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Chloé's Nursery Reveal

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Chloé's Nursery Reveal

This one's been a long time coming. When Mark and I first moved into this town home 3 years ago, we planned that this room would be a nursery one day. But after two years of struggling to get pregnant and losing our first pregnancy (read more about that here), it at times felt like this room would never fulfill it's original intent. Thank God that He had other plans and always fulfills His promises, because here we are today with our sweet Chloé girl in residence right where she belongs.

The design plan (mood board shown below) for this room definitely went through some evolution, as they tend to do. Between retailers being sold out of items I wanted by the time I was actually purchasing, and discovering that no rocking chair could fit in the room without taking up half the space (let alone fit through the doorway, hah!) there was definitely some reworking to be done.

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Quite honestly though, I love the current and ever evolving result just fine though. Things are constantly being added or switched out any ways, because that's what happens when you're a stylist / interior design aficionado - nothing is ever truly finished.

Mark is quite the tech guy and both of us love getting smart things for our home and the nursery is no exception to that. The changing pad we chose from Hatch Nursery is also a scale, and was perfect for making sure that Chloé was gaining enough weight when she was born, and for tracking how much she eats (you can weigh before and after a feed and it calculates how many ounces were eaten) to make sure she's getting enough for her weight.

Her baby monitor is pretty rad too. It's called Nanit and is basically the Tesla of baby monitors, and gets a perfect and unobstructed bird's eye view from above the crib while tracking her sleep patterns and how well she slept. It also has shielding so that no radiation / wifi signal is raining down on her as she sleeps, and a built in night light that you can easily turn on and off through the app. Nanit's also the most secure baby monitor and is pretty much unhackable so that no one can spy on your little or talk to them while they're in their crib (I read way too many creepy stories about that happening, yikes!). It's showed us that Chloé is able to fall asleep on her own (we lay her in her crib awake and she goes right to sleep with no crying - little super baby!), and plays back a time lapse of her sleep for you in the morning. But my favorite part is that there isn't any extra screen or speaker that you have to carry around with you. It all shows up on your phone in the app, and the audio even plays when your phone is locked!

We got the Owlet Smart Sock 2, and though I know some people might think it's excessive, it seriously gives us so much peace of mind and helps me sleep so much more soundly. It monitors Chloé's heart rate and oxygen levels while she sleeps, and will set off alarms on our phones and on the base station in our room if anything were to be amiss. I extra love it because she had decelerations in her heart rate during my contractions / surges (hypnobirthing speak, haha) - it would literally completely drop off the heart rate monitor - and it's just good to know that everything is okay and I don't need to go in and check if she's breathing. Not that anything stops me from going in to smooch her while she's sleeping though, hah!

Last techie thing! It's not pictured here, but we got the temperature faucet guard thingy from 4moms. It's great because it tells you what the safe temp range is for baby's bath, and alerts you if it goes out of it. Taking the guesswork out of if the bath was too hot or not was such a relief for me, because as someone who likes my showers crazy hot (at least according to my husband), and who's fingers are desensitized to heat from deboning too many boiling hot chickens during the chicken soup making process, I didn't trust my own body to tell me if the bath was too hot or just right. It also will protect Chloe's head from getting banged on the faucet when she is old enough to sit and play in the bath without a bath support. Two in one is a win win in my book!

Our neighborhood is pretty loud at night with rambunctious teens and loud college kids cavorting about, so we needed something to play white noise / womb sounds on. We thought about a sound machine, but we wanted to be able to play music on it too. Initially we were going to get one of the new Sonos speakers that has Apple Airplay, but realized that we'd be using our phones to airplay and we needed them to view / hear the Nanit and wouldn't be able to do both. So we ended up going with the new Apple HomePod since it just signs in to your Apple Music account and plays from that, no phone required. I honestly thought having Siri to play and control everything was unnecessary, but there is nothing more helpful than being able to say, "Hey Siri, play womb sounds on repeat" when I'm feeding Chloé at night and my hands are full, or "Hey Siri, pause" when I've been playing music for her in the morning and am running out the door with my hands once again full. It's the little things that become the biggest sometimes.

The mattress we picked out is pretty crazy too. I was all about organic / non toxic mattresses, and then I came across the Newton Wovenaire Mattress. It's better than organic because even organic mattresses need non organic and toxic glues to hold the pieces together, but this mattress is made of a food grade polymer and is completely washable and hypoallergenic. When you unzip the cover from it, it looks like its made of loosely coiled clear spaghetti! And the coolest part of all? Even if your face is completely smashed against in you can actually breathe through the mattress (we tested it and it's legit)! So no worrying about your little one breathing in toxins, or dust, or suffocating against a mattress that won't breathe. Newton is just coming out with a breathable but still waterproof crib mattress pad too, which we helped fund via Kickstarter, and which will be extra helpful when Chloé is potty training.

Chloé's Kalon Studios Caravan Crib is literally my dream crib, and it converts to five or six different combinations, ending in a little couch situation for when she's outgrown the toddler bed. I'm all about longevity so I was pretty stoked on that! We also chose a normal dresser over a changing table / dresser combo for the same reason. I wanted something that could still be used when she wasn't in diaper any longer... All about that longevity over here! Everything else in the room is pretty much just chosen to go with the crib, since it was my favorite piece and the one thing I really had my heart set on. 

There are still some things I'm working on finding / getting. Such as a rug I like that's not too pricy and hopefully cleans easy - because baby mess and spit up, shelves and picture frames, and other little odds and ends. But the room really came together and I just love spending time in there with her. So without further ado, here is my sweet girl's room in all it's current glory.

Items, or stores where they were purchased are linked at the bottom.
All opinions are my own, and this post is not sponsored.

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Chloé | 02 months

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Chloé | 02 months

Sweet Chloé really put on the chunk in her second month of life. I'm definitely not mad about it because buttery croissant thigh rolls are my jam. She loves eating, snuggling, ceiling fans, foot massages, and skipping her naps. She smiles on purpose and has nearly doubled in size and weight since birth (she was initially the same size as her stuffed owl Hedwig, with the addition of arms and legs), and I can't get over how much fun this little cutie is!

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Chloé | 01 Month

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Chloé | 01 Month

Precious Chloé. You came three weeks early and I was completely unprepared but I wouldn't have it any other way. Now that you've been with us a month, my life prior to having you out in the world seems so empty (but also so full of sleep hah). Being your Mom is the best, darling girl.

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Big News

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Big News

You may have noticed how so very MIA I've been from everything recently, but I promise I have a real valid excuse. Mark and I are expecting an addition to our little Griffo fam this upcoming February 2018!

We are so excited and it's such a relief to have it out in the open now so that I can finally actually have a reason for how low energy and exhausted and completely non social I've been! I definitely had quite a bit of morning sickness the first three months (which is such a misnomer because it's more like all hours sickness) but thankfully never threw up. I've had a few really bad headaches, and I can't sit in hard chairs or even firm couches or all my joints and tailbone start to ache. My night owl tendencies of going to bed at one AM have been completely shot and turned into me falling asleep at ten most nights, and waking up at three AM to pee since my kidneys are twice as active. Oh, and everything makes me cry these days. Literally everything. I watched a lifestyle video for the stroller we picked out the other day and burst into tears at the sight of a mom pushing her cute babe, crying to Mark, "That's gonna be meeee". Pregnancy perks, am I right? Baby is finally starting to really bump (although some people are telling me they don't even notice, but when you're used to your stomach being flat and behind your hip bones and can't fit in any of your jeans without a belly band you definitely notice) and I'm so glad I don't have to worry about dressing strategically to hide it anymore since the news is out!

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Everything is so exciting and new but was also really scary for the first several months because of our experience with a molar pregnancy last year. We've had a few people who we shared our pregnancy news with with early on wonder and ask why we haven't been more visibly excited and told everyone sooner, but it was so hard to stay in joy and not in fear when our first experience being pregnant went so horribly wrong. It's a hard and weird thing to talk about when you don't even fully understand it yourself and it's so personal and I am such an introverted and private person, but I hoped that in sharing our story it can bring some comfort, peace, or healing to anyone else who has had pregnancy struggles or loss, even if just to know that you are not alone - so I shared it here recently if you'd like to know more. We just wanted to be absolutely sure that everything was going the way it was supposed to and that there was a perfectly whole and healthy little baby inside me before we shared the news with everyone. But after a few months and three ultrasounds so far, we are confident that there is a healthy baby Griffo growing inside me! 

The second ultrasound was super exciting and reassuring. We got to see baby's face and they (no we are not having twins, I just prefer saying they / them over it) were waving their hands and dancing around inside my belly, and at one point even flipped around and shook their cute little butt at us! So at least I now know where all my energy is going these days, they are using it to fuel their in utero dance parties haha!

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We just found out baby's sex at the end of September with our third ultrasound, and are so excited to be having a sweet little girl! My heart swelled and it felt like the love I already felt for her grew times a thousand when I heard the ultrasound tech say the words, "It's definitely a girl". Mark and I both thought we were having a girl, but everyone else who has known I'm pregnant were pretty divided, so much so that I wasn't even so sure myself anymore. But now that it's all confirmed and official, I'm getting the urge to buy pink (super muted, but hey it's still pink) things. Which if you know my personal and decorating styles of all neutrals (black, white, grey, and tan / brass) is sort of hilarious. I even shocked myself by buying a soft pink vase when I was in Portland the other week!

We've already practically got everything picked out and the soon to be nursery virtually decorated via Pinterest and our still-in-progress Amazon registry, and are so ready to make room in our lives for our sweet little baby girl. I won't be taking any weddings on for the rest of the year, or in 2018 as of now, so that I can dedicate the time needed to raising and caring for baby girl in her first year of life, but I'm still doing engagements, portrait sessions, lifestyle stuff, and my favorite - food and product styling and photography! So if you need any of that, I'm still your girl. 

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Whew! That was a lot, but I'm so excited the news is out! Everything feels so much more real now that everyone knows, and now that we know we're having a girl. I'm hoping these last four months fly by because I just want to hold her squirmy little body (she's so active!) and nibble her cute little nose. 

A huge thank you to my dear friend Madeline Metcalf for taking the gorgeous photos that filled this post. You are so talented and I'm so blessed to have you in my life! If you are in the Portland area and in need of photos, she's the best!

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