How to create a Nursery-in-a-corner

So, Sometimes you live in a country that doesn't believe in having more than 4 children, and sometimes you don't have an option of living in a house with more than 4 rooms.
Sometimes said country also doesn't believe in closets, so they just make an entire wall out of them when you live on post and thus make the "organization" of your room basically impossible. 😂😂😂😂
AND Sometimes said house has such small rooms that regular sized furniture barely fits.

When you find yourself in this situation, or I don't know, any situation that warrants you not being able to give your new baby their own room, I have the solution for you! 

So, against popular belief, babies really don't need a whole hell of a lot.
Some milk, diapers, blankets, and love--and you're set!! I mean, I set up a LITTLE more than that for #fifthbabe, but I'm still really proud of my minimalistic approach.

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This wall used to have my dresser on it and that blue table that was basically just an area I threw "worn but still clean" clothes that inevitably never got re-worn and thrown into the laundry room 4-7 days later.

I replaced those things with Ellis' bassinet, a cart for small loose items, a basket for the clothes size he's currently in, and a chair pulled from the girls room.

Things I've found I NEED with a nursing newborn after doing it a few times:
+ a coffee within arms reach at all times
+ a comfortable place to sit and nurse that ISN'T my bed
+ a table to set a drink (coffee) and my phone on next to said place to sit
+ enough essential oils to get me through the apocalypse
+ easily accessible and light weight blankets/burp cloths
+ somewhere to change a diaper that's above my waist height

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Here's the list of the exact items that fills our cozy little fifth babe space:

-Ikea Strandmon chair (found here) that was previously in C + O's room. I converted the corner that the chair used to sit in into a "reading corner" that has a ton of pillows and a library chair, so we still have a place to read to kids in there and now a place to sit and nurse in here!
I have BIG PLANS of having my friend Ben convert it into a rocker (instructions found here) in the next few weeks! SO EXCITED to let Ben know via public internet blog that he's doing this project for me. I'm sure he will be too. 😂😂😂😂😂

-Ikea Raskog Utility cart (found here) --we have 4 of these in our house in various rooms to hold various items. OBSESSED with their simplicity, cute colors, and compact size!! OH AND IT'S ON WHEELS. The top shelf has extra pacis, teething necklaces, and my coffee on it. Second shelf has some hats and socks, and third shelf is burp cloths and bibs. 

-Baby Bjorn Cradle (found here) - after using the Baby Bjorn travel cribs for the last 3.5 years (if you're still traveling with those huge, bulky and insanely heavy pack-n-plays that are legit impossible to open--you're doing it WRONG), I know they make incredible products. This bassinet is SO LIGHT. I could easily carry it up and down the steps if I wanted to, has breathable mesh sides, a bouncy base making it easy to rock the baby, and was literally only 3 steps for set-up. Also, it's gorgeous, which is a SUPER added bonus.
(since for some reason companies feel the need to overload baby products with insanely hideous colors and design combinations. WHO THOUGHT GREEN AND BROWN WOULD BE CUTE IN A BABY ROOM. #itsgross #makesmethinkofpoop #juststop).

-Ikea Maryd Tray table (found here) - The tray is on Jack's dresser holding some special books and his piggy bank, and the table itself is here holding the basket of Ellis' clothes. it folds up easily, but is still crazy sturdy!

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and the ONE THING that I've NEVER IN MY ENTIRE LIFE UNDERSTOOD:
Why someone would buy an entire table devoted to the storing and changing of diapers.

From the beginning we have just placed a changing pad on the top of an ikea dresser and called it a day. And ya know what? IT WORKS LIKE A DREAM.
How to make your own Changing Table:
1. Order a changing pad and soft changing pad cover off of amazon.
2. Buy some velcro.
3. Stick one side of velcro to the bottom of the pad, and the other to your dresser top.
4. Apply changing pad to dresser.
Velcro keeps it from sliding, and the dresser height keeps your back from breaking.
#BOOM.

Add a cute box or basket to the side with your diapers and Young Living Seedlings wipes (#seewhatididthere), and you're done. 

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Ya know what you'd be putting on top of that dresser otherwise? Clutter.
Don't be a hoarder of clutter.
No one likes hoarders and no one likes clutter.

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As it turns out, babies just want you to love them. Not to spend their college fund money on a Land of Nod Nursery. 😏

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OH! and, I challenge you to limit the amount of clothes you buy for them to one basket.
Y'all. It's SO NICE not to be bombarded with an INSANE amount of tiny-sized clothes that they're just going to blow out their mustard-yellow poopy diapers in anyways!!!

But blankets, girl (or guy.... gender equality and all) YOU BUY yoself all the blankets you want. I'm a firm believer in the fact that you can NEVER have enough soft and stretchy blankets 🙌🏼 #treatyoself

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TOTAL NURSERY PRICE: $650
and less for me because I acquired the chair, cart, and table from other rooms in my house!

So, if you want to learn from my over-buying, infant-item-hoarding mistakes and choose the minimalistic life, here you go! 
❤️💁🏼

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The Great Toy Rotation

If you didn't know, Germany doesn't know sunshine.
They are NOT friends.

It has a lot to do with the fact that NOTONEPLACE in this country has central AC. This is not an exaggeration. So in the 3 months that Germany decides to give the sun a chance, it's miserably hot with no escape.
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But in the other 9 months of the year it's likely to be a foggy, rainy 40-60 degrees (or colder). You can imagine how fun this is with #allthetoddlers.

When rightfully b*tching (making the "i" an asterisk makes this G-rated still, right?) about this 18 months ago on my Facebook, a friend suggested Toy Rotations to keep them more occupied when stuck in the house on super miserable weather days. After Pinteresting my life away, we are now dedicated Toy Rotators & will never look back.

I separated the toys into 3 different piles. Putting a little bit of everything in each one. Some kitchen stuff, some cars, some babydolls, some peppa... you get it.

I labeled them "Rotation 1," "Rotation 2," and "Rotation 3."
Every 4 months we pack up our current toys, and pull out the next rotation. It's like Christmas freakin' morning on the rotation day, and today just happened to be that day.

Come January, we will rotate again and have yet another "Best Day of my Life." hahaha 

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Positive things I've noticed as a result of toy rotating:
+ Less begging at the store for toys.
I comment, "we can get new toys when the new box comes out" and everyone shuts up willingly.

+ More playing with the toys we actually have out.
Before, when ALL of these Godforsaken toys were in the playroom, bins were dumped, toddlers fought, mom + dad screamed, and no one played. Now we get SOLID HOURS of REAL PLAY and it's freakin' GLORIOUS.

+ Clean-up is SO MUCH EASIER.
Due to the major OCD I have inherited, I cannot go to bed without completely cleaning the downstairs of the house. That used to be legit HOURS of me in their playroom organizing the entire thing, and now it's my CHILDREN putting away their toys in bins before bath time, and 15 mins of me going behind them to reorganize because #cantletitgo

+ SEE YA LATER CLUTTER
I actually enjoy the rooms in my house more now that they aren't floor to ceiling devoted to toy storage. #praisejesushallelujah

+CLEAN OUT THE CRAP.
I've recently read one too many tragic articles or news stories about kids choking on broken pieces of toys. Rotating gives me a good chance to go through EVERYTHING, throw out the broken, donate the things they didn't enjoy anymore, and enjoy the piece of mind that purging brings. 🙌🏻🙌🏻

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Some people do smaller, more often toy rotations--like weekly or monthly. In this household, #aintnobodygottimefothat so, that's why we chose every 4 months. I also have WAY more kids to play with the larger quantity that comes with only rotating 3 times a year.

Other notes:
+We always keep out educational toys
+We always keep out books
+We always keep out puzzles

Right now, I don't involve the kids in the process because I enjoy my sanity. But, as they get older I'll likely involve them in the process and let them choose what they want in each box. 

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Tonight I get to sit down with Netflix, a big cardboard box, an Olivia Pope sized wine glass and bowl of popcorn, and a black trash bag. I'll go through our latest rotation and clear the crap from our lives.
The feeling of freedom it brings is unlike any other.

Also, typing that last sentence out has made me realize just how deep into this #momlife I've plunged.

HAPPY SUNDAY, Y'ALL!

 

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EJG | lucky seven

As most people know, we welcomed sweet baby Ellis James to the world 08 August 2017.

We are so blessed by this chunky little bundle ❤️
and you could say that Stella is fairly thrilled (to put it lightly)

He lovingly goes by "Alice," "Baby Alice,"  "Elvis," "Squish," "Bubs, + "Ells bells"

Happy Two Weeks Ells!!

You fulfill the #fifthbabe role magnificently 

 

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Solly Baby Wrap | how to

After posting a photo of me wearing Ellis in my Solly Baby Wrap with the kids, so many people messaged me asking how I get him so snug and secure!
So, here's my video tutorial! and Baby Ellis James' video debut. 😂😂

and don't hate on my one-week-postpartum soft, mushy #mombod 😉

I LOVE my Solly!!
This is the Heather Grey that I bought before Stella (so it's held up REALLY well considering), and I've got my eye on the Natural and Grey Stripe... Might need to take the leap!
Even when they're older babes, it's still the cuddliest around!
ALSO, they have the "solly dolly" for your kids to carry their baby dolls. 
😍😭😍😭😍😭
DEAD. just kill me now, it's so damn cute.

Of course Brandon said some smart-ass thing and made me laugh which then hurt because #csection... hahaha
Riding that struggle bus 🚌 must. protect. the abdomen.

Hope this is helpful for the masses who think they're doing it wrong!
It's probably not wrong, just too loose.
You've got this 👊🏻

 

 

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Watermelon Minis

On a last minute whim I saw that one of our favorite photographers here, Ashley Borck from Ashley Borck Photography, was hosting some watermelon mini sessions to commemorate the summer and I had to get them.

I was 36 weeks pregnant and we were on the verge of becoming a family of 7 and the number of good photos I have of all my babies together before there are 5 were slim. 

Y'all. 

I ordered WAY too many of these photos. I'm obsessed.
Mini sessions are now also my favorite.
Less expensive, Less stressful, Less time consuming, and just as amazing. 

 

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Thank you Ashley for these priceless moments!! 
❤️🍉