We’ve got a lot going on the next few weeks. Luke’s two years of Chinese is coming to an end and we will be moving into a new apartment closer to his office where he will start work. I’ve been getting a little bit sad about leaving the apartment we are in. I really love the apartment and location plus we’ve had a lot happen while we’ve lived here – so many great memories. So I thought I would take some time to try and capture where we live, mostly so Jude can see one day where he spent the first year of his life.
I’ll start with the most important place, Jude’s room. We didn’t do a theme or color scheme, we decided just to keep it pretty simple and practical.
Our friends gave us their old Ikea changing table which we changed Jude on for the first 4 months (until he started rolling over). Now we just use it for storage – diapers, wipes, sleep sacks, shoes, and the monitor.
The crib and mattress are also from Ikea. It’s the Gulliver and it converts into a toddler bed by removing the side. We love this crib – it was cheap and a nice, simple design. Inside the crib we keep it simple. Jude is a big mover in his sleep so blankets are useless. He sleeps every night in a sleep sack. If it’s wintertime, we turn the heat on low. He has a few friends that he sleeps with – his seahorse and Mr. Bunny both gifts from my Mom. He usually cuddles one of them to sleep.
Above the crib and changing table we put up some wall stickers, which were a gift from Aunt Natalie. They certainly make the room a lot cuter. The blanket draped over the crib was a gift from Luke’s Mom. She also got Jude the matching hot water bottle on the changing table. It’s a great way to warm up the bed before Jude gets in on a cold night.
In front of the bed we leave a chair. After Jude has had his bottle and has read books, I turn off the lights and sit on the chair with him. He usually rests his head on my shoulder while I rub his back and after our cuddle, I lay him down in the crib, turn on his seahorse, hand him his bunny, and kiss him goodnight.
The rug under the chair is also from Ikea.
Jude’s room doubles as our guest room. We just move his crib into our room when we have visitors. So we’ve always had a queen-sized bed in the room. It’s so, so handy. For the first 6 weeks of Jude’s life, we would sleep most nights together in the bed. It’s the most comfortable place (and way) to breastfeed. It’s been a long time since I’ve slept in it but we use it everyday – for changing Jude on as well as reading books and feeding him his bottle.
He has his furry friends lined up on the bed and he loves exploring their faces and having chats with them.
Next to the bed we have a little bookshelf and a touch lamp. The touch lamp has been amazing. It was so nice to have something I could tap on and off for middle of the night diaper changes when Jude was younger.
We didn’t have room for drawers in the room so we decided to stick a set inside the closet. We found the perfect fit at Ikea. On top of the drawers and on the shelf we store other bits and pieces, like medical things, the diaper bag, and books for when Jude is older.
It’s been the perfect little space for Jude. I’m sure it’s going to take him a bit of time to adjust to a new bedroom in our new apartment. It’s going to be a bit different as it won’t have the bed but we will try our best to make it look as close to possible as what he is used to.