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Introducing Lennon!! 10.02.2014

Hi everyone! Morgan, here. I thought it was high time that I introduced my newest little bundle to you all! You might’ve noticed I’ve been a bit absent lately and that is because 6 weeks ago, on August 18th, my husband, Dan and I welcomed our second son, Lennon, to the world!! We are so in LOVE with this little guy!! He weighed 8lbs 70z (4 oz bigger than his brother) and 20 inches long. Lots of people warned us how crazy it is moving from one kid to two, but for us, this second time around is feeling much more relaxed. Granted, we aren’t sleeping much (the little guy likes to eat frequently….all night long), but this time, we know it’s just a short phase and each phase goes by so quickly. I was pretty crazy with our first son, constantly reading parenting books, websites and blogs. I endlessly researched every little thing that was going on with our baby, but this time, I just feel like we are enjoying the ride a bit more!

In addition to the ones you see here, I’m sharing a few of Lennon’s newborn pictures over on 100 Layer Cakelet today, so make sure to hop over and say hello!

One thing that I had hoped for, but didn’t know if it would happen, was a close bond between Shaw, my older son, and Lennon and this has way surpassed my dreams. Shaw is absolutely the sweetest, most caring big brother! He literally runs into Lennon’s room to help me with every single diaper change. He wants to assist with getting Lennon in his car seat…and even will say to me, “Mom, make sure you get baby brother in first. Then me.”. It’s amazing. He wants to hold him, cuddle with him….Shaw even gets excited when I say it’s time for Lennon to do “tummy-time”. Shaw will lay on the floor next to him and clap when he lifts his head. Shaw frequently asks if his baby brother can sleep in his room with him…ah,  if only Shaw could feed him every 2 hours, I’d take him up on that in a heartbeat! ha.

So, I’m not trying to say it’s not crazy over here…because having two kiddos is definitely crazy and I most likely will never get anywhere on time again, but our house is filled with lots of love for this new little one! Pretty excited to introduce him to you all…welcome to the world, sweet Lennon!

I’m still working on Lennon’s nursery, but I’ll be sharing my style board of ideas soon and of course some pictures when it’s all done! All photos you see here were taken by the talented Allison of Allison Corrin Photography. Visit her facebook page for all her updates here.

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  1. Olivia

    Wonderful! It’s so neat to hear that Shaw is excited about his little brother. Congrats!!

    October 2, 2014 1:15 pm
  2. ampersand

    Oh thanks, Olivia :) – Morgan

    October 3, 2014 3:01 am

A Day in our crazy lives! 08.15.2014

Today, we’re really proud to be featured over on the KC Moms Blog as one (well, make that two) of Kansas City’s “Mompreneurs” ! There are a lot of us out there. Mothers who juggle raising a family and either starting or running a business at the same time. We always love hearing about how other women make it work, how they got started, and what drives them to keep going. So, we’re really honored to be able to answer some of those questions ourselves! It’s a crazy world, that’s for sure, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! Over on the KC Moms Blog, there’s a full interview featuring what a day in our lives actually looks like, what drives us and we talk a bit about that magic word, “balance”.
We were SO lucky to have Allison, of Allison Corrin Photography, stop by our studio in the KC Crossroads for a full interview AND photo session. Allison, a fellow mompreneur, and mother of FOUR, could not have been sweeter, and more patient. We sort of just wanted her to hang out there with us all day! She is such a talented photographer and was really able to capture what our day to day looks like (granted, we’re usually wearing a lot less make-up and flip-flops)! So, huge thanks to Allison for putting this all together! Make sure to check out her website and blog to see her beautiful work and more images from our shoot with her.
Also, if you aren’t already familiar with the KC Moms Blog and you’re a mom in KC….come on now, start following them immediately for intelligent articles, real-world mom advice, and all kinds of inspiring stories and tips! They’re on facebook and twitter, too!
One more thing, we are just the first of six in the “Mompreneur” Series! So make sure to find out about these awesome KC mompreneurs, too! Here are the dates you’ll find them on the KC Moms Blog: 8/15 Ampersand Design Studio (that’s us, but you already knew that), 8/22 The Yellow Peony, 8/29 Modern Makers, 9/5 SwimZip, 9/12 BadSeed, 9/22 The Busy Mom Cupcakes
All images by: Allison Corrin Photography (www.allisoncorrin.com)

Nursery Inspiration: Katherina’s Baby Girl 08.13.2014

Whoa, I’m having a baby?! If you’d asked me a few years ago about having kids I’d tell you I’m not so sure that’s happening. But with age comes changes and an unexpected desire to grow my family with my husband and two fur babies. What do you know, my parents were right. So here I am designing a nursery for our beautiful baby girl. And time is a-ticking!

I love nurseries that don’t necessarily scream “BABY!” when you walk into them. Not only do I love the more sophisticated looks and color palettes for nurseries but I think (and hope!) that the decor will last several more years before I’ll want to make the room feel more “grown up” for our little one. Is my nursery done? I wish! I put this moodboard together in hopes of helping me finish the room decor I have going before baby gets here. But let’s be honest, I will probably finish it several months after baby…if I’m lucky. Who finishes their nursery on time anyway?

-Katherina

Half-wall Painted Room  //  Etsy Shop Ice Cream Print  //  Ellos Wire Wastebasket  //  Room Inspiration  //  Land of Nod Horse Pillow  //  Land of Nod Heart Pillow  //  Land of Nod Pouf  //  Etsy Shop Felt Garland

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Morgan is gearing up for baby #2 07.18.2014

Hey everyone, Morgan here today. It’s taken me a couple of weeks to actually get this post up, so although it says 34 weeks on the wall, I’m currently sitting at 36 weeks pregnant with my second boy on the way!!!! I’m not even sure how it’s possible that I’ve already gotten to 36 weeks, but here I am, SUPER large and SUPER excited! There will be almost 4 years between my kiddos, so, at this point, I’m just hoping my husband and I remember what to do with a baby.

Although we wanted another child so badly, I had some anxiety about having another kid. I didn’t want to take any time or attention away from our son, Shaw. But Shaw couldn’t possibly be more excited to become a big brother, so that is already making this a much smoother transition! He has been dividing up his toys and books, letting us know which ones are for “little brother” and which ones he wants to keep in his room. He constantly talks about how he wants to keep little brother safe and take care of him. He hugs my belly and says that he just can’t wait any longer for him to get here!! Ahh…it melts my heart. This new little guy sure is lucky to have Shaw for an older brother. Let’s just hope things don’t do a 180 when the baby is actually here!

So, since I had a baby last, there are some new things out there that I have my eye on for baby, mama and for big brother and I thought I’d share them with you all!

1 // I have been loving the cool necklaces out there for teething babies! Such a brilliant idea to make something that is actually attractive to wear and will always be right around our neck, just where the baby always wants to be. Loving this silicone teething necklace from Mama & Little  2 // Shaw wasn’t always a fan of being carried in a sling or wrap and I feel like it was my fault for not getting him used to it early enough, so this time, I am determined to have a happy baby right next to me in this mint Solly Baby wrap as much as possible 3 // I remember how hard it is for little ones to keep their shoes on, and I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about these Freshly Picked moccasins (in Prince Georgie limited edition) 4 // I’m head over heels with the idea of being lucky enough to have another baby, so the title of this book, “You are my baby” gets my every time and I’ve been reading lots of the same books for three and a half years now, so we are ready for a refresh 5 // We used our UPPAbaby stoller every single day for a while but now that my son is more into riding his bike and scooters, I wasn’t sure if a double stroller was for us. Thankfully, the UPPAbaby makes this awesome skateboard style attachment called the “Piggyback” where my son can stand and ride along while the baby is in a bassinet or seat. SO excited about this 6 // Of course our new little one needs something to wear home from the hospital and this “Hi 5″ one-piece caught my eye. It’s going to be the middle of August when he arrives , so it will likely be 90 degrees or more, so a tank one-piece is perfect 7 // I’m a huge fan of Happy Habitat (not to mention this is Kansas City company) and I think having a baby is the best excuse to invest in a fun new blanket like this one. It’s a mini blanket, just the right size, called “Waves” and it’s just too fitting for my California-cool nursery!

  1. Ashley Spaulding

    I love reading about how Shaw is so excited to welcome a little brother… he’ll be the perfect age to show his brother everything he knows about life. That Happy Habitat blanket is darling… what fun! You look adorable, Morgan!!

    July 18, 2014 5:35 pm
  2. kathy

    Ooooh Morgan, that teething necklace is perfect! I love love it! Can’t wait to meet your little guy.

    July 18, 2014 5:36 pm
  3. Emily

    I absolutely love those teething necklaces. Definitely going to get one (or two).

    August 12, 2014 2:32 am

8 days a week: thanks for caroline ritter 03.20.2014

We found Caroline Ritter’s site, ‘Lina Bean, awhile back and fell in love with her beautiful designs for babies and kids. So, we were hopeful that she would lend her talents to our 8 Days a week project and were thrilled when she agreed. She created the stylish and functional pieces below in our fabrics and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Caroline sells crayon rolls and carry-alls like these in her shop along with many other adorable things like capes, ties and pillows. The craftsmanship on Caroline’s products is flawless and the crayon roll, in particular was a huge hit with Morgan’s son, Shaw. We love that it can roll up and be tucked in a purse or diaper bag to be used at restaurants or anywhere a busy toddler needs to be occupied. Both of these designs are Caroline’s own creations. We’re so impressed!

Thank you, Caroline, for sharing your talent with us! We love what you made with our fabrics!