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Soon-to-Be-Dad: Andy of CircaCeramics Prepares to Baby-Proof

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CC_bio.jpgAndy Witt is the other half of Circa Ceramics, the shape-maker of wife Nancy’s colorful canvases. At 38 he was settling into a comfortable life of making and selling pottery. Then in the waning months of winter 2010 the two found out they had a little one on the way. Totally caught off guard, but beyond happy with the turn of events, their lives will be forever changed on or around October 30.

First of all, with the risk of getting poked by Nancy, I am really happy that pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. It is giving us time to adapt to our situation and to try and prepare for raising our first child.

When I first found out about our baby, I was really freaked out. My second thought was that we were going to have to close our business. The way we produce our work requires both of our hands to touch each piece of pottery and I am just not sure if we will be able to maintain this level of work. Luckily, the due date is in late October so with a little planning we will be able to finish our busy summer schedule and get a good jump on work before the holiday sales begin. Whatever the case may be, we know that we’re not alone and we are getting a lot of inspiration from other artists that have already been through this.

What I really enjoy the most about my relationship with Nancy is that we do everything together. All of our time is spent with each other. Having a child will not change this, and if anything will only make it better, as now our child will be right there along with us. It is going to require a little bit of work as we baby-proof our studio, but the added bonus of having our child grow up in a creative environment is beyond both of our own childhood experiences.

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I think what I’m most worried about is trying to raise a child in a large city. I grew up way out in the countryside in a time when children were left to wander around by themselves. This will definitely not be happening. Luckily my parents still live in that idyllic setting, so I plan on taking frequent trips back home — I would like our child to be able to experience a little bit of the country life.

We’re still waiting for a week 20 ultrasound to find out if we’re having a girl or a boy. I think Nancy wants to have a boy, but I would like to have a girl. We’ve also been having a difficult time in the name department. So far, everything has been sounding like bad usernames, and we keep worrying about strong password protection. All joking aside, I am sure that we’ll know the right name when we hear it, it will just take a little bit of time.

For our nursery, we have yet to plan on what we’re doing. I’m guessing that I will be taking on a few remodeling projects this summer. Some of the ideas so far have involved animal motifs and the use of natural materials, but any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Please suggest any nursery decor that you think CircaCeramics
and other new dads would like in the comments!

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  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields says:

    Parenthood is a wonderful thing! Congrats. It looks like you are going to be raising an Etsy baby...lots of great items!

    5 years ago

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural says:

    congrats! what a beautiful thing that you and your wife work alongside one another, and plan to include your child in your creative life's work. i think using nature inspired motifs and all-natural pieces in your nursery and kid-focussed decor is a great idea too. kids respond to nature in such deep and meaningful ways - having mobiles with birds and animals, murals of forest or trees, all-natural wood toys, wool... these things can be so soothing for a little child, and grow with them too.

    5 years ago

  • Ayca

    Ayca says:

    Congrats!

    5 years ago

  • moxieandoliver

    moxieandoliver says:

    Congratulations! We're expecting our first in a matter of weeks... decorating the nursery was/is (yeah, it's not done yet) definitely a challenge! I ended up making my own wall letters because I didn't want it to look too much like a baby room (and they're now of course in my Etsy shop). I'm sure two creative folks like yourselves will have no trouble making it beautiful once you decide on which fabulous idea to go with!

    5 years ago

  • tanisalexis

    tanisalexis says:

    congrats congrats! its a thrilling ride! as a new mama myself, it's one of those balancing act between scary, and totally amazing. just remember- time passes super fast, and that it gets easier and easier as it goes along. Many best wishes to you and yours for your life-altering joy! (picking names is HARD! and it's even harder when people ask you what names you've chosen almost every day. lol.)

    5 years ago

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie says:

    Congratulations! Enjoy every minute of it ~ it's been said a million times but soooo true ~ they grow up too fast! :)

    5 years ago

  • PearsonMaron

    PearsonMaron says:

    I have a name suggestion for the baby: "Dr Gene Scott God's Angry Baby". That might be a little strong though especially since I can't imagine your little dude/ette being anything other than happy and adorable. Cheers Nancy & Andy!

    5 years ago

  • NestaHome

    NestaHome says:

    Ahhhh congrats!

    5 years ago

  • paperholiday

    paperholiday says:

    Congratulations! What a cute article.

    5 years ago

  • eveneve

    eveneve says:

    congratulations :) I know 6 couples that are pregnant right now. Something in the water I guess. As far as nursery themes I like nature themes like the woods or a tree house. And baby names Juda, Josiah, Rory, Sebastian, Sufjan, Elliot

    5 years ago

  • tomatored

    tomatored says:

    Lovely - inspiring story!

    5 years ago

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha says:

    'So far, everything has been sounding like bad usernames, and we keep worrying about strong password protection.' !! You are funny. I think a simple motif is what you should look for. I think keeping it simple, clean lines, uncluttered, esp. since babies and eventually toddlers have short attention spans and too much noise/clutter can upset them, plus the clutter will happen eventually anyway:). I recommend checking out www.handmadecharlotte.com. I was at the computer a lot when I had mine and researched quite a bit. A lot of the items I heart she has already cited on her blog..So excited for you and anyone who is having a baby!! Really magical time. Enjoy it and relish it, they grown sooo quickly:)

    5 years ago

  • sparegusink

    sparegusink says:

    Congrats! We had the same thing happen to us last year :)

    5 years ago

  • KnotOriginal

    KnotOriginal says:

    Mazel tov!

    5 years ago

  • DappleGrey

    DappleGrey says:

    congratulations, i had my first child 5 months ago, its amazing how fast pregnancy goes and when the baby comes time speeds up big style, its amazing i wouldnt change it for the world im sure you will feel the same, i loved the artical and the gorgeous items.

    5 years ago

  • bakeanddestroy

    bakeanddestroy says:

    Congratulations you guys, I'm so excited for you! It sounds crazy, but having a child will force you to get MORE done than you do now. Seriously! You will find a way and wonder what the heck you did with all your spare time before. You guys are going to be the cutest parents, I can't wait to meet the little clay muncher!

    5 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Beautiful picks I really like the colour scheme and simple motifs, congratulations on the baby!

    5 years ago

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire says:

    Congrats you two, that's so exciting!! Wonderful story. :)

    5 years ago

  • MollCutpurse

    MollCutpurse says:

    I love the paired onesie/adult t-shirts!

    5 years ago

  • mediumgrey

    mediumgrey says:

    That's wonderful! Congrats!!

    5 years ago

  • SilverFirsFarm

    SilverFirsFarm says:

    Awww congrats guys!! My kids are 3 and 5 now.. and let me tell you, babyproofing isnt so much of an issue until they can walk, but once they do- WHEW. I have a chain lock on my studio door, if that tells you anything, lol. So dont be too crushed for time, you have awhile after baby Witt makes its appearance to continue proofing everything. And also, dont worry about the whole "the nursery must be perfect" thing. Baby wont care... you have time :) Having kids changed my work schedule alot, but not really in a bad way. I do more early morning work, I work constantly through the day, but I never overwork myself, and I get alot more done at night when they sleep. Sure its hard finding a balance between housework, buisness, marriage, and child sometimes.. but you'll make do.. everyone does eventually one way or another. And hey, just imagine the day you find out exactly what happens to barbie (or GiJoe) when its placed in a kiln. Now that will be an adventure.

    5 years ago

  • boutiqueseragun

    boutiqueseragun says:

    Congratulations!..

    5 years ago

  • SilverFirsFarm

    SilverFirsFarm says:

    PS my little bit of advice is dont overpay for fancy creams/lotions/butt balms in boutiques or at the drugstore (some are as much as $8.00 an ounce!!)... check out some of the amazing etsy soap sellers on here. I dont have childrens items in my shop... but there are some FANTASTIC all natural products out there for baby if you poke around. I used quite a bit of them on my kids and they far and away blow drugstore brands out of the water :)

    5 years ago

  • TheMerchantMariner

    TheMerchantMariner says:

    Cute article. Congrats!

    5 years ago

  • futurowoman

    futurowoman says:

    You two rock, and your baby is going to be very lucky to have you as parents! ;)

    5 years ago

  • JDWolfePottery

    JDWolfePottery says:

    So happy for you two! I think Nancy, Andy, & Oliver sounds like the perfect family. :)

    5 years ago

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux says:

    Yay, Nancy, Andy and Peanut! I'm so happy for you - what a great article!!! xoxo

    5 years ago

  • cookoorikoo

    cookoorikoo says:

    the baby has a name! circa peanut! duh. :)

    5 years ago

  • PeculiarForest

    PeculiarForest says:

    Aww a little circa baby, congrats!

    5 years ago

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet says:

    Those are some fun pieces.

    5 years ago

  • chARiTyelise

    chARiTyelise says:

    this is just so wonderful! i only found out a week or so ago when i was getting caught up with what is going on with friends on flickr! i am so thrilled for you guys and your new person!! big hugs to both of you!

    5 years ago

  • CircaCeramics

    CircaCeramics says:

    Thanks everyone for all your well wishes and ideas, it is a tremendous help! Luckily, Nancy is really doing a great job at letting me know exactly what I should and shouldn't be doing :) At PearsonMaron - "Dr. Gene Scott..." does this mean we will need to start saving for Med School? Deep breaths... andy

    5 years ago

  • thesleepingdog

    thesleepingdog says:

    Savor every moment!! In the mean time - TRY to get all those to do things done but allow yourself to forgive yourself if you don't. That list will always continue to grow - and that's okay! p.s. we're still beaming from the birth of our little Malia Kai - may your little one bring you TONS OF JOY!

    5 years ago

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery says:

    Congratulations!!! My advice is don't change your house too much, I know from my own kids, that when they grow up around objects that they can touch and be taught about their fragile nature they really don't break anything! Of course you have to be careful so that they don't hurt themselves, but as for baby-proofing your belongings, this is my strong advice!! Let them share your lives! All the best to you!!!

    5 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    Congratulations! What a cute article.

    5 years ago

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe says:

    Congrats!!

    5 years ago

  • Venbead

    Venbead says:

    what a nice story! your lives will never again be the same but the joy in your hearts will swell beyond measure! congrats!

    5 years ago

  • lavenderroad

    lavenderroad says:

    Congratulations! We have a 4-year-old and an 8-month-old and life is a bit crazy. But they are the most wonderful, perfect, inspirational things ever! And one day, when I get a moment, I'll actually set up my etsy shop and fill it with the wonderful things I've created whilst my little ones sleep... Always remember: the stairgate is your friend (once they're mobile) and you can use it a doorway as well! To keep them out of your studio/office/kitchen or in, doesn't matter. Just make sure they don't konw how to open it! Regarding names - we refused to tell anyone the shortlist (both times, we narrowed it down to two possibilities) until the baby had arrived, we'd tried the names out and decided what suited. Then, when the time was right we 'introduced' our kids to everyone with their names...it was great! And they both suit them (I think) perfectly.

    5 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    congratulations!

    5 years ago

  • owlyshadowpuppets

    owlyshadowpuppets says:

    Congrats Nancy and Andy! You guys will be awesome parents! Let me know if you need anything,--Its been a while but I do know how to glaze + fire a kiln, if you need an extra pair of hands this fall Id love to help out, Im serious!

    5 years ago

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom says:

    Oh Happy Day - a BABY! Congrats you guys and good luck with the name. I've been working on a baby name list for years and still am hopelessly undecided! xo

    5 years ago

  • TheApple

    TheApple says:

    Congrats! I wouldn't worry too much about the baby name - it will happen :) When we had our first baby the first thing out of my mouth was "Holy *%!& I just had a baby!" Next, "Get the BooK!" (as in the book of names)... it took us a bit but her name (and her sisters name) are both perfect and fitting. As for nursery decor - I just started making these patchwork kites - add some fun whimsy to your kids wall!

    5 years ago

  • Yaheesplace

    Yaheesplace says:

    Oh oh oh! If it's a girl you could name her "Cera" (ceramics). There's my 2 cents! Congratulations on the success of your business and the up coming birth of your child. All the best. YP

    5 years ago

  • miltonandmargies

    miltonandmargies says:

    Congratulations, you two! I love that picture. This article warms my heart! Especially the part about you guys doing everything together:) Awwwwww. Good luck with the baby name! Have fun!

    5 years ago

  • candacejean

    candacejean says:

    Oooh congrats! I love that Andy wants a little girl. Don't worry about the "big city" stuff; I raised my little boy in an apartment complex right in a busy business district in downtown Salt Lake. Granted.. SLC isn't all that big, but he didn't have a yard to wander to (as you were mentioning) or a place to ride a bike. We just made frequent trips to the park on nice afternoons and it was such a relaxing break. It was nice that I HAD to get out of the house, I guess you could say. Things'll work out just fine!

    5 years ago

  • isabellaslittleshop

    isabellaslittleshop says:

    Wow. Congratulations!!! I love the image of the three of you together in your studio. Baby is truly blessed...

    5 years ago

  • rawartletterpress

    rawartletterpress says:

    congrats!

    5 years ago

  • SaraBJewelry

    SaraBJewelry says:

    ::congratulations:: this is a heartwarming story :)

    5 years ago

  • CaliforniaCraft

    CaliforniaCraft says:

    Congratulations :)

    5 years ago

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign says:

    Supper! Congrats:)

    5 years ago

  • minthome

    minthome says:

    Congratulations! Both my etsy partner and I have children. Boy oh boy is it hard to run a business and be good parents. But, hey, Etsy parents are nothing if not creative and resourceful! So you will figure out a way to make it work for you. Good luck!

    5 years ago

  • kpglassjewelry1

    kpglassjewelry1 says:

    Congratulations Nancy and Andy! I'm very happy for you.

    5 years ago

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques says:

    congratulations. Life is precious.

    5 years ago

  • BirdonWireStudio

    BirdonWireStudio says:

    I have some fun nursery decor in my shop! Cute little critters adorning the shelves of a nursery would make both baby and daddy smile. :)

    5 years ago

  • designlab443

    designlab443 says:

    No worries, babies don't really need much, just food, sleep and love. And remember they love to be swaddled tight! Have fun with him/her!

    5 years ago

  • dgordon

    dgordon says:

    congrats! I love your picture with the cup to the baby-belly!

    5 years ago

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares says:

    Congratulations on the new baby adventure.

    5 years ago

  • janedean

    janedean says:

    Oh Yay! Congrats you guys! :)

    5 years ago

  • shellieartist

    shellieartist says:

    Oh...yay, I had no idea ya'll were expecting but how wonderful! I am sure you will make a great nursery and what a life your baby will have! So much fun ahead! Congrats to you both!

    5 years ago

  • henatayeb

    henatayeb says:

    Oh congratulations. That is so great. This is such an amazing rollercoaster you are on.. enjoy it. I am riding it right now.. and at 36 weeks we are still trying to figure out our nursery but we have thank god settled on a name.. and you're right.. when you find that name it'll just feel right. Be ready for those mood swings. Having a loving husband in your corner makes it all that much better. (Saying a little thanks to my own husband) and did i mention.. Enjoy!

    5 years ago

  • sushibooties

    sushibooties says:

    Congrats! how exciting for the two of you!!

    5 years ago

  • purplelemondesigns

    purplelemondesigns says:

    What an inspirational story :) I love the natural theme you are thinking about for the nursery!

    5 years ago

  • loopinloop

    loopinloop says:

    Congratulations!! Your best creation yet!!!

    5 years ago

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts says:

    Hurray friends, hUge Congrats!!! Life is ALL ABOUT the surprises.

    5 years ago

  • jcisco112

    jcisco112 says:

    So exciting!! Enjoy every moment!

    5 years ago

  • pasin

    pasin says:

    Congrast So great

    5 years ago

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar says:

    Just wanted to say congrats!

    5 years ago

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry says:

    I already emailed Nancy a HUGE congrats! And her baby belly is sooooo cute. It's an exciting journey, I have to say. Wishing you all the best, 'cause you deserve it :)

    5 years ago

  • lizstygall

    lizstygall says:

    My parents made a big deal of putting in lovely curtains with zoo animals on (giraffes, elephants and the like) - with matching bedding and cushions. They were so proud of themselves that I ended up living with them until I was about 15! Go for 'temporary' stuff - like decals, mobiles, pictures in frames on brightly coloured walls instead of wallpaper. Kids grow up fast, and change their minds faster, plus it gives you room to be creative and change things around - especially if you have more littluns who might end up using that room and have different tastes! Above all, enjoy every moment of it, and congratulations.

    5 years ago

  • thelittlereddoor

    thelittlereddoor says:

    Cheers and all good things to the 3 of you!

    5 years ago

  • ekra

    ekra says:

    Congrats! One of my friends makes customized leather-covered journals that might be perfect for a baby book! http://www.etsy.com/shop/inblue?section_id=5647869

    5 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Congratulations~ always have liked your shop too~!

    5 years ago

  • diligent

    diligent says:

    Wonderful!Congrats!

    5 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns says:

    Congratulations to you and your wife. This is the most rewarding experience that you all will ever have in life and you are so blessed to be able to have a business of your own you all can call your own shots and raise your child together each and everyday. When your baby gets older take it maybe one day a week to a mother's day out. I wish we could have been in you all's situation so many years ago when we were raising our two children. your child will grow up in this wonderful enviroment and situation that you all have. It will be just fine don't worry. Again congratulations

    5 years ago

  • michelemaule

    michelemaule says:

    awwww congrats!!

    5 years ago

  • KathysKreation

    KathysKreation says:

    there's only one thing better than being a parent and that's being a grandparent!

    5 years ago

  • PositiveEnergyDesign

    PositiveEnergyDesign says:

    Congratulations!

    5 years ago

  • stoneaddict

    stoneaddict says:

    I've bought several items from CircaCeramics and they are top notch! Congrats for giving creation to the most wondrous thing on earth!

    5 years ago

  • rosalera

    rosalera says:

    Congrats you two! From one Chicago parent to another, raising children in this city has its own unique challenges - but we have found the experience rewarding. Enjoy the ride.

    5 years ago

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions says:

    Aww!!! How sweet!! Congrats & best wishes to your family - beautiful items, by the way!!

    5 years ago

  • trafalgarssquare

    trafalgarssquare says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! How exciting for you both! We just had our second little daughter in December and things have been interesting trying to keep up with two kiddos and a shop. I hope you bring out a line of baby goods in your shop, that would be awesome. Feel free to check out my shop for modern baby decor with a vintage flair. :) Happy Infanticipating!

    5 years ago

  • dragonflymystdesigns

    dragonflymystdesigns says:

    Congratulations, Nancy and Andy!!!

    5 years ago

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance says:

    May your baby be as cute as a kewpie!

    5 years ago

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio says:

    Congrats! It's impossible to describe the parenting experience. You just have to live it. Enjoy. :)

    5 years ago

  • akcArt

    akcArt says:

    Enjoy your little one! They grow up very quickly and the time just seems to fly!

    5 years ago

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass says:

    Soon you'll have a hard time remembering what it was like before your baby was born. All the best.

    5 years ago

  • AllCountryPretties

    AllCountryPretties says:

    I had a 21 year old and a 16 year old and then along came #3. Oh, I thought the others grew up so fast and now I will have this one for a long time. Now he is 25. Time goes by so fast. Take time and enjoy every minute with your child and takes lots of photos to enjoy later on. Congratulations!

    5 years ago

  • miekongo

    miekongo says:

    Awesome post!! I will stop by sometime to see how you guys are doing and feel the bump soon! This is so exciting!!

    5 years ago

  • ZZsROCKnRECYCLABLES

    ZZsROCKnRECYCLABLES says:

    Kids ROCK!!!! I used to take pottery (miss it,loved it) then I had a kid, but I work as a textile artist full time. Just go with the flow.. PUKE,PEE and POO.....ENJOY ;-) MY LITTLE GUY IS THE BEST!!!!!! You will feel that way too I am sure as soon as you meet your liitle bundle of joy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 years ago

  • Middleburg

    Middleburg says:

    OMG all the best to both of you! Trust me to Art Directors can produce a lawyer and a scientist, both with straight "A" in art class. Enjoy every minute of them, they grow up so fast... but get so much better with age. Luv to both of you!

    5 years ago

  • SsanchezV

    SsanchezV says:

    Congratulations! I love your products... Sandra @ www.modern-baby-shower-ideas.com

    5 years ago

  • SsanchezV

    SsanchezV says:

    Congratulations! Sandra @ www.modern-baby-shower-ideas.com

    5 years ago

  • cabbingrough

    cabbingrough says:

    I love your article - My husband and I work together as well, and each one of our hands touches each rock. And did I mention we have 4 kids? It's just 8 more hands to get in there!

    5 years ago

  • HomeStudio

    HomeStudio says:

    Congrats you guys!

    5 years ago

  • Fibrillaria

    Fibrillaria says:

    Congratulations for the little one on the way! You will find a way to make your studio work, it just takes a little more creativity! Our first one should arrive in June and we have also had to undergo changes to our wool processing, but everything and anything is possible!!!

    5 years ago

  • KatsKube

    KatsKube says:

    i love that picture. what a dad...... it makes me smile

    5 years ago

  • freshieandzero

    freshieandzero says:

    I just had a baby and luckily planned a "maternity leave" into my business but I made the mistake of only planning for 4 weeks! It took me 4 weeks to feel like a human again - I could definitely have used a couple more weeks to take time to enjoy my baby instead of just trying to keep us both alive! Next week when I return to Freshie & Zero world, I'm going to hit the ground running! We did our nursery in a pale greenish blue and jungle animals but didn't go overboard on the theme. The animals on the crib bumper (it's from Land of Nod) have these big Egyptian eyes and gentle smiles and baby loves to look at them already. I know bumpers have a bad reputation but babies love looking around the world and bumpers are right within their eyesight so consider getting one that they would like to stare at for hours!

    5 years ago

  • MiriMoMo

    MiriMoMo says:

    congratulations on the baby! I'm not expecting but I remember my first bedroom as it was originally my nursery. My mother is a whimsical woman, with a love of all things fantasy. So she had the nursery painted in simple, natural colours and had a good friend of hers paint a medieval tapestry inspired mural. The scene contained a forest, with the most magnificent lighting, a river with a tiny brook, a few woodland creatures and a Unicorn grazing where the most light shone through the canopy. Its been 14 years since I lived there, having left as a small child, but I still remember that spectacular scene right beside my bed. So i sudgest going easy on the decorating, focussing on one key piece if you plan to keep the room for a bedroom later. It will make their bedroom that much more memorable when they get older <3

    5 years ago

  • jinlongyu121

    jinlongyu121 says:

    Something in the water I guess. As far as nursery themes I like nature themes like the woods or a tree house name www.cn-center.com

    5 years ago

  • jinlongyu121

    jinlongyu121 says:

    Congratulations! We're expecting our first in a matter of weeks... decorating the nursery was/is (yeah, it's not done yet) definitely a challenge! I ended up making my own wall letters because I didn't want it to look too much like a baby room (and they're now of course in my Etsy shop). I'm sure two creative folks like yourselves will have no trouble making it beautiful once you decide on which fabulous idea to go with! www.cn-center.com

    5 years ago

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome says:

    Keep a low profile on the decor. Newborns go by scent and sounds more while their sight is still developing and everything is new to them. We started of with a lot of plain white and slowly built up the colors and the details. We were the decor at first, so to speak ;-) I wish you all the best and enjoy every minute.

    5 years ago

  • ClareBears

    ClareBears says:

    Congratulations!! I know the problem with names! We're due about a month later and the naming issue is huge! And we're not going to find out what we're having so we're going to have to come up with both....

    5 years ago

  • SweetMoods

    SweetMoods says:

    Your lives will never be the same ... While you are adapting your business to the arrival of a baby, I got mine from that. I started making crafts 16 years ago when my first daughter was born and I made sure she had something handmade by her mother. Then came another baby, and more things and ideas, and another baby... and last year another one in November! - for now (lol) - all I did for my children I am happy to do for other babies. They are a kind of "guinea pigs" to my experiences in the world of crafts. Have fun and you will see that your baby will also be an inspiration to you. Feel free to check out my shop for some items I made inspired by my own babies.

    5 years ago

  • veronicarileymartens

    veronicarileymartens says:

    What a cute story - congrats! We live in Chicago, too, with our 2 yr. old, but grew up in rural towns in Michigan, so I can relate to your situation. But our son, Finn, loves Chicago! He recognizes Lakeshore Drive, the Ferris Wheel, Navy Pier, the "Bean" (although he recently corrected my husband by telling him is was called the Cloud Gate-it was in one of his books). Plus I have had to learn to juggle staying at home with him as well as continuing my jewelry business. In fact, I will be at the Constructors Craft fair as well. Hope to meet you two in person! Good luck!

    5 years ago

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds says:

    Congratulations! Soon you'll have two more hands to help you out with the business!!!! And you'll be inspired in new ways!

    5 years ago

  • AmityUK Admin

    AmityUK says:

    Congratulations to you both!

    5 years ago

  • essimar

    essimar says:

    Congratulations Nancy and Andy. XO

    5 years ago

  • TheWishingElephant

    TheWishingElephant says:

    What a beautiful story! Dads are such a special thing - thanks for sharing. My baby is almost a year now, but I remember the anticipation... it's so fun. Enjoy and congrats!

    5 years ago

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber says:

    Congratulations!!! Im expecting a baby in July so I really liked this article and all the little baby things attached to it :)

    5 years ago

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware says:

    Congratulations! I think that having a child puts a whole new dimension on everythng. You may be amazed at how it can open you up to even more creativity. Best wishes.

    5 years ago

  • girlscantell

    girlscantell says:

    andy + nancy might be the sweetest, most adorable, nicest people i've ever met, i love when awesome thing happen to awesome people. yay!

    5 years ago

  • CeramicaBotanica

    CeramicaBotanica says:

    Awwwww exciting fantastic news!

    5 years ago

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am expecting the beginning of August. This will be our 2nd (we have a 16 month old). That is so exciting. We are having a hard time picking out a name this time. With Jacob, we agreed right away. This time it is a girl and we are having a hard time. Good luck:)

    5 years ago

  • Mimiandlola

    Mimiandlola says:

    Congratulations! What a great article! Good luck on your new adventure as a parent! It's the best job in the world.

    5 years ago

  • SparrowIndustries

    SparrowIndustries says:

    congratulations. our little boy was born last august. now he can crawl and we live in a higgledy piggledy house with many stairs - zoiks. i have to stop myself from buying lots of excellent things for him on etsy, i could easily bankrupt us! i just bought some great trousers here escargotkids.etsy.com and these hats are fab urbanbabybonnets.etsy.com GOOD LUCK!

    5 years ago

  • yogagoat

    yogagoat says:

    Congratulations Andy and Nancy! No advice, since I am without offspring, but I'm sure you guys are going to rock at parenthood!

    5 years ago

  • nowonder

    nowonder says:

    I think youll find that there are also a lot of atvanaged for raising a child in a big city. Congratulations!

    5 years ago

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison says:

    We run a business each and have 3 kids now aged 35, 17 and 13. It has gone in a flash - I don't know where the years have gone. The eldest is returning to England soon and we will miss him, but we have to let him go of course. My advice is to you is a) choose a name that won't embarrass him/her b) teach her all you know c) tell her you love her every single day of her life and 4) enjoy the time you have together - it just zips by. Everything else is just detail!

    5 years ago

  • ArtisticDetour

    ArtisticDetour says:

    Congrats! Enjoy this exciting time in your life! We have 4boys and 1 girl. They grew up in the city, and in the country. They all learned street smarts and how to build tree houses and such. The best of both worlds.

    5 years ago

  • DoBatsEatCats

    DoBatsEatCats says:

    Congrats to you guys -- your kid is lucky to have such awesome and creative parents! I wouldn't sweat the city thing too much. I grew up in Chicago and I like to think I turned out just fine, hahahaha. I learned basic street smarts and personal safety at a young age, which in these times, are skills you need no matter where you live, in my opinion.

    5 years ago

  • mykky

    mykky says:

    Congratulations! Wonderful story.

    5 years ago

  • anemonecomms

    anemonecomms says:

    Congratulations! Being a parent kicks ass :)

    5 years ago

  • PinkPerch

    PinkPerch says:

    Congratulations! Love the article...my husband and I work together too! All day, every day, lol. We look forward to the day we are baby proofing our work area! I make baby mobiles but you may already know this since a couple of my pieces are featured here! YAY! Another mobile that would work with your nature animal theme would be my Woodland Creatures mobile http://www.etsy.com/listing/48697433/woodland-creatures-baby-mobile-deer I can also customize anything for you guys! Congrats again and enjoy this time!!!

    5 years ago

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry says:

    Love the article.

    4 years ago

  • CircaCeramics

    CircaCeramics says:

    Thanks everyone so much for all of the comments! I just wanted to leave an update - We had our little guy! His name is Oliver, and he was born on October 29th (one day early, which shows he's already besting his parents! :)) You can see a picture of him here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/circaceramics/5136754708/ -Nancy

    4 years ago