It's hard to believe that Christmas is less than two short months away! While I always have gift ideas on the brain, I started a true list of ideas for Virginia Parker a few weeks ago. She has grown so much in these last months and with that, her interest in things is ever changing!

We are trying to be very intentional with what she gets for Christmas this year as 1. she truly doesn't "need" anything, and 2. we don't have a playroom which means we have to store toys very meticulously. We have a few top things we think she would love and a few little ideas as well. At the top of my list is a play kitchen so I have a feeling Santa may be dropping one off at our house on Christmas Eve. 

Our list for Virginia Parker:

  • Play Kitchen - There are several kitchens I love but I'm leaning toward this one due to the size. This one is cute as well and I of course love this one from Pottery Barn. 
  • Outdoor Play House - I think this outdoor play house is adorable! I'm hoping this is something she will love to play in outside. 
  • Books - Our girl is very into books - right now, The Night Before Christmas and David and Goliath are her two favorites. A few on my list to get are:
  • Doll House - I think this doll house is so sweet and would work great in her room for imaginative play.
  • Table and chairs - We have the Skip Hop activity center that we converted to a table once she grew out of the interior play setup, but I wouldn't mind a true toddler table and chair set that we can have set up near our breakfast nook for her to play on and have her snacks. 

Gift Ideas We Have and Love:

  • Anywhere Chair - Santa actually brought this chair last year and while she was a little small for it at the time, she has absolutely loved it! She will sit in it to play or watch a show and while she often loves to cuddle with us, she will also hop into her chair with BunBun to hang out on her own.
  • Name Puzzle - This is a great gift for toddler age! I got this for her last year but it's definitely more age-appropriate for her now.
  • Baby Doll - one of my best friends got VP this doll for her first birthday and she has absolutely loved it (we now have two). Target has so many cute accessories as well including strollers, feeding items, etc. It's one of the things she plays with daily and she's so sweet wanting to push, rock and feed her baby.
  • JellyCats - We were gifted several different Jellycat stuffed animals when I was pregnant and she has taken up with her bunny - aka BunBun! We have two pink ones and the small one goes to school when she goes. They make adorable gifts and it's safe to say we've loved ours. 
  • Bunny Slippers - since we're bunny obsessed, these BunBun slippers are so much fun! My mom grabbed them for her and they are absolutely adorable. They would make an adorable gift. 

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It feels like yesterday that I was setting up Virginia Parker's nursery, and yet here we are almost 15 months in! I was doing some cleaning and organizing today, packing up clothes, and restocking diapers and as I looked around, I realized so much of her room is still the same. We've of course adapted to our current needs, especially with drawer organization and things like that, but we are still using and enjoying so much of what we first had in the initial nursery design!

Crib - We chose this crib and we've really ended up enjoying it. It's a convertible crib so we can turn it into a toddler bed eventually should we choose to do so, but for now, it's on the lowest level and perfect for our busy girl. We still love our Newton mattress as well and she seems to sleep great in this setup. 

Wicker Stroller - This was a precious gift when I was pregnant and VP loves it! It stores some of the toys in her room and she now loves to push it around as well.

Lellobaby Changing Station - We repurposed my old dresser with new hardware and added this acrylic changing area to the top and it has been absolutely perfect. It has a large place for her changing pad and we keep all of her lotions, wipes, etc. in the side compartments. Eventually, we'll pack it away and just use the dresser as that, but for now we continue to love this. 

Acrylic Drawer Dividers - VP's drawers used to be stuffed full as we had so many gowns and onesies and these dividers were absolutely necessary! Now, her drawers mostly hold pajamas as I hang most of her clothes, but these dividers are still used to keep the small clothes organized in neat sections!

Wicker Toy Box - I initially ordered this thinking it would go in the bottom of her closet but it just didn't work. Instead, it sits in the corner of her room and stores toys we don't regularly play with or items that are new. It's a great storage option for all of the baby things.

Glider - While having a white glider is definitely a risk (and ours has a few spots to prove it), I have really enjoyed our glider. VP very much loved to be rocked most of her first year, and I have rocked many hours in that chair. We still use it every day for story time and cuddles. I will say that the gliding feature is wonderful but I don't love the reclining option - it doesn't stay reclined well which wasn't helpful in some of those sleepless regression nights - but it's not enough of a pain for it to be a dealbreaker!

Storage Baskets - The key word here seems to be storage! We have lots of these in her closet (you can check out more nursery organization here) and they proven to be necessities. We have both the square and the rectangular baskets and use them for a variety of things. 

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It is hard to believe but our daughter is officially one! We celebrated with a low key day on Virginia Parker's actual birthday before celebrating with friends and family in our backyard on a beautiful May afternoon. The last year has absolutely flown by. I get emotional when thinking about how quickly my girl is growing but each new day is so exciting with her. 
When I first started planning, I knew I wanted to have her first birthday in our backyard. I was praying we would have beautiful weather as I didn't have much of a rain plan, and sure enough, it ended up being a sunny (and hot) afternoon. Stephen worked long and hard on our backyard in the months leading up to her party as it needed some work. Funny enough, the night before her actual birthday, we lost power for an unknown reason and the power company had to dig quite the hole in our backyard to fix the problem. Thankfully, it wasn't in a spot where grass had been freshly laid but it will certainly be a funny memory and story to tell. 

When planning her party, I wanted to keep with a simple and classic pink and white theme. I made a crest for her invitations that we ended up using on several things, including her cake and favors. Despite my comments during pregnancy that I wouldn't put my tiny daughter in a huge bow, it's become something she wears quite often so I used a sweet bow detail as well. 
I ordered her cakes from Whole Foods and asked them to match her invitation. We did a vanilla with strawberry buttercream icing cake for our guests as well as cupcakes and did a smaller little vanilla cake for VPW to smash. She was so cute and delicate as she took tiny bites! Below the cakes, I hung photos of her from the last 12 months. I made little month signs to go on each one, using tiny clips to attach to gingham ribbon. 
We decided to rent a bounce house for the backyard and I would do it again in a heartbeat. VP absolutely loved it as did her cousins and friends - and her mama did too! Virginia Parker loved to bounce on her own, show off her front rolls she's learned at baby gymnastics, and be held all around the bounce house. Coastal Bounce Houses was amazing in that they came and set up and broke down and I loved the all-white castle that fit in perfectly with the rest of her theme. 

For other backyard activities, we set up this blow-up pool and added in play balls instead of water and the babies of the party had the best time. This is also such a great backyard activity for when you're spending time outside and I love that it is a multi-function play option.
We kept the food simple for the two o'clock in the afternoon party. We did sandwich, vegetable, and fruit platters from Publix, the always popular nuggets from Chick-fil-a and I made pasta salad to go along with those. I found some adorable cupcake tins from Home Goods and they made the perfect little dishes for baby gold fish and Pirate's Booty. And of course, we served apple sauce pouches for the littles as well!
We set up this beautiful high chair (borrowed from a sweet friend) in the backyard for cake time! Virginia Parker was so sweet with her cake and loved to delicately eat it. Her party hat was gifted to us from Little Happies - and it fit in perfectly with the theme!
Another way to commemorate her first birthday was this beautiful milestone commission done by Christy Britt Designs. I've had my eye on her work for awhile and this felt like the perfect keepsake to display at her party as well as to keep in her room as she grows up.

I also ordered this adorable mini cake stand and plate from Holly Slay Designs with her birthday. I used it as part of her display for her party but used the precious plate for her birthday morning cinnamon roll, which I think will be a monthly tradition!
For favors, we went with decorative cookies and bubbles. My Gals Cookies made some beautiful cookies for a baby shower my cousins threw for be last spring. I used that similar concept for cookies and it only seemed fitting to have Sophie cookies as well since VP loves her puppy and they share the same birthday! The silver platter we used belonged to Stephen's grandmother. She passed away a few short months before we welcomed VPW and she was just so thrilled that we were about to welcome a daughter. It felt special to use a piece of hers at her party. 
Stick bubbles are a hit at our house so I attached a little thank you note to each one. 
I am still in awe that her first birthday has come and gone. It feels like just yesterday that we were in the hospital holding our tiny newborn and we now have a sweet, inquisitive, exploring little girl. We are so thankful for you, our precious Virginia Parker. We love you so very much!


VP's Outfit: Smocked Auctions
Hair bow: Wee Ones (clipped to a headband)
Party Hat & #1 Cake Topper: c/o Little Happies
High Chair: Borrowed from a friend
High Chair Banner: Etsy
Cakes: Whole Foods
Birthday Plate & Mini Cake Stand: Holly Slay
Monogram & #1 Balloons: Float Balloons
Balloon Arch: Amazon
Cookies: My Gals
Milestone Print: Christy Britt Designs
Pink Blowup Pool / Ball Pit: Target
Gold Bar Cart: Wayfair
Bamboo Frames: Amazon Here & Here
It's hard to believe we're so close to Thanksgiving! I feel like I've blinked and Christmas is already here - but I'm taking full advantage of the holiday season and have our trees up, Hallmark movies on repeat, and Christmas music on full blast. 

This year will be an extra special year as it is our first with our daughter, Virginia Parker. She'll only be 7 months old at Christmas, but it will still be so much fun helping her open gifts - even though her favorites right now are paper and water bottles. 

We're not going crazy on the Christmas gifts this year since she's so little but we did get the Pottery Barn Anywhere chair which came highly recommended as a gift she can use for years to come! We're also doing books and learning toys. 

The above guide is aimed towards the 6 - 12 month age range. Any must haves for the list?!

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