Isaiah’s Under the Sea First Birthday Party

After Lauren’s beautiful baby shower in May, I was in a party planning slump which meant I ended up putting off planning Isaiah’s birthday party until the absolute last minute! The whole party pulled together only the week of the event, except for the invite of course.

I took some photos in my office of my favorite decorations before the party just in case something happened to them on the day of. I got a little caught up in them and they probably don’t really go for a first birthday but I love them nonetheless.

But first, I want to share the invite with you! It was so fun to work with such bright paint colors! And make the simple ocean illustrations all fit together like a big puzzle!

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And of course I had to paint up some Thank You cards to match! However, that did make me end up sending them months late! Just like this blog post, I’m always late nowadays! 😛

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While searching for Under the Sea birthday party ideas, I came across this saying about the ocean and loved it so much, I knew it needed to be on display at the party!

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I also came across these amazing glass bottles at Michael’s and of course I had to write all over it. I used lyrics from “Oceans” by Hillsong… it’s another one of those decor items that don’t really fit a kid’s birthday party but I just had to make it. My hands were itching to letter on this bottle!

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One very important part to any kid’s first birthday party invitation is the “achievement poster.” I loved going over all of our boy’s favorite things, collecting what’s near and dear to our guy and painting them all out. He made the perfect model as well! I had no idea what he was going to do posing with a poster over half his size but his little faces looking at his mama’s work was adorable.

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Finally, here are some photos from the actual birthday party day!

Our amazingly generous friend Anthony took the majority of these photos! It was such a relief to just be able to focus on Isaiah and not have to worry about documenting all these details! So thank you, Anthony!!

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And that’s the end of that! It was here and gone within a blink of an eye and now I have a 15 month old! But seriously, when do we stop counting months? Anyway, the day was such a joy. I love watching our boy be loved on by his family and friends. My heart just overflows.

Nine Month Old Isaiah

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Wow! This was a big month for our little babe! Isaiah is officially on the MOVE! After months of only being mobile by walking with our support, Isaiah [finally] can roll over from his back AND is scooting away away away! Of course, his favorite activity is still to walk around with our help. He loves being held but only if you are showing him something fun!

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Other favorite Isaiah tricks: reaches for you to pick him up, shakes his head no—but for no reason, and he looks up at the ceiling when you ask “where’s the fan?” He also will sometimes talk back to you in conversation, but the timing has to be just right.

He likes to explore everything, if you give him a bigger toy, he’ll most likely flip it over and examine the backside and bottom of it rather than play with it like it’s intended for. He just loves to explore anything and everything. I think we’re going to be in real trouble when he really does start walking!

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All of these things bring such a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. All Isaiah really has to do is blink and I fall more in love with him.

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Seven Month Old Isaiah

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Oh my little love.

What an eventful month!

We celebrated your first Christmas… if the magic of the Christmas season ever waned for me, it came back in full force multiplied by infinity this year. Even though you probably didn’t notice too much of a difference on that special day, your family was ever joyous to spend it with you. From the grandmas taking turns feeding you your lunch, matching each other bite for bite… or having all your second cousins running circles around you… or opening gift after gift… you just brightened our day ever more! Of course, you loved the wrapping more than the gift, but you were loving the gifts too!

You giggle so much more now. It is the most glorious, most amazing, most heartwhelming sound I’ve ever heard. Making you laugh gives me so much overflowing joy. The things we do to elicit that laugh can be pretty hysterical too. Sometimes I have more joy watching other people enjoy you and making you laugh more than watching you smile back. Bother views are pretty spectacular.

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One of your Christmas presents was a rolling walker… because you love to jump almost more than walking, at first you would only go backwards from your hopping… but after Grandma chased you, you got the hang of it and have been mastering it! Another thing you love to do with Grandma, hop down the stairs in her lap. I have lost count of how many times she has scooted down the stairs with you, but the joy you have from it is never lost on her or your audience. The squeals of joy make all of us smile and hope she never tires from continuous trips!

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Another way to get those amazing giggles is to tickle you… but not quite. That moment before you actually get tickled is your favorite. If we just hover our hands over you, you start to squirm and giggle but then will go straight faced once we start to tickle you.

We started experimenting with more food this month. You loved the sweet potatoes we started with which made us thing you were going to be an amazing eater, but turns out anything green from peas to avocado makes you gag. We keep trying in hopes that it will change though. You may think you are having a favorite like sweet potatoes or carrot, but there are some hidden greens in there my boy!

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I thought that the overwhelming love would fade. Not that I would love you less but I would have just gotten used to it. But I’m so glad it hasn’t. Each and every day you bring us so much joy. Each slobbery kiss and gummy smile, each squeal and giggle… they bring a euphoric joy that just keeps getting stronger. I love to love you.

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Photo by Jessica Rose

Six Month Old Isaiah

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I’m loving this age. Each and every day with you comes with new discoveries.

Overall you are one very happy baby at home. When we come get you from your crib, you give us the biggest smiles and you kick your legs in excitement. It’s the best and most joyous greeting. Sometimes it’s a race or an argument on who gets to go get you up. You, kid, are so loved.

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Admist all the busy-ness that you bring though, the calm sweet moments are some of my favorites as I know they are fleeting on your way to go-go-going! Like how you hold my wrist while I read books to you. Or how at the end of the day, just before you go to bed and as you are at the tail end of nursing, you stop eating and just stare at me with sleepy eyes. You stare at me until I smile at you. Your whole face lights up and we just stare at each other for a few brief moments before you go back to nursing. You may do this 3 or 4 times in a row but I melt every. Single. Time. Those sleepy last smiles of the day are becoming my new favorite thing. I want to freeze those moments and remember them forever.

Speaking of nursing, you require utmost silence to nurse. You give the dirtiest look to anyone who interrupts you eating. Even me! If I dare to try to take a sip of water.

Standing is your absolute favorite thing in the whole world. You stand up in our laps and open your mouth wide in happy wonderment saying “hey guys, look how big I am!”

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FINALLY, we started you on solids just days before you turned 6 months. You weren’t totally sure about it (rice cereal), but you realized any food is food and you’re one hungry growing boy. From that very first time, you thought if you took the spoon from us that maybe you’d get fed faster too. We sure love out little Chunkers!

A few more things I want to remember:
isaiah-6-months-bath-toes– babbling has become very serious. You furrow your brow and talk with your hand very close to your mouth but only because talking is during a brief moment where your hand isn’t in your mouth
– everything you touch goes in your mouth. Especially your toes, to my absolute delight!
– first cold. Such a trooper. Smiled through coughing and runny noses
– loves blankets and all kinds of fabric
– sticks foot in my armpit while nursing

Family photos by Jessica Rose.

Five Month Old Isaiah

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Another month has come and gone and here I am posting over 3 weeks late about our little man’s month-iversary….

The weekend you turned 4 months officially, everything changed. You literally grew up right before my eyes. You started playing with toys. You latched on to a monkey shaped teether (“Coco”) and a burp cloth to no end. You seemed to finally see the world around you and experience it in a whole new way. Now you just grab everything and in your mouth it goes. Even including my face 🙂 but I love your kisses!

If you don’t have a toy, then you like to fold your hands across your chest and kick your legs up. And then even that changed once you found your toes. A toy connected to your chubby little legs! How fun! And so cute!

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You always want to sit up if you’re even at a slight recline, you struggle to sit up all the way and once I hold you up, then you want to stand. And you sure love to stand. It’s wibbly wobbly, but your face lights up with big boy pride! You look around at us making sure we see your new trick. I see it, I see it all.

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Your dad loves to lift you high in the air. It’s a trick that’s sure to get those gummy smiles of yours. I’m always waiting nearby ready to clean up the spit up but I sure do love watching you two play together. The best of friends.

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Your sweet little coos have turned into deeper shouts and squeals. But we still hang on to every single word of those long monologues.

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A few other random things I want to remember:
– holds bottle on his own-ish
– you love blankets, mostly to chew on but you love to play with them too
– I left you for the first time, for more than a couple hours (your dad and I went out on a Disneyland date night)
– loud noises still startle him, even from the mouths of little friends 😉
– Superman for Halloween, spent the evening at your godparent’s house and slept through trick or treating in the Ergo with Grammy.

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Time is just flying by. I sure do love this age the best so far but I miss that little 6 pounder that fit so neatly in my arms. Everyday with you brings so much excitement, I look forward to each adventure!

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Four Month Old Isaiah

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Considering you will be 5 months old next week, I’m a little late in posting this. Thankfully I took good notes and wrote this out a few weeks ago because you have changed SO much since you turned 4 months. Every day brings us a new joy and discovery… but for now, I’m enjoying taking a look back on the month before:


You’ve found your hand, your fist and then your thumb. But you kinda prefer to alternate them all and end up with lots of eye pokes.
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For a time, you’d like to throw your right arm out and above your head, but end up with smacking yourself in the face. In just this past week, you’ve really figured out how to grab and hold things whether it’s a teething toy monkey or a blanket.
You’ve found your voice. Chats with you are my favorite. You rarely even interrupt but are always ready with a lengthy reply.
We heard your first laugh. It came and went so fast and I couldn’t wait to hear it again.
You’ve had your first Disneyland experience. Something I’ve been waiting for for as long as I can remember. We took you on Its A Small World for you first ride. Walt Disney and Mary Blair would have been proud! You seemed to like it at first, after all we are on a boat (another first!) and water is your favorite, but then your sleepiness kicked in and you kinda lost your cool. Your sleepiness overtook you for your second ride as well: Winnie the Pooh. Being able to take my very own baby to a place I’ve loved so deeply was so magical. Being part of the stroller pushing mamas, wow! I can’t believe I get to do that now!
You still get super excited about things and flail your arms up and down when you do. Add in your super big “crazy eyes” and we can’t help but get excited too! You love your Nemo jumper, especially when Sheldon the seahorse says a hearty “Hi Isaiah!” It almost guarantees your gummy bashful smile in return.
Bath time is still a highlight of the day. You’re almost growing out of your tub though so the kicks and splashes haven’t been as frequent! Now that you don’t hate getting out of the tub as much, snuggling up in your towel has become a lot more fun!
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Being your mama, son, is a privilege and an honor. Why God chose me for this joyful task, I will never know, but I will never stop thanking him for choosing me to raise you. Your smile and spark are contagious. Your curiosity in the smallest of things, like the polka dot lining on the Boppy, makes me wonder and makes me so excited to show you the world.

Three Month Old Isaiah

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Our little Isaiah is now 3 months old! It feels like so much longer than that yet as though he was born yesterday.

So much has stayed the same from last month… You still love your baths. You still take short naps, but now sleep in 5-9 hour stretches at night. Your daddy is still your favorite person in the world, but I think I’m gaining on him (little by little). Your farts can be heard from space and require about 3 diaper changes to get through the morning. Your little “laughs” and smiles still bring me the biggest joy….

What I want to remember about you most right now:
– your big gummy smiles in the morning
– your big stretches after nap time
– those big eyes staring out at the world when I’m wearing you in the Ergo (even if my hope was for you to be napping)
– the way you chew on your hands and blow little spit bubbles
– the immense joy you bring to your parents and grandparents
– the fun you have kicking your legs, especially when you get so into it that you flail your arms and scrunch up your face
– and when you do that kicking in the bath and splash water everywhere!
– speaking of baths, besides those morning smiles, your nightly baths are my favorite time of the day.
– and finally, I love that you see us now, really see us. Locking eyes with you makes my heart flutter.

You’ve had your first vacation, your first dip in the pool and the first taste of the ocean. You’ve been covered in more kisses than I could ever count. You’ve completely changed my life, and for the better.

You’re my little love, my stink butt, my joy.

With each month being better than the last, I can’t even imagine the fun in store, my love!

My Nautical Baby Shower

I’m seriously the luckiest girl in the whole wide world to get to have these amazing baby showers thrown for my little guy! This post is about my nautical themed shower thrown by my best friend, Amie! Her attention to detail was impeccable, there were things I missed in person that I only just now noticed looking at the photos!

Of course, she didn’t do it alone… I’m so thankful for all the girls who helped her plan, craft, and set up that day! And to her hubby for his help in “crafting” and her mama for watching her kiddos and more!

Every corner of the backyard was decorated, it was truly amazing!

This backyard may look familiar to you if you’re a long time reader…  it has graciously hosted many the event, such as Brittany’s lavender bridal shower and Amie’s cherry blossom shower.

Of course, we have to start with the invitation. Amie found these PERFECT invites on Etsy… but she let me address the envelopes! I was so excited to get to help in this small way!

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Isaiah’s nursery is nautical themed so Amie used his room as inspiration for colors and the overall look. But she took is so far above anything I could have dreamed of. View her Pinterest board here.

When you walked up to the house, this table greeted you! Each guest was asked to leave me a message with words of encouragement as I enter motherhood.

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Once I got into the backyard, I just couldn’t believe my eyes. There was so much to look at!

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The tables were each set with a different centerpiece…

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Behind the guest tables, sat the gift table and this amazing fabric banner.

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But before you got to the guest tables, you had to walk by this darling drink table! Some of these decorations are from my office and Isaiah’s room too!

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Some of my favorite decorations though were under the pergola where the food table was… which by the way, the food was amazingly delicious!!

Amie’s husband BUILT the boat centerpiece. It was incredible.

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How cute are these little boats that hung above the pergola! I’m still trying to think of a way to hang the garland in his room because they are just so cute and perfectly rustic!

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Sams Nautical Baby Shower Food SignPlus the main entree of chicken salad croissant sandwiches were made to look like crabs. Cuteness overload!

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A lot of the graphics were revised by my friend Courtney from a set I bought off Etsy here.

Guests that brought diapers (THANK YOU!!!) were entered into a drawing for a prize. The saying on the tickets was so perfectly themed.

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And lastly, the shower favors were homemade bath salts! Amie bought this container of Epsom salt from Hobby Lobby and then followed the instructions, like adding essential oils to the salt, to make the bath salts.

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Thank you so much to my hostess with the mostest, my Amie Belle! You really outdid yourself! I couldn’t be more thankful for such a perfect day to celebrate my son!

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And a big thanks to all my friends and family that attended. My boy is so loved and I couldn’t be more appreciative for each and every one of you!

 

Two Month Old Isaiah

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In a blink of an eye (definitely less than 40 winks), my little 6 pounder of a newborn has magically transformed into a (over 9 pound) happy and smiling 2 month old who is chunking up all over the place!! His little scrawny arms and legs are gaining “biceps” and rolls. They may be tiny, but they are on their way to be mighty!

His second month of life was just as interesting as the first… the best part was getting to see our sweet baby look us in the eyes and light up with a smile. I thought I had got all those hormonal cries out of my system, but the first time I saw my babe smile at someone (great grandma Carol!), I just about bawled my eyes out. I love to see the joy our boy brings to so many people. It’s truly amazing and I’m so lucky to be this boy’s mama.

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The worst part of the month was finding out at his one month checkup that he may have pyloric stenosis… after he vomited ALL OVER the doctor’s office. We had to get an ultrasound straight away… but thankfully all that came back fine and the doctor determined that Isaiah has GERD. However, Isaiah’s mama thinks that all this is quite an overreaction to a one time vomiting incident…

ANYWAY, all that to say…. this month can be viewed in 2 parts. The first half was dealing with a very fussy Isaiah, but that second half of smiley Isaiah made it all worth it. We got through the worst part of the month which only left some amazing and fun weeks to be had. Not only does Isaiah give us some big gummy smiles, but he makes these cute little “laughs” when he gets excited and he kicks his leg like he’s running to catch one last ride at Disneyland before it closes. My heart just bursts at the thought of it. Everyone said the first 6 weeks were the toughest, but I had no idea how rewarding the time right after those 6 weeks would be.

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Isaiah may have hated baths to start with, but once we figured out a good water temperature, he has grown to LOVE them. He’s just starting to smile and kick around in them, but for the most part he just relaxes in the water. He closes his eyes like he’s at the spa for the day. Just these past few days, we’ve even been putting just his legs in a partially filled sink to calm him down and it works like a charm.

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He still loves to be outside. Another tactic to calm the fussy baby. During that tough 5th week, walks outside were my go to way to calm the babe. When he’s in my arms, he just stretches out his neck as far as he can and takes it all in.

One last thing to mention that Isaiah loves… his daddy. Only Andy can get him to sleep by singing and he gets the best smiles out of him. He just lights up for him. It’s the cutest and sweetest thing—even though I am SO jealous!

We’re still struggling with napping… we alternate between his swing, his carseat/stroller, and the Ergo during the day… but his sleeping at night in his crib has steadily gotten better and better. Just this past week, he has slept in 5 hour stretches to start! You guys, I slept for at least 4 hours in a row! It was AMAZING!

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Our list of nicknames has grown… Peach Fuzz (one day you’ll have hair, baby boy), Wolverine (one day your mom will get better at cutting your ever growing and long fingernails), and Dad’s favorite: Bog of Eternal Stench (those farts of yours are LOOOOUD and boy do they stiiiiink!).

It’s crazy to think of those rough first 6 weeks now that we are on the other side. I already miss so much of it… after that first night where he slept 5 hours straight, I (deliriously) thought to myself, but doesn’t he need me more often than that?! I’m so thankful he’s growing and growing so well, but wow did that go by fast (edited to add, after I wrote this on Sunday, he only slept for 2 hours at a time all night so we’re not quite there yet :P). I can only imagine how quickly the months and years to come will fly by. So for now, I will savor his sweet sleepy cuddles, hold on to him just a bit longer while he fits snuggly in my arms, and wake up with a smile as I get up in the middle of the night when I hear him crying out for his mama (edited to add: I thought of my writing these words when he was getting up every 2-3 hours on Sunday night and it did help, thanks me for reminding me to love it ALL). Being this boy’s mommy makes me so happy, so blessed, and so overcome with a joy I never knew.

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To the boy that has changed my life, my heart, and my soul forever… I will love you forever and ever from this time that you fit in my arms to the time you are grown taller than me. That day will be here before we know it, so from now until then, I will continue to cherish each and every moment—the crazy times and the wonderful—with you by my side.

Baby Isaiah’s Newborn & Nursery Photos, and Birth Announcement

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I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life to have these photos done… I just can’t believe these are of MY baby. And they are just so darn cute. I love them all so much!

My friend Jess came over when Isaiah was 6 days old to take these in his nursery. We were in the process of moving and thankfully were able to have his very first room documented like this. To say we love the photos would really be an understatement, but what has also been tugging on my heart is the love from behind the camera. Coming from experience as an auntie/photographer, seeing how Jess saw my son through her lens and having it captured on “film” is just so special to me. You can read her own blog post on the photos here.

Maybe you all can help me pick which ones to frame because I really just can’t decide!

And please stay tuned to the end of the post where I’ve shared the birth announcement photos!

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The white blanket Isaiah is laying on here was knit by my grandmother… I love that little detail! (Rug is from Target)

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I mean come on! Look at those lips!

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We’ve been calling him Monkey Toes since the hospital… as he rested propped up on my legs in bed, he grabbed my bottom lip with those toes. It’s hard to tell here how long those little toesies are when fully extended!

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2 days after these photos were taken, we moved! His room was the last to pack up in hopes that we would bring him home to his first nursery rather than the new house. Thankfully, we had one very sweet week with him in our first home.

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I looooooved his nursery! It was and still is my favorite room in either house! Even though it is highly unfit for a child right now with some of the decorations… those will be removed in time though! Childproofing comes later right?

The crib and changing table are from Babies R Us. The crates (from Michaels) and the lumber for the wall (Lowe’s) were purchased as raw wood and then stained by my hubby and in laws before installing in the room. That wonderful mirror we stumbled across at Hobbly Lobby. How perfect is that?!

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The very next morning after finding out we were having a boy, we started pinning ideas for his nursery. My main focus was collecting art for a gallery wall. I was so excited to purchase art from some of my favorite artists that I’ve been following for years!

The two top prints on the left are from Handlettering Co. The “Skillful Sailor” print was actually purchased last summer in Montana! We had no place for it at all but loved it so much. Little did we know that less than a year later it would be the centerpiece for our baby’s nursery!

The far right print is from This Paper Ship. The far left map was purchased as a plain wood hanging from Michael’s and then I handpainted the map on it in gold leaf paint. The small knick knacks are from Hobby Lobby… Captain Hook and Neverland map prints are both from Etsy! Whew!

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Thank you Auntie Jess for all these photos and memories! We love you so much!


For Isaiah’s birth announcement, I really had NO idea how to get started designing it. There was a lot of pressure on me too (from myself) after having designed so many other birth announcements. I of course wanted to handletter on it, but with my writing being so girly, I found some smaller ways to add it without making it too feminine. Plus I hand-addressed all the envelopes so that was added fun! I really love how it came out, from the photos to the small design details. Like the compass and arrows on the back and the diamond shaped pattern that I traced from the rug in his room. I just love how it came out and I hope you do too!

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Notice the pattern on the far right side…? That’s traced from the rug in his nursery 🙂

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Isaiahs Birth Announcement Envelope Addressing

I SO enjoyed addressing all the envelopes to mail these out. It was my creative outlet during nap times 🙂

And I loved getting to design my very own address stamp after crafting nearly a hundred for others through my shop. I went for a fully handwritten and whimsical design. Hopefully the post office can read it for any returned mail!

Isaiahs Birth Announcement Address StampIsaiahs Birth Announcement Address Stamp 2

The end!! This really could have been split into 3 separate posts but who has time for that!?