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Our Daughter James | A Nursery Tour

In celebration of the fact that it is BABY MONTH and that we are officially full term at 37 weeks, I wanted to share a tour of our baby girl’s little nursery. I have had so much fun putting this room together, and often find myself just standing in the room admiring her little things, and soaking in the smell of Dreft and fresh diapers. Gosh, those smells are just so good.

I cannot wait for James to be here. To have her in my arms, to sing to her in the glider, to read to her in our little reading nook, to see her wearing the sweet little clothes hanging in her “closet.” ¬†With the due date countdown at 21 days, I feel like the finish line is finally in sight, and our baby girl will be here any day. My greatest prayer for these next few weeks is that our baby girl be born into this world healthy and safe, and know how much she is loved by us, her grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and so many more.

We love you baby girl and we can’t wait to meet you so very soon!

James’ Nursery

I have been dreaming about this room for quite some time, and it is so humbling and overwhelming to see this dream come to fruition. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve known I wanted to be a mommy, and while having a healthy baby has been our only prayer, knowing we have a little girl on the way is so exciting for me.

As we began our dreams and hopes of growing our family, one of the many things I thought about is what our baby’s nursery would look like. I have always loved gender neutral – from baby clothes, to baby names, I love all things simple and clean, and it’s reflected in many of the elements I chose for her room. My goal was to create a space that was neutral and elegant, with feminine details to accent the overall look and feel of the room.

We were gifted our beautiful crib from Mimi and Papa (my parents), the Emerson Crib from Pottery Barn Kids, and we love the simple design and clean lines. Her bedding and bed skirt are also from Pottery Barn Kids. I’m especially in love with the gold tassel crib skirt...

Her room doesn’t actually have a closet, but it does have built-ins, so we made a make shift closet for her with a tension rod, and filled the shelves with baskets for little things like shoes, blankets, towels, wash cloths, etc. The little statue of the girl holding the shell to her ear, with the photo of me as a child next to it doing the same with a seashell sat in my Nana’s living room ever since I can remember. As I unpacked it and placed it in our baby’s room, I cried the happiest tears – at the memories of being a little girl visiting my Nana and at the thought of having my own little girl who will soon be here, making her own childhood memories.

Our labor of love was building her IKEA dresser… amazingly, we made it through assembling it without an argument, and for anyone who has built IKEA furniture before, you know this is a major accomplishment. It’s not perfect… but it’s sturdy. Ha! We are using the dresser as her changing station as well, and adorned the walls with some of our gorgeous maternity photos taken by the talented Jessi Nichols Photography. The robe is from Pink Blush maternity.

My favorite little corner of her nursery is where her glider and many books gifted to us by those that showered us over the last few months with so much love. We got the chair from Babie’s R’Us, and the shelves and frames from Target. Thinking about holding her and rocking her and nursing her in this chair brings me so much joy! We also sprinkled in a little homemade art and another one of our maternity photos on her shelves. One of the few pink/blush items in the nursery is this Potter Barn Kids Mohair Throw, and it’s the perfect little pop of light pink.

Some of our items we are bringing to the hospital are patiently waiting for her in the crib. I’m 100% certain it’s WAY too much, but I’m too excited to leave any of it behind. Better to have too much than not enough… right!? We are taking a set of pink onesies, a couple of bows from The Splendid Bow Shop (necessity, right!?), some socks, leggings, and caps, and two little footie sleepers. One of these will become her going home outfit, but we’ll just see what kind of mood we are in that day before we make outfit choices. Ha! It’s all of a five minute drive home, but hey, you gotta look cute.

And last but not least, we weren’t officially ready for James’ arrival until the very last nursery essential arrived… Her unicorn rocker, also from Pottery Barn Kids. I can’t believe this thing is real. I’m kind of obsessed!

And now, we wait! Counting down the seconds til we meet you, baby girl.

  1. Dorothy Gillette says:

    So excited for your baby adventure to begin….you all are going to be great parents to James!! much love, Dorothy Gillette

  2. Joyce Espy says:

    Courtney, Baby James’ room is so baby elegant!

  3. Sabrina says:

    A beautiful room for a precious little girl!! I can’t wait to meet her!!

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