August 15, 2010

Week 21: Nursery Beginnings

After a few weeks of talking about nursery plans, "we" got a solid start on things. First things first, our crib came in. Huge thank you to Lolo (grandpa in Tagalog) for buying our crib & mattress; Justin's dad is extremely excited about being a grandparent.

We purchased our crib locally from a little baby boutique in downtown Apex called, GreenPea Baby. [*Pictures of Historic Downtown Apex coming at a later date]. For Ezra's crib, we went with a convertible model by Million Dollar Baby that's made of real wood (no MDF) and has a non-toxic finish. It's the type that converts into a toddler bed then later into a twin sized bed. You can see a picture or two below.

So what's our deal against MDF? Well, for starters it requires the use of a respirator when cutting it...that's pretty telling if you ask us. The particles in MDF are bound by formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Also, babies chew on anything and everything. If the wooden cribs we were looking at didn't cost any more than ones made with MDF, then why not get real wood?

Before you go saying that we're now falling for these new "marketing schemes" of natural materials / ingredients (including organic foods, natural cleaning products, etc), don't you worry. We already started years ago. Food is grown differently now than it was years ago, and today's products are made with more junk than years ago thanks to the marvels of modern science. So in our opinion, eating and living healthily and naturally has really been worth it. We haven't even had so much as a cold in the past few years. The proof's in the pudding, but we won't waste any more time trying to convince anyone else.

Back to the nursery. This weekend, we finally got our first start on projects. The crib is now assembled. The mission-style wainscoting is in progress. So much caulking, sanding, priming, and painting to go.

Nursery Projects

Also this weekend, our friends Brett & Sylvie invited us to their daughter's first birthday party. They live a few houses down from us. There were a truckload of babies. BBQ served = Justin there.

Lydia's 1st Birthday Party
(AKA Baby City)

[birthday girl]

[Practice with Natalie]

[Jessica & Natalie with daddio Nick in the background]


  1. I can't wait to see the finished nursery! :)

  2. I can't wait to see the finished nursery either! So excited for you guys. Glad you were able to check out Green Pea Baby. I love it there...seems like we are all very similarly minded!