Friday, October 23, 2009

Baby Cradle

A few weeks ago, my mom and I went to some antique stores in Prairie Grove, AR. They were so neat. These were a little more on the "serious" side, meaning they a lot of true antiques and did not really have a lot of steals. However, we did walk away with a treasure!

My mom bought me this antique cradle. We thought it was handmade and then when my dad saw it he agreed that it probably was. I love the finish it has but it needs some work. I don't want to stain it or paint it but just shine up the current finish. Have any of you had experience doing this? What product should I use?
This cradle will probably stay in our room (the candlesticks and tree will not stay) but it is light enough that I can move it to any room without any problem.

Since it was probably handmade, I might have to get a custom made mattress but I'm hoping I can find one that fits pretty well.

Baby West is doing great! I feel him moving around all the time. I started feeling him around 16 weeks. I can actually see him move sometimes at night now but every time I call Cody to come look he stops moving. Hopefully Cody will get to see him moving soon. We still listen to his heartbeat every couple of days....it is always between 138 and 145 bpm. I'm still sick every morning, Monday-Friday. I have Saturday and Sunday off. Ha! Seriously. I think it is because I have to get up at 5am on the week days but can sleep past 7am on the weekends. Either way, I'm glad I have the two days off. :) We go back Wednesday for our 19 week ultrasound appointment. This is where they will do all the measurements and check out everything they need to look at. It was so fun to see him at our 17 week appointment so I'm very excited that we get to do it again! Next week I'll show you my craft fair finds (and my mom's finds) and give you a sneak peak at how the nursery is coming along. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

50 comments:

Kari Beth said...

That is precious! Isn't movement the greatest? It is such a weird feeling. I feel Elle Louise all the time. I swear she never sleeps! I'm so jealous that you are already started on your baby's room. We have got to get busy! We got the bedding and crib, we just can't seem to get motivated enough to actually get anymore done!

Lindy said...

Tung oil. Weird name, I know. I have an antique bed that I've had since I was a little girl (it's now in a guest bedroom) and that's what we use every couple of years on it. You just rub it on with an old rag and let it dry. I would try it in an inconspicuous spot and go from there. Good luck!

Darlene said...

That is a gorgeous cradle. Not trying to scare you but just be sure to check that the rails are not too far apart. I had heard older cradles/cribs may not conform to todays standards. I googled it and in part I read Cribs prior to 1979 may not conform to today's standards. The space between the bars should be no more than 2 3/8 inches. I hope the rails are close enough because that is just wonderful.

Brittany said...

I can't wait to see the nursery! We have a cradle too, not an old one, but we used it sooo much! Glad you have the weekends off! ha!

Jeni said...

What a unique find...perfect timing! I loved having a cradle in my room...babies look so beautiful in them and it's so fun to have them right there with you.

Connie said...

The cradle is beautiful. Be sure to check on the rails though. I too was sick on my work days and not on the days I was home. I found it was my makeup that made me sick. I didn't wear makeup on my off days. Worked for me. (A long time ago though.)

amanda said...

I've been reading for a while, but am not sure I've posted. I'm 16 weeks 5 days pregnant with our first. It's exciting to read your posts and be just a few days behind. Our ob doesn't do ultrasounds as frequently, so we had our first at 12 and what should be our next/last at 19. We are waiting for delivery to find out the sex, but are so excited to see our little one. I'm not sure if I feel it moving or not, so if I'm still doubtful by then, it'll be nice to watch and see. Congratulations on your little boy. Weston is actually the maiden name of my husband's grandmother, so it's on our short list...but spelled differently.

Mary Madeline said...

the cradle is beautiful!!! Can't wait to see pictures of the nursery!

Holly said...

That's so beautiful! And it is so convenient to have the baby in your room in the beginning.
My sister was telling me about a product called Briwax that her MIL uses to totally renew furniture.

Sarah said...

That cradle is beautiful!!

Just a warning...a lot of older cribs and cradles have slats that are too far apart. When I did my baby classes prior to my first I remember a nurse talking a lot about checking older cribs and cradles for this.

Looking forward to seeing your craft fair finds! We have a huge craft fair Thanksgiving weekend and I can't wait to go. :)

Ruby Red Slippers said...

What a sweet craddle...I love it!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Oh how sweet~

Michele Jackson said...

I LOVE the cradle. I am so glad you found something you liked at the Prairie Grove antique stores! We live within walking distance of all of those stores. Aubrie and I walk to them and look around sometimes. They always have neat stuff.

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

It is absolutely precious! What a gorgeous piece and it will look so amazing all polished up! And I see some people have voiced my concern as well. You shouldn't be able to fit a coke can through the crib rails for safety purposes. On the other hand, using a great bumper and taking baby out of it when he starts getting more mobile should be fine. (Kiddos can get there head, limbs, etc. stuck between large rails which is the concern and which guides the regulations.)

Shady Lady! said...

With both of my kids I could actually SEE them moving - like actual hands and feet - and videotaped both and you can still see them on the video. Its such a miracle. If you are seeing and feeling this much at 16 weeks, just wait! Savor every minute of it. It gets so overwhelming to be pregnant, but you will never have another feeling like feeling your child inside you.

The cradle is beautiful!

Jennifer said...

I love it!
I still cannot believe in just a few short months, there will be a sweet little boy sleeping in there! :)
I hope West is a quiet sleeper. We moved Brody to his crib after the first week because he was not a very quiet sleeper and we couldn't sleep at all! Haha!

Cari said...

So awesome Shannon! I am loving reading about baby West and the days leading up to his arrival. Thanks for sharing!!

rachel@thehoods.net said...

lovely cradle...you should use murphy's oil soap...it will clean and condition the whole thing since you don't want to refinish it!

Sjn said...

You are due right around my daughter's due date. I'll have to keep in touch. She's over at http://kellyandlincoln.blogspot.com/
We're expecting a boy!

duchess said...

What an adorable cradle. So sweet.
I'm glad to hear he's active boy but sorry you're still sick - it's so worth it.
Enjoy your two days off.

Paige said...

What a beautiful cradle! So glad to hear things are well and moving along. Sorry for the morning sickness!

Have a great weekend!

Angie said...

What a beautiful and also useful piece! Can't wait to see the nursery!

Shannon said...

I had an antique tiny little crib that is cradle sized for my son when he was a newborn. We kept it in our room. We used a changing table pad for the matress and then I found cradle sized sheets at babies are us (i think gerber brand) and those fit perfect! Good luck!

hi-d said...

I love the crib. It's beautiful and is one of those timeless pieces that you'll be able to pass on to your children.

I am SO excited for you Shannon. The morning sickness does NOT sound fun at all. I hope that goes away soon!

Have a blessed weekend!
hi-d

Sunny said...

That is precious! I absolutely cannot wait to see the nursery! Can you give us all hints of what colors or theme you will be using? Purdy please? :)

Lauren said...

Cannot wait to see what you have planned for his nursery! Boys rooms are so fun, really. So much freedom, no mandatory "working in pink" somehow. =)

Katie said...

That is so beautiful! I always wanted a sweet rocking cradle like that for my babies. Just think of how sweet pictures of him will be in that! I cannot wait to see that! I have my bassinet from when I was a baby, and I loved taking pictures of my babies in it just like my baby pictures. Don't you wonder about the hands that created this cradle, and the baby he made it for???

Fabiola said...

Just a beautiful cradle. It is so unique.

Fabiola

Lora said...

You found a real treasure! I love the antique shops in Prairie Grove, too.
When I was expecting my first baby I found an antique white wicker bassinet in an antique shop in Van Buren. I promptly bought it, gave it a fresh coat of paint and my mom made custom bedding for it. Both of my babies used it and I'm saving it for more babies in our family:)

The Lynchs said...

Hi - I'm new to your blog but I'm totally loving all of your creative ideas! The cradle is absolutely gorgeous!

'The H Family' said...

that.is.gorgeous!! i love it!! i cannot believe you didn't tell me about this...this is major news!! :) i love love love it! i am so jealous! i would love to have found something like this, but had to settle for the good 'ole pack n play.... :) love it!!

nikki said...

Never posted to you before, but my parents use to refinish furniture and I have done similar restore projects to what you are doing using their advice. There is a product called restore a finish that would work great. Put it on outside as it does have a hint a color to it, but please don't let that worry you it may look dark in color but it really is just a hint and will not affect the color much besides making the look richer. The tong oil mentioned by someone else works nice to, but I like the hint of color for the richness (and restore a finish will have different colors just pick the closest you think, again don't worry too much as it really won't "change" the color).

renee9558 said...

Try natural Bri-Wax. You can find it on ebay sometimes. I can just imagine your sweet little boy sleeping in that beautiful cradle!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Awe, so excited for you guys!

Sharon said...

What a great find!

Suzanne said...

Cute Cradle! I can't wait to see his room all finished! Glad you and the baby are doing well! I hope you enjoy everything!!! These moments in our lives pass by too quick!
God Bless!
Suzanne

Vanessa said...

That's adorable! Luna's grandpa handmade a little cradle for her. I loved it's satin at first and almost felt bad about wanting to re-paint it... after awhile I decided to painted. It looks great! I'm sure grandpa understood.
Best, Vanessa

Cassie said...

That is a gorgeous cradle! I wish I could help you out with what product to use, but I'm not too sure. When I bought my son's crub it was a horrid light wood colour and my husband painted it (with crib safe paint) and it looks much better.

That's so cute that you hear baby West's heartbeat every few days. I wish I could have done that when I was pregnant.

Good luck at your next appointment, I'm sure you are so excited to see your little guy again.

Anonymous said...

not safe, the railings should not be more then 2 inches apart!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

What a gorgeous cradle! So glad to hear all is well with your little guy!

Jennifer said...

The crib is beautiful... so special that it is handmade!! :) Can't wait to see the nursery... too fun!

Heather said...

I love that cradle and can't wait to see what you do with it!

Aubrey said...

I adore the baby cradle!!!! Great treasure indeed! Congratulations again on your little boy! I have a gift for you if you'd like to email me your address...aubrey.renee76@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

The cradle is gorgeous, but you will need a bumper pad or something to cover the slats since they look like they are a lot wider than is currently allowed for safety regulations. Those little babies can get wiggly even after a few weeks and get arms, legs, or even a head stuck in the slats at night. It should be fine for a couple months with a bumper, but then you will probably want him in a safer place once the rolling starts.

CRICKET said...

Beautiful and I like that you are going to keep the original finish. Its great having a piece you can move around.

Rebekah said...

Precious. Precious. Precious. I love the cradle and can't wait to see little West in it! Awwww...feeling that liitle baby...sometimes I miss that feeling! It is the neatest thing besides seeing them for the first time! At least I think so!!! I just use furniture oil/polish on my antique pieces and it shines them up and brings out the colors perfectly. I think you can get it at Wal-Mart.

LuLu said...

So glad to hear all is going well with your bundle of joy. I love the cradle sooo sweet,
xo,
LuLu

Katy said...

That cradle is sweet and so pretty.
I loved that feeling of my babies moving in my belly.
Keep some crackers next to your bed and eat one or two BEFORE you even get out of the bed, don't stand up until you grab a cracker...let it settle, then get up. (might help ya)

Empty Nest Full Life said...

How sweet! I agree that the tung oil might be a good pick, but also there is something called restore a finish, or Bri-Wax. I have use all of them, and it probably depends on the finish. Jackie

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

What a touching, heart warming post!Quite exciting, isnt it, to arrange the crib and get started on decorating your baby's room?