Come glide with me

Greetings from the land of swollen ankles.


We had a very busy, yet very fun-filled day, and after a full day of wearing tight stretchy jean crops, flats and being out in the sun, my ankles hate me. It’s the first time they’ve gotten really swollen, so I have my feet propped up, chugging water, and waiting for the swelling to go down by researching our next baby nursery purchase.

We’ve had a lot of new house and baby-related expenses, and to make sure we’ve been able to stay within our budget –we like to save and invest a certain amount each month- we’ve been splitting up these purchases so they don’t hit us all at once. Our last big one was the baby crib, which I used a 20% off Babies R Us coupon for (saved us $80!), and the next one we’re looking at is a glider.

nursery gliderSource

Here’s the thing though: traditional gliders aren’t really my style.

I’ve rocked back and forth in many, and while I love how they feel, I’m not too in love with the decor vibe of a glider, especially since the nursery will turn into an office when the little one moves into her big girl room. I just didn’t think it would be feasible to spend a hefty amount of money (some are around $800+) on a glider, when it wouldn’t match the rest of our house after the nursery converts back into a sitting room/office.

I asked my stepmom about it (who used to be an interior designer) and she said that for her nursery, she just went to Pier 1 and got a rocking chair that matched the decor without looking too much like a glider or nursery piece.

There are a ton of non-nursery looking comfy chairs out there:

image Monte

12175386931 Land of Nod

2010_03_Glider_Otto_Herringbone Land of Nod

We have a couch in the nursery, but I think that having a chair in there that we can transfer to the den later on would be a smart move. Also, word on the street is that I’ll be spending a lot of time in the nursery chair, so I’d like to make the space as comfy as possible, and still aesthetically pleasing.

Did you have a glider or rocker in the nursery? Where would be some good places to search?

Also, totally random, but my lips are chapped beyond belief. They’re cracked, peeling and nothing I’m using seems to help [exfoliating, Burt’s Bees moisturizing chapstick, Emu oil, coconut oil]. Did this happen to anyone else, or do you know of a secret remedy? I look like I’ve been drinking red Kool Aid all day 😉

Lots going on over here and as always, I appreciate your advice and words of wisdom <3

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  1. Lyndi on October 17, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I have had my eye on gliders for our baby registry. Really want one with padded arms and the gliding ottoman. I have noticed since I have been pregnant I am having a hard time getting enough fluids down, (water and “light liquids make me nauseated) plus welcome NW fall. The two seem to be a nasty combination for chapped lips. As far as lips, my favorite is Burt’s Bee’s with pomegranate – adds a tiny bit of color and smells delicious! Beyond that, I try not to lick my lips.

  2. April on October 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Hey Lady!
    Looking beautiful as always:) Ugh, i have had the swollen ankle syndrom now and i hate it! Your’s are not half as bad as mine, lucky girl!

    As far as a glider goes, i am in the same boat, the pic is totally not my style either and both hubby and i love traditional rocking chairs – it takes me back to when my mom would rock me to sleep in hers, i just love the notstalgic-ness (is that a word?) of it – plus, i agree these gliders are so darn expensive. There are beautiful pieces out there, we just don’t want another big piece of furniture.
    SO, we found the perfect white rocking chair on Craigslist for 50 bucks and i LOVE it! White was tough to find, but it goes great cuz we have dark wood/white-washed furniture.

    Have fun shopping, can’t wait to hear what you get…and keep those feet up:)

  3. Michelle on October 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I’m pretty sure that first glider is the one we have. It’s lasted for 6 years and 2 babies and it’s still kicking 🙂 I like that it leans back (FAR) and the way it glides (vs a regular rocking chair) has made it worth it. Oh, and I like that the cushions are washable. That was definitely a plus!

    I got crazy dry with my pregnancies. My hands had weird ezcema patched. Aquaphor really helped!

  4. Hannah on October 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Not sure if this will be too helpful on making your decision, but my friend who is expecting her baby in a few weeks just purchased the glider in the first image you posted. I sat in it this weekend and it is SO COMFORTABLE. I know the style is a bit “eh”… but I just needed to say how comfortable it really is… I ended up sitting it while we watched a movie! It was super cozy and didn’t feel “cheap” at all.

    Good luck in your searches!

  5. Ali on October 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    For chapped lips…..get a towel and run it under hot water and press against lips for one minute. This should loosen up most of the dead skin flakes. Take the towel and run it under hot water one more time before gently sloathing (is that a word?) off the dead skin by rubbing the towel against your lips in small circles. The towel acts as the exfoliant, which is less likely to dry your lips since there is no product in it. After removing dead skin, apply Aquaphor lip products (I use the big tub of vaseline but I think they have an actual lip product). This will help with that sexy koolaid effect.

    Good luck!

  6. Beth on October 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Our glider is very similar to that first pic with the gliding ottoman to match. IMO, the ottoman is essential, no matter what style you choose. It does look nursery-ish, but its uber comfy, as others have said. I spent more than my fair share of time in the glider, so I was extremely thankful that our in laws bought it for us. Ours also reclined, which is great for those nights when you are especially exhausted and just want to fall asleep after feeding the baby. My daughter has lots of tummy issues so it wasn’t uncommon for us to be up 3-4 hours in the middle of the night. Our glider ended up being worth its weight in gold! 😉 good luck on choosing the right chair for you!

  7. Lea on October 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Whatever you get make sure you get an ottoman, or something to rest your feet on. Some days those are very much needed, especially with a newborn.

  8. Amber on October 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Lanolin for chapped lips 🙂 It’s for chapped/cracked/bleeding nipples, but I’ve used it as chapstick for years – it works wonders!!!

  9. Roselyn @ A Balanced Fit on October 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I didn’t have a glider OR chair for either child. I did, however have a spot on the couch/bed that I gravitated towards when I was feeding them. Hindsight, a chair would have been great. I think I would have gone with one that looked like the one from Land of Nod. 🙂

  10. jami on October 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    i’ve never been pregnant, but i have a terrible time with chapped lips. i tend to bite my bottom lip when i’m anxious or stressed. the best thing that i’ve found has been cocoa butter. everything else seems to dry my lips out even more. hope you find something that helps!

  11. meagan on October 17, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    We purchased a pretty comfortable glider for the first kid, and…I never used it. I was always on the couch during feedings, watching TV. The couch wasn’t great, either, but I didn’t want to isolate myself in the nursery. Next time, we’re getting a rocking recliner.

  12. Angie on October 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I had a rocking chair for my oldest, which he hated. BUT both my boys loved their swings. Would get upset if i took them out of it. I just couldnt justify the price to get a rocker.

    As for the chapped lips, wow yeah both pregnancies i had insanely chapped lips then soon as i got chapped lips i would get cold sores too. the worst!! the only thing that ever helps is plain old vaseline. i bought one of the little jars and always kept it with me.

  13. Lindsay on October 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    We had a traditional glider (w/o an ottoman), and it was ridiculously uncomfortable. I spent a ton of time in that chair, and while it was lovely to rock the night away with my babies, it killed my neck. I would highly recommend something you can rest your head on so you can sleep.

    Love reading your family posts!!

  14. Lisa @ Fresh Spinach on October 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    When nothing else is helping my chapped lips I break out a vitamin E capsule, pop it with a needle, and smooth that stuff on. It’s sticky, but it works wonders. Good luck!

  15. JT (The Faux Foodie Girl) on October 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Before you make a purchase for the glider, check them out on amazon especially if you sign up for amazon mom – additional discount. And yes, you will be spending A LOT of time in a glider/recliner, it’s really important that you are comfortable and enjoy it. I have both and definitely prefer the rocking recliner as it was much more comfortable for sleeping in it.
    I also had chapped lips during the pregnancy and especially after I gave birth and the only thing that helped was Dr. Dan’s Corti Balm.

  16. Stephanie on October 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Look up Monaco gliders, so nice and comfy and don’t look like traditional gliders

  17. Carrie on October 17, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    We almost got one of those gliders, but ended up with a lazy boy recliner. Perhaps one of the best decisions we made!! Not only was it way more comfortable, but also a pretty great price. We got ours for under 500. I practically lived in it and my baby loved the rocking. 🙂

    • Carrie on October 17, 2011 at 11:18 pm

      Should add that it rocks and reclines (some even swivel too) I used to nurse and she would fall asleep on me when I reclined back. So comfortable!

  18. Courtney on October 18, 2011 at 3:18 am

    I love to use aquaphor for my chapped lips, and if you decide to get a small tub of it, it works great on dry newborn skin when they start to peel. Hope it helps! By the way, you look great:)

  19. michele on October 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

    You are so smart about the glider! I had received a glider as a gift from my Mother in law, and while it was comfortable, we had nowhere for it once my daughters room was converted to a bigger girl room. It didn’t fit into any decor of our house anywhere and we ended up giving it away.

  20. Jen Correa @ Mom's Gotta Run on October 18, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I had an old fashioned wooden rocking chair. My aunt had used it for her kids and she gave it to me. I just recently past it onto my sister since she gave birth in August. I loved it!

  21. Gina Marie on October 18, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I just want to say that I have the glider you posted from Land of Nod. I love it, but it seems like it might be too small to put in another room besides the nursery. We purchased it thinking we could put it someplace else once we no longer need it, but the chair is proportioned too small for our high ceilings in the common areas. It is a perfect chair in every other way though.

  22. Melodie on October 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I also never liked the traditional glider look with the wood/fabric combo. Just not my style. So we bought a rocking chair/recliner that would fit in perfectly in our living area once we are out of the baby stage at our home. We found our chair at a local furniture store and it was right around $200. It still looks brand new after 2 baby boys. I even did a post on the chair with a picture when we first bought it. 🙂 Good luck with all your baby shopping!!

  23. Lyndsay on October 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Like others have said, the ottoman is key 🙂

    We had a traditional glider, but if I were to go back, I don’t think I would have went that route. I loved our recliner and used that more than anything. It was a big comfy leather one (leather is great because spills (read:spit-up) wipes right off. I would rock with my daughter with my feet on the coffee table, then if she fell asleep and I wanted a nap too, I would just pop up the foot rest, recline and snuggle. Also, now that she is bigger, it’s a comfier spot for book reading than our glider.

    Happy shopping!

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