How to Commemorate Your Newborn

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I didn’t know how to best title this post so I went with “how to commemorate your newborn.” And what I mean is that sweet newborn phase flies by so quickly (unless you’re in the newborn phase at this very moment and then you feel as if the feeding, lack of sleep, spit up, feeding, and lack of sleep will last forevvvvver. It won’t!) that you often miss/forget how tiny, sweet, and helpless your little one was. I had this idea for commemorating a newborn with Z, but then poof – she was 3 and I never did it. So, I did it now for my baby M. I thought it would be fun to gather some memorable items from his newborn days and display them in a shadow box to hang on his nursery wall. I found a pretty cute shadow box 3 (maybe 4) years ago at Home Goods when I had this idea for Z so I just used that.

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I gathered a few items that I wanted to display (the outfit he wore home from the hospital, a mold of his tiny baby hand, and a bib from the hospital where he was born)…

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..and used the pins that came with the shadow box to display them.

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I added the photo from his handmade baby announcement and mounted it on paper.

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Voila, I have commemorated my (now just about 8 month old) newborn!

What to Wear for your Holiday Photos

I got a couple emails asking about our outfits in the holiday photos I shared earlier this week so I thought I’d put together a post of what the kids wore. I always love to put together holiday outfits for Z and was so excited to now have Baby M this year and the challenge of finding coordinating outfits for them – not too matchy patchy but definitely meant to go together. The first step was finding Z’s dress. She is really into girlie, frilly dresses lately and when I saw this dress by Joyfolie on super clearance on Gilt (I got it for less than $10!) I knew that was her Christmas dress. I also knew I wanted Baby M to be all gussied up in suspenders and a bowtie because, well, what’s cuter than that? So then I found this amazing woman on etsy who makes bows, bowties, and knits beautiful scarves (one of her scarves is definitely on my Christmas list this year!). I loved the tomato plaid for a pretty red and placed my order. I changed out the pink ribbon for red on Z’s dress and then found red sweaters for them both. And well, you know the rest – you’ve seen the photos! Ps. Hover below for links! You probably know that, but thought I’d share as the linked words are not quite as obvious on my new blog design.

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HERS:

1. Red Cardigan crewcuts. 2. Hair bow Lululuvs etsy shop. 3. Dress Joyfolie (from Gilt). 4. Glittery shoes Nordstrom (very similar). 5. Cable knit tights Old Navy.

 

HIS:

1. Pants with suspenders H&M (similar). 2. Bowtie Lululuvs etsy shop. 3. White Button down shirt babyGAP. 4. Shawl-Collar Red Cardigan Old Navy. 5. Herringbone Robeez Amazon (similar).

The Nursery!

I have been talking about showing you the baby’s nursery for weeks now and I am finally doing it! It’s been pretty much set but I was waiting to get a couple pieces of artwork up on the walls. I ordered prints from Society 6 that turned out to be odd sizes and had trouble getting just the right frames. But one is hung so I called it ready to be photographed! By the way…it’s a boy! I realized I had never formally announced that here on the blog so I thought I’d start with that because having a boy obviously helped decide the color scheme. I went with blue and green with a hint of gray for the color scheme of his room. I guess you could say the theme is polka dots, too since lots of things are polka-dotted in white. We painted the walls Cress Green by Behr paint, and by “we” I mean I picked the color and my husband did the painting.

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We used the nursery furniture from Z’s room (she already transitioned to a toddler bed and got a big girl dresser for her clothes) and then I found an adorable blue polka dotted changer pad cover at Land of Nod and that sort of confirmed the color scheme. You can see one of the prints I mentioned above called “Tickle Monster” and since we’re big ticklers in this house, we thought it was just perfect to hang here. Once baby brother is here, I will put a photo of the four of us in this polka dot frame you may recognize from a post a couple weeks ago (the print and frame aren’t hung yet but I wanted to include them in the shot anyway).

Changer pad cover – Land of Nod / Basket – Home Goods / “Tickle Monster” Print – Society 6 / DIY Polka dot frame / Gray chevron toy chest – Home Goods

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This is the cozy corner with a small bookcase (that needs some books!), lamp, and recliner chair that used to be in Z’s room. We bought the bookcase at an unfinished wood furniture store and my husband painted it. The second print is hung here above the bookcase – this one is of little superheros and the alphabet and it doesn’t look quite so tiny in person, must be the angle of the photo I took.

Recliner – Babies R Us / Green throw – Target / Bookcase – Unfinished Furniture Store / “Superhero Alphabet” Print – Society 6 / Lamp – old / Stuffed Dinosaur – Anthropologie

baby-boy-nursery-3For the one window in the room we used a simple white curtain rod to match the white trim with blue polka dot sheer curtain panels and a room darkening shade for naptime (pardon the old, ugly window AC unit!). I couldn’t find any curtain tiebacks I liked so I used green striped ribbon from a gift we received and made them myself. The rug was a lucky find on Gilt and is one of my favorite things in the room.

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Curtains – Land of Nod / Curtain rod – Bed Bath & Beyond / DIY Curtain tiebacks / “Play” Rug – Momeni rugs (found on a Gilt sale)

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And now – the accent wall! I thought it would be fun to use some wall stickers and polka dot one of the nursery walls, I just love how it came out! I found a matching crib sheet to the changer pad cover and a simple crib skirt to bring it all together. I think our little guy is going to LOVE his room!

Crib sheet – Land of Nod / Crib skirt – Target / Polka dot wall stickers – Brickyard Buffalo find / Floor lamp – Target / Dinosaur nightlight – Home Goods

 

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