Building a Tiny Super Hero’s Hidden Lair

All we are waiting on is our little super hero!  The nursery is complete!  We’ve gotten a lot of compliments on what we are calling “Henry’s Fortress of Solitude” so I thought I would break down everything we did and where we got things from!

When we found out we were pregnant, my hubby and I made a deal… if the baby was a girl, I could chose the décor for the nursery… which would have been Wizard of Oz, complete with blue checkered curtains, a yellow brick rug and red ribbons and shoes.  If the baby was a boy, Nick chose the décor for the nursery… which would mean a super hero’s lair.

I had no idea how we were going to pull it off.  I looked on Pintrest and found a few ideas, but I can honestly say that we were committed to making it work.  The plan was to keep most things neutral, so when you did see a bold color, it was from a super hero.  This would keep the room in balance and not be too much of a seizure inducing nightmare.

Crib, Dresser/Diaper Changing Table, Keekaroo Diaper Changing Pad, Henry Train

Crib, Dresser/Diaper Changing Table, Keekaroo Diaper Changing Pad, Henry Train

First of all the furniture is incredible.  We got the dresser (which will transform from a diaper changing table to have an extra shelf or room for a TV if we decide to go that route when he is older) and the crib (which transforms to a toddler bed and then a twin bed) from All About Kids Furniture in Pittsburgh, PA.  They were wonderful to work with, and I highly recommend them if you need kid’s furniture!  www.allaboutkidsfurniture.com.

The changing pad is a Cherry Red Keekaroo Peanut Diaper Changer.  Not only is it made out of this awesome material that can be wiped down with a wipe if/when it gets filthy, but it’s soft and has some good cushion for Henry!  Plus, it looks like a cape 😉

The Train on the top shelf is from a shop on Etsy called Vibrant Trains.  Her link is: http://www.etsy.com/people/VibrantTrains.  She was wonderful to work with and does all kinds of custom work.  The train is magnetic and DOES indeed roll, so when he’s big enough, it will be a great toy!  For now, it’s the perfect Avenger’s decoration 😉

The Gotham City Skyline Wall Decal

The Gotham City Skyline Wall Decal

The Batman Gotham city skyline came from another Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/people/lucassj.  This was originally going to go much lower on top of a baseboard, so Henry could either save or destroy Gotham as he pleased, but we were warned that it is a choking hazard until he gets bigger.  Wouldn’t want him to pick a little off the wall!  So it will stay up above the changing area (with Batman guarding) until he is older.

Super Hero Mobile!  Featuring Batman, Spiderman, Thor, Captain America and Cyclops

Super Hero Mobile! Featuring Batman, Spiderman, Thor, Captain America and Cyclops

The Mobile, which is hung from the ceiling light from Ikea, came from yet another Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/people/dropsofcolorshop.  She also does custom work.  The mobile we saw in her shop had a few different super heroes and she was able to switch them out to the ones we wanted!  Ours includes Spiderman, Batman, Cyclops, Thor and Captain America.  I will say that our crib’s railings were all WAY too wide, making finding a mobile arm extremely hard.  After trying several times to Frankenstein different mobiles together, we gave up and just hung it from the ceiling light… which actually looks pretty cool in my opinion!

Spiderman wall decal

Spiderman wall decal

The Spiderman sticker is another Pottery Barn find.  Nick picked this one out and I have to be honest… I was not fond of it when he purchased it!  I tried to reserve too much judgment until it was up on the wall.  I was afraid it would look way too menacing, but the muted colors make it work.  Plus, he hung it from the vent… how adorable is he?  It really looks like it’s painted, but it’s just a big wall sticker.

Crib, X-Men Photo, mobile, Book Case and Shield

Crib, X-Men Photo, mobile, Book Case and Shield

Captain America’s Shield on the wall is actually one from Nick’s Halloween costume last year!

X-Men babies:  Featuring (from left to right)Shadowcat, Colossus, Wolverine, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Storm

X-Men babies: Featuring (from left to right)
Shadowcat, Colossus, Wolverine, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Storm

The photo above the crib is one Nick found of the X-Men Babies.  We found it, resized it and had it printed by an online store on canvas.  I think it looks pretty fun and Nick loves that his X-Men are front and center in the room!

Bookcase with Super Hero bins

Bookcase with Super Hero bins

The books case is a Closet Maid case.  We created the storage, but getting the colorful Closet Maid bins and then cutting out felt based on the logos and hot gluing them onto the bin!  Make sure you have a pen knife… it’s hard to cut the detail in say the superman logo with normal scissors 😉

Curtains

Curtains

The curtains came from Pottery Barn for Kids.  They are blackout, but the color is bright enough for this baby’s room.  I LOVE THEM!  And we got them on super sale… so what’s not to love more?!  The chair is being covered right now by Nick’s Batman Snuggie that he got for Christmas… we have such cute and homemade blankets that will be the actual blankets, don’t worry mommas!

The Telephone Booth closet door is something I went back and forth on about 80 times.  I was afraid it would be too much red in the room.  I was afraid it was just a little too nerdy.  I was just afraid of doing something THAT drastic.  Everything else in the room could be taken down, removed or totally scrapped.  We screw up this big closet door… and UH OH!

Painted closet door with the blue "Windows"

Painted closet door with the blue “Windows”

First we painted the “windows” a blue a little bit off from the wall color blue.

Painted door with the red for the booth

Painted door with the red for the booth

Then we went back and painted the “booth” a muted red.  It’s a similar color to the dark red in the  Spiderman wall decal and the red star finials on the curtains, so there’s a little bit of cohesion happening.

The finished telephone booth!

The finished telephone booth!

Get it?  Just like superman... it's where his change of clothes will happen!  I can't wait until he's old enough to go inside (of course the storage at bottom won't need to be there) and change into his cape and bust out to fight crime!

Get it? Just like superman… it’s where his change of clothes will happen! I can’t wait until he’s old enough to go inside (of course the storage at bottom won’t need to be there) and change into his cape and bust out to fight crime!

We then hung it back up in the bedroom and scouted for the perfect Telephone sign.  We finally found one on Ebay!  We attached it with some heavy duty Command Velcro picture hanging strips.

And here are a couple photos of us in the room now that it is all complete!

The nursery is complete!  And it's a good thing too!  I'm 39 weeks and 2 Days pregnant when this photo was taken yesterday!

The nursery is complete! And it’s a good thing too! I’m 39 weeks and 2 Days pregnant when this photo was taken yesterday!

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The happy couple in the nursery! All we need is Henry!
Now that I look at the shirts we’re wearing… could we BE any nerdier?!

We’re hoping that when Henry gets here (ANY DAY NOW!) he will love his nursery!  A BIG thanks to all of our family and friends for their help (both physical and emotional) for making this nursery happen!

 

Nesting: Not Just for Birds

First of all, today is the first day since probably September where I have woken up and not been anxious about the things we have to do for the arrival of our little guy.  I think Nick was correct in his theory that once the monitor (which I really need to figure out how to use!) and the curtains were installed (thanks for the help, Dad!) I would calm down.

As of now, all major furniture and elements are in the nursery.  We’re still waiting on the side table for the rocking chair, but that should be here tomorrow.  We also need to install the dimmer, new light fixture and other artwork in the room.

We’re contemplating hanging the mobile directly from the ceiling at this point because of the width of the rails on the crib.  We can’t find a mobile arm that attaches to it!  I’ve Frankensteined one together, but it’s not as sturdy as I’d like and it just looks… odd.   However, that would mean that we need to figure out how to hang the thing from the ceiling…

We need to put the books in the bookshelf and make the superhero storage containers (which Michelle is going to help me with tomorrow), but besides those little things… I dare say the nursery is almost there!

As far as the pregnancy: my morning sickness has calmed down so it is only every now and again and not every day… Hallelujah!  My hands have swollen enough to warrant not wearing my engagement ring and wedding band, but while out shopping on Saturday with Kara, I picked up an el cheapo band set that will most likely turn my finger green, but fits my stubby finger now with room.

I am officially in full waddle mode when I walk.  WHOMP WHOMP.  My feet have swollen only slightly… I can still wear all of my shoes so far that I wear regularly.  Last week there was one night when they got REALLY bad. Painful bad.  Dare I even say it… Cankle bad!  However, by morning they were pretty much back to normal.  I feel like I’ve been very lucky in the swelling department.

Still no insane cravings.  Sorry folks, I’m boring.

I did have a huge nesting fit yesterday.  For those of you that don’t know:  towards the end of a women’s pregnancy, she gets the urge to hard core clean, organize, fold, put together and all around get things ready for the baby’s arrival.  I had my first big wave of it yesterday where the kitchen, living room and dining room got cleaned.  Seriously… you could perform surgery in those areas!  I then wrapped presents, thus disorganizing things for a while, but by the time we went to bed, things were put back together.  Everything that we have so far for gifts is wrapped and under the tree (thanks, Kate for the help!).  We’re still waiting on a few things to be delivered/picked up/purchased, but so far so good!  I love wrapping!  Want me to wrap your gifts?  Just bring them over!

Now that I feel so much more at ease about the house (although I still need to “nest” through the bathrooms, our bedroom, office and basement), I’m probably going to become more anxious about the actual labor and delivery.  Up to this point I’ve been very distracted by other things and honest to goodness have not given myself the time to focus on everything.  Yes, we took the classes and I’ve probably read waaaay too much, but the nervousness about the labor and delivery has never been (SO FAR) like my preoccupation with the cleanliness and organization of the house.

Frankie "helping" with the bookshelf!  Really, he just sniffed everything and weaved in and out of the cubes when it was on its side.

Frankie “helping” with the bookshelf! Really, he just sniffed everything and weaved in and out of the cubes when it was on its side.

Frankie, the wonder dog, has been super lovey and calm lately…it actually kinda freaks me out!  He was calm and curious when we put together the book shelf.  As I wrapped presents, he just kinda sniffed everything as I went, but never once did he tear off into another room with a spool of ribbon or bow in his mouth to destroy.  Our little puppy is growing up!  *crosses fingers*

Stay tuned for photos of the nursery!  I’ll try to get at least some up as we work our way around the room with different projects and give props to those who have helped us out 😉

 

T-Minus 23 Days until our Due Date!  CAN NOT WAIT to meet this little guy!