Despite the fact that we live on the chilly Tundra, Nathan and I decided that we wanted to decorate a Safari-themed nursery. Neither of us have ever really gone all out on decorating with planning and paint and such before, so this was an adventure for sure. I’m really happy with how things have turned out, and the obstacles we had to overcome to make this happen when we live in the middle of nowhere.
Because we can’t just run to the store and pick up anything we want, we started planning pretty early in the pregnancy. We got a swing from a family selling one second hand in the village, and painted the room before we left for vacation so that it would be free of any smells after airing out for the summer.
We were also able to get the big furniture provided by the school district (rocking recliner, bookshelf, nightstand and dresser). We found that no one really uses tradition cribs out here, as it would cost an arm and a leg to get it flown out, so we opted for a pack and play that has a bassinette, and can later have a mattress added for when baby gets bigger.
Our changing area is in the hall between our two rooms due to limited space. During our baby shower, friends and family wrote little notes to the baby on safari animals, so I hung them above to add some whimsy to the space.
We finished the room just in time for me to leave for Anchorage where I will be spending the last month of my pregnancy, which is pretty standard out here. I’m glad it all came together so well, and it gives me one less thing to worry about while I’m away. Can’t wait to bring home our little bundle of joy!