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Baby Boy Nursery Inspiration Take One

I can’t believe it, but it’s time to start thinking about nursery number TWO. And better yet, nursery number two for a BOY! What a huge change this is going to be, but I’m excited to tackle it head on and make it perfect for our sweet son who will be here before we know it! (If I survive this Texas summer, that is!)

I’m calling this blog post, Baby Boy Nursery Inspiration Take One, because honestly, I’m still not positive which direction I want to go. I haven’t decided 100% what colors and style I want to go with, but I think I have a pretty good idea. This is more or less a starting point, or a brainstorm session if you will. And that seems to be a theme with this pregnancy. I’ve just felt different than I did with Adeline. I haven’t felt that strong maternal instinct yet like I did with Adeline, or that strong bond yet, but I know a lot of it has to do with mentally accepting the idea of loving another baby and accepting that Adeline’s “baby years” are coming to a close. I think a part of me was sad when I learned it was a boy because I so badly want to experience newborn Adeline again and I know I can’t. So in my mind, having another girl was my way of getting to experience that again. Even though it would be a completely different baby. And in all honesty, I think I needed a few days to grieve not having another girl, since Adeline is all I know, and I’ve loved it so much. I’m thrilled to welcome a son though, and truly can’t wait to experience that relationship. I’m also excited to take a little break from all the pink!

Ok, now that that heart-rant is out of the way, let’s talk decorating! With my first pregnancy, I remember it feeling very overwhelming thinking about how to decorate the nursery, and I once again am feeling a little overwhelmed. I LOVE it so much though, and am so excited to put all my energy into it! I’m planning on posting throughout the process, and then doing a big reveal once it’s all done.

The past few days I’ve been thinking in my head what direction I want to go with little boy’s nursery. I think more than anything I know the directions I don’t want to go. I’m realizing how picky I am with little boy things, so hopefully I don’t offend any boy moms out there! Here are the directions I know I don’t want to go – overly woodland creature, sporty, nautical or preppy, primary colors, blue everything, overly outdoorsy or little man cave-ish, or overly baby blue. I told you I was picky!

I think I’ve settled on something neutral, calming, and classic, with accents of animals here or there. I’m leaning towards a brown/cream/navy color scheme. Adam is about as manly as they come, and while I’d love more than anything to do a nursery that would reflect his Daddy with buffalo plaid, fishing, and hunting accents, it just doesn’t feel right to me. I want the nursery to feel like a sweet and quiet place for our little boy, almost like a retreat for him, and me! We’ll see if that actually comes to life, but in my head it makes sense. Maybe I just suck at decorating for boys, who knows. Once he’s ready for a toddler room though, I’ll be more excited to deck it out in whatever his interests are! Trucks, cars, dinosaurs, the great outdoors…who knows who this little guy will be!

So now you’re probably wondering what on Earth the nursery is going to look like, after ruling out pretty much everything. I put together a mood board with colors and styles and ideas, and am so far loving this direction. It could very well change and do a 180 next week, but for now, I’m feeling it. I should also note that he will be the first ever natural born Texan Ingle, so we’ll definitely have to include a few little nods to Texas.

baby boy nursery inspiration

What’s your boy style? Do you have any tips? At what point in pregnancy did you start decorating?



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    March 27, 2018 at 9:46 am

    I love your inspiration board! It looks a lot like my son’s room, actually – we did a navy accent wall and the others a tan color (Valspar Churchill Hotel Maple). The curtains are navy and white rugby stripe like the tan/white one on your board. The rest of the room was in an understated travel/adventure theme with white or navy prints from Lindsay Letters on one wall and framed maps from places my husband and I have traveled on another wall. He is Adeline’s age so more trucks and puppies are starting to creep in, but I think the foundation of the decor is growing with him well!

    I also wanted to say that not feeling as bonded/connected to baby #2 is normal. My second is now eight months and I sometimes still feel guilty for not loving her exactly the way I did/do #1. Of course there is something special about figuring out parenthood for the first time, but #2 is also so different from #1 so how could I possibly love her the same?! This has become yet another way I put unrealistic pressure on myself. Maybe you won’t struggle with this, but if you do, the love and connection will come. It will just be different. Being a mom is so emotionally complicated!

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    March 27, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    I love this and this is totally how I’d want a boys nursery too! I find a lot of boy stuff a little trite… I don’t like fishing stuff either. I really like the whole “little man cave” with bears and wooden accents kind of look. I also kind of like whales but that’s about it! I remember thinking if we had a boy, I’d probably return half the clothes we got because I was so not into some boy clothes and what they have on it.
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    The Curious Frugal
    March 28, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I have to say that it’s pretty great that you’re letting yourself feel everything and express it, including the more difficult parts during this pregnancy. You’ll move through those feelings/that grief much faster than if you were bottling it up. As far as your inspiration board, love it and I especially love those shelves! I’d like them for my bedroom too!

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      March 28, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you! I think they’re definitely valid feelings, and feelings that aren’t often talked about! I’ve never experienced it before so it’s all such a new territory! Thanks for appreciating my honesty 🙂

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    March 29, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I saw so many posts from people who were pregnant with baby #2 sharing similar feelings to yours! You definitely aren’t alone, and I think that’s totally normal. But I will tell you: Boys are SO fun and I am obsessed with J. Actually, sometimes I think, “was I as obsessed with R when she was this age?” and Jordan has to remind me that R was just as squishy and cute 😉
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    April 2, 2018 at 9:31 am

    well, i think the last time i was on here, i was trying to make it through my first pregnancy and eating all of your posts up about the coming of adeline. can’t believe its been a year and now i am back in the saddle and right along side of you this time. congrats! i am currently working on the nursery and had to call my sister to help me out because i could not decide what direction to go. i don’t want to know what we are having so i have had to keep it neutral even though i love little boys’ style. think of it as an oasis for you too since you’re probably going to spend a lot of time in there. keep calm would be my theme advice. good luck!

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      April 5, 2018 at 9:54 am

      Oh my goodness how fun!! Well I’m glad you’re back! Congrats to YOU! That will be such a fun surprise!

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