Baby Box!

3What do new moms want? FOOD. And not to have to think about what to eat and how to hunt/gather/cook/clean it up. So many amazing friends brought us dinner via a Mealtrain that one of my best friend’s organized after Press was born, and Marc and I could not have been hungrier or happier every night when a smiling face walked through the door with a delicious dinner. It’s such a great idea because 1) you get fed and 2) you get to see people besides your immediate family and favorite television stars. But then they leave. And then it’s baby blur fest nighttime, and then morning and you’re alone and starving. One of my friends offered to bring us a second dinner after the meal train was over, and I looked at her and straight up said, “You know what? That would be great, but what I really want is BREAKFAST.” She is such a good cook and so creative and brought over an amazing box of breakfast goodies. It was the PERFECT meal gift, and so I mixed it up a bit and have been making these baby boxes for a few months now (especially if there isn’t a Mealtrain to get involved in). Sometimes I miss a new mommy baby box (sorry!) because… 8 month old. And wedding season. But mostly 8 month old. So blame Press. I dare you 🙂 ANYWAY, I digress. I finally got around to photographing one of these baby boxes, and voila! 7 2 1 4 5 8

 

This box is for a boy, so I picked this turquoise chevron box. To be honest, girl boxes are wayyyy more fun to pick out, but I thought this one was pretty damn cute.
Before I had a baby, I got my friends post-baby gifts like Veuve and US Weekly. Bitch, PLEASE. Ain’t no new mom got time for that! Here is my much improved list (I buy local products as much as possible, so sub in your own brands!)

Box: Paper Source (shoebox size) || Wolfermann Blueberry English Muffins || Bonne Maman Strawberry Jam || Hippie Chow Cafe Blend Granola || Shatto Butter || Chobani Strawberry Banana Yogurt || Simply Orange Juice (because these bottles are just too cute) || Dunkin Donuts Hazelnut Coffee (a Radasky fave)

Oh. Em. Gee. What Day Is It?

I have learned a few things since having a baby. 1) It’s f*cking hard and 2) It’s f*cking awesome. I feel like I had heard talk of sleepless nights but didn’t really get it until that first night when we brought HPR home. I had no idea what I was doing (still don’t 99.9% of the time) and when he woke up to eat a few hours after he had fallen asleep that first night, I freaked out. OHHHH NO. Oh, no. I knew this was going to happen. He’s nocturnal. Welp, I better entertain him, I thought, in my infinite wisdom. I took him into the nursery (hands down the most stimulating room in our house  the universe) and proceeded to try to teach him the alphabet (I’m not kidding). Thank goodness my adorable husband suggested we get a night nurse, because that woman saved my life. I still had to wake up in the middle of the night to pump (sorry for the intimate sharing), but I could function as a slightly normal human every other day, and was able to learn things from her that I could have never figured out on my own, especially in my sleep deprived state. So once I regained a little sense of reality, it was back to work. Working for yourself is great in the sense that you have so much control over your schedule and creativity, but difficult when you have a little baby around that needs you (and that, honestly, you just want to cuddle all. the. time!). I’m so lucky that I don’t have to go to work in an office and leave him, but some days I wish I had that easy separation of “I’m at the office working now” and “I’m home and I’m a mom now”. Grass is always greener kind of thing. So, baby has been toted around in the Baby Bjorn to all sorts of meetings, and it’s only slightly embarrassing when I go to grab my iPad and hit the trigger on a toy that starts singing “Old MacDonald”. Anyway, the point I’m getting around to is WOW having a baby is a big adjustment that I was in no way prepared for. How did I not understand my life would be 100% different? There are NO words to describe how amazingly blessed I feel every single time he looks at me or even just crosses my mind. When he smiles, my mind literally empties and nothing but happiness bursts through my body, and when he cries (which isn’t that often *knocking on wood even though I probably just jinxed myself*), I love scooping him up in my arms and trying not to laugh at the funny expression he makes when his little lips turn down in the stereotypical “sad face”. I am almost obsessed with watching him learn to roll and read and discover things daily. Putting him down at night and going into his room in the morning are the best times of my day (Disclaimer: since he has been sleeping through the night. Before that, they were the most stressful times of my day). I have a wonderful, supportive, loving, interesting, intelligent, fun husband who is the greatest father I could ever have imagined, and a business working with people and designing all sorts of wonderful paper and events for happy times in their lives. Life is sweet and God is so so good. That being said. Things that used to take me hours now take me days. How did I not take advantage of all of my free time pre-baby?!  Could NO ONE have sat me down, looked me in the eye, and said, “Enjoy just locking your door and jumping in your car and running errands when you feel like it. Because that will be gone. Gone.” Or, “Do you like to shower? Because luxuries like that are a thing of the past. Think you’re going to brush your teeth every morning? Who are you? The Queen of England?” There was a particularly difficult balancing situation in the Target bathroom last week. Naps have become my freedom, and I am learning to PRI-oritize what needs to be done in those few precious hours. It’s all a balancing act that is so FREAKING frustrating when I need to get things done, but also so FREAKING satisfying when I learn how to work it all in. Seriously. I feel like a badass some days. And some days I feel like a gutter rat. Babies, huh?  Even though we have established a pretty good schedule, I never know what each day is going to bring. It has taken me months to get back to this blog, because my current clients and projects take priority during naptime, and at the end of the day, all I want to do is crawl into bed. So I made myself compromise. I will blog at least once a week. That’s all. If I hit 2 days, awesome. 3 days, I’ll pretty much be a super hero. Bar. Lowered. I am also going to be blogging more frequently about my life than I used to, along with all the fab things I come across that inspire me. So! May I introduce my little man–the adorable time sucker that he is– and say that I am happy to be back! IMG_0761 IMG_0878 IMG_0875 IMG_0877

Letterpress baby announcements that I designed for Press. I wanted them to be different than the norm, and notably masculine, but still refreshing and sweet! I love how they turned out, and I finally sent (most of them) last week. Yes, he was born November 7th. It’s just one of those things.

Baby R’s Nursery Reveal!

It’s finally finished! Since we just moved into our house, this is the first room to be officially and completely done, and it feels SO good! The only thing our nursery is missing now is a baby. Important part of this whole thing, no? Marc and I find ourselves going in there all the time, just to straighten the bedskirt, make sure we have all of the first aid stuff lined up just right, or just sit on the floor and get EXCITED about our little one’s arrival! We also test the glider wayyyy more than necessary… why don’t they market those things for regular rooms too?! Come on, Baby R, we are ready for you! These last few weeks are for the birds.

IMG_0369Love the Elizabeth McKay pillow we picked up in Watch Hill this summer! And the hand painted wastebasket from the Ocean House gift shop ended up being a perfect fit for our bold blue room! The glider and all of the furniture is from RH Baby.IMG_0379IMG_0372IMG_0368 Picasso prints that I manipulated into blue/white and framed. (I just printed them off in my office!) You can also see a little bit of the wire basket lamp we painted and had made into a chandelier, from planting baskets that Marc’s company manufactures! IMG_0366 Obsessed with this Sferra blanket with his name on it! IMG_0378IMG_0374These cds are the jam. They are lullabies but they are the music of popular artists, so it’s fun for baby and mommy to listen to! My fave is Jay Z, and I let Marc talk me into Metallica for some reason… don’t think I’ll be listening to that one very often. Or ever.

All of the bedding and most stuffed animals are from Pottery Barn kids, and the rug (SOFTEST RUG EVER!!! I catch Hamilton trying to snooze in here all the time) is from a local store called Lauren Alexandra. Oh! And that baller 4 square/pod/bookshelf? An IKEA classic. We are storing a backup one in the basement for when his toy & book collection grows!

Baby R’s Nursery

Annnnnd, I’m back! All personal and professional life is back in order, and I’m SO excited to move in to our house next week! FINALLY! And FINALLY, I’ll be back to regularly blogging weddings, design, fashion, and what’s inspiring me. For my first day back, I thought I’d share what has been occupying 99.9% of my brain for the last few weeks: Baby R’s nursery! Luckily it is all getting pulled together now, so I have been able to put a huge X through that box on my to-do list, and check back into reality. Feels good. HPR Nursery Storyboard

As you can see, I went with a very bold, preppy, and primary palette… which was the exact OPPOSITE of what I had intended to do! Funny how that works sometimes. I just couldn’t keep ignoring all these dang articles telling me about how good contrast and bold colors are for a baby’s development. Blast. Bye bye peaceful neutral nursery, hello brain stimulation center. Lovely. I do love the end result though… by throwing in some cool elements like the red wire basket chandelier (made by Marc’s agricultural packaging company! We real fancy-like!) and the Picasso animal prints, plus that Elizabeth McKay pillow that I’m still dying over, I think I was able to make it a little bit more modern and less “styled by Fisher-Price”. Ok! That’s all I’ve got today– I promise no more baby-related posts for awhile, but this project has been what’s inspiring me lately, so I had to share!

 

1. frames  2. picasso prints   3. crib   4. blanket   5. rug (My rug looks like this one but is actually much softer, couldn’t find it online!)   6. elephant lamp   7. dresser/changing table   8. changing pad cover   9. pillow   10. glider

Ok! Apparently this blogging thing isn’t exactly like riding a bike… I had some trouble linking directly to the product pages, so I just entered the main pages of the websites where I found everything… If I can, I will try to go back and input the exact product pages later! Apologies for any inconvenience… please leave comments if you have any questions about anything!