Wednesday, February 4, 2009

baby stuff

jch
Someone (I'm not sure if she wants to remain anonymous, hence the indefinite pronoun) sent me a chic and oh-so-stylish handmade baby sling-carrier-thing. I haven't quite gotten the knack of distributing the rather hefty baby weight evenly across my back, but Cole absolutely adores it. Now, for all sorts of reasons, the person who makes them may not be keen to advertise, but, I am completely sold and (if she agrees) will be more than happy to provide all the particulars.

In other news, I've started painting a couple (as in two) of walls of the nursery. I can't find an exact replica anywhere on the internets, but try to imagine a cross between the color of the bottom of a swimming pool and a Tiffany blue. I'm still looking for a contrasting color for the day bed and ideas for coordinating rugs, so I'd welcome any suggestions with open arms.

Note: Superstition aside, I can definitely see why these days -- when most people are pretty sure of the baby's gender pre-birth (and in this context, I think I really do mean gender and not sex) -- you'd want to get the nursery-decorating out of the way before hand. However.

And in the final tidbit of news (none-too shocking to those who follow my blog and hang on my every utterance) I'm well on my way towards planning the next surrogacy, Yes, I'm crazy. And yes, I'm going to be broke (well, broker), but I have this urge to at least try to have another one. And we have a few more left over frozen embryos, so it really is just a matter of forking over the money. Go ahead, tell me I'm insane. But, irrational as it seems, I'd really like just one more. I know it wouldn't really be the twins coming back. But it's about the closest that I can imagine....


ETA: A photo. Just for Kym. I desaturated the colors way, way down, so it's not quite black and white, but (to me, anyway), looks almost colorized. Which is (in case you were wondering) the look I was trying for.

46 comments:

thirtysomething said...

Sounds gorgeous - the blue for the nursery. And, I LOVED baby slings - what an absolute savior for when he needs to be held and you don't just, well, need to sit there and do that all the time, as wonderful as it is.
Are you going to post one of your amazing pics when the nursery is complete?

I don't think you are crazy at all for wanting another so close to Cole - hey, while you have the diapers and all that baby stuff - might as well put it to good use!

elizabeth said...

go for it...!!!!!!

As for the color scheme, try finding your wall color on a color wheel; something from the opposite side of the wheel will make a good contrasting color.

thordora said...

Why not. I mean really, you want another child, and knowing you, you don't want much that bad.

I say do it.

Personally, I just love a crisp white with that shade of blue, yellows are nice, but just not enough "snap" for me.

Sara said...

Niobe,

Go for it sweet heart. I know you are a great mother and Cole is so lucky to have you now, (and you him) and your new baby will be just that much more of a blessing.

No, your twins can't come back, but they can go on, living vicariously through little Cole, and the next addition.

elizabeth said...

this is a fun site:
http://www.wellstyled.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en.html

Kymberli said...

You know how backflip happy I am that you're on another journey. I REALLY can't wait to watch this one unfold!

*cough*morecolepics*cough

Maggie said...

Just because some people might think that you shouldn't have another so close to Cole doesn't mean you shouldn't...if you want to try for two that are close together then I say go for it! You only live once, and there is NO REASON that you shouldn't try to get all you want from it -- the best of luck to you, I can't wait to see what happens!

niobe said...

Thirtysomething: I don't know if you remember, but a while back you suggested trying to find someone to do a peaceful, calming mural for the nursery. The nursery is on the third floor, so it has little wall space, slanty walls, and all sorts of funky angles.

But, the windows are set in dormers and I was thinking about how to implement your fantastic idea when I decided that what would be perfect would be to find some artist-type to paint a blue sky with clouds on the dormer ceilings. It would be subtle, but absolutely amazing.

And because one of dormers has a very deep built in bookshelf that I use as a changing table, Cole would be able to look at the "sky" while getting cleaned up and having a fresh diaper put on (always a deeply traumatic process for him).

So, if anyone knows a (not-incredibly-expensive) artist who lives in the area and would be willing to take on a small project, please, please email me or leave a comment.

And many, many thanks to Thirtysomething for the brilliant idea! It is going to look absolutely perfect.

Meg said...

I say you should go for it! You're not crazy. Just a momma in love. You have so much love to share. And, it's really nice to have a sibling for Cole. And the blue sounds great!

leanne said...

The heart wants what the heart wants. And given your previous posts, I'm not surprised that you want to try again so soon -- I was even wondering how Cole's arrival would affect your thoughts/plans. I think it's wonderful and I wish you the best.

The sky mural sounds awesome. I love murals -- my brother-in-law painted one in my son's room.

And yes, more pictures please! Of the nursery, of Cole...

Cara said...

Niobe - it all sound just perfect. The baby, the wall color - even the urge to do it all over again!

You take the best pics!

Marin said...

Yay! Another petit bebe for Niobe. I love it.

Seriously, though, if you want another baby, have another baby. You deserve it, and I'm sure Cole would love to have a sibling close in age.

LAS said...

You have a beautiful baby and take the most beautiful pictures. As far as another one - I say absolutely go for it!

niobe said...

Thordora: You are *so* on track with the white.

Because (except for the baby's room) every single wall and trim and ceiling in the entire house is painted white.

True, some are Ironstone White and some are Atrium White and some are Linen White and one may even be Navaho White, but they all match remarkably well with the THREE FEET of newly- fallen snow currently blocking my driveway.

In the nursery, the trim and built-in bookshelves and slanty wall/ceilings are definitely staying a bright shiny white. (all the better to scrub off dirty little fingerprints, my dear).

Anyway, I'm considering what to do with (a) the daybed in the room that, when the time comes will double as a reading couch. It's a captain's-type bed, with very useful drawers under it and all wood Right now it's a pale green, which might be okay, but I'd have to echo the color elsewhere in the room.

The other issue is the storage doors. The room has no closets, but it does have a built in very very low set of shelves hidden behind doors. Right now they're all white, but I'm just not sure if I should paint them a new color.

Artblog said...

Well you know I don't think its crazy ;) I also agree with Marin, a sibling close in age is nice for him ! Good luck :)

Rory said...

My "baby" is four. I am turning 35 on Friday and I am trying one last effort at convincing my husband to try for one more baby. So, yeah, I don't think you are crazy at all.

Cole is a beautiful baby, by the way!

Aurelia said...

Well, for a really deep blue, I just used one for trim on our nursery that you might like.

Para Paints Antique Indigo P-2017 pearl finish latex, if you like, or you can go with a shiny enamel for easier cleaning on trim, etc.

I used a deep yellow on the walls, but then cut it half and half with white for a more subtle ceiling.

And for white, I always like Cloud White from Benjamin Moore because it always works with every other tone. Don't know why, but an interior decorator swore it was true, and she was right!

Just don't ever use cheap paint on a project like this, because it will look dull and even chip off if you wipe it a little too vigorously. (Experienced with that unfortunately..sigh)

A friend of mine who wanted her nursery to have a nice scene painted, got it done, and then had the artist paint over it with clear flat interior varnish. (You can get it as brush on, or spray on) It preserved the design, even through markers, crayons, diaper contents, tomato sauce....anything.

niobe said...

Thanks, Aurelia. I'm going to check out Cloud White and the Antique Indigo. And the varnish idea = genius.

Sarah said...

your baby is so beautiful!! here is your letter, don't worry. it should be easy. :) R. have fun!!

Yolanda (the callipygian chronicle) said...

Depends on your taste, but I'd go for a slate grey. If you want something ultra trendy or more energizing go for chocolate brown or orange.

Yolanda (the callipygian chronicle) said...

Oh, and second surrogacy...I say, go for broke :-)

loribeth said...

I can also vouch for Benjamin Moore Cloud White. (Aurelia, do we have the same designer/colour consultant??)

I LOVE that photo!! I absolutely understand that you would want another one. Go for it! Would you use the same surrogate?

niobe said...

Loribeth: What a nice thing to say about my photo.

No, we'd be working with another surrogate. I can't imagine that Kyrie would be up for back-to-back pregnancies. And besides, I know that her focus right now is on trying for a pregnancy for her girlfriend, Arianna. I wish them the best possible luck. They are two of the best parents I have ever met.....

Clarabella said...

Beautiful beautiful boy. I don't think you're crazy. I think you should for it if it feels right to you.
As for the room, I think since the bed is pale green, you could just carry that color through the room, but I also like the ideas of deep blue and chocolate brown. Good luck. (Oh, and if I lived anywhere closer to you, I would paint the clouds on the ceiling for you. I've done it before.)

Sara said...

Oh god, niobe, he is sweet. I'm not even a "baby person" but wow. Cheeks.

You sound positively cheerful these days. I love it.

painted maypole said...

i just love all the pictures. bring them on!

JP said...

I just love your photography. The interesting angles and framing are just things I wouldn't think of doing.

Oh, and you're insane, but in the best way. I'm sure Cole will be a spectacular big brother.

Furrow said...

I would've said (maybe did say) you were crazy to be thinking that before Cole got here, because, you know, some newborns make you regret that you were born, but he sounds like an angel, and I'd order up another one like that on the spot, too.

Grad3 said...

You won't hear me say your insane... you know what you are capable of and if you want it-- I say god for it!

Could he be anymore precious???

wheelsonthebus said...

ORANGE. go for orange.

Tash said...

Insane? You? Huh? With that to look at? I can imagine GOING insane going through the stress of the process again, but as for the initial decision, I think it's all good.

I just tried to decorate Bella's playroom with the funky dormers and I made the big mistake of losing control of the project to my husband and Bella, and now it's going to look like one big messy playroom. But meh, it's a playroom, right? Will regroup for my office. MY office.

Betty M said...

I have nothing on the nursery colour scheme - Z is in a room whose main decorative feature is the ironing board cover - other than it sounds lovely. The photos is gorgeous - he would look beautiful anywhere.

I say no time like the present on the new surrogate. If I had any frozen embryos left I would do the same. I felt I needed to give them all a go which I did.

Monica H said...

We just painted our bathroom a color calle "Blue Tequila" It's kind of a grayish blue green similar to what you were explaining and available from Behr. I couldn't find it online either, but it's pretty!

Another surrogacy doesn't suprise me at all, but are you sure this is still Niobe blogging?

Monica H said...

Oh and BTW, that means go for it!!!

Ahuva Batya said...

I love the idea of you adding another to precious Cole.

I like the crisp-white idea from above.

Angela said...

You are utterly mad in the best way possible.

I am so glad you haven't kicked the blog just yet. =) Not that I'd be able to resist showing off that gorgeous boy, either...

flutter said...

That is one seriously beautiful baby

ewe are here said...

You're not crazy to want another beautiful wee one... you're not.

and just look at him in all his gorgeousness! So sweet.

Caro said...

Another beautiful photo.

As for having another - why not if that's what you want.

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking about what you said about trying again. I think it's a good idea to start now when life is still relatively calm and you are fresh in the glow of it all. It will take awhile most likely to get the ball rolling and if you start now, it will be before things get kind of crazy in baby world.

I just love your little Cole!
allypally

Rach said...

I've been thinking of re-painting the sewing room a colour like you describe but I live in Australia so not sure if the same 'names' for colours are used. I know that I like 'Sweet Rhapsody' (made in by a US company I can't remember) - that may be similar to what you are describing? Or perhaps thats a bit green... Anyway. I think, for what its worth, go for it! I mean the baby, not the paint colour...

Jana said...

I'm with wheelsonthebus: go for orange! A nice, soft orange with a aqua-ish blue could be very lovely.

My son Sam is just a couple of weeks older than Cole, and I can see last week's Sam in all Cole's pictures. How quickly they grow!

beagle said...

He's perfect!

N. was not in his room until he was almost 4 months old. Not because I am into extreme attachment parenting or anything . . . it just took me that long to get the room together.

Good Luck with the paint!

Gal aka SuperMommy said...
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Gal aka SuperMommy said...

Bright orange for the nursery. That would look fiery and delicious with blue... no? Not sure what the psychologists would say about the influence of orange on a baby's growing psyche. My mom was always convinced yellow was the color to grow calm grounded children, thus the yellow room that followed me from country to country. I guess I'm sorta calm and grounded... some of the time.

You're not crazy for planning the next surrogacy. Not one bit. There is nothing rational about the urge to mother, to grow a family, to want more children. If we were all rational about it, I don't think we'd every try to have kids in the first place.

the dragonfly said...

He is so, so beautiful. Congratulations!! I've been away...well, away from blogging anyway. I'm so glad to hear things are going well for you!!! :)