Baby Nursery Torture

I have this pregnancy book that goes through each week and tells you about your baby, and gives you a list of stuff to watch for and a some "To Do" items.

One of this weeks "to dos" was to start thinking about the nursery - so I thought, "Why not?" and looked at some nurseries that liked yesterday.

I've come to the conclusion that the suggestion for a woman to get nursery ideas this early is just plain torture. I found a bunch of stuff that I like - but I can't make any final decisions yet, because I don't know the gender!

What were they thinking, telling us to think about nursery ideas now? I have to wait another two months until I can actually put any of my ideas into action. But what I want to do is get going immediately. It's all I can think about.

I think it's safe to say that I now offically have a tortured mind . . .

Anyway, this post is written in an effort to get this out of my system, because I can't do anything about it until I find out Babykins gender.

And I know someone will suggest it, so let me say right now that I don't do well with gender neutral stuff. To me it always looks like it belongs with one gender more than the other, even though it's supposed to be "neutral". So that's not a great option for me.

Example: These two nurseries are from a baby nursery slide show on HGTV.com, and they are both classified as gender neutral.

However, to me this one says "girl". . .



And this one clearly says "boy".



See what I mean? I guess I'm just not a gender-neutral kind of gal.

Here are some nursery collections that I love:

Ashton Bedding by Glenna Jean



Esquire Bedding by Glenna Jean



Go Car Go Crib Set



Sundae Bedding by Cocalo



Lulu Bedding by Sweet Potato



Lemon Polka Dot Ashland Crib Set



But again, I can't even begin to pick one until I know the gender, which won't be until I'm around 21 weeks.

Excuse me while I scream.


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Lauren said...

oh what torture! I love that butterfly bedding set...beautiful! May have to put that in my favorites list for...one day!

Julie S. said...

I too, got sucked in, to way too pricey baby bedding. I bought some great Pottery Barn bedding on Ebay, and honestly, I wish I never would have even bothered. The quilt that comes with it? Isn't really "supposed" to be used for babies, and currently Brayden's is in the bottom of his wagon. :( Mom fail. If I were to do it all over I would just get coordinating sheets and blankets and buy a bumper separate, because they really only use those for a little while anyway. Brayden didn't sleep in his crib until he was 4 months old, and by 6 months we said goodbye to the bumper! :) It is way cheaper to just coordinate- save your money for the toddler bed and all the fun stuff of a big person room!

Brittney Galloway said...

Wow, I just love that first nursery, so cute!

Mrs. A said...

oh dear me this is torture. I love looking at all the cute stuff but wind up frustrated cause I have no clue what to buy yet!! Sigh our big ultra sound is in October when's yours?

Rachel and John said...

You could get a 3D ultrasound at 18 weeks to see the gender...3 weeks early!
I'm a gender neutral person myself. I want to use all the same stuff for all my babies.

Chloƫ said...

Aww they are all so cute! And I can imagine your frustration. Josiah and I don't plan on finding out at all when we're expecting, so I might find myself frustrated as well!

5th Belle Avenue said...

I agree with you 100%! I am SO not a gender neutral kind of gal. And I really don't like yellow, so the option of not finding out the sex is, well, not an option over here! SO excited for you to find out the gender!

Mrs.LifeAccounts said...

haha, that's hilarious. I/we have had our nursery "themes" if you will figured out for awhile. My husband loves sports so I'm going to do a vintage sports theme with baseball and hockey. I want to do a light tan room with tonal stripes, dark wood furniture and more jewel tones if it's a boy. BUT if it's a girl, I am totally going to do a fashion/shoe theme. LOL, with black furniture. Think vintage barbie fashion sillohettes. :) I don't care if they say barbies cause self-esteem issues, I played with them growing up and LOVED them and never struggled with comparing myself to barbie...

And if I got bored on those ideas, I've got several more inpsiration photos stashed away just in case ;)

Rebecca Louise. said...

I can see why your're tortured! I hate those circular cots/cribs though, so not keen on the first one. I love the blue one and the polka dot. Aww man how do you choose?! x

Amanda Godin said...

I'm dying to design a nursery for my baby and I'm not even pregnant yet. Maybe I need to find something to distract me. A girl at work went to a spa for expecting moms in Lexington where they do elective ultrasounds and you can find out the gender early. She found out at 16 weeks, but I don't know how early these types of places will do an ultrasound. Her's cost about $100 and she got a 14-minute long video of the baby. They have different packages for different budgets. Maybe you could find out early if there's a place like that near you? Hang in there! :)

AmyK said...

I actually think that second one is fairly gender-neutral--at least more than the first one! That first one definitely screeeeeams "GIRL BABY!"

I'm pretty sure I'd go with a nautical theme, lol. 'Cause I'm cheesy like that. But then again, I have my biases--a lifelong love affair with the sea.

Definitely post pictures when you do get to set up a nursery. Can't wait to see it!

Kara @ KSS said...

Very cute nurseries. :) And of course there's the added pressure to do something "unique" that most parents-to-be impose on themselves (and I'm sure you will, too).

Enjoy all the fun stuff like this. It makes pregnancy more fulfilling. :)

Amber Hansen said...

Hahaha! Oh, you crack me up. I'll be right there with you :D

Anonymous said...

Yes it's tortue waiting! But even since we found the gender I'm still having a hard time deciding. Asking a hormonal pregnant lady to "just pick one" is impossible. :)

Amanda said...

oh that does sound stressful...but fun! i hope you find something you just absolutely LOVE! :)

Anna Baur said...

the first two are my faves! But I do think that first one could be used for a boy too...yellow and green could be either!

Brittany Ann said...

So silly that they suggest you look into that now! What do they even expect you to do?

Anonymous said...

Oh, this would be torture for me!

I love the little car one :)

Jenene said...

Yeah, we're not into the gender neutral stuff either. I don't think there's any such thing. So you're actually going to find out gender? Are you going to tell people, or just keep that to yourselves?

Ange said...

Perhaps you could go with a semi gender neutral theme that could go either way until an accent color (e.g. pink pillows or blue curtains) is added. Maybe a "twinkle twinkle little star" theme and pick your "star" color after you find out what babykins is. My sister-in-law picked monkeys for her baby' room, totally convinced she was having a boy. She actually has a girl and they kept the monkey theme but changed the colors from brown, green and blue to brown, green and purple. We didn't decorate Moses' room any sort of theme, but we ended up with some very old, patriotic items found in an old house and we put those in his room with a few pictures of him in a paper bag. Plus, we bought him a dresser that has eagles on the handles... is that boyish? I think so... =)

cait said...

Oh yes, that would torture me too! Really, all the choices and decisions are enough to make someone go crazy!! You're tastes are lovely, though. Whatever Babykins is, they will be blessed to sleep in a beautiful nursery!

Laura S said...

The teddy bear one is my favorite for you.:) It really matches the theme of your house, with forest greens and warm, homey plaids. Very cute! Could you start thinking about cribs and changing tables...? Those things seem like they could be gender neutral--and you would probably want them to be, so you could use them in the future!

JMay said...

All of those nurseries are perfect! :-)

Good luck!

Thomas and Kara said...

What book are you talking about?! I love reading everything I can get my hands on AND I love lists, so it sounds perfect for me!

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