Crew’s First Birthday // Nautical Birthday Theme

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A little late, but I just realized I never blogged about Crew’s first birthday party! With a name like Crew, he has to have a nautical themed party right? ClichΓ© or no, I loved it. It was whimsical and modern and just like my little boy. I had too much fun decorating the house with tons of paper fringe, honeycomb balls, lanterns and garland. We made paper boats for each of the kids for their little favors to take home with a bag of guppies (Cheaper and better versions of goldfish!) and of course, Crew mashed into his little mini cake. He wasn’t a fan of the mess, but I think he liked the taste of it!

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A year in pictures

It’s just so crazy how fast that first year goes by. They change so much every week and it’s hard to see the difference between one week and the one before or after it– but then look forward 2 or 3 weeks and it’s amazing! It was a commitment to get this photo set up each week, and I did miss a couple here and there- but I am glad that I have this adorable timeline of Crew from birth into a little toddler.

There are tons of the 360 apps that are an awesome way to try to take a photo every day or every week. It’s super hard to keep up with, like writing in a journal but it’s so worth it and you’ll be glad you did.

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Crew’s new friend is just a little stuffy…

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As we are expanding our gift lines at the store, we decided to bring in more kid friendly things. Nichole introduced us to Blabla— a beautiful line of designer, knit dolls. Crew met his new friend today and he LOVES to snuggle with him. He always grabs onto blankets and pillows and wraps his arms around them… shortly before he tries to shove the whole thing in his mouth of course. But Andiamo the dog (Andi) is the perfect size and softness to be an adorable snuggle friend for my little guy. I think they hit it off and will be lifelong buds.

If you need one of these for yourself or the important tiny humans in your life, come get them before they’re gone- they are already flying off the shelves. We have them at my paper/gift store Paperie + Pen at 7550 W. Fairview Ave.

A space for a boy named Crew

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Like [i’m just assuming] every other pregnant woman in the world, when I found out I was pregnant again, the 2 things on my mind were Baby Names and Nursery Design. I had a huge list of names of which I was only sure about the girl names– as I was sure I was having a girl! When we found out that the little monkey was another boy, we found ourselves somewhat relieved! As much as I wanted a baby girl (and still do!)– it’s been 6 years since we had a baby and something familiar was comforting to us. Plus, Carter is going to have so much fun with a little brother. The boy list began to grow and though we really liked a few names on there, when I came up with ‘Crew’ we both knew that was our boy’s name. Preppy, modern and perfectly complimentary while at the same time, contrasting to it’s predecessor; Carter. Cool, we got it. Now I can order a massive ‘C’ for the nursery, and all is right in the world.

The nursery design came from my imagining what a boy named Crew’s personality would be like. The obvious nautical theme came to mind- and as my future-boy does have a keen sense for adventure, his love for color, bold type, and graphic patterns found a room full of anchors to be restricting. A boy named Crew is brave, he is curious, stylish, always certain, and obviously brilliant. His space is inspired by him- and it is these things!

Okay, okay– Crew’s personality was yet to be known, but hey- let’s give a little credit to that thing we call a Mother’s intuition! If I had to describe what a boy named Carter would be like, I would have said he is thoughtful, he’s logical and calculative. He’s smart and artistic, he excels at sports like polo or croquet, and his chivalry will impress the girls and some day their fathers. And, I would be right… well, besides the polo thing, we haven’t tried it yet but we can go ahead and say that soccer and football are most likely out. Crew though? A boy named Crew could play football… rugby. He would play Rugby.

Whatever. I had fun putting this room together with my sweet boy in mind every step of the way.

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