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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

Getting ready for Baby #2 08.23.2013

Carrie here. I am coming to you live from week 38 (and a half, but who’s counting) of pregnancy with baby #2. I am so excited, but I essentially feel like I have a little ticking time bomb attached to me at this point. :) I could go into labor at any moment so I’m scrambling to get ready. I thought I’d share a few little round-ups with you over the next few days of things I’m doing to prepare for our new arrival. I’ll start with some of the (very few) items we’ve gotten for baby. With this being our second, and not knowing the gender, we haven’t really purchased very much. Plus, we’re kind of in limbo right now in our house as we prepare for a remodel. So, our nursery this time around basically consists of a set of tupperware drawers in our bedroom and a few drawers taken over in Emmett’s room next door. Not a lot of real estate for extra stuff, but we’re banking on the baby not giving that too much thought.

Not knowing whether we’ll be having a boy or girl, we need to be prepared with twice as many names (not so easy for us this time around, for some reason) and also like having 2 going home outfits ready at the hospital. How cute are these striped and checkered options? and every mom baby needs a new toy or two. Socks are something that you can never have enough of and half of the pairs we had last time around are down to one sock. I took Emmett out to pick something special for the new baby and he went straight to his old favorite, Sophie the Giraffe. I thought it was sweet to see him pick something he had loved so much for his new baby sister/ brother. We used these sleep sacks so much the first time around that the velcro is almost wearing out so we got an extra (much more fun now that they even have cute patterns). And… once we do finally have a nursery for this little one, I can’t even resist the cuteness of this canvas! Noticing that baby #2 is going to be subjected immediately to my love of color and pattern. I guess it’s best to get him/ her used to it right off the bat!

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  1. Bear Creek Quilting Company

    Congrats! I look forward to watching posts for your arrival announcement and of course a baby picture. ~Shari

    August 23, 2013 10:28 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks so much, Shari! We will definitely be keeping you posted with pics when the baby arrives!

      August 26, 2013 2:16 am

to & from magazine // spring 2013 gift picks 04.19.2013

Did you see the latest issue of To & From? It’s all things for Spring 2013 including gift ideas for graduation, mother’s day, father’s day, wedding, baby shower and birthday! We are so honored to share our picks for a baby shower for “The Color Lover”! So, ya know, basically we were shopping for ourselves! ha! But if you are anything like us, and can’t get enough color lately, this is YOUR list. And if you have a soon-to-be-mama girlfriend who embraces all things rainbow, we have your one stop gift-shop! Find our colorful baby shower must-haves on pg. 96 & 97!

Thanks to Megan & Katie, the genius duo behind To & From for featuring us!

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  1. megbiram (@megbiram)

    Your spread was so cute & colorful! Thanks for curating!!!

    April 19, 2013 8:15 pm

The Honest Co pinning party: strawberries! 04.17.2013

Happy Wednesdays, friends! We had so much fun with The Honest Company‘s hippos pinning party last week, that we’re at it again tonight at 8pm CST for another round of pinning. They have another new diaper pattern and this time it’s STRAWBERRIES! We’ll be teaming up with Making it Lovely, Cupcake Magazine, Move Lifestyle, Modern MomThe Land of Nod, Serena & Lily, Gardenista, MomTrends, The Party Dress, Weelicious and Wiley Valentine to pin all all kinds of strawberry goodness! We are loving the idea of a strawberries nursery theme. Too sweet! So hop over to pinterest and check out the fun at 8pm CST! Come pin with us!



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