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Ampersand for 02.03.2014

Well, this is one that we couldn’t be more thrilled about!!! is one of our all-time favorite baby & kids shops – we fell in love with the entire store on one of our first trips to NYC together! Morgan was pregnant at the time and was in awe of every item in the store. We instantly appreciated their carefully curated selection of modern products! We don’t have a bricks and mortar store in Kansas City, so now, each time we go to New York, Giggle is always on our list of must-stop shops to bring gifts home for our little ones!

Needless to say, we are absolutely honored and beyond excited that Giggle chose our artwork to be included in their small selection of baby and kids decor!! If you are lucky enough to have a store in your city, stop by and check it out, but if not, here are the links online!!

ABC Animalia Canvas Wall Art // ABC Animalia Growth Chart // ABC Animalia Night Light // Trip to the City Wall Art – Framed Print

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Babikins Magazine feature 01.21.2014

Have you guys seen Babiekins Magazine yet?  We’re pretty much in love. It’s the perfect magazine for a modern mom!!!! The photography is so refreshingly current, the editorial is always worth the read and us adults could learn a few tips from the kid fashion features!  We got a hold of a couple of images from the current issue….it only makes us want to see MORE! are we right?
So needless to say, we were pretty stoked to spy our neon yellow ampersand print in a nursery feature in print issue #3! First of all, incredible job at framing the ampersand print and secondly, we are just flattered to have a print amongst all this cool styling! We sort of want this nursery to be our own room! PS- it’s the nursery of Danni Remender, who happens to be the creative director at Fawn Shoppe, so there’s not surprise that it’s perfection! We’ll be heading out to pick up a physical copy tomorrow to see the rest of this perfect little room! Thanks for the feature, Babiekins!
If you want to pick one up for yourself, the major stores are Target, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million,, the largest bookstore Canada- Chapters and of course Babiekins website! If you find something else you love in there, share it with us and @babiekinsmag with #Babiekinsmagprint3!


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15% OFF at Land of Nod 11.26.2013

Just in case you missed yesterday’s post, we wanted to make sure you saw that we have a really special treat for you all from Land of Nod! We genuinely love their products and are so thrilled to be partnering with them! Seriously wishing for each of the things above! Just look at that tent, we only wish it was big enough for adults, too!

So if you have some holiday shopping to do, head over to The Land of Nod and use promo code AMPGALS at checkout for 15% off through November 27th. Enjoy!!!!

introducing sydney 10.04.2013

So, today marks 4 weeks that we’ve had the pleasure of knowing our little lady, Sydney, and I thought it was high time I formally introduce her! Having a girl was a huge surprise to me as I was certain she was going to be a boy! That makes me 0 for 2 in guessing the sex of my babies, and in both cases, I felt “completely sure” I knew. Hearing her cry for the first time was the best feeling! I had been skeptical while I was pregnant that I could ever love another baby ask much as my first and I was delighted to discover that your love really does just multiply (many people had told me this, but it was something I had to feel to believe). I was also concerned about how Emmett would handle having a sibling, and while he’s acting out here and there, none of it is directed at “Syd-Syd” as he likes to call her. He’s even let us know that she is his “best buddy,” and he gives her kisses and hugs that make me wonder if she’ll survive out of infancy. Life has felt a bit chaotic as we adjust to life as a family of four, but we are just crazy in love with our little crew and thanking our lucky stars for them every day! —Carrie

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  1. Megan

    This is so sweet. Makes me even more excited for my first baby boy, Liam to become a big brother to a lil girl next month! I share some of your same concerns, but stories and tips like this set me more and more at ease.

    One questions I have – how quick did you have big brother, Emmett come meet Sydney?

    October 4, 2013 6:01 pm
    • ampersand

      Megan! I’m so excited for you to have your little girl! Liam will be such a good big brother! I had Syd late Friday night and we had Emmett up Sunday morning. I was so ready to see him Saturday, but I ended up having to have a c-section and didn’t want him to be freaked out that I couldn’t get up and move around very well and was basically just not myself. You will love having a girl and boy! It is a pretty great combo! Hang in there in this last month!

      October 7, 2013 3:24 pm
  2. Bear Creek Quilting Company

    Adorable and beautiful! Congratulations to you and your beautiful family. ~Shari

    October 4, 2013 10:49 pm
    • ampersand

      Shari! Thank you so much! :) We are feeling very fortunate!

      October 7, 2013 3:27 pm
  3. Olivia

    How lovely, congratulations!! I’ve wondered the same thing about having a second baby, so it’s reassuring to hear your story.

    October 6, 2013 11:59 am
    • ampersand

      Olivia! Thank you! I was sure that I wouldn’t be able to ever love another one as much as my son, but it really does happen! My husband reminded me that I also thought I wouldn’t be able to love our first as much as I loved the cats when I was pregnant with him. :) Funny how your perspective shifts!

      October 7, 2013 3:30 pm

Getting Ready for Baby #2 08.26.2013

Carrie here, still hanging in there at 39 weeks today! As we have gotten closer and closer to our due date one thing that I continue to think about is how having another baby will affect Emmett. It is so hard for me to imagine him not being our only little guy. I get really sentimental thinking that I’ll have less one-on-one time with him so soon. I just want to do everything I can to make the transition as positive as possible.

One thing I think will really win him over are a few gifts from the baby, namely a new Thomas engine that he has been wanting for months. I think a new big brother shirt will make him feel important, too! Then, I also rounded up a little goody bag of things to keep him entertained while we’re in the hospital. Plus, I’m hoping these will come in handy when I’m tending to the baby and don’t have a free hand. Some activities I threw in there: crayons, stickers, a sticker book, scented bubbles, a magna doodle, color wonder markers and activity book and then a few snacks. We’ve been talking a lot about him being a big brother and having been trying to talk up the special things he gets to do since he’s a “big boy” and this book has been a good one for helping with that. I’d love to hear any advice for introducing a new baby to an older sibling. A few good things I’ve read are to not be holding the baby when the older sibling comes to visit in the hospital for the first time, but to have him/ her in the bassinet instead, and also that we should record their first meeting. I love both of those ideas!

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  1. Megan

    It makes me teary-eyed just reading your words that reflect my own thoughts about bringing baby #2 into our family. I’m beyond thrilled for her to join us, but worry about Liam and am desperately trying to soak in these last few months of him being an only child.

    We’ve been reading him that very same book and he loves it! He goes to the bookshelf to get the “baby” book and squeals on every page at the baby. I hope he’ll remain this happy about babies once the real one gets here! :)

    Can’t wait for your little one to arrive – hang in there the last couple days!


    Megan from Chasing Davies

    August 27, 2013 4:48 pm
    • ampersand

      Megan! It is nice to hear that I’m not the only one struggling with going from one to two kiddos a little bit. I will let you know how it goes for us (any day now!) It sounds like Liam will be such a great big brother! So cute he is loving the book. Emmett kind of goes back and forth about having a little brother/ sister. I feel like it’s just so much for their little minds to process for so long. Good luck in the last few months! I’m excited for you guys! xo, carrie

      September 4, 2013 4:32 am
  2. introducing sydney | Ampersand Design Studio

    [...] people had told me this, but it was something I had to feel to believe). I was also concerned about how Emmett would handle having a sibling, and while he’s acting out here and there, none of it is directed at “Syd-Syd” as [...]

    October 4, 2013 6:02 am