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We’ll wrap up two weeks of birthday-related blog posts with a quick mustache roundup…

Our first birthday theme all started when we decided to do a fake mustache as the final addition to Kenton’s monthly photo project.

So, he went from just a diaper to growing a ‘stache in 12 short months…

Read more about his monthly photos here.

That was the catalyst for the first birthday party theme… a ‘stache bash. For which, we did a Pinterest-inspired invite…

Learn all about his birthday party invites here.

His party was a hit! We recapped it all here, but check out a few highlights:

 

So, there you have it. A roundup of mustache madness for your Friday! Have a great weekend!

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I can’t believe it, but Kenton’s monthly photo project is complete!

He went from a nekkid little bambino to a dapper young pre-toddler in disguise in just 12 short months.

Wow! That went by fast.

Here’s how each month looked… what I added and why…

Our blank little canvas. The rug in the background of every shot is also in the nursery. It was a challenge keeping it clean for a year! I should have bought two just for peace of mind. 🙂 The tie stickers were a gift from a friend, who got them on Etsy.

In addition to the outfit additions, I always took a shot of Kenton in just a plain, white onesie and his tie. So, I always made sure I was fully stocked with Circo brand onesies from Target.

Here’s a shocker… infant-sized boxers are impossible to find. These are the smallest kid size I could find and I snagged them at the Vineyard Vines outlet in Freeport, Maine – during our trip there when Kenton was just a few weeks old. I actually got several of the pieces for this project on that trip. Freeport has some great outlet stores! Anyway, the boxers were obviously way too big – so I just took them in a bit at the waist and tucked the extra material under Kenton for the shot. Apparently, some people thought I put a skirt on him at first – so I guess I didn’t take them in enough!

The socks are just basic black infant socks. I bought one pair in 12 month size – so they started off a bit big, but he grew into them. The only problem with these – they have grippers on the bottom, like most infant socks. However, these grippers are bright white and have a brand name on them. So, I turned them inside out. If you look closely in some of the shots, you can tell.

The khaki pant. I got two pairs of the exact same pants – at the Gymboree outlet, also in Freeport, Maine. I bought six month and 12 month sizes. I was really glad I did that so we had the consistency. These pants were great too – with the cuffs and elastic waist – we could give the illusion of a good fit even if they were a bit big or too snug.

The button-down blue shirt – another classic – comes from The Children’s Place outlet… also in Freeport. (I told you I made the most of that trip!) I only bought one – which I later regretted. It’s a nine month size, which was fine until the last couple of months… if you look close, you’ll see there was a point where we could no longer button the top button!

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to add suspenders in month seven. I looked high and low for infant suspenders. I had friends and family on the lookout for them. Whenever a pair would be spotted, they were usually an obnoxious color or had a loud cartoon character. I really wanted a simple, preppy pair and I was determined to find some – and I did – not where I expected. I wandered into Janie and Jack at the mall one day. A store I normally avoid because (I think) the prices are outrageous. Well, lo and behold, they had suspenders – on CLEARANCE. I about lost it. We were literally days away from shooting this picture and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do if I didn’t find my coveted suspenders. $15 later (yes, that was the clearance price), they were mine! Or, actually, Kenton’s. 🙂

The shoes were a bit anti-climatic because you can barely see them! They are black, velvet (SWANKY!) little Cole Haan numbers. Oh yes, another Freeport outlet purchase! (Later, I splurged on a couple more pairs of Cole Haans during a Zulily sale. They have the CUTEST little boy shoes.) These shoes didn’t fit for long. Around month ten, I ended up cutting a slit in the back of them because they were too small. For month 12, we had to use masking tape to tape them to his socks – as they kept flying off! Grabbing these in two sizes would have been wise!

The classic blue blazer was actually hard to find! At a good price, anyway. Finally, Target had some pre-Easter and around the time Kenton was dedicated. So, that worked out really well. Also, it still fits – so we’re getting some good use out of it.

The suspenders and fedora were the hardest things to find. Actually, the fedora we used is not what I originally envisioned. I really wanted a classic, wool fedora. However, I searched for months and never found one. I finally got this one – which is more of a summer hat – at Nordstrom… again, with just days to spare before the shoot. Now that the photos are done and the hat no longer needs to be preserved, I’m going to make Kenton wear it all summer. It is ADORABLE on him.

The sunglasses were yet another Freeport outlet purchase – this time, from LL Bean. It’s a good thing my husband enjoys shopping because I really dragged him from store to store that day! Originally, the sunglasses were going to be for month 12. I was going to add a handkerchief to the blazer pocket in month 10, but ultimately decided that was a bit weak and I could be more creative. So, I scratched the hankie, moved everything up a month and prayed inspiration would come to me for month 12.

I tossed around so many ideas for month 12 – a briefcase, a mini-Starbucks cup, put him on a bike, have him rip his shirt open and show off a Superman logo… then, I thought I should see if there was any way to connect the last “add” to a birthday party theme – and the mustache idea was born. I thought that was such a cute birthday party theme for boy and it was the PERFECT last addition to our photo project. Now, actually getting him to wear a mustache was challenging! First, I taped it to a pacifier, dipped the pacifier in chocolate – which he had never tasted… and got a million shots of that… since he was so distracted by the new taste in his mouth, he didn’t think to be annoyed by the mustache OR sunglasses!

Once I knew I had that shot, I took a chance and stuck the mustache on his face and was able to get “the” shot before he pulled it off. 🙂 And… voila! We’ve got our 12 month collection:
So, some tips if you’re thinking about replicating this project with your wee one:

  • Pick a neutral background that you’ll have access to for the whole year – and stick with it.
  • Try to shoot the photos in the same room, at the same time of day, with as much natural light as possible. (I didn’t always do this, and it shows – unfortunately.)
  • Write a list of the clothing items you’ll be adding and always have it with you so you can reference it if you find the perfect addition while out shopping. (I kept my list in a note on my iPhone.)
  • Share your list of additions with a few close family/friends, so they can also be on the lookout for you.
  • Buy multiple sizes of items added in the first six months that will remain visible to the end.
  • After each monthly shoot, put all of the clothing items away, together, in the same spot so you don’t misplace them!
  • Give yourself plenty of time to shoot each photo and be patient. Babies are wiggly!

There you have it! I cannot believe this project is ovah. Done. Put a fork in it. Yes, I’ll keep taking monthly shots of our little man – but I’m pretty sure there’s nothing else I can add now! 🙂 Now, I just have to figure out what creative monthly photo idea I’ll use for baby #2!

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Okay, here it is… a recap of Kenton’s first birthday party. Or, as I like to call it, his “‘stache bash!”

If you missed seeing the party invites, check them out here.

You’re also getting a sneak peek at our new STRIPES! They make me so happy, I can’t even tell you. (More to come.)

There’s also a sneak peek at all 12 of the monthly photos! I had a poster printed overnight so we could show them off at the bash. (Also, more to come!)

Drinks & Food. We kept things really simple. The party was from 3:00-5:00 PM – so we did heavy hors d’oeuvres… beef sliders, pasta salad, watermelon, veggies, chips and lemonade.

The birthday boy did not disappoint when it came to the ceremonial first birthday cake face smash. I mean, we had a total classic moment!

Which, of course, meant he kept diving in over and over again. TOO CUTE! Safe to say, he loves cake! He has a sweet tooth like his daddy. 🙂

All of our guests left with chocolate mustache pops as favors… pardon the crappy iPhone photo…

Confession: I came up with “‘stache bash” the morning of the party and the favors were done a day or so head of time. If I could go back in time, I totally would have changed the thank you note. I’m planning to do a separate post on these favors because they were challenging and I didn’t find a lot of info out there for help… so I’ll do my best to contribute in case someone else wants to do them.

We ran out of time to open presents while our guests were still around, but Grandpa & Grandma stuck around to help Kenton check out his new loot.

And they were good enough to pose for mustache pics!

Kenton rounded out the day taking a spin in his NEW CAR!

Which absolutely terrorizes Bowdoin the Bulldog… which Kenton finds hilarious (and so did we!).

There it is. I admit, I’m glad it’s over! It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us! 🙂

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First Birthday recap

Kenton’s first birthday was AWESOME. Today, I’ll recap what we did on his actual birthday – Thursday, May 31. Tomorrow, I’ll be back with a recap of his mustache party from Saturday.

He started the day with his first gift… a bubble machine…

…which was clearly a huge hit! That kid loves bubbles and is always pointing at our bubble bottles, saying, “More? More?” Thankfully, the new machine takes the work out of bubbles for mommy and daddy.

The bubbles were followed by a first birthday breakfast of champions – his first donut.

After a nap, it was off to the pool for some quality time in the H2O.

Then, after another nap (we’re still on a two-nap schedule)… it was off to a fancy dinner

Thankfully, the people around us didn’t seem to mind a “chatty” almost-toddling-toddler in their vicinity.

We finished up the day snapping some photos…

It was PERFECT. Given the belleh the babe is sporting in that photo, perhaps we should lay off the donuts and ice cream?

NAH! After all, this photo basically summarizes his party:

AWESOMENESS.  More tomorrow…

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Kenton’s big birthday partay is tomorrow afternoon! Here’s a look at the invites…

My friend, Danielle designed them – using a photo I shot – and inspired by the Pinterest Valentine’s Day project every one and their mom did this year.

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Here’s the shot I used…
And Danielle’s design for the card itself…
She came up with the language on the back too. Too cute!
The Pinterest project instructs you to cut a hole in the photo to put the lollipop – or mustache on a stick in my case. However, the invite language on the back prevented me from doing that… so I used rubber cement to glue on the mustache sticks, but still leave them relatively easy to pull off.

I applied a small dot of rubber cement on Kenton’s hand, set the stick in the right spot, and then used a glass to hold it in place while it dried. Worked like a charm!

The mustaches, by the way, I also made myself – using a tutorial that Vancouver, BC blogger, Hillary with 2 L’s (please) sent me. (She’s awesome, by the way. Read her blog and follow her on Twitter.) She actually sells the mustaches, but sent me the DIY version out of the goodness of her heart – so I’ll save the secret formula. 🙂

In the end, I think they turned out great! Plus, our guests got a gift in the mail with the invite – and I’ve heard that some kids have already had a lot of fun with them, which was exactly the point!

I’ve got to run do 572 more things for the party on Saturday. I’ll be back on Monday with a recap!

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Has a year gone by already? I don’t believe it.

MY BABY!!!

Today, Jason took the day off work and we are going to shower our little ONE YEAR OLD with attention, kisses, hugs, the zoo, ice cream, toys, whatever he wants – which will include bubbles and ice (not together). As a family, we’ll celebrate the date that changed our lives forever.

Little did we know what a big impact this kid would have on us, on our marriage, on me as a woman. It’s amazing. All those things people tell you about having kids… are true. They change your life. You won’t remember life before them. They’ll bring you purpose. You learn to live on less sleep than you ever thought possible. They’ll drive you crazy. They’ll bring unspeakable joy.

I love that I know exactly how to make Kenton laugh when he’s crying. I love that I’m the one he reaches for when he’s confused, upset, happy, tired, cranky, excited, etc. I love that he points at everything he sees, says, “That?” (which sounds more like, “dAAT?!”) and is curious about the world around him. I love that his big, blue eyes stop strangers in their tracks and makes them smile.

I remember taking a walk around our block shortly after coming home from the hospital, our baby tucked in the stroller, and desperately trying to describe my overflowing emotions to Jason. I told him, “I can’t believe how much I love him and we JUST MET! I would give my life for him. WITH PLEASURE. if asked – and we don’t really even ‘know’ each other.”

Now, we know each other – and my feelings have only grown. I love him more everyday.

He changes every day. He wakes up from a nap and he’s taller. He spends an afternoon with Grandma and his face changes. I love that I get to be a part of this incredible time in this little man’s life. I would not change one thing about him. Not one thing. His temperament, his personality are God-given traits. They are blessings. I will spend my life encouraging him to be himself – to expose the good in him and call him to be who God created him to be.

What an incredible PRIVILEGE it is to be the mother of this child. My heart is overwhelmed. And it’s only been one year!

And, yes, we did get the FINAL shot in our 12 month journey to dress our child. Here’s a sneak peak… full post coming next week:

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I cannot believe my baby is almost one! I literally broke into tears yesterday at 9:00 AM, because my water broke at that time on Memorial Day last year. Ahh, memories!

Kenton’s birthday is on Thursday and his party is on Saturday. So, it’s BIRTHDAY week on the blog! Hope you like cute blonde baby boys and mustaches. 🙂

The invitations have gone out and we’re having a mustache party! I’ll share all the details soon… Right now, I’m busy getting ready…

I’m making bunting. Cutting more mustaches than I ever imagined. Finalizing the menu. Cleaning (HA! Called back the cleaners I had to fire for one last hurrah!). Oh, and we’re frantically trying to finish our big painting project…

Can you see me and my baby bump in this really terrible, unedited photo?!

Thank you for all of the tips and suggestions you gave in answer to my cry for help last week. We finally figured it out – after much cursing and gnashing of teeth. The lines are straight and the paint is drying – we still need a second coat and it’s a HUGE bummer that Jason’s back decided to give out before the job was done. So, that’s going to be interesting! But, we will get it done – even if I have to cover it in mustaches.

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