Baby Rylee is my niece Gabby's new baby girl - and she's a sweetheart! I finally got to meet her when I was in Utah last week - she is already one month old!
Elsa and Max were all to happy to spend time with Rylee. Max was overheard saying, "Elsa, let's go explore baby Rylee!" We kept a close watch over them exploring...but they both just wanted to hold her and touch her little fingers. Look how big they are in comparison!! Elsa is now 3 1/2 and Max is 7...they are growing up waaaaaay too fast for me!
Rylee lives in the beautiful (not) metropolis of Rock Springs, Wyoming...her mom and dad moved there for work and my sister prays every night for them to move back to Salt Lake City so she can be close to Rylee...I just laugh, as if a grandma has ANY SAY!!! But we should!! Kids who have kids and move away from their parents should be forced to move back!!! How else can a grandma do her job properly?!? It is possible to spoil grandkids who live far, far away from their grandmas...but it is not nearly as much fun as it would be if they lived next door!
My niece asked me to help her with Rylee's nursery...and by help I mean she sent me 7 yards of beautiful fabric (Love Bliss Bouquet by Amy Butler) and I did all the work...which I was happy to do as I love my niece like she's my own. I thought you might like to see the finished nursery!
This is the crib quilt and the bumper pad for Rylee's crib. As you may or may not know, having bumper pads is now considered dangerous!! So Rylee's bumper pad was made to go on top of the crib railing...stupid if you ask me...I guess it's more important to keep the baby from biting the crib rail than banging her head on the slats! It's a miracle that any kid grows up today!
Here's the finished crib with all the trimmings...matching sheets, dust-ruffle, crib quilt and the dang top rail bumper pad...it is cute, though, no? Gabby hung up the netting behind the crib, which will last for a few more months before Rylee learns to sit up and shreds it to pieces! Below you can see the newest trend for infant girls...the obligatory chandelier. And really, why not? There are so few times in a girls life when she can be treated like a princess, unless she is an actual princess! A little bit of sparkle and glitz is what every little girl needs!
The glider/rocker in Rylee's room was given to her by the girl, who used it for Max and Elsa - and those two little birds did a number on the cushions with permanent markers like you wouldn't believe, I wish I'd taken a picture of the before for you to see! I recovered the cushions and now it looks like a brand new rocker - I think it turned out great! (The arm cushion was not quite positioned right for the photo...it just needs to be turned down a bit...rockers are very pretentious and difficult to photograph!!)
After I left Rylee's home and returned to civilization, my niece sent me a few pictures of her room - with her new "bookshelves" on the wall...
Can't you just picture little Rylee in a year or two using those bookshelves as monkey bars? Swinging from one to another and then vaulting herself into her crib so she can twirl on the netting ala Cirque de Soleil!
This is the other side of Rylee's room - cute changing table with a darling picture of Rylee above. (Gabby, maybe I should make you a coral or turquoise colored cover for the changing table - white seems to be a bit bland!)
This is the dresser I gave to my niece - I painted the dresser white (it used to be brown) and painted the picture on the front years ago, and so I love this little dresser and wanted it to go to someone who would love it, too! Gabby has it in Rylee's room, in the closet - and while I think it should be prominently displayed in the room, alas, while Rylee's room is elegant and beautiful, it is small so the closet was the only place for the dresser! But, that being said, the dresser is being used and was needed! Every drawer is filled with something...the top drawer is filled with baby booties and shoes, the second drawer is filled with socks of every color and so on...as you can see by the rod above the dresser - little Rylee does not lack for clothes! Gabby had about 4 baby showers so Rylee is THE best dressed baby in all of Wyoming - well that's not saying much, Rylee is probably the best dressed baby in the West!
One last shot of the little love in her bed...which is probably a first for her - usually she is sleeping on top of her mom or dad or in their bed - like most babies these days, do they really even need a crib?!?
There's nothing quite like a new baby...