Inspiration: a minimalist safari theme nursery

Only 10 weeks to go until the due date!

This past weekend, we started setting up the nursery for our baby boy. It still needs a few finishing touches, but I wanted to share some of my fav inspiration from around the web.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

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Although we often wish we could move sooner rather than later, we are fortunate to live in a 3 bedroom apartment. There’s our bedroom, our home gym and Mike’s office.

Although the room is much bigger, we decided we weren’t ready to give up our gym yet. It’s hard enough to get a work out in, so I know that once baby is here, we’ll both appreciate having access to the gym right at home. Since there certainly wasn’t any extra room for a crib in our own bedroom, we decided to set baby up in Mike’s home office. He doesn’t work from home every day and also sometimes works out in the living room or kitchen, so hopefully we can make it work. Working from home with a baby in the apartment will be a challenge of its own anyway.

The office is super tiny to begin with, so it’s definitely a tight squeeze, but how much space can a baby need, right? 😀

We went with an African safari theme, built around a super cute mobile that my friend brought home from her travels.

boy safari themed nursery

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Since it’s a teeny tiny small space, which I’m sure will ultimately be overrun with bright, colourful toys, I wanted to start off with a pretty minimalist backdrop. As much as I would love to go cutesy everything, the room is also Mike’s office, and I want to avoid making it over-the-top babyish.

zebra artwork nursery

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We don’t have a ton of wall space, so I love the idea of using one large piece of art work for a big impact and to drive home the theme.

nursery giant giraffe

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Ok, so we’re cramming the nursery into the tiniest space ever, but I’ve still been trying to convince Mike that we have room for a giant giraffe. He is not yet convinced 🙁

22-week pregnancy update

20-week ultrasound

Happy December!

Since I last shared my pregnancy news and the story of our complications, things have been progressing well. I ended up spending a total of 1 month on bed rest before heading back to the office. I took it easy though, since I wasn’t officially taken off bed rest for another two weeks after that. Some of the original concerns seem to have resolved, while a couple of unexpected new issues cropped up that may or may not become problems. Apparently I have a bunch of large placental lakes and the umbilical cord is eccentric, meaning it inserted into the placenta off centre, which can prevent the baby from getting enough nutrients as it grows. The baby’s growth is now being monitored a bit more frequently, but so far he’s doing perfectly well. Yes, I said he! We found out we are having a baby boy at our 20-week anatomy scan.

The ultrasound tech had asked us if we wanted to hear her guess about sex a few weeks earlier, and she told us she thought the baby was a boy. I figured that she probably wouldn’t have given us her guess if she didn’t really know, so we were pretty confident we were having a boy, but it was still fun to get the confirmation at the 20-week ultrasound. I didn’t have a preference at all, but I’m really excited to raise a boy. Growing up with just my sister and mom, the idea of having a little boy in the family seems so foreign!

20-week pregnancy photo

Earlier this week, for the first time, someone offered me a seat on the streetcar because she noticed I was pregnant, so I think I’ve officially transitioned from chubby-or-pregnant to definitely-preggers. My sister asked me earlier on how I was feeling about my body changing, and then and now I feel pretty much fine so far. I bet I’ll be feeling differently when I’m about to burst in a few months, though. Having clothes that fit comfortably definitely makes all the difference. I grew out of my pants pretty early on, and have been living in my H&M MAMA jeans. All my tops seemed to shrink overnight, so I picked up a few simple ruched tees from Old Navy, which are cute and comfy with my cardigans and jackets. A couple weeks ago I was at a maternity store looking for a dress for a Christmas party we went to, and another girl in the fitting room was just sobbing! Based on what I overheard, it was her first time shopping for maternity clothes, and I guess it wasn’t going well. Hormones, I’m sure. Poor girl 🙁

22-weeks-pregnant

Most exciting of all, I have started to feel the baby kick. I’d been getting uncomfortable stabby pains here and there, which I thought might be the baby (with a butcher knife), but last week I felt legit kicks for the first time. I felt two in a row and then put my hand on my belly and felt one from the outside, too. A few days later, Mike got to feel him for the first time. Especially with concerns about the baby’s growth, it’s wonderful to have a solid indication that he’s been growing bigger and stronger since our last appointment.

We’re starting to get ourselves organized with figuring out which baby things we need to get including the stroller, car seat and crib. There are so many options out there. Where do you even begin? Another question we’ve been asking ourselves is whether we want to go with cloth diapers instead of disposables. So many decisions to think about!

xo