Wow, I can't thank all of you enough for your input and advice (and encouragement!) on my nursery post! So I'll say it 3 times in real big letters:
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!
I loved reading your comments and suggestions and your Facebook messages that some of you sent with your experience in this same situation. (I feel like I am dealing with an earth-shattering dilemma here... not so much... it's nursery furniture... but still, I feel so relieved to know so many of you have been at the same place.)
One of my major concerns, which I mentioned in the post, was budget. I wanted to go with the cheapest, safest, but at the same time the most reasonable option; and there wasn't just one solution, there were many (and I realized that thanks to all of you!) I knew it would work out for the best either way. And guess what? In a matter of 48 hours after I posted on my blog, the Lord provided. A good friend of mine read my post and basically offered to let me use her LIKE NEW Jenny Lind white crib - for free - for as long as I need it! The crazy thing is that I have always loved this particular crib; I think because I love the spindles and it reminds me so much of the one I had when I was a little baby. And I knew I wanted something white. So of course I was like "YES! YES! ARE YOU SERIOUS?! YES! THANK YOU JESUS! YES!" Crib dilemma = solved!
Then, 24 hours after that, the changing table dilemma was solved as well. I actually had my mind set on finding a small dresser with drawers to use as the changing table; I was going to look for it at thrift/consignment stores and then be prepared to do a paint job or change out hardware, etc. I love a project. But I also love not having to do projects if something is in good-enough condition. I was browsing Craigs List and a sweet mommy in Pinson had a changing table with a contour changing pad listed for $30 (for both). And guess what? It happened to be the white Jenny Lind changing table that matches the crib. What?!?! How insanely crazy is that? And the changing table is pretty much brand new too. I called the lady and she is going to meet me tomorrow with it. Now, it's the type that has the shelves - the type I didn't know if I wanted or not - but for $30 including the pad, you won't hear me complaining!
I'm just in awe of how it all worked out. And thankful, of course. So, so thankful.