a nursery tour // for a little lady

Nursery Tour!

I am so excited to share pictures from the baby’s nursery today. I had so much fun thinking it up in my head and then following through and putting it together over the last few months. It is my favorite spot in the house now and I sit here most mornings with my coffee and most nights listening to records and just thinking about how different life is soon going to be. Most of the furniture in the room is from trusty IKEA (chair, crib, dresser, and all shelving), which I didn’t exactly plan but it ended up being the easiest (and cheapest) way to find everything we needed and I’m so happy it worked out that way it. Everything else is a spattering of bedding and blankets and pretty art and toys that I found and loved. This space is so lovely and special to me. I hope you like it too…

Nursery Tour!

Welcome!

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I love the view of the room from this angle. I got the idea for the wall shelves (meant for picture frames) as book shelves from pinterest, of course. For years I have been seeing books displayed in children’s rooms this way and I knew that I wanted to do that in our little girl’s room too. Picture books always have the best covers so why wouldn’t you want to show them off?

Also let’s take a moment to love on Pennylane, please. Her days in the spotlight are numbered, or so people tell me, but I will always love that little girl so much.

Sources:
Unicorn | Chair | Lamp | Shelves | Pouf | Striped Storage Bins | Record Player
DresserRock ‘n Play | Keekaroo Peanut Changing Mat

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One thing I am really excited about (strangely?) is that we’re going to attempt cloth diapering. For the first few weeks we plan to use swaddlers, but I purchased set of bum genius pocket diapers and a bunch of cloth wipes for when she’s big enough (around 10-35 lbs) and I’m actually really pumped to do it. Cost efficient AND good for the environment, plus I have always been a super fan of doing laundry (also strange, I know). I have done so much research and I feel really ready for it. I think. Ha! Wish us luck — we shall see!

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And this is another one of my favorite views — the crib and the tall bookshelf filled with books, trinkets, stuffed animals and blankets galore. Collecting gifts from family and friends has been one of my favorite parts of this whole process. And of course the clothes! I’ve washed nearly everything in the newborn drawer and it’s all ready to go. About 5 weeks till her due date! It feels so close, I can’t believe it.

More sources:
Tall bookcase | Gold Lamp | Crib Sheet
Ivie Baby Hexagon Blanket (THE SOFTEST!!) | Elephant Hamper

Anything else you’re curious about just ask! I’m happy to answer if I can. XO

the maternity photos of my dreams // 30 weeks

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Photography by: Elizabeth Willis Photography
Instagram: @ellietacy | Facebook

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Oh my heavens. I could not have asked for a more beautiful set of maternity shots if I tried. I was so happy when Elizabeth reached out to me in the fall to see if I’d like to have some photographs taken of my pregnancy and I am so grateful to have gotten the chance to work with her. We met at the greenhouses at Wellesley College and spent about an hour or so wandering around exploring and taking shots. It’s weird to be in the spotlight sometimes, especially when I’m usually behind the camera but for this I felt pretty relaxed and casual. Elizabeth made it fun and carefree– she’s such a nice person and an incredible photographer. It’s so important to me to have these photos of this wild and special time. I am so honored to get to carry this baby and to raise her and love her and call her mine. I love being pregnant, but I also can’t wait to meet her. I am getting so ready and it’s almost time.

I will treasure these pictures forever and ever and ever and ever.

Thank you, Elizabeth! I think you are amazing!

29 WEEKS!

29 weeks!

The weekend of my Syracuse baby shower! :)

My sister and I drove out to New York on Friday night and had such a nice time. My mom and Meg helped host the party with my cousin Kristin at her cozy, Christmas decorated home and it was so great to see everyone who came! I got a lot of adorable clothes and some essentials from my baby registry.

Zan and I are having another shower together in January with our Boston friends and family and it’s really wonderful to have everyone so excited about the new baby. This is the first grandchild for both our families, which makes it even more special! So much love for this little girl and she isn’t even here yet!

I’m feeling so good, but also feeling really pregnant. Go figure, right? :) I can’t believe how close we are, but also still so far away. How much bigger can I get? 10 weeks bigger, apparently. I don’t like sitting too long at the end of the day because my back starts to hurt and my insides feels smooched. But for a majority of the day I feel awesome and I’m sleeping well so I can’t complain about too much! I also have a lot of energy. A friend at work asked if I was tired and taking lots of naps, and no! I am feeling active and not sleepy at all. Still drinking tons of milk and buying lots of little outfits. Target has some of the best and most adorable things! But of course they do.

This weekend we are starting on the baby’s room. Walls are being painted, a rug has been found, and we went with this IKEA dresser (and Anthropologie knobs!) — which will double as a changing table too.

I can’t wait to start decorating and adding all our gifts and purchases to the nursery soon. Thank you, thank you for everyone’s happy wishes and all the amazing presents. Super thankful, happy heart.

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28 weeks + shopping in the city

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I am getting behind in my documenting game! I was on such a spree too! The photo above marks 28 weeks — and I can’t believe how fast time is moving! On this weekend I enjoyed time at home decorating the house for Christmas and heading into the city with my sister for some Christmas shopping. We visited the Misha and Puff pop-up shop on Newbury Street (WHICH IS A DREAM!), braved through the crowds at the new Eataly in the Prudential Center, and visited the SOWA Winter Festival in the South End. A great start to December and a great start to the holiday season.

Here are some extra photos from the weekend…

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Misha and Puff makes GORGEOUS hand-knit outfits for babies and toddlers and I was so happy to discover they were opening up shop in Boston for a few weeks this winter. The pop-up shop is amazing and it’s very hard to not want everything in it! I picked up a little pom-pom hat and Meg graciously bought the baby her first knit Christmas dress. Everything is so lovely and so well made. So excited to own a few pieces!

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Eataly is amazing! AND SO CROWED! We were not able to eat here because it was so busy, but I’m determined to find another time at some point!

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The sweetest space for a Holiday Market! Twinkle lights forever!

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I found this amazing illustrated version of Harry Potter at Costco for the baby’s first Christmas book (HP is so Christmas season to me, and I’m not quite sure why). But! Who are we kidding, I really got it for myself! HA! I will wrap it up on Christmas Eve, though. Just to make it official. :)

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One of my favorite spots in our house — and just the right amount of Christmas trinkets. :)

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Sunday snoozes. So good.

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And finally! I love our bedroom tree! It doesn’t get much more magical than that. I love Christmas and I’m so excited that it’s finally here.