Everly’s Room

Marty and I are so happy that we can finally show you a first look at Everly’s nursery!  Above is a piece created by Lora, my cousin and one of my best friends (we’ve been buds since we were both babies!).  Each leaf is actually a thumb print of one of our friends from our baby party at Wildflower.  This has to be the coolest thing we’ve received and really set the tone for the rest of the room.

My Dad found this cute little frog lamp for Everly and we thought it would be perfect for right next to her crib.  Something about the lamp reminds me of my childhood and I can’t figure out what – I think the the two dancing frogs are actually characters from one of my old books.

And speaking of books, I’m a huge reader and hopefully little Ev will be too.  I plan on doing LOTS of reading to her in this very spot.  Until then, Leyla is guarding Everly’s room with her little laser beam eyes.  She likes to nap in this chair and I can tell she can’t wait for this little lady either!

We decided to do a bright orange on this wall for a pop of color, and then Marty found this amazing tree decal.  I love how he laid out her little onesie, socks, shoes and little flower beanie on the changing pad – we hope she fits in them because we want her to wear this outfit home from the hospital!

I love her bedding and can’t wait to put her down to sleep in this crib.  The little turtle actually projects constellations onto the ceiling at night, and it’s one of the many toys that we can’t wait to introduce to her.  It’s crazy to imagine that we finally get to meet her so soon!

We are so ready for you Everly – you can come when you are ready for us!  But don’t wait too long (and don’t get too big!) before you decide to join us, okay?  Go easy on your Mama!

Dear Everly

Dear Everly,

We saw your teeny tiny footprint last night and spent the rest of the night staring at my big shiny belly and wishing for just one more glimpse of your little body parts.

We’ve been waiting for all of these months, dying to meet you, and seeing your little toes pressed against my skin brought a shocking realization to light.  Soon you’ll be here, and while that excites me to pieces, it’s also a little sad because I know that your safety and well being will be out of my control.

For nine months, I’ve nourished you while you’ve grown into the baby that you are now.  I’ve made sure that you received the best nutrients, vitamins, oxygen, stimulation, and environment within my power.  I’ve taken good care of us, getting enough rest, exercise, and support, and thoroughly enjoyed every second of it.  I’ve carried you and given up my body in order to keep you safe, protected, and nurtured, and now it’s almost time for you to come into the world.

You’ve been with me every second for the past nine months and now that it’s almost time to set you free, I can’t help but be a little bittersweet about it.   I guess that’s the mother coming out in me: happy to see you on your little way, but concerned for your well being and knowing, deep down, that I will have to let go a little bit each day.

What makes me happy is that your Daddy and I can’t wait to meet you.  We have so much in store for you – just wait!  We’ve laid in our bed at night and had so many conversations of all the things we want to do with you, places we will definitely be taking you, and experiences that we want you to have (so many blog posts to come on this!).  One thing is for sure, you are coming into a house with a lot of LOVE and that will always be a constant in your life.

So, whether it takes you another day to get here or another 3 ½ to 4 weeks, we’ll be waiting and ready to start your little life out in a BIG way.  We love you more than anything.


Your Mama and Daddy