It doesn’t matter that he’s my third baby, and I’ve already done this newborn thing twice before. It doesn’t matter if it’s 2am and I’m exhausted. It doesn’t matter if his tiny fingers are ripping all the hair out of the back of my neck. He’s an itty bitty miracle.
When I’m nursing him, the hairs right behind his ear gleam like they’re made of copper. It’s the only time I am really sure he’s going to be a ginger, since the fuzz that grows in a perfect imitation of his father’s hairline on top of his head is white-blond. When he’s sleeping he makes sniffling snorfling noises and says “mmmmm” and “oooooo” and “eh eh eh eh eh” when he’s having mysterious baby dreams. I can no longer sleep without those noises, or I wake up in a panic that he’s TOO quite or TOO sound asleep. I cover his chest with my palm and feel every rib at once as they move up and down with his breath.
His ears are like tiny monkey ears on the outside, covered in a light layer of fur, and seashells on the inside, pearly pink and smooth. I can’t stop touching them while he’s sleeping in my lap, because I know in just a few weeks poking him is going to wake him up. When I’m feeling stressed, I smooth the tiny M that Linc gets between his eyes or the lines on his forehead or the little creases he gets by his eyes. His baby skin is so soft, but so incredibly sensitive.
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This week (the one we’re in, not the one in the photos) is International Babywearing Week. In the last 2 months I’ve been totally brainwashed by those sneaky babywearers, who got me with their pretty patterns and fabric geekery and adorable selfies. I promise I’ll take pictures of other stuff one of these days, but since THIS week is IBW, I can’t promise it will happen soon.
It’s officially fall here in Connecticut, although I am resisting turning on the heat for at least a couple more days. It’s gorgeous and my photography is getting busy again and there are way too many fun things to do. We also got (what I’m calling tentative) confirmation we’re going to be staying in Connecticut for at least a little while longer, so I can just enjoy my friends and my life and not worry about starting over somewhere new. Although Hawaii is going to start looking pretty good when they come fill the oil tank.
I finished Linc’s nursery!
This room was Evan’s nursery, which had a Where The Wild Things Are theme for a while and then a monsters theme when he turned 2. I had plans to repaint and decorate BEFORE I had baby #3, but since our Team Green baby ended up being a boy I decided to leave it blue. Because, lazy.
I made those inspiration boards a few weeks ago and actually ended up doing almost everything from the yellow crib board, plus a bunch of DIY projects. I was prepared to not get this done until my baby was too old for a crib completely, so having it done when he’s only 2 months is way ahead of schedule. It’s currently the nicest room in our house BY FAR and I might sleep there myself. I’m really excited about how Linc’s nautical nursery turned out and I hope you like it too.
The twin bed was already in the room from when it was Evan’s room (from Ikea). Ditto the ceiling light. The rocker was purchased for Caroline’s room (from Babies’R’Us) and my mother recovered the stool from our original glider. The dresser (also Ikea) was Caroline’s. The curtains are from our old house, 7+ years ago. The rug is from Wayfair too (I love them for real, not just because I work for them sometimes). The quilt on the bed was my brother’s when he was a child and my mom made the two striped pillows. The red basket was a gift from a client whose newborn photos I took whose baby was ALSO named Lincoln. The bouncer was a hand-me-down from a friend.
This onesie is the inspiration for the whole room.
I bought that paddle at the marine consignment shop down in Mystic, painted it with sample paint I had in the basement and added hooks for the cutest baby clothes. I got the idea from this pin and from this paddle on CB2 which costs $349. Total in on mine: less than $30.
It’s a pun! I wish I was better at chalkboard writing, but for freehand it’s pretty good.
The chalkboard wall was there from Evan’s monster room. The sailboat mobile I made and posted the tutorial on Wayfair, so you can check that out over there. The crib is the Jenny Lind crib in Sunshine which I ordered from Wayfair. The yellow blanket my mother-in-law made and the other thing is a KoKaDi woven wrap.
My lovely friend Liese made those burp cloths for Linc.
Everything on the dresser was gifts, except the canvas I ordered with the photos I took of Linc. The needlepoint poem was done by my grandmother when I was little.
The shelf is my favorite project. It’s a stair riser from Home Depot cut in half, with holes drilled in it and rope run through the holes. It’s anchored to the wall with boat cleats. No painting, no staining, no nailing or gluing. E helped me with the actual work but I made up the plans (and relayed them E) from my head.
Of course, Linc is still sleeping in our room in the rock’n’play for the foreseeable future so no one is enjoying all my hard work besides me. But I am definitely patting myself on the back for getting it done. I even assembled that crib myself, so it’s my favorite piece of furniture in the whole house.
Let me know if you need a source for anything I didn’t list! Always happy to help.
I’m at the beach and never coming back.
Like I said, I’m at the beach. I’m never leaving. Although I did ignore my children and put down my mixed drink long enough to finish my nursery post, so if you want to see Linc’s nursery you can come back tomorrow. I won’t ever see it in person again though, because I’M NOT LEAVING THE BEACH.