Amber Necklace

This past summer in Oregon, I noticed that every little baby wore amber necklaces (just like the adults wore tye dyes and birkenstocks). It looked hip — the orange, yellow twinkle and shine — but I knew that there was more to the story than just aesthetics (hippies don’t care about being stylish). And sure enough, there was.

Baby Girl

But check out the cuteness! The look alone is worth it to me.

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Baby Zoe Turning One!

Tomorrow, my little itty bitty baby, turns one. I have absolutely no idea how it happened, but I blinked, and now I have a one year old (and a three and a half year old). It seems like only yesterday we welcomed Baby Zoe Esther Natori (aka Tusia or Toosh) into this world. As with most parents and their newborns, it has been a wild ride, from the pregnancy to the sleep deprivation, to the smiles, kisses, and hugs. I have an incredible amount of love for this little peanut, and I am proud to have her as my daughter. Thank you for letting me indulge in posting the following pictures of Toosh, I know it will only interest a handful of you (Nana, Tata, Lola, and Gramps!) so thanks for giving me the satisfaction of remembering the past 12 months.

Welcome to the world, ZEN

Welcome to the world, ZEN. You were the cutest little Eskimo!

First hairbow, of hundreds.

First hairbow, of hundreds. So sleepy and soft.

And the sibling rivalry begins...

And the sibling rivalry begins…always letting your big Kuya brother have his way and attention.

The only time, her legs have been this skinny! (I love meat on bones!)

The only time her legs have been this skinny! (I love meat on bones!). What a little cute love bug!

Loving kisses.

Loving kisses.

Camera shy.

Camera shy. Aw shucks.

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Haptic Lab Baby Quilts

Thanks to a friend, I was recently introduced to the amazingly chic baby quilts made by Haptic Lab, a Brooklyn based company (of course, everything cool is either from Sweden, Paris, or Brooklyn… or Eugene, Oregon).

Haptic Lab

Haptic Lab, founded in 2009 by architect and designer Emily Fischer, creates original, striking, and beautiful soft-map quilts. The Baby Soft-Maps are custom printed, hand-knotted, and 100% natural cotton. These quilts depict the map of a city or town of importance, whether it is a birthplace or a place with some other significance. They make incredible keepsake gifts for newborns, play mats for toddlers, and are just the perfect pop of color on your child’s bedroom chair. They can also be displayed as wall hangings.¬† VERSATILE PRESENT, HOLLA!

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The baby quilts measure 42″ x 36″ and are available in three colorways¬†(pink map, orange backing; navy map, green backing; green map, blue backing). Soft cotton loops are stitched to the binding of the quilt so it can be used as a wall-hanging. And you can personalize the quilt with the child’s name, birthdate, and up to three different locations.

Colorful map

Colorful map

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Up close

Personalized name

Personalized name

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