And just like that I had a baby. Ha, I wish it was just like that. It was more like 17 hours and 30 mins of pushing and baby finally came out, on November 1st at 9:18 am. Not too bad considering some of the stories I’ve heard. I actually think my labor was less scary than I had imagined and my overall pregnancy went by pretty smoothly so I definitely consider myself lucky, which brings me to our baby’s name: Felix.
When looking through a baby name book with over 10o,000 names, I was starting to feel overwhelmed and felt like we were going to arrive at the hospital nameless. We knew we wanted a baby name that started with an F to commemorate TH’s grandpa’s name, Fred. I wanted a name that could easily translate from English to Spanish and nothing on the popular list. It was TH who came across Felix and as the name slipped off his tongue nonchalantly, I remember saying, wait say that again. I liked it pretty much immediately. Short, strong, familiar but not particularly common; it was the definition though that really sold us.
Felix: one who is happy and prosperous; lucky, favored by luck or the lucky one.
Furthermore, reminding me of a quote that TH’s dad always says, “I’d rather have luck than skill any day.”
It took us a bit longer to decide on a middle name. For a while, I wasn’t really sure I wanted one but then thought it’d be nice to give him a name in honor of TH’s 93-year-old grandma who’s been asking for a baby pretty much since we got married. So we took Baeila, the name TH’s grandma was named after and shortened it to Bae.
While in the hospital, Sabra emailed me the pictures she took of Felix’s nursery and I finally got some time to look through them and share.
Remember before it was just a guest room where the dogs loved to hang out? I never really put any effort into decorating it because I knew it would one day be a baby’s room.
And now it’s Felix’s room.
I knew I wanted to create a window seat for our dogs to continue to hang out on, with drawers underneath for extra storage and bookshelves on either side for displaying books and personal accessories.
Baby’s only friends right now.
Green pillows gifted to me by Arianna Belle.
Striped fabric is from Calico Corners and window fabric is from Perennials, welted in fabric I had leftover from another project.
I found this vintage artwork on Etsy titled, Mexican Journey, as a reminder of his heritage.
The Aviary wallpaper, from Schumacher, was the jumping off point. Cool little birds that remind me of TH’s nickname, baby bird, still used by his mom.
The moose toy rocker is from IKEA. Moose was a nickname I briefly gave TH when we were first married.
I had the campaign style dresser/changing table custom made and lacquered in Benjamin Moore Stratford Blue.
Rocker and midcentury footstool were both found on Etsy. The rocker, however, was refinished and reupholstered.
Check the little guy out
photography: Sabra Lattos