Pink Invasion Lies…and Other Nursery Plans & Progress

I hate to break it to you, but I married the best guy in the world. The rest of you ladies will just have to settle for second best. (Sorry.) He opens my car door for me every time we go somewhere, he shuts his alarm off before it rings so that it doesn’t wake me up, he buys my favorite cookies just because, and, among countless other things, most recently surprised me by doing some serious work in our baby girl’s nursery while I was at work on Tuesday: I came home to freshly painted walls and trim.


I had mentioned in passing last week that I wanted the walls to be Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl mixed to be 50% lighter, and he somehow remembered that and went and bought the exact thing, then told me on the phone on my way home that he’d been working on another room’s crown molding all day. Needless to say, I was totally caught off-guard in the best kind of way.


Despite my last post that suggested we’d have a Pink Explosion Nursery, that isn’t really true. Because in a possibly futile attempt to be practical and save money, we are going gender-neutral on the walls and a few other things. For example, we are totally keeping the brick red floor with splatter-paint treatment. Both boys and girls really go for that sort of thing these days.

DSC_1594We are not totally keeping that floor.

Seriously, though, I really don’t want to paint the walls hot pink or something and then have to re-paint in the event that baby #2 is a boy. Not that I worked too hard at painting for baby #1. But that’s hardly the point.Picture1There will, however, be pink in the form of things that are A) inexpensive and B) easy to change out. Like the yard of ombre dot fabric in the middle below. It will be A Really Cute Something in the nursery. So far I have ruled out burp cloth and baby fanny pack. All other options are still up for grabs. And the girly fabric on the right serves as the color palette for the whole room AND the fabric for the doorless closet. The fabric on the left will be curtains and could easily transition to a boy nursery color scheme.


When I left for work Tuesday morning, the room still looked like this, photos courtesy of that same husband from earlier who somehow also remembered that I would want documentation of every angle.



We still obviously have work to do, but the fact that there is progress, and the fact that this progress brings us that much closer to bringing our baby girl home…it makes me smile.

nursery progress

In other exciting news, I have this new trick I do where when I sneeze on a partly-full bladder, I piddle my pants. Which is totally irrelevant to everything I have just discussed.

Have you been surprised in a good way lately? Is anyone disappointed that the nursery won’t be drowning in pink? Who’s going to be the first to mail me Poise adult diapers as a practical joke?


  1. how awesome! love the light walls!

  2. uh - get used to the sneezepiddle... ;)

    That is just about the most beautiful grey secret paint job I've ever seen -- well-played, Rick! Just not sure the brick red floor will jive with the pink & turquoise; but who am I to slam your baby-girl color scheme?!? :D

    I can envision your cute curtains fluttering in the breeze in those windows...

  3. The new trick is impressive. ;)

    I REALLY like the wall color. You have good taste. I mean, obviously. Your husband paints walls without being asked. That's good taste.

  4. You crack me up hahaha!!

    And that wall color is FABULOUS. I'm a big fan of non-gender-specific wall colors. :)

    PS-what a wonderful hubby you have!!!

  5. You are so funny. Way to go, RICK!!!!! Can't wait to see what you do with that awesome fabric!

  6. Haha! Love that trick! And love the fabrics!

  7. Ah yes, the sneeze pee. One of the fun factors that everyone seems to forget when telling you about pregnancy haha
    I love the wall color and fabric! Everyone thought I was crazy for painting the nursery gray to keep it neutral (although they like it now). I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that was a good idea!! :)

  8. Sneeze pees are the worst!

    I love that color! And the fabrics! It's going to look amazing!

  9. Helpful tip for a piddle free day: If you press your forefinger up against the underside of your nose (mostly that bony middle bit)it should dissolve any incoming sneeze. I've seen people doing this in old movies and assumed they were just doing some kind of weird old-fashioned courtesy thing. Once I realized they were actually applying pressure I tried it and it totally worked.

    Hope that helps.

    1. haha thanks! I'll have to try it!

  10. Anonymous6/06/2013

    The Rambler is right about pressing your forefinger against that area just under your nose. It really does help keep you from sneezing. Weird, but true.

    Love, love, love those fabrics! Can't wait to see how the entire room comes together. And your Rick is a real gem - guess you'd better keep him after all. Of course, with the baby coming it helps to have an extra set of hands... :).

  11. love the grey, it is my new go to color in every room at my house too. I am jsut sad I discovered it so late in house re dos. as for the piddling, i never had the sneezing probelm but to this day i still can't jump on a trampoline. Jumping on the floor is fine but can't jump on a trampoline with a bit of a piddle, and in my occupatino that sorta happens more frequently than most. also I just made julia a diy piddle pad for her carseat maybe is hould make you one for your car.

    1. hahaha that would be perfect for the car ;)

  12. Love the color of the room and hurray for husbands who surprise us!
    LOL. Feeling for you on your little "trick".

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  14. I had to delete my first post....stupid auto correct! Lol
    Your fabric and colors are FABULOUS!!! I can't wait to see the finished room, and your precious baby girl!

  15. ok I like him.

    He even took a before photo! what a guy.

    I am kind of upset about no pink explosion, but I suppose I will keep reading and see what you come up with ;)

  16. We tried to do as much as possible gender neutral too... except for the fabric. There's definitely no need to have to buy two of everything if a boy ever comes along.
    I am loving the fabric you picked out for the nursery and can't believe the before and after pictures already.

  17. I am so happy for you both on the news of a baby! And you know its a girl. That is really sweet. I love the grey color you picked for the nursery. It is lovely. Much better than having pink Pepto Bismol all over the walls. ;)

  18. Congrats on your fantastic news! The color is so lovely. :) My daughter's room was painted blue even when we knew she was a girl. I couldn't bring myself to make it pink...lol. :) I love your fabric choices too.

  19. Now that is a wonderful hubby you have there.....1) to paint the room but more importantly 2) to remember that you wanted the colour toned down. Awesome listening skills there.

    Like your colour scheme - it make so much sense to plan for the future.

    As for the new physical thrills - welcome to your mother body.

  20. I have the same paint color in our DR and LR! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š Great choice! ๐Ÿ˜œ

  21. I, for one, am relieved to see a non-pepto room. Not that I get any say in anyone elses tastes... but blarg. You're doing it right.

    Yay for ALL the joys of motherhood - piddling included!

  22. It's beautiful! What a great surprise =)
    I love that polka dot fabric!

  23. I love the fabrics you have picked out and you are right that is a pretty great husband you got there.

  24. It's so fresh and ready to be decked out for the little miss! Loving the fabrics you chose already! You'll be ready for a little man-baby just as soon as you get this one out. :) haha!

  25. Keep Rick.

    (My hub is much the same, but wow...keep Rick.)

    Seriously, before pics? Incredible.



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