According to the handy-dandy iPhone app that I have employed to keep track of these things for me, there are just five weeks and four days left until my due date. ACK. I'm excited that it's getting so close, but also somewhat terrified. Not of the birth itself, but of all of the changes it'll mean...I've had thirty-two years to settle into my routines and habits (not to mention the nearly ten years of marriage, during which Jim and I have settled into OUR routine), and sometimes when I think about the ways in which that will all change, it's overwhelming and scary. Still, though, I believe everyone when they tell me that it'll all be okay and we'll get used to it before we know it. :-)
Anyway, we've been working on the baby's room for a couple of months now. It took us a while to get the room emptied out (I've mentioned it before, but it was pretty much a junk room for a large part of the last seven years) but we finally managed it.
Then came painting. We chose this greenish taupe, which lightened up the space considerably. It's a neat color -- in some lights it looks more beige, in others it looks more green. (Incidentally, Maggie thinks that the room is hers. She LOVES it in there now.)
Jim installed a closet system...
...and also assembled a bookcase, which is already nearly full. (Many of these books are ones we had when WE were kids, and while it'll be years before the baby grows into them, they're still kids' books so this is where they're going to live. Besides, we don't have any room left in our own bookcases!)
This weekend, I tackled the curtains.
I used to be a fairly competent sew-er -- in high school I even made costumes for drama club -- but I hadn't touched a sewing machine in well over ten years. I got a machine from my family for Christmas several years ago, but it hadn't yet made it out of the box. (Well, that's not entirely true -- I did lend it to a friend for a while, and she reported that it worked just fine!) It took Jim and me longer than I care to admit to figure out how to get the bobbin into the machine, but once we did, I was good. I'm pleased to see that I can still sew a straight line.
I probably shouldn't be QUITE so proud of these curtains -- after all, any idiot could cut out a couple of rectangles and sew straight lines on them -- but I'm proud anyway! There are glitches in them to be sure (mostly due to the fact that I didn't cut the fabric very squarely), but I did a good job of making sure all the glitches are on the back. No one will ever know. ;-)
For whatever reason, I knew from Day One -- well, once we settled on how we were going to decorate the baby's room -- exactly what I wanted the curtains to look like. I had a very clear vision in my head of the fabric I wanted, but I figured there was no way I would EVER find it, and would have to settle for "close enough." But then I was browsing fabric sites online, and there it was -- EXACTLY the fabric I'd pictured in my head, in exactly the colors I wanted. What are the odds of THAT? (And since I know that there are people out there who are interested in fabric the way I'm interested in yarn, here is the fabric. The colors are MUCH nicer than they are in the photo on that site!)
I ordered ten yards of the stuff since it was relatively cheap -- I figured that that way, I'd have plenty left over to make other matching accessories if I felt so inclined. The curtains ended up only taking two yards total, so I've got a LOT left. I'm thinking I might make a crib skirt and a throw pillow or two. And maybe some storage boxes of some type if I can figure out how. Any other ideas for eight yards of perfectly-colored polka-dotted home-decor-weight cotton duck?
I'll post more pictures of the room once it gets closer to "finished" -- we do not yet, for example, have any furniture in there! If you're interested, you can see more pictures of the room transformation in this flickr set.