This past Friday, the StorkCraft staff surprised me with a baby shower that included a cake with an adorable pair of icing booties and a desk full of gifts and decorations! Thanks for all the well wishes and the thoughtfulness, StorkCraft!
Tomorrow will be my last day at StorkCraft before I take my maternity leave. I still have not determined the full amount of time that I will be on this “break” yet, but right now it looks like it will be a full year to ease into being a new mom and being able to visit my parents for a few months. Hopefully I’ll be able to document my new journey into new motherhood via this blog during this time.
With the birth date being a month away, it seems to me that I will have a bit too much time on my hands, but all my mommy friends say that taking the one month off before the due date is a God-send for having some rest and getting last minute baby purchases and room organized.
How did you spend the weeks leading up to your due date? Any “must-do” items or things you wished you had done before your baby was born?
Two Tone Target
We can’t wait for the Target 365 Cribs by StorkCraft to launch in a few months time (Keep tabs on when they go on sale here at Target)! The two tone colour is so versitle as it allows you to play with your accent pieces.
For this espresso/white version, you have the option of selecting white dressers for a light and airy look, or espresso ones for a rich and sleek decor. What do you think of some of these pairings? One makes use of accessories that can grow up with your child and also transition into other rooms of the house if need be, and the other goes all out with everything cute and adorable.
Find all accessories featured below at Target.
Target 365 Blue Dot Crib Bedding
Axis Chrome Lamp
StorkCraft Beatrice 5 Drawer Dresser
Vale Open Back Slipper Accent Chair in Primary Bubbles
Safavieh Circles Area Rug
StorkCraft Beatrice Combo Dresser
Zutanoblue Into the Forest Valance
Zutanoblue Into the Forest Crib Bedding
StorkCraft Beatrice 4 Drawer Dresser
Zutanoblue Into the Forest Rug
3 Sprout Fox and Racoon Storage Bins
StorkCraft Beatrice Combo Dresser
Spring Break: Gettin’ Crafty
For all those parents who have children in school, you’ll know that Spring Break is coming up right along side the Easter holiday. Any plans for keeping the family occupied? Here are some craft projects that I have been stashing away on my Pinterest craft board.
Milk carton houses: How cute is this easy craft idea? Suitable for both boys and girls, your children can create a small neighbourhood to a sprawling city.
Dyed Easter eggs: Ombre is the way to do colour and this mess-free method is one simple option of getting those eggs brightly decorated.
Wee Mouse Tin House: Could this be any cuter? Make use of those empty Altoid tins and scraps of felt and transform them into a little travel play kit that can slip right into your child’s pocket.
DIY jet pack: Halloween is far off, but this DYI project is still perfect for everyday dress-up and running around the yard.
Thank you to all our blog readers for their feedback on the new 2013 Stork Craft cribs! We love seeing your comments that tell us if the designs are a “yay” or even a “nay” in your books, as well as the concerns and inquiries that you may have for cribs and Stork Craft products in general.
If you have been following our Facebook page, you probably have noticed that over the past year we have switched from doing our photoshoots in house to using an amazing studio. Below are the studio’s take on the Princess 4 in 1 Crib and Santino 3 in 1 Cribs. Looking pretty good, don’t you think?
The studio’s interpretation on decorating around the Princess 4-in-1 Crib shows that this crib really works well as the centerpiece of the nursery. With all its little details that make it unique, it doesn’t need whole lot of accessories to make it stand out!
Previously we had shown the Santino 3 in 1 Crib in white, and here it is in a classic espresso finish. This darker colour gives the crib depth and richness, but still allows the piece to stay true to its contemporary design.
If you had told me a few months ago that buffering ample time out for maternity leave is a good idea because it’s hard to gauge energy levels as the birth date approaches, I would have given you an ambivalent, “I’ll see how it goes”. Normally I do consider myself as someone who has stamina and being able to “hang in there” when it comes to tolerating a bit of discomfort or fatigue. The past two days spent out of commission in bed, however, have made me realize how the final stretch of pregnancy can really take a toll on the body. Throw in a cold, slight ear infection that makes getting up quite woozy, and couple it with restless sleep due to the inability to find a comfortable position for this unrecognizable body, and it’s two embarrassing straight days of calling in sick to work.
While my anxiety spikes at the thought of emails and voice messages piling up, I cannot begin to imagine what it is like to for other pregnant women who have children and a larger household to take care of, regardless of whether they are feeling under the weather or not. Kudos to mommies and other devoted caregivers for being on-call 365 days a year. There’s no Blackberries to simply switch off, and you sure can’t tell a spouse or the kids to “leave a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible”. Over the course of these last eight months, I am often reminded by those who have traveled this road ahead of me to cherish the experience, as “afterwards” is yet another chapter that does not promise anything easy either, but with determination and devotion, it too can be an extremely rewarding journey.