanted for more than 60% off retail. It was the floor model and they just wanted to sell it. We scored big time. It had a few scratches but the owners fixed those right up for us before we took it home.
I'm huge on pictures, I probably get it from my mama. This pillow from tiny prints was just perfect. The picture inside the pillow is one of the first pictures I snapped with Ardo and James. Although James doesn't use the pillow at night I love being able to dress up his crib with a picture. Truth be told I've stolen this pillow from time to time and put it on my bed too. I just love it.
Another cute staple I use to dress up his crib is this pillow with his initial on it. Nice golden yellow and then a little J. Are customizable pillows not the BEST!
I bought these little elephant prints and some wall stickers so I could dress up his wall a little bit instead of leaving it bare white. I initially thought I put the triangles all over the walls but when Jerry started to put them up he made this design and I thought just leaving it at that would be better. I tried having a little elephant theme going on in his corner. Not too overwhelming just in case another animal caught my eye. I think I've done a good job at achieving that.
Lastly is James' dresser. I said before we weren't sure we would be able to even fit a dresser in here, but since we were able too we decided to match the dresser with ours. Again to not create clutter I keep only a few things on top. A few books, Sophie giraffe and a thermometer. The thermometer is so important to me because sometimes I might not realize how hot or cold a room can be. I know the way it goes is if you're hot the baby is hot and if you're cold the baby is cold, but I don't think that always works that way, especially after you've had a baby and your hormones make you feel 1,000 degrees everyday. I like to have a number to gage how I should dress Jamesy boy.
I would like to say I'm done with his corner but you never know, I might add a few more things here and there.