We have a baby! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we had a healthy, happy, awesome baby boy in February. Vincent Andrew Natarelli is a big butterball of bundly joy and we call him Vince (or Bubs, or Roo, or Chango).
We named him after James’ Grandfather, Vince, and my father, Andy. He has his Daddy’s eyes and flirty disposition and he has my chubby baby thighs and penchant for partying instead of napping.
Needless to say, we’re blissfully distracted by this sweet peanut and bursting with happiness now that he’s in our lives. Of course, we’re also working on getting our sea legs as new parents and trying to adjust to the zombie versions of our former selves. It’s everything everyone said it would be times ten. The wildest ride yet.
Although I haven’t been able to get to blogging during Vince’s first few months, I’m still squeezing in design work in between boobs and blowouts. I keep hoping to catch up on posts and restock the shop…and then this little cherub’s chirp calls me from the nursery. Cutie.
Speaking of nursery, how about an update in that department? Here’s what it’s looking like these days…
I based the design of the room around vintage boyhood adventures with a modern twist. We wanted a playful vibe (since we don’t have a separate playroom) that was calming at the same time.
As a refresher, this was the mood board that I put together before he was born. We’ve achieved something close to this but we’ve also made some changes from our original plan.
We decided to go with the Babyletto Lolly Crib and we LOVE it. Originally we were going to go with this one in natural (no longer offered), which is gorgeous but slightly less functional and more expensive. The Lolly is modern, cute and converts to a toddler bed…also James put it together in under an hour.
We kept our custom driftwood mobile in place which was a wedding gift from a friend who makes them. I’d been a little worried that it wouldn’t do the trick as a baby mobile because it doesn’t have little baby things hanging from it, but Vince loves it and I think it works as well as any baby mobile would.
We are using an IKEA Hemnes dresser as our changing table and dresser. I was having serious designer guilt about selling our beautiful mid-century low boy on Craigslist to swap in this big box hand-me-down. But practicality is king and I definitely don’t regret it when I think about the stubborn drawers and awkward height of the other more stylish piece. See ya.
A changing table/dresser combo is key for smaller nurseries because it performs double duty and affords lots of storage and extra counter space. For the supplies we use every day, a little melamine tray keeps them neatly collected at arm’s length. It’s easy to quickly straighten up the chaos from a day of wiggly diaper changes and free pee’s.
I picked up a small fan to keep air circulating in the room (a must for newborns). I wanted something compact and pleasing to the eye. As a bonus, this guy folds up for travel and the ‘blades’ are made of cloth, making it perfect for a child’s room. I kind of love it.
The tissue box is just one of those plain wood ‘paint-your-own’ ones from Michael’s that I left alone. An easy hack if you like this look but don’t want to pay $50 for a tissue box!! WTF?!
When Vince was born, our friend and children’s illustrator Mary Engelbreit sent one of her originals as a gift. The quote by Audrey Hepburn reads, “Nothing is impossible. Why, the word itself says, ‘I’m Possible!'”. I cried a whole bunch of blubbery postpartum tears when I opened it. A whole bunch.
I’ve spent almost 200 days and nights nursing Vince in this glider from West Elm. The high back and cozy velvet upholstery are great for dozing and cuddling during his 3am feedings. Plus, it’s a piece that I wouldn’t mind having in any room of the house because it doesn’t scream ‘baby’.
I have this thing with rabbits.
We still have some things on our to-do list, but for now the room is done. We need to repaint the bookcase before Vince starts potentially eating the chipping lead paint. And I want to make these hooks from some of his wooden blocks to hang a cute garland above his changing table that I’m making.
Things move much more slowly these days, but who cares when you have this little duckling to look after?