I love pink, but I never knew how many shades of pink there are! Our wall looked liked a pink rainbow by the time we found the one we loved.
I started planning and decorating as soon as I found out it was a girl! I really wanted a princess pink room. The inspiration was this gorgeous crown that I saw at Restoration Hardware. My favorite resources are eBay and Etsy for one of a kind pieces and Pottery Barn Kids for other decor items.
I wasn’t really nervous, I was mostly super excited for this baby to arrive! Clearly, I had no idea what I was getting into lol! The first month and a half with my baby were the most intense time of my life. The sleep depravation combined with hormones and caring for a new life really overwhelms you. I remember my doctor saying “I expect you to cry, I expect you to loose it, it’s normal!” and he was so right. The newborn phase is not easy, especially if your baby has tummy issues, but it passes! And when you see that first smile, nothing else matters!
If you are working with a small arrangement, use a smaller vase and cut the stems just above the vase. Cut the stems a little everyday and add ice cubes to the water if the weather is too hot. Whole foods and Trader Joe’s have the best affordable flowers!
OMG! When I did the home tour for theeverygirl.com, I had to really style every corner of my house, so all the stuff that didn’t make it was stored in my guest bathroom and I could barely close the door!
By the time baby reaches 6 months old they have accumulated more stuff than we can imagine! What have you found to be really helpful to organize all your baby gear and toys to make your home feel like you?
Baskets are your best friend! I use them to store all her toys and put them away as soon as I can. When living in a small place, you really need think twice before making a purchase. No matter how many toys I buy her, she’s mostly interested in cables, empty water bottles and the molding on the wall.
The most-loved and used things I purchased are items that helped me keep my child relaxed and preoccupied in order for me to eat and do chores around the house. The sensory gym from the Jonathan Adler Crafted by Fisher-Price collection is black and white (and those are the colors babies can distinguish at an early age) she would spend hours staring at all the toys. The Deluxe Bouncer with the attached lion, elephant and giraffe mobile helps me keep her entertained so I can eat some breakfast. Nosefrida is awesome. It’s disgusting at first use but you will realize how helpful it is. Lastly a hair brush! Sophia was born with sooo much hair, we have been using it since day one!
Sleep deprivation, how hard breastfeeding actually is, and just trying to balance work, motherhood and being a wife. What I think helps is an understanding partner and just knowing that it’s ok if you don’t get to 25% of your “to do” list done for the day (sometimes you are lucky if you get to brush your teeth and that is ok too!!). Using a phone app has made my life much easier. I am able to track her sleep and feeding times. It really makes it easy to remember what I have to do next, especially on those days where I get zero sleep. At the end of the day, just looking at my daughter’s face, seeing her little smile and how her eyes light up when she discovers the world around her makes every challenge worth it!
I start by collecting all the toys and putting them in the baskets. Bottle drying racks are then carefully hidden under the sink. I try to hide more stuff in the guest bathroom so there is an airy feel when they walk in instead of baby clutter.
Yes, definitely. Now that she is starting to crawl everywhere and is specially interested in cables, molding and outlets, we are starting to add baby-proofing items around the house. The coffee table is staying for now, lol! Since the apartment is quite small and we have eyes on her all the time, we have managed to just pull her away from it. She is specially interested in the coffee table books! If she is playing in the living room I do add some pillows around the coffee table as added protection.
We don’t have much free space in the apartment, so I got a foam playpad that I lay in the living room every morning and take at apart at night. All her toys are in baskets that I also put it away when she is not playing. The only item that stays is her high chair, but since it’s a cute piece, I don’t mind it being displayed at all!
Thankfully my sofa cover is washable, so I can easily remove the cover and wash it. I might need to rethink the color pallets when she gets a little older, but for now things are kept clean and tidy.
Photos by Stevi Sesin