Monday, August 18, 2014

One Month Old!

Our Sophie turned one month old on the 14th!  We celebrated with a  trip to the zoo, complete with a ride on the carousel.  We also managed to fit in a trip to Bagels Forever!

 Breakfast sandwiches for Mommy and Daddy! 


 Of course we chose the badger for her first ride! 


Hanging out with the penguins… Sophie is really into it.

Hanging out at home with Red Dog and Purple Hippopotamus (we took this same picture when she was just a few days old)




We ended the day with a fashion show/dance party featuring the onesies made by Lia and Elsworth for the baby shower.  I also made up a joke: 

What song do they play at baby Halloween parties? 

Boo, Baby Baby!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Announcing Your Pregnancy, Library-Style

1.  Gather some basic materials: 

Plain notecards (the kind that don't open) and envelopes

Book pockets and date due slips (we ordered ours from Demco); do yourself a favor and order more book pockets than you think you'll need for this project.  You'll likely find lots of uses for them!  These are the same pockets we've used for Advent calendars.  

An ink pad and date stamp (also from Demco)

Heart-shaped printable stickers 

2.  Stick the book pockets to the notecards.  




 3.  Find a typewriter (you might have to get special permission to use one in the back room of a library where you worked 10 years ago) and complete the title and author fields on the date due slips.  Use the date stamp to add your baby's due date to the "Date Due" column.






 4.  Add a date due card to each book pocket, and put each notecard in an envelope.




5.  Print the call number for books about babies (there are several; just choose one and know that no one is going to correct you, at least not out loud) on the heart-shaped stickers, and seal the envelopes with the stickers.


6.  Pop the cards in the mail and wait for a delighted response from friends and family! 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Best Baby Shower Ever!

Karl and I knew from the beginning that we wanted our baby shower to be fun.  As in, no awkward games involving measuring my belly.  And we wanted to invite everyone, not just ladies who happen to love finger sandwiches.  Nothing against finger sandwiches, of course.  And nothing against ladies, but we happen to also like hanging out with children and men.  So we decided on a barbecue picnic in a park.  Our families were gracious enough to indulge our request, and they went above and beyond to throw a picturesque shower that we absolutely loved.  

Elsworth and Lia did all of the decorations and centerpieces.  They could not have been more perfect!  The park shelter was pretty rustic/brown, so we wanted to jazz it up with some color.  Check out these gorgeous tissue paper pom-poms:


 Karl was a natural pom-pom fluffer.  You'll notice that I'm not actually helping in any of these pictures... that's because I was too busy eating cake.  True confession: I ordered a separate cake just to have at home that weekend.  We'll chalk that up to being pregnant, but honestly I probably would have done that no matter what the occasion was.  And it was so worth it.  



Hanna and Chad during a team-building exercise called "hanging up pom-poms." 


Here they are, all hung up!  This picture really doesn't do them justice.  Imagine the most beautiful decorations ever, and that's what these looked like.  



Centerpieces were little beach pails full of candy... and there were adorable striped paper bags for people to fill with treats to take home!  

Speaking of photos that don't do their subjects justice... Elsworth and Lia made these amazing embroidered onesies to hang up.  Here's a slightly better picture, taken at home later: 





 Who doesn't love to predict baby details?



Hanna coordinated this craft station for adults (kids were welcome to jump in, too, but hot glue was involved).  We ended up with a beautiful bouquet of fabric flowers for the baby! 

The set-up crew... Chad, Lia, Elsworth, and Hanna


 Karl's mom and dad grilled brats and did a great job keeping everyone fed!  Did I mention that we had 85 guests?  85 guests x 2 brats per person (hello, this is Wisconsin!) = a lot of work on the grill!


My mom (who took most of the pictures, which is why she's not in them... I think she does that on purpose!) rocked the desserts and drinks, as well as the paper goods, which were super cute but unfortunately went un-photographed.  Next time we have a baby shower I'll have to take many more pictures!  We had cake and ice cream (And ice cream cones!  Super fun.  Every baby shower should have ice cream cones.), lemonade, and beer.  Once again, this is Wisconsin, people.   


 One detail that I loved (and so did our little friend, K) were these sweet polka-dotted nut cups filled with nuts and chocolate.  I've always loved nut cups, but these were the cutest ones ever.

Many thanks to our families and friends for such a perfect shower!  Everyone was so generous and thoughtful, and of course we loved having a chance to see so many of the people we love the most.  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Nursery in Progress!

It's a miracle... we were able to somehow clear out our guest room/office/craft room/catch-all room!  We're quickly filling it up again, though... here's a little sneak peek at the nursery as it's coming together:


Book truck changing table!  


Don't worry, the card catalog isn't missing a drawer.  One drawer is with our friend Jenn, who is helping us refinish the sides and bottom of the catalog.


My mom made this beautiful alphabet flower embroidery!  



Karl did an awesome job building a closet system from scratch for the baby's closet; the paint is still drying and we have a few things to add, but let me just say that it is totally perfect and a huge improvement over the two bowed plywood shelves that were in there before.  

Soon we'll have a little person to plunk into this room!  We'd better enjoy the peace and quiet now... 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Baby Shower by Mail, Take Two!

You might remember the Baby Shower by Mail my college friends and I threw for our friend Mara back in 2010 (was it really that long ago?!).  Now that Baby Struckmeyer is on the way, the same girls have taken it upon themselves to keep our mailman busy!



I videotaped myself opening all of the gifts, but it turns out I'm technologically challenged (wait, we already knew that), so the footage is stuck on our videocamera for the rest of time.  This sub-par photo of all of their wonderful gifts will have to do!  An itty-bitty sweatshirt from our alma mater... a Garfield hat and nightlight (I sort-of-jokingly have said from the beginning that I wanted to do a Garfield nursery theme, which would be completely hilarious, but somehow I haven't been able to convince Karl)... the world's best Annie book (we had the same one when I was growing up)... lots of adorable onesies and sleepers... beautiful wooden toys... chocolate bars, which went straight into the hospital bag... and lots of other thoughtful, perfect gifts. 

I'm so lucky to have these ladies as friends, and our baby is even luckier to have so much love coming from all directions!  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Staff Lounge Reveal

Last but not least: How to surprise your co-workers!  

Make a little cardboard oven out of a shoebox (there are tutorials online, but I thought it was way simpler to just wing it... the oven door is made of a page protector, in case you're wondering).  


 It's fun if the oven door can actually open and close!  



Inside the oven, put a picture of the expectant parents, along with a Date Due slip (which is especially perfect if you work at a library). 


Order a bunch of morning buns from the local bakery.  Pick them up early in the morning, and get to work before anyone else.  Set up the oven and the buns in the lounge...