Nursery Parenting

Maybe Tomorrow?

I wanted to post photos of the nursery today, I really did. Perhaps if I had one of those babies that, you know, slept, I could get some things done around here. Eleanor’s a doll, but she’s not familiar with the whole nap concept.

Eleanor, Not Sleeping

“What? I’m supposed to do what all day? Uh, no.”

The nursery photos are forthcoming, I promise.

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  • Amanda
    June 8, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Those socks are adorable! Might I ask where you got them? Also, my son was never good at the nap thing either, but now he’s better (almost 2). Does she sleep well at night at least?

  • tammy
    June 8, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Anyone who has a child should completely understand. I definitely do! :)

  • Bonnie
    June 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    O.K., not nursery photos but love the argyle socks! I’m voting for you. Been reading your blog since the Chicago Tribune story. We have a 1921 arts and craft house in Crown Point, IN. It is an Aladdin kit house. The woodwork and builtins are fabulous. If I ever learn to use the camera and the computer, I’m going to post photographs. Oh, and new, our house cost $1900.00. The fireplace with bookcases on each side was an extra $49.00. The wonderful builtin buffet was also an additional $49.00. The lot cost $200. The contractor charged $500 to put it together. The original part of the house was 1700 sf. We finished the attic into two bedrooms, a sitting area and a bathroom. Love it!

  • Your Mother
    June 8, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Be grateful that she sleeps so well for you at night, for the most part. The schedule during the day will come. She was so very accomodating waiting past her due date so you could complete some projects. Now my little granddaughter is showing you who’s really boss! It won’t be long until she’s more in a routine during the day. But fair warning – whenever you think you’ve got it down – something pops up to throw a kink in everything – like teething or such! Sigh – all part of motherhood. But then you look at them and you can’t believe how deep your love for them is.

  • teresa
    June 8, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Bwahaha! I have one of those babies too. One day he naps like a champ, the next he’s a little bear and cries all day. Oh well. Lucky for them, they are SO DARN CUTE!

  • Nicole P.
    June 8, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    More than the socks I love the shirt, super cute! And the expression on her face couldn’t be more perfect for the post.

  • Nat Nat
    June 8, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    OMG! Your mom rocks! I teared up reading her comment. Eleanor is such a cutie!

  • Briana
    June 8, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    hopefully the no-napping during the day means you are sleeping well at night? For your sake, I hope so.

  • Viv
    June 8, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Aww, don’t worry. The routine will come. I was up ever 3 hours around the clock feeding, changing, playing with my boy. He didn’t understand the sleep concept either.

    From 6 months he started to sleep through from 6:30pm to 6:30ish am! Now he’s got 4 teeth coming through (at the same time, poor baby) and his routine is mucked up again. Still beats what it used to be like though.

    Eleanor is adorable. She’s already changed so much from the first photos you posted! I hope you are enjoying motherhood xx

  • val
    June 8, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    i don’t even have a baby and I’m envious of your crib bedding!

  • tea with lucy
    June 8, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    I’m amazed at how well you’ve managed to keep up your posts thus far! It wasn’t until Little Miss was one that I managed to do ANYTHING, other than feed and change and settle.

  • desiree fawn
    June 8, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    She’s such a little muffin ^_^

    Also, I’ve been voting for you everyday!

  • sammyw
    June 8, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    love that bedding!! can’t wait to see and read the details of the room :) your girl is adorable!!

  • Amy Awesome
    June 8, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    My little peanut remains a bad napper but a great night sleeper. It’s all about compromise. :P

  • Aussie_Mum_plus_cats
    June 8, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    understand totally, don’t think I left my house for the first six months!

  • haus
    June 8, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    heh heh heh heh heh

    my son was a superlative napper, I thought it was my sleep training

    then I had Annabel, who does NOT nap in her crib at home, and only naps for about 30 min at a time in her crib at day care

    she did, however, start sleeping through the night at 3 months, so there is hope!

  • bunny
    June 8, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Where did you get the bedding? Its utterly adorable.

  • Audrie
    June 8, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Oh my… I just want to nom nom nom those footsies!

    That crib set is just gorgeous btw! Looking forward to pictures :D

  • Jessibee
    June 8, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    The socks! So cute!

  • Kathryn
    June 8, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Welcome to motherhood! About the time mine go to college I expect I might get something done again!

    Your mom is so right (my mom told me the same thing BTW)- every time you think you’ve figured them out, they change the rules of the game on you.

  • Katie
    June 8, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    How precious! :) I think it’s more important that you spend your time with Eleanor. They don’t stay small long and while I know you are cherishing every moment I feel I must tell you to cherish every single moment. :D Just add it to the pile of useless advice you already have. :)

  • Hannah Maple
    June 9, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Congratulations on the sweet baby!! She’s beautiful. I’ve been voting for you and your porch! It’s by far the best. And thank you for your blog–you and your amazing sense of design are such an inspiration to me. So fun to read each day–especially when it’s so inspiring!

  • Laurie
    June 9, 2009 at 7:33 am

    What a beautiful little girl!! Oh I want a baby to squeeze right now, my kids are 15, 13, and 11, and don’t allow me to squeeze them much anymore.

    She should be in more of a routine by 8-12 weeks. I’m just amazed you are still blogging with a newborn, you rock :) Okay, off to vote!

  • Fran
    June 9, 2009 at 7:36 am

    She is adorable…. and that outfit is a very close second!

    btw am i correcting in seeing that you are now in first place on the 48-hour challenge ? yay =]

  • Melissa
    June 9, 2009 at 7:58 am

    A napping baby is completely overrated. Savor the newborn days – they go way too fast.

  • Always Organizing
    June 9, 2009 at 8:39 am

    She is adorable and those argyle baby socks are just to die for!!!

  • Mateja
    June 9, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I love this cute bodysuit! And beautiful color combination of bedding. Oh, and a little sweetie in all of this!

  • Melissa
    June 9, 2009 at 8:46 am

    What I cutie! I like everyone else noticed the cute argyle socks! Here is another pair to drool over:

    I bought some for my niece and they were a huge hit!

  • Travelingmama
    June 9, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I am RIGHT there with you! My little guy likes to be held ALL the time and with him being #3 some days other stuff just doesn’t happen. I’m relieved when they all go to bed at night fed, clean, and happy!

  • bethany
    June 9, 2009 at 9:54 am

    i hate when people leave unrequested advice on blog comments, but…..
    have you read “babywise”? it’s probably the only instructional book i’ve ever read cover to cover. (and then read two more times, ha!) anyway, i’m not saying it’s The Way or whatever, but it really made sense for us, and may be worth a run to the library.

  • Nuit
    June 9, 2009 at 10:01 am

    this picture of Eleanor does it for me :) no worries!!! I have a son too…. (and he is in that age where they ask one million questions per day! so I NEVER get anything done…)

  • Cheryl
    June 9, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Thank you for sharing the good stuff in your life (baby, house, fashion and graphic design)! Eleanor=cherub. (I love your plan of monthly photos of baby in Eames chair) I want your house (and vote each day)! You have great style and love your graphics (yeah, graphic designers!). But, I have especially enjoyed your mother’s comments… you’re doin’ great!

  • jbhat
    June 9, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Keep this in mind: the days are long, but the years are short.

    I am cracking up over her onesie, and I too, adore her argyles.

    Take your time. We are nothing if not patient.

  • Haley
    June 9, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Those socks are fantastic!!

    And woo hoo for almost 1,000 vote lead! I’ve been doing my part. : )

  • Sara Rose
    June 9, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I’m telling you, a swing and/or a bouncy seat will change that non-napping pattern right away. It was one of the few ways I COULD get Eva to nap during the day. Or self entertain. She also loved Baby Einstein dvds and cd’s. They are maybe 20 minutes long, stimulating and soothing all at once.

  • Karen
    June 9, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I wish just one person had told me not all babies sleep all the time on perfect schedules like all the books say. It would have made the first 6 months much less frustrating.

    Listen to your mom. She has wise and understanding advice.

    Plus, having a baby that doesn’t sleep, just means you have that much more time to enjoy her. It’s so hard when you have stuff you need to do, but it really, really will be over before you know it. I already miss the days of just holding and rocking and loving.

  • Heidi
    June 9, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Where on earth are those darling socks from?!

  • Jessica
    June 9, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    How could anyone resent you for holding out on the photos when you post a picture of that cutie pie!?

    I love the bedding btw!

  • Denise
    June 9, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I’m amazed at how well you are juggling your very full life these days. The addition of Baby Eleanor in your family, a blog to maintain, your business and if that’s not enough – the BHG Challenge to top it off. I even noticed (on Flickr) that the green hanging planters on your porch are chock full of plants! Just be sure to set aside some time for yourself.

  • Danielle
    June 9, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Awww…your mom is so sweet. You also have a very beautiful daughter. But they sure aren’t cute when you need a break! lol.

    Btw, been voting for you for a while now! Hope you win the BIG money!

  • sally
    June 9, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Take your time. We all understand. Besides, I already took a peek of the nursery on your flickr. Love how you mixed the white, pink, and brown together, made the room so bright and clean, yet very cozy. Really like your style. Who says nursery has to be filled with silly soft toys, and cartoon characters painted on the wall?

    I am due in 3 month, also having a girl. So learning a lot from your posts. Thanks.

  • Megan
    June 9, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    My baby girl’s the same way!!! Love the bedding and her adorable socks!

  • Holly
    June 9, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Oh my goodness she’s just so cute!

  • jami
    June 9, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    BUY A SWING!!!! My older daughter would only sleep during the day in a swing (on the high speed) with the sweeper running to help her get to sleep so we figured our new little baby would probably do the same. Little baby Lydia can sleep for nearly 4 hours (if i let her) in the swing with the white noise attachment going in the day time. Dr. Harvey Karp’s book talks about why babies need this and how it is perfectly normal. It is a lifesaver. It is the best advice I have ever been given as a parent. Karp even tells you how to put the baby into the swing to get the best results. My baby has had nasty colic for the last 6wks so I was determined to get her to sleep in the day. good luck nicole. love your blog as always.

  • cvjn
    June 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Sling! I’m telling you. When I commented on this before, I saw a couple of other people did as well. You get all of the pleasure of holding your baby AND all of the satisfaction of getting stuff done. And it makes life so much easier when the get the evening fussie… Swings are nice, too, especially when your cooking or doing something where you just cant’ hold baby. They are eyesores to be sure, but she’ll outgrow it before you know it!

  • Valerie
    June 9, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    She’s adorable! You’re ahead again in the BHG challenge. Hope it stays that way!!

  • Dana
    June 9, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I finally got wise and made the bhg voting page my browser home page! Now I will not forget for the next 3 days!

  • Katie
    June 9, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Roly Poly baby with argyle socks…my heart is melting! Too cute! :)

  • John at This Young House
    June 9, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I may commented this once before, but it deserves repeating: that onesie cracks me up. I may have to track one down for my various pregnant sisters/cousins.

    Can’t wait for nursery pics!


  • Making it Lovely
    June 10, 2009 at 11:34 am

    So yes, Eleanor sleeps very well at night. It’s just the daytime sleep/nap thing that she doesn’t quite go for. ;) We have a swing… she tolerates it for about 10 minutes.

    Aren’t those socks awesome? They’re from Trumpette. And the onesie was from egg-a-go-go.

  • Keli
    June 10, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Love your website and have been voting for you since the start of the contest. Good luck!!! Just a little unsolicited parental advice which I’m sure you will come to love as all mothers do (note the hint of sarcasm); I completely agree with your very wise mother in that the sleep routine takes awhile to establish. My daughter didn’t nap regularly until at least 4 mos and only ever took one nap a day, much to my chagrin. Most of my friends who are mothers found that the best bits of advice came from the book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. Don’t recall the author but it’s pretty easy to find. Although, as a rule, I generally read parenting books only when I am at my absolute wits end! They can cause unintentional frustration and confusion. Anyway, I know this is probably annoying but congratulations on the new babe:)

  • Pencils
    June 11, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Eleanor is adorable! And as everyone has said, the naps will come. Eventually. Savor these newborn days, they go SO fast. My baby is eight months old and she’s so different already–not in a bad way, but I miss my tiny little swaddled burrito sometimes.

    And I don’t want to be one of those posters, but the only parenting book I’ve read was The Happiest Baby on the Block, which I found very helpful when it came to sleeping. My daughter HATED her very fancy pink swing. Hated it. Certainly didn’t sleep in it. The only thing she liked was the butterfly mobile part. We finally sold it on Craigslist when she was six months old because it was taking up too much space. She also hated the sling–hated all baby carriers when she was younger. (She will tolerate them now.) The moral of this story is: every baby is different. You just have to use trial and error to find out what works with your baby. And what works changes as your baby gets older. :)

  • Pencils
    June 11, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    PS–love the socks, we had the Trumpette socks that look like little mary janes. Aurora’s just grown out of them. And the crib bedding is so pretty. I went with a Breathable Bumper because of the SIDS link, but it’s not terribly attractive on the crib.

  • Jess
    June 11, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Sleeping well at night sounds like a great start, I wish my boys had done that much! Still, they’ve got those tiny immature nervous systems, so it’s ok if they don’t sleep quite the way we adults are used to sleeping. *yawn*

    Have you discovered yet? I wish I had known how awesome a truly well-fitting sling/wrap/mei-tai could be back with bambino #1. Crucial for parental sanity, IMO!

  • Tommy Bahama Bedding
    June 11, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    She’s sooo adorable :)

  • Cindy
    June 11, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I love Eleanor’s argyle socks! so cute!

  • TracyKM
    June 11, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    So wear her in a sling and get some photos and other stuff done :) A pouch was a lifesaver for me, particularly when we sold our house when #3 was a newborn. Now she’s 3 1/2 and way over 40lb and I can’t throw her on my back while I do the mad dash as we’re trying to sell again, LOL. Don’t even bother with a Bjorn or Snugli, go for the real stuff. is the place to start :)

  • Cherry@NewburghRestoration
    June 17, 2009 at 10:15 am

    awww I hadn’t seen her yet! Congrats on your new bundle of joy!

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