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I’m Rockin’

2013 October 25
by Katie

I guess we could have transitioned Will to a big boy bed.  That would have been fun.  NOT.

So instead, we just waited for a coupon to Babies R Us and we bought another crib mattress.  We figured that eventually (oh in about a year) we would need two (one for Weston who will probably still be in a crib and one for Baby Love after they get kicked out of the master bedroom) so technically it’s not a waste.

Yes.  Weston climbed up there all by himself.

So while we were at Babies R Us, we found something else….

It’s the Kelsey chair and runs about $500.  But it’s a recliner.  And a rocker.  And it’s cute as all get out.

Jeremy and I have both been scouring the internet looking for the right nursery chair.  We hit up outlets and regular stores and have been looking for something that both rocks or glides and reclines (that was Jeremy’s very specific request) and it had to be a solid color and clean lines.  Surprisingly, that is like a stack of onion rings….aka a tall order.  Since we didn’t spend any money on the crib in the room (it is borrowed from a friend) and we didn’t really need to buy any baby gear (we already had the boy stuff from Will), we felt like budgeting for a brand new chair was a good decision.

So why didn’t we use the one from Will’s room?  Well, he’s really quite attached to it…like sometimes prefers to sleep in that over his bed.

And if you recall, I got Will’s chair off Craigslist and reupholstered it myself.  It wasn’t perfect but it worked GREAT for the price (around $40 for the chair and $20 for upholstery supplies).  Jeremy felt like it never fit him right…which I understand because I did it for me and my legs are shorter and I went more for upright breastfeeding support (which surprisingly beyond his normal parenting skill set).

So after finding the chair, of course we didn’t buy it.

I mean…I only had one coupon and 20% off was $100!  So we checked out the mattress and in the receipt was a coupon for the following week.  Seven days later I trekked back to Babies R Us and ordered the chair.   While I waited, I thought I would take current pics of Weston’s room…

It’s not much to look at right now but it’s a start.

I literally can not wait to get more ‘baby’ stuff in here.  The baby things are so colorful and fun and really pop with a neutral background.

Obviously this space is far from done but it is good enough for a baby to sleep in.  Sometimes I get wrapped up in this world of ‘the room has to be perfect’ and ‘this space is not pin-worthy’ but the truth is…dude, this is an infant with a room of his own.  dude, this is an infant with an ENTIRE SPACE completely for him and his plethora of first-world stuff.  I am sure that folks in other walks of life would laugh at the prospect of a nursery being Pinterest worthy.

After the chair came in, I ran out to pick it up.  Thankfully it came in one big box (which usually implies less assembly).  As soon as we got it home, we unpacked it and put both pieces together (the back piece slid into the bottom piece and it was UBER easy).

And then this happened…

Seriously embarrassing.  But I have no shame.  Or energy.

And yes, I had to (poorly) photoshop my boobs because apparently when I fall asleep, things fall out.  Now stop looking for where the photoshopping was done :)



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  1. Nicole permalink
    October 27, 2013

    You have no idea how perfectly timed this post is for me! I am pg with #2, and we need a new rocker… We bought an Ikea chair the first time around and added a glider ourselves, and while it works great, it is too short and doesn’t provide any neck/upper back support. Big mistake, especially while nursing all night. So, I have been on the lookout for a glider with the exact features you mentioned that won’t cost us a grand. BRB here we come!

  2. Dana permalink
    October 27, 2013

    Is Weston still on a nursing strike?

    • October 28, 2013

      He’s officially weaned. I tried to get through the ‘strike’ but I think that he was just done. We tried for two weeks after his first ‘fit’ and it never lasted more than about five seconds before he melt down and tried to throw himself out of my arms. In the end, I think we were both done because my milk supply was so pathetically low at this point and he was never a comfort nurser anyway. I am just glad we got to do it 10 and a half months…five of those being pregnant.
      xo – kb

      • Krysta permalink
        October 28, 2013

        That is seriously impressive! I love the last picture. A perfect documentation of this time of life.

  3. October 27, 2013

    O my…that last pic of you and Weston is too much haha! We’re watching a recorded episode of SNL and I’m laughing my face off as I read this post. My husband asked why I was laughing so hard because the sketch at the time wasn’t that funny. It was just dying over that pic. You’re hilarious lady! Loved this.

  4. Angela permalink
    October 27, 2013

    Just a quick comment of love here. I really enjoyed this post, but the last picture made me smile & I forgot what the original topic of the post was. Anyone with kids, has been there, done that! I love that you will just put yourself out there for the internet. That is the most natural picture on a blog, I think I’ve ever seen. It makes me smile that your house is filling with babies and you are enjoying it in all it’s ups and downs. PS-spotted Jer’s knee in the mattress pic, no photoshopping there! Haha.

  5. October 27, 2013

    That chair is perfect.

  6. Tessa permalink
    October 27, 2013

    Cute pictures, but the first one about made me pass out.
    First, let me say that last week I found my 14 month old sitting on the BACK of the toilet. So I’m not judging. But please, read this:
    http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130930/NEWS/309290051/
    Changed my life.
    And feel free to moderate this comment and not post it, I just wanted to pass it on to someone else with glass in their house.

    • October 27, 2013

      That’s a tragedy for sure. And let me assure you…that mattress can’t balance like that…and Weston climbing up there and sitting is a very sarcastic joke (my husband is holding him from behind and you can kind of see his hairy head to the side of Weston). I would encourage you that the article did say it was a freak accident…so that should be comforting even through hurting for that family.
      xo – kb

  7. Kirsten permalink
    October 27, 2013

    “…And yes, I had to (poorly) photoshop my boobs because apparently when I fall asleep, things fall out. Now stop looking for where the photoshopping was done :)

    LOLLLLL! Yep, it’s exactly what I did! When I read you’d photoshoped the picture I scrolled up just to see it. I didn’t notice it the first time around. But, I still couldn’t really see it, so I scrolled back down and promptly read the next sentence: “Now stop looking for where the photoshopping was done.” HA! I laughed-out-loud — perfect timing … comedic genius!!

    Thanks for the laugh and for the honest pictures! We are all human! :-)

    K.

  8. October 27, 2013

    Two cribs on the go, you ROCK momma! I completely agree that the rocker is a splurge item, I’ve clocked so many hours in ours. Can’t wait to see what great ideas you come up with for the room… give yourself a rest though. The nurseries are more about the mommy than the baby anyways. Keep on rockin’ <3

  9. October 28, 2013

    Ha ha! That is exactly how I woke up yesterday morning after having to prop my stuffy 7 week old up all night. LOVE the glider. I swear I sleep in it more than in the bed.

    Quick question, where did you get the white cubby cabinet? I know Pottery Barn Kids has one similar to that, but I was hoping for a less expensive option for the baby’s room. Yes, he is 7 weeks old and his nursery is a blank slate. I figure it will be done by the time he is five. I guess that is what happens with your third boy. ;)

  10. October 28, 2013

    okay..where o where is that storage/cube/drawer thing from???

  11. October 28, 2013

    I love the neutral background with the texture of the wallpaper…something that he can really grow with. Where did you find that?? Looking forward to seeing the finished room!

  12. Sarah permalink
    October 28, 2013

    We have the same chair! Keep WD-40 on hand for the rails, but other than that is a GREAT!!

    And I seriously LOL’ed (and snorted) at you and Weston rocking out… hysterical! Story of my life.

  13. meg permalink
    October 28, 2013

    Love the big “W”!
    So cool!

    http://happinessiscreating.com/

  14. Amanda permalink
    October 28, 2013

    Lol, about having to photoshop yourself! But I hope you gave Jer a hard time about taking your picture without first tucking in anything that had “fallen out.” ;-)

  15. Jen W permalink
    October 28, 2013

    Your point about the room not needing to be perfect and the way you said it is the most brilliant thing I’ve seen online in weeks. Haha. Your baby has a room of his own. I’d say he’s doing pretty well.

  16. Tara permalink
    October 28, 2013

    Your kids rooms always look like they are from a very posh Pottery Barn – I mean that in a very good, and very jealous, way. I LOVE how you can pull things together and it all seems so natural and effortless. I live very far away (Canada), but if you want to pack the kids in the car and take a little road trip, I’d gladly babysit in exchange for advice and some help with my place. Let me know; I’ll clear my schedule.

  17. October 28, 2013

    I am glad I am not the only one with boob slippage when sleeping.

  18. Jessica permalink
    October 28, 2013

    I LOOVE that chair! Hello Babies R Us, here we come!! Their rooms are SOO precious and if we are having a little boy, I plan on using your nursery’s as inspiration!!

    Where did you get that big W in Weston’s room? I looove it!!!

    XOXO

  19. Ashley permalink
    October 28, 2013

    Loved the last photo! And I’m right there with you on the “it all falls out” comment… my younger son is still part-time cosleeping and nursing, and I can’t tell you how often I wake up to find that I never reattached the nursing tank. Not exactly the best image for my poor husband ;-)

  20. Kristine permalink
    October 28, 2013

    I LOVE that last pic. I am at home with a 3yr old and 6 month old (but not pregnant) and can totally relate!! it is the sweetest, funniest, most real pic. thank you for posting this and making me feel like we are all in this together. i almost just put xoxox. argh, must remind myself not to creep out the bloggers.

    • October 28, 2013

      I put xo on everything! Even notes to random people so no creepage there!
      xo – kb

  21. Esme permalink
    October 28, 2013

    Cute post :) I love the “real” pictures of the room and of you in the rocker! So refreshing :)

  22. Tracy permalink
    October 28, 2013

    I’d love to look at this chair online but can’t find it! Any way you can post more info from the tag? Thanks Katie!

    • October 29, 2013

      The tag didn’t really say anything except that it was made in Indiana and that it was part of the Storytime Series by Best Chairs INC.
      Hope this helps a little!
      xo – kb

  23. Holly permalink
    October 28, 2013

    The last picture of you and Weston is hilarious. I love that you are always so real! The chair looks great and I have no doubt that the room will be just as awesome as the rest of your house.

  24. October 28, 2013

    We just bought the same one a few weeks ago for our nursery too! It’s crazy comfortable and I was happy to hear that we could use one of their 20% coupons. This will be my first child, but I’m sure I will have many moments looking exactly like you in the last pic ;-)

  25. Jennifer permalink
    October 28, 2013

    Quick Question, who makes that chair?!?! I love it and it is exactly what I’m asking for from my husband for Christmas (we are expecting our first in May). I looked online and I couldn’t find it on the BabiesRUs website! :(

    Also, is it more grey or brown?

    Thanks!

    • November 13, 2013

      It’s a brown grey. In some lights it is more one than the other. In natural light, it looks more grey but in fluorescent or tungsten it is more brown. And it’s made by Best Chairs Inc.
      xo – kb

  26. Aimee permalink
    October 28, 2013

    I’ve been following you for about a year and have never left a comment. This post Cracked. Me. Up!!!
    Katie Bower, thanks for keeping it real!

  27. Katie Ohning permalink
    October 28, 2013

    Photoshop sideboob for the win!

  28. October 28, 2013

    Great choice on the rocker! I absolutely adore what you do with your baby rooms :) Can’t wait to see Weston’s all finished!

  29. October 28, 2013

    Hahahaha! Absolutely LOVE this — so true to a Mama with tiny ones… Gorgeous chair by the way!

  30. Lesley permalink
    October 28, 2013

    Bless you. We are starting the process of working on our 2nd, and while pretty much everything remains to be done (conception, first, natch, but also deciding shared room with our first or give up our guest room?), I am demanding a better rocker. We used the Ikea Poang rocker and I hate it with the fire of a thousand suns. For one, it doesn’t rock on carpet, at all. Grr. Thanks for pointing me to exactly what I wanted!

  31. Samantha R. permalink
    October 28, 2013

    The last photo is so funny and I love that you included this. I am currently breastfeeding my 2 month old daughter and I fall asleep almost every time during a late night/early morning feeding, and a lot of the time I’ll be all out there (and God forbid my husband to snap a photo of that)! At least you were partially covered.

  32. Nicole B. permalink
    October 28, 2013

    Too cute. I was just up @ 4 with my little guy thinking “Man it sure would be nice if this glider reclined!”

  33. Kim permalink
    October 28, 2013

    That last picture is too precious….

    Quick question… do you have a link to that chair? I can’t seem to find it on their website… thanks!

    • October 30, 2013

      I don’t! I looked too and can’t find it.
      xo – kb

  34. October 28, 2013

    katie bower. you are so cute!! the tag is still on the chair and y’all are just zonked out. have you found out yet if baby #3 is a brother or a sister? are you working on two rooms and not telling us? also, you totally should have photoshopped in a tattoo. ha!!

    ps—the boys and i were near your neck of the woods this weekend—corndawgs. i was so hoping we’d run into you!!

    • October 29, 2013

      AWW! I wish you would have hollered at me! You should have come by! The boys would have loved to meet yours officially (we still play with that finger paint you sent ages ago so it would be so fun for Will to put a name to the face of the twins!). And I wish I was as effective as you at finishing rooms…and man why didn’t I think of photoshopping in a tat…something fun…like a couple tiger claws on the ta-tas!
      xo – kb

  35. Courtney G permalink
    October 28, 2013

    Hey Katie! Totally love your new chair! I’ve called two different Babies R Us’ and they can’t find the chair in their inventory. I wanted to check and see if there happened to be another manufacturer listed or a sku number (they can also look it up that way). I know it’s a long shot – but I would LOVE to order one for our nursery, too! :)

    Courtney

    • November 13, 2013

      Sorry it took me so long to get back to you…I had to find that receipt!
      Here is all the info that it said:
      Item Type PR
      Item Tax ID 942838-1
      Description Shadow Kersey Recliner
      Vendor Best Chairs Inc
      Style 5N145
      Hope this helps!
      xo – kb

  36. October 28, 2013

    Do you happen to have the link for the rocker? I can’t seem to find it on their website! Maybe they don’t have it anymore. My hubs would love a reclining chair and I have searching high and low for a reasonably priced one but have had no such luck, until I saw your post! I’d love to snag one, just trying to track one down! Maybe I’ll go see if they have it in store…

    • October 29, 2013

      I don’t. I’ve searched all over too. They never had it on their website and I’ve heard that a lot of stores don’t have it. I think calling your local branch wouldn’t hurt!
      xo – kb

  37. October 28, 2013

    I LOVE this chair, but I cannot find it on the Babies R Us website… any tips?

    • October 29, 2013

      You might want to call your local place and see if they have it or could order it?
      That’s probably your best bet.
      xo – kb

  38. Diana permalink
    October 28, 2013

    I wish I had found a rocker like that when I was decorating my twins nursery! It would have been perfect, color too! Instead I ended up buying a cheapo IKEA poang chair that hardly gets used. And one of them still needs to be rocked to sleep. Whomp whomp.

  39. Tirsa permalink
    October 28, 2013

    Love how the room is coming along. You have the right perspective on its progress. That last picture is hilarious. Thanks for keeping it real. I really don’t know how you get so much done. I look lazy next to you. Seriously. :)

  40. October 28, 2013

    That last picture is just amazing. I had many moments like that with my now 15 month old and it makes me miss nursing him!!! And we’ve just been done for a month – such a bittersweet thing!

    Thank you for sharing!!!

  41. October 28, 2013

    Love his room so far. It is huge! I ordered a second rocker for our new baby too. My son was also really attached to his and I also didn’t love it (handme down). We bought one really similar to the style of Weston’s chair. Surprisingly after looking all over it is from walmart. I can’t believe how beautiful it is. It also reclines, glides, swivels.
    http://blissinimperfection.blogspot.com/2013/09/a-teal-and-pink-nursery-for-little-miss.html

  42. Asna permalink
    October 29, 2013

    Hi Katie,
    I was wondering how you get Weston to sleep. Does he take a pack or just go down w/o any help? I ask bc my daughter is the same age as him but she needs to be nursed to sleep and I’m dreading figuring out what to do once I try to wean her at 1 yr!

    • Asna permalink
      October 29, 2013

      And by ‘pack’ I meant ‘pacifier’ lol

    • November 11, 2013

      We do the normal dinner (he eats a ton) and then right before the bedtime routine, we do almond milk in a cup. He has been doing really great with that…sleeping from about 9 till 7:30 without needing anything. Our bedtime routine has been pretty much the same…but he has been transitioning to longer and longer afternoon naps and shorter morning naps so I think that we will be going to one nap soon so that might be helping with the nighttime sleeping.
      xo – kb

  43. Kathy permalink
    October 29, 2013

    Great post! Can you share how you got Westor or Will to sleep through the night and in their cribs after being a co-sleeper? I’m having a bit of a hard time making that happen with my 13-month old girl! She’d sleep till about 2AM and then wake up crying to come to our bed.

    • October 30, 2013

      We decided that the best way would be the time to transition when they start solids…so right around 8 to 9 months they usually start with more proteins. So that is why we choose that time. What we do is nothing really different than before. Instead of having a late night feeding, we would nurse that last time before bed (around 10) and then do the bedtime routine and instead of laying them down in the pack n play in our room, we would lay them down in the nursery. Then if they woke up, we would just do the whole bedtime routine again…rocking, praying, humming and down to bed. It worked for us because the reinforcement was ‘this is what we do before we lay in bed’ and so they got all the cues. Once we did the routine, we walked out…no more, no less. Also, you might want to be sure the temperature in their room is warm enough…the babies always are a few degrees warmer next to mom and dad and they like that.
      xo – kb

  44. Annie T. permalink
    October 29, 2013

    I love you even more (in a non-creepy way) for posting this pic! My husband has also taken one of me in a similar position! Love it! Thanks for always for posting something inspiring and relatable!

  45. October 31, 2013

    OMG, I love you. Hilarious and amazing picture. I wish my child would fall asleep on me!

  46. Jessie G. permalink
    November 1, 2013

    Hilariousness! Love it. That’s real life :)

    anyways, how tall are the ceilings int his room? Beautiful. The wash on the bricks and the wall color are great!

    • November 1, 2013

      I think they are 12 feet in here…which is weird because they are the only bedroom with ceilings that high.
      xo – kb

  47. Rachel permalink
    January 26, 2014

    I was just in babies r us yesterday and found this chair thinking it might be the one. When I went online to find it, your blog was the only thing that came up. You’ve convinced me. I m wondering though, you mentioned it is a gray brown color. Did you get a different fabric or did you order the same one than you saw in the store? If so you’re right, in the store in its gray but your pictures show it more brown. Let me know! Thanks so much,

    • January 26, 2014

      I ordered the only one they had – it is more of a gray in certain lights…compared to our walls, it looks a little more brown probably because of the undertones.
      xo – kb

  48. Jenny permalink
    February 17, 2014

    Hi there — My husband and I just tried out this exact chair and I came home to look for reviews and came across this post (I was excited b/c I regularly read your site anyways!) — Do you still like it as much as you did originally? Please let me know!

    • February 17, 2014

      I do! We use it everyday at least three times a day and we still love it. I do wish it was easier to move (but that’s probably only because whenever I vacuum it seems like it weighs a bazillion pounds) and I have yet to find the perfect lumbar pillow for it (I need that extra back support with this pregnancy) but other than that…it’s still dreamy :)
      xo – kb

      • Jenny permalink
        February 18, 2014

        great to hear – thank you so much!

  49. Batool permalink
    February 28, 2014

    I just bought this chair today using the 15% coupon and my reward dollars!! I am soo excited! I bought the protection plan too just in case. Have you felt that the cushion has sagged or lost a bit of its shape?

    • March 2, 2014

      Not at all. We did ScotchGuard the entire thing (which might actually void the protection plan but we didn’t purchase that).
      xo – kb

  50. Jenna permalink
    March 12, 2014

    I just bought the same chair because the one I wanted is now back ordered with no end in site… I was so bummed but your blog was the only thing that came up when I googled the kersey recliner as far as reviews and I feel much much better now! Thank you :) I get to pick it up next week!

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