Monday, June 30, 2014

Nursery in Progress!

It's a miracle... we were able to somehow clear out our guest room/office/craft room/catch-all room!  We're quickly filling it up again, though... here's a little sneak peek at the nursery as it's coming together:

Book truck changing table!  

Don't worry, the card catalog isn't missing a drawer.  One drawer is with our friend Jenn, who is helping us refinish the sides and bottom of the catalog.

My mom made this beautiful alphabet flower embroidery!  

Karl did an awesome job building a closet system from scratch for the baby's closet; the paint is still drying and we have a few things to add, but let me just say that it is totally perfect and a huge improvement over the two bowed plywood shelves that were in there before.  

Soon we'll have a little person to plunk into this room!  We'd better enjoy the peace and quiet now... 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Baby Shower by Mail, Take Two!

You might remember the Baby Shower by Mail my college friends and I threw for our friend Mara back in 2010 (was it really that long ago?!).  Now that Baby Struckmeyer is on the way, the same girls have taken it upon themselves to keep our mailman busy!

I videotaped myself opening all of the gifts, but it turns out I'm technologically challenged (wait, we already knew that), so the footage is stuck on our videocamera for the rest of time.  This sub-par photo of all of their wonderful gifts will have to do!  An itty-bitty sweatshirt from our alma mater... a Garfield hat and nightlight (I sort-of-jokingly have said from the beginning that I wanted to do a Garfield nursery theme, which would be completely hilarious, but somehow I haven't been able to convince Karl)... the world's best Annie book (we had the same one when I was growing up)... lots of adorable onesies and sleepers... beautiful wooden toys... chocolate bars, which went straight into the hospital bag... and lots of other thoughtful, perfect gifts. 

I'm so lucky to have these ladies as friends, and our baby is even luckier to have so much love coming from all directions!  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Staff Lounge Reveal

Last but not least: How to surprise your co-workers!  

Make a little cardboard oven out of a shoebox (there are tutorials online, but I thought it was way simpler to just wing it... the oven door is made of a page protector, in case you're wondering).  

 It's fun if the oven door can actually open and close!  

Inside the oven, put a picture of the expectant parents, along with a Date Due slip (which is especially perfect if you work at a library). 

Order a bunch of morning buns from the local bakery.  Pick them up early in the morning, and get to work before anyone else.  Set up the oven and the buns in the lounge... 

Monday, June 16, 2014

How to Surprise Your In-Laws

We've already covered How to Surprise Your Mother, so let's move on to the in-laws.  I told Karl we could break the news about our pregnancy to his parents any way he wanted  to.  Here's what he decided (I think it's pretty cute!):

He decorated two little white onesies, one for his parents, and one for his grandmother (who recently turned 100!).  His parents had been on vacation in Florida, and when they got back to town, we wrapped up some gourmet hot cocoa as a little "welcome home" gift for them.  Karl, who is an engineer through and through, tied a piece of fishing line to the bottom of the cocoa bag, and he tied the other end to the onesie.  He buried the onesie deep in the bottom of the bag, under layers of tissue paper, so his parents would really have to dig.  

We went out for dinner with Karl's family, and we gave his parents the gift.  They were more than a little surprised when they found the onesie!  

A few days later, we visited Karl's grandmother, and we gave her the other onesie.  She immediately had us hang it up in her sunroom, and she tells us that she looks at it daily.  She's bound and determined to meet her third great grandchild!  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tub Time

You know how sometimes you see something on Apartment Therapy, and you think, "I totally need that!" but it's like a million dollars and really, you probably don't technically need it?  That happened to me recently with the Puj Tub.  So darling, so practical, but I wasn't about to pay-- or ask someone else to pay-- $40 for a piece of foam. 

I was super-psyched when I volunteered to help set up for a giant children's resale in Madison, where I spied not one, but two of the coveted Puj tubs.  Of course, no shopping was allowed during set-up, so I had to wait until the next day for the volunteer pre-sale.  I made a beeline for the tubs... and they were both gone.  Apparently I wasn't the only one with my eye on them! 

Not being one to let things go easily, I went home and checked eBay, but that felt kind of gross for some reason, so I took a peek on Craigslist... and there was a Puj tub for sale in Milwaukee, still in the box and the plastic and everything, for $10.  I texted my sister, who lives in Milwaukee, and seriously like 5 minutes later she sent this picture: 

I have no idea how she did that so fast, but we'll chalk it up to a Pre-Baby Miracle.
Here we are at Easter, celebrating the fact that our baby will be bathing in style.