Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"For the Baby"


With a baby on the way in just 5 1/2 months, I've been thinking about what things we do and don't need. There's not a whole lot this time around, since this is baby #3 and since we already have both boy and girl things. But there are some things that need to be replaced. Like several baby items that molded in storage the last coupe years. Gross.

I made a short list of the few things we need to replace and we decided that with each paycheck we would purchase one item until baby arrives. That way it won't be overwhelming financially and we won't be stressed about getting everything together at the last minute.

One thing at the top of my list "for baby" was a new couch. Some may argue that a new couch is not something a baby needs, but anyone who has seen my couch will argue on my behalf. Baby needs a new couch!

We purchased a cream colored microfiber sofa several years back. We were so excited about how easy to clean it was supposed to be. So I wasn't concerned about the light color. Turns out, microfiber is not so easy to clean. It takes a lot of scrubbing. It's annoying. And after you're done with all the annoying scrubbing it leaves a lovely water ring where you've scrubbed. Ugh.

I wouldn't say we're the cleanest people on earth, but we're not the filthiest. However, we do have some bad habits. We love to eat in front of the tv. Not all meals. Breakfast is always in the kitchen. And lunch too. And USUALLY dinner. Unless there's a special show on or we're having a family movie night or something. We also like to eat our treats in front of the tv, especially on movie night.

We should know better. We have young kids. There are going to be spills and there are bound to be plenty of little fingers wiped all over the upholstery. We've tried to enforce the "kitchen only" rule, but the truth is, we don't live by it, so it's really hard to enforce it with the kids.

Anyway, short story long, we have realized that leather is probably the best way to go for our family. And for years now I have been yearning for leather. Easy, clean, wipeable leather.

I can't bring a baby home in a few months to lay on our DISGUSTING sofa. And what happens when I'm nursing on the couch and baby spits up? That would be such a nightmare on upholstery!!

So now with the baby on the way and taxes done early I couldn't tell myself no! I was headed to Utah the other day to help my dad organize and file his home office, so I popped in to RC Willey on my way. And that is where I met this lovely fellow:
And now I am just ONE SHORT WEEK away from tossing that nasty old sofa out the window!! You have no idea how excited I am. Well, maybe you do. I don't know. Maybe your sofa is as bad as mine. Or worse. I'm just saying I am RIDICULOUSLY excited about this thing!!

For Christmas the only thing I wanted was a gift certificate from Jason saying I could buy this bad boy with our tax return and he followed through. He's the best husband ever. And not just because of the sectional. But the sectional bumped him up crazy high! :)

So with the sectional on it's way next week I started thinking about the next purchase "for the baby". And of course it was pillows!! Baby NEEDS pretty pillows on his/her pretty new sectional, right?!

I headed to my favorite shop in the whole wide world. And of course they had exactly what I wanted, just like always. And I expected it to cost a little more. But I did not expect it to cost over $1000 for 7 couch pillows!! I firmly believe in buying quality pieces. You definitely get what you pay for. But $1000?!?!?! Heavens no! Not gonna happen! Not even for baby.

So I started hunting my favorite shops online. And none of them had what I wanted. I started to wonder if I should just suck it up and just forget the kids' college savings and get the pricey, pretty pillows. I knew it was crazy and irrational, but I just wanted something pretty!!

And then I turned to Etsy. Oh Etsy. How I love thee! Of course my old friend delivered. I got JUST what I was looking for! So I hurried and made the purchases before someone else could snatch them up and now I sit waiting for these lovelies to be mine:

I know they aren't for everyone, but they match my family room perfectly! And they're just so pretty! And I just can't wait to throw them all over my new leather sectional!!

And for those of you thinking that I'm spending irresponsibly, I just want you to remember:
It's for the BABY!!


Scott+Kimber+Ruby=Scimby said...

I LOVE those pillows! Love the patterns and the vintage inspired feel of them! You should get a couple solid ones too, to have it all balanced. I learned in an interior design class how important it is to a varied of colors, textures, fabrics, and lines. Love what you chose!!!

The Brandt Clan Fam! said...

This post was wonderful!

It's for the baby!

So true! I'm excited for you. Leather is so nice. Also, BEAUTIFUL pillows. I can't wait for pictures when everything is all set up!

Tabitha said...

Hey girl... I haven't commented in a while but I wanted you to know that you are always in my thoughts. I am so happy for you and your family and FOR YOUR COUCH!!!! :) I pray that things continue to go smoothly and you enjoy this pregnancy more than the others.

Love you!


Trish Griffee said...

I totally agree that a nice couch is necessary. Do you know how many nights you will likely spend up watching tv because they little stink pot won't sleep:)

amanda said...

youre so crafty - make some homemade pillows! you can buy the inserts at any craft store.

Liz said...

I am with you on the new couch! We had Andrew's mom's old couches that were about 25 years old. I didn't really care that our couches were old until I was pregnant, and suddenly they were the worst, most uncomfortable couches in the world and I told Andrew we had to have more comfortable furniture before the baby came! And I love those pillows....they are BEAUTIFUL!

Steffani Dastrup said...

Beautiful couch! I am so glad that you get to treat yourself Opps! I mean "the baby" to something so great! Thanks for all your sweet words on my blog! You have been such a sweet friend to check up on me! We're both past the 12 week mark! YAY!!!! I actually feel like I can start to enjoy being pregnant again!

Lindsay said...

I LOVE THE WAY YOU THINK!!! And very cute choices on all accounts!

Jobi Niu said...

How much do I love you?? Ahhh... Couldn't miss you more. I'm SOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU to have another babes. You're a great Mommy! :] My blog is up and runnin again..