Another post I’ve been procrastinating on: our baby shower!
Before anyone even offered to host a baby shower for me, I already knew I wanted a co-ed shower so Chris could be a part of the celebration for our son. Even though he’s not the one growing the baby, it’s been important for me to have him be as involved in the pregnancy as possible. So when my dad offered to host a co-ed shower for me and Chris, of course I accepted his generous offer!
The theme of our shower was “Oh, the Places He’ll Go” (the same as the nursery theme) and we had about 50 people in attendance consisting of our families, friends, and co-workers. Since having a co-ed shower really grows your guest list, we rented a small hall in a community center near my dad’s house. My dad was the host of the shower, but he couldn’t have done it without the help of my step-mom and two younger sisters; my dad supplied the funds, but my step-mom and sisters did all the planning, cooking, and decorating. And they did a fantastic job! They really went above and beyond with all the details down to the games, prizes, decorations, etc. They got so many compliments afterward on how fun the shower was and how beautiful the decorations looked.
Not only was I blown away by all the work my family put in, but I was blown away by all of our guests’ generosity! Everyone literally showered Baby M with gifts of all kinds: stuff off our registry, cash/gift cards, handmade blankets, diapers/wipes, and books for the little bookshelf in his nursery. I think it took us an hour to open all the gifts and we were barely able to fit everything in my Toyota Corolla afterward. I made sure to send out our thank you cards ASAP after our shower so everyone knew how extremely grateful we were for their thoughtfulness!
They say you only get one baby shower no matter how many kids you end up having, so I’m glad our one baby shower turned out the way it did. I will never forget the work that was put into it, and how loved, celebrated, and supported Chris and I felt on that day.
I’m so excited to finally share some photos of Baby M’s nursery! We finished putting it together after our baby shower (around 31-32 weeks), but I’ve clearly been off my blogging game since I got pregnant, so it’s taken me a little while to take some photos and put this post together.
The theme of the nursery is “Oh, the Places He’ll Go” based off the Dr. Suess book about the journey of life and its challenges. The theme can also be interpreted as one relating to travel and adventure, which is more of the meaning I was going for when choosing this theme. Chris and I love to travel and go on adventures. In fact, our relationship started out with a lot of traveling since we did international long distance for the first year we were together; Chris visited me three times while I was living in South Korea, and during one of his visits, we went to Thailand together, so needless to say travel was a big part of our relationship that first year! We’ve gone on so many other trips since I moved back to the States (New York, Seattle, Las Vegas, etc.), but now we are about to embark on our biggest adventure: having a baby and becoming parents!
Once we chose the theme of the nursery, we decided to start with the furniture and then add in decor. I’ve been really into white furniture this past year because I love how the color brightens up a room, so naturally, I wanted to do white furniture for the nursery. I may or may not regret this decision when Baby M is old enough to walk and use crayons, but for now, I love the furniture we chose, not only for the color, but because of how modern it all looks, too!
Since the walls of the room are white and so is the furniture, I knew I wanted to add some pops of color when it came to came to choosing the decor. We ended up with mostly blues and greens, but I tried to get some yellow and orange in there too to get some variety in. I think my favorite part of the nursery is the wall with the country map prints on it. Since we went with a travel theme, Chris and I decided it would be fun to add some prints of different countries around the world, so of course we chose countries based on our respective ethnicities: China and Mexico for me, and Germany, Ireland, and Norway for Chris!
Most of the decor we got came from Etsy and Amazon, but a few other pieces were used as decorations at our baby shower. I’ve linked everything down below in case you see something you like and want to know where to find it.
Everything else was either decor from our baby shower or a handmade gift. If you have any questions about any of the furniture, decor, or anything else you see in the photos, leave them in the comments below!
Overall, I love the theme of the nursery and how the room came out. I’m also proud of the fact that we didn’t spend an arm and a leg putting it all together. I’ve heard that the average cost of a baby nursery is about $3,000, but we managed to spend about $1,000 on ours. Yay for saving money! Putting together Baby M’s nursery was definitely one of the highlights of my pregnancy, and I have to say that his nursery is now hands down my favorite room in the house.