baby diary

It seems that everyone is having babies lately; there seems to be a case of Baby Fever these days. Which means that one is always in need of good baby gifts to whip up! I transcribed this 1925 baby knits pattern before Audrey made her debut, and I kind of wish I had knit it up for her. But I’m sure someone else will find it useful–for either someone they know or for their own tiny babe. The pattern includes three pieces: thumbless mitts, booties and a cozy bonnet. I hope you enjoy!

Download the free pattern here.

June 17, 2013 · 7 lovely thoughts
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    Casey is wearing: cotton circle skirt: 50s vintage | blue tshirt: Boden, thrifted | shoes: Rita pumps, Remix | belt: thrifted | bracelet: Forever 21
    Audrey Leigh is wearing: romper: vintage, thrifted | striped onesie: thrifted | headband: handmade

I keep meaning to capture outfits that are the super comfy ones: long jersey maxi skirts and the like. Something that is very postpartum friendly. But in the past week the vintage bug has bit hard, and I’ve been finding I can squeeze into some of my favorite vintage and retro pieces at last! (Well, sort of: a waist cincher has been helping with certain garments! lol.) So cue the pinup hairstyles, high waist skirts, fluffy petticoats and snazzy heels. Yes, I really did wear this for an entire day (in fact two; though not consecutive). Errands, playing on the floor with Audrey, cleaning, and a few baby messes. Dressing in a vintage or vintage inspired manner can be done when you’re a mama!

Thank you all so, so much for your comments on last week’s (lone! ;) ) post. I’ve not had a chance to respond to a couple questions, but I’ll try to later this week!

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June 5, 2013 · 31 lovely thoughts
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Good morning friends! Gosh, I was away a bit longer than I intended. Not for lack of desire to blog but I’ve just been enjoying soaking up these first weeks with Audrey that I somehow kept putting off returning to the blog. hehe! But I’m back because it just seemed like I couldn’t keep away any longer! Thank you all so much for all the lovely notes and emails the past weeks–and hanging in there while I took a break! I hope you’ve had a lovely April and May–I’ve missed you all and our fun together here!

Motherhood has been the most rewarding, frustrating, joyful and exhausting thing I have ever done. I had somewhat idealized visions of easily slipping into this new role and making things I did prior to Audrey’s birth fit seamlessly with my new life. What a beginner’s mistake! hehe. I have since learned that having a meticulously clean house is not as important (and man can I clean quickly when I do have the time! haha!), sewing gets done in 15 minute snippets (and some weeks not at all; the Laundry Monster trumps that!), and cuddles with a little cutie is more fun than spending 30 minutes on a perfect pinup hair do. ;) I’m slowly making some of my favorite pre-baby things mesh with this new lifestyle pace, but it’s a learning process–and a humbling one at that.

[ above: Audrey and I when she was two weeks old. ]

Audrey will be two months old this Sunday! I feel like I blinked and went from a sleepy newborn who I worried over constantly, to a chubby little baby who is extremely curious about the world around her (and doesn’t want to sleep!). She recently discovered her loud voice (aside from crying–we went through a really awful colicky period of about two weeks, until I figured out through elimination that it was a few foods in my diet causing problems. Since then the crying has subsided quite a bit, thank goodness!), and has been startling Maverick with her sudden and ear-piercing coo. I feel like everyday brings something new. Many times I’ve wished I could have a camera following us around during the day to catch every face she makes and new discovery–because these days are just going too fast and I want to soak them up forever.

So what is on the horizon for blogging? I’ve pretty much ascertained my goal will be posting three times a week. Outfit posts, hopefully a few DIY’s here and there, homemaking, link roundups and of course vintage inspirations will probably be standard. I have some darling 1920s knitting patterns I transcribed while I was pregnant that I can’t wait to share with y’all, as well as some reviews and mother-daughter outfit posts! I dare say that learning to fit blogging in with things is going to be fraught with a few hiccups, so please bear with me as I get my sea legs!

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May 20, 2013 · 75 lovely thoughts
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SH and I were very excited to welcome miss Audrey Leigh into the world in the wee hours of Tuesday morning (March 26)! She weighed a petite 6lbs. 10oz., and had a very quick entry into the world. (Weeks of those darn fake labor contractions made me think I wasn’t in the early stages of labor Monday evening!) We’re very thankful that God has blessed us with this precious girl and that she had a safe delivery and both she and I are doing well. SH and I have been spending a lot of time cuddling with her, marveling over her tiny toes and fingers, and learning something new hourly about parenthood. We’re just eating up every moment of these early days! I feel like I can’t remember what life was like before she arrived–motherhood is proving to be very agreeable (though not without it’s challenges and hiccups!).

Sorry to keep this so short, but I have a cute little girl to go cuddle with… Be back in a few weeks! ♥ ♥ ♥

April 1, 2013 · 192 lovely thoughts
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sweater: hand-me-down | tank top: NEX | jeans: Motherhood Maternity | belt: thrifted | necklace: vintage (really a bracelet!) | scarf: vintage | shoes: Blowfish

My tongue-in-cheek nod to pin up poses! lol. Hey–got to have fun and a little laugh at myself since I am starting to feel more like Humpty Dumpty these days and less like my old self. hehe! I wore this over the weekend, right as they were predicting snow for the region. Something warm and cozy to curl up under a blanket with, but also presentable enough to go out (which I had to do). Lots of knits these days–which is weird considering how much I used to eschew knits and elastic! I have changed my tune quite a bit. hehe!

I really love how easy this scarf ‘do is; I think it’s going to become one of the ones I work on getting down to second nature over the coming weeks so I can use it to cover up when I haven’t been able to wash my hair for days once Miss Blueberry arrives! It’s better than a ponytail every day, which often just gives me a headache since my hair is so long and thick…

The baby shower my sister is sweetly throwing for me is coming up soon! I am getting so excited… Partly because this means the baby’s arrival is drawing closer, and my sister chose an Alice in Wonderland/Mad Hatter tea party theme for the event! I’ll be sure to take loads of pictures to share with y’all! (Especially as a lot of the decorations are very DIY-friendly.)

January 31, 2013 · 38 lovely thoughts
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