Well Kooper Thomas could be here any day now!! I am 38 weeks 4 days and we are now just waiting for that moment to go to the hospital because he is ready to make his appearance into the world!
I am FINALLY done and ready to share pictures of the nursery! Well I have been basically done for months, but I just was not ready to share his room until I felt like it was ready, ready for him to see it too!!
Most of you know that Kyle is a huge baseball fan! He was a pitcher all his childhood into college, so of course as soon as we found out we were having a boy, we both new baseball would be the theme. So I did what every crazy pregnant woman does, I got on PINTEREST and just found idea after idea of what I wanted to do for the nursery. Other than baseball, all I knew was I wanted to make as much of it myself as I could! And that is what I did!
Here is the problem with Pinterest ~ It makes everything seem so easy! Well for the most part it is, but time consuming is yet another thing that it is!
I found a growth chart on pinterest that I loved and we showed Kyle’s cousin and his soon to be wife. They loved it and immediately said, that they wanted to make it for us! Of course this girl did not argue! And they totally had the same pinterest experience as I did – seemed so easy, but man it took sometime! But in the end, the baseball bat growth chart turned out better than we ever thought it could!
Then I decided I wanted to make baseball signs for his name! I thought, no problem, I will just hand paint them myself, right, no problem! So I went down to Michael’s and got plain white Letters to spell out Kooper Thomas, some paint brushes and a bunch of paint! Easy as pie!! I headed home, curled up on the floor in the living and started on my way painting!! What I didn’t think was going to happen was that I was going to be sitting there for 6 hours painting them!! A smart pregnant woman would have given her back a break and sat at the table, not this girl, I sat on a tile floor with my legs crossed hunched over painting the entire time! By time Kyle got home, he literally had to pick me up off the ground! But I was so happy with the way they turned out and I love the fact that I did it myself!
And of course the dresser that I found on the side of the road missing drawers and falling apart that I refurbished to be a red shelf with baskets – check out my blog post on that project! http://cadwalladerphotographyblog.com/?p=2200
My next big pinterest project – painting a giant baseball on the wall!! A little back story, Kooper’s nursery was originally my office – so when we started taking everything out we had tons of little holes in the wall that needed to be fixed and then the paint touched up. I was so happy because the original color of the wall would work perfect for the baseball and nursery, so we didn’t have to paint!! Well I THOUGHT we didn’t have to paint!! When I went into the garage to get the left over paint for that room, I could not find it anywhere so I called Kyle to ask him. His response “Oh I threw it away, I didn’t think we would need it!” AUGH – SERIOUSLY!! Okay, plan B, I am just going to paint match, no problem right! WRONG AGAIN! After 5 trips to home depot to try and match the paint, this now extremely frustrated pregnant lady was SO OVER IT!! Guess who had to repaint the entire room, this girl (and don’t worry, Mr. Throw Away Perfectly Good Paint had to help me instead of watch football on a Sunday afternoon – he will probably think twice before throwing paint away again!!!) Okay, anyway – painting the room, was a breeze, since the colors were so close, it only took us about 2-3 hours! Phew! Now – how to paint the baseball so it looked right.. I made a large protractor out of string and Kyle’s finger, then used chalk to draw the half circle on the wall, then I cut up cardboard to do the laces and that worked perfect, even though it was a complete accident (the extra scrap cardboard ended up working better than the original cut out). After I traced the entire ball with chalk, now was the fun part – hand painting over it. Once again, no problem – I have the tracing I will just take a brush and paint over it right!! WRONG AGAIN!! It took me 4 hours to paint the laces on!! I had to do about 2 inches at a time, nice and slow, so that my pressure didn’t change because the width of the strip would change, I had to make sure I had the perfect amount of paint on the brush at all times so that it would be an even strip! BUT, all said and done – I was so happy with how it turned out!! Totally worth the torture that day and once again, I love going in his room and thinking, I did all of it!!
So there it is – ALL DONE and I am so happy with the results! Everything might not be perfect in it, but Kyle and I love walking in there, looking around knowing that this room was put together with 100% our love and hard work! We did it ourselves and with the help of everyone else who loves this little boy so much already!!
I couldn’t ask for better friends and family! Kooper Thomas Welter is truly a loved little boy by so many and it warms my heart to know that he will have to alone and unloved!
Now come on little man – come meet everyone!!