i teamed up with the lovely and stylish blakely, editor of eloise and me and mama to the adorable little rosie, to get a different take on boy style. we swapped guest posts and shared what our littles would wear if they were of he opposite sex in a fun “if i had a girl/if i had a boy…” post. i adore the classic look blakely put together for the little mister which includes some great pieces for fall.
saddle shoe (not pictured) - a perfect classic for dressing up, or dressing down with jeans
gray corduroy overall (not pictured) - i love little boys in one pieces, keeps them looking like babies as long as possible
i absolutely love styling kiddos, but as a mama to a boy, mind almost always revolves boys clothing (which i love), so it was really fun to put together an outfit for a little girl for a change. below is a sneak peek at my “if i had a girl” look, but head over to eloise and me for all of the outfit details and a corresponding mama outfit too (because you know i just can’t help myself).
mama wears: random black tank, francesca skirt (similar here), charlotte russe wedges
if you knew my boy before he broke his femur, you would know that his two little feet were constantly moving as fast as they could go, almost always kicking a ball in front of him. i would often question why i took him to playgrounds because he would always find a nearby patch of grass where he could run and kick his soccer ball, ignoring the swings and slides that we came for. i truly can not wait to get that little boy back and to see him with no limitations. it is kind of an odd experience to have to redo all of those first steps (no pun intended) with your little one, to revert back to those milestones that he already surpassed a year ago. i wondered how it would feel to see him attempt to walk, then run, again. i wondered if i would feel anxious for him to just get it over with (it’s never easy to see your child struggle) or if it would be as exciting as the first time he did it. and i’ve found that although i am eager for things to get back to “normal”, i still feel that exact same immense pride at his accomplishments, maybe even more so than the first time. he has started running again, although not as quickly and not as steadily as in the past, but i know he will get there soon and seeing the joy in his face as he pumps little legs as quickly as they can go is good enough for me right now.
remember holden’s first ice cream experience here? well, i am so glad we waited so long to introduce him to his father’s beloved food because he is obsessed. if he could, he would eat ice cream for every meal and he has started saying often that random objects look like ice cream when they clearly do not (he must be daydreaming about it all day long). we have been making it a fun summertime treat and i think a true ice cream experience would involve a trip to the ice cream truck, but i can’t find one anywhere! a visit to the ice cream truck seems to sum up childhood in the summertime as it holds a certain nostalgia for those carefree, warm summer evenings. since i haven’t been able to find any ice cream trucks in the neighborhood, i’ve found a few cardboard ones on pinterest (here, here, and here) that i’m thinking about attempting thinking that a cardboard one will probably end up being more fun for holden than the real thing (a quick stop at a moving truck versus hours of fun with mama).
oh, how we missed taking a bath when holden was in the cast. you don’t really realize how much you need bath time until it’s eliminated from your daily schedule. it’s that one thing that makes your toddler smell like a baby all over again (i love inhaling that post-bath smell), that indicator that bedtime is starting, and for me, that half hour of “me time” in the evenings after a long day (bath time is a special time for mr.b and holden). in the days leading up to the cast removal, we couldn’t stop talking about the first bath with the excitement and anticipation you would expect for some sort of grand vacation. and as if they knew what a momentous moment this was, earth mama angel baby sent us shampoo and lotion to celebrate.
holden has always had very sensitive skin, but we had to be even more aware of what we put on his skin after the cast. earth mama angel baby is one of the only companies on the market that is certified organic from a third party and rated zero on the skin deep database so we didn’t have to worry about using it for that first bath when his skin was a little raw and dry from being inside the cast for 6 weeks. the natural orange vanilla shampoo and body wash has quickly become a bath time favorite and if you have a little one with sensitive skin, you know how hard it can be to find something that works! below are a few more of our favorite go-to items for the some toddler bath time fun (and please forgive me, but i just couldn’t resist adding that outdoor tub..)
we couldn’t not to document holden’s first moments back in the sand as this might just be what he missed most about being in the cast and was one of the first places that we took him upon cast removal. holden adjusted really well to the cast (as young ones tend to do adjust easily to pretty much anything), but i think the times he did notice he had a cast is when we would tell him that he couldn’t touch sand or dirt, a place that most boys like to spend the entirety of their day. He was so thrilled to be back at the beach and we were content to let him explore and play on his own (something that hasn’t happened in 7 weeks!) without worrying about him falling onto a hard surface.
during the cast adventure, we struggled to find articles of clothing that holden owned that could fit around the cast. fawn shoppe, a global boutique that carries unique children’s clothing, came to our rescue and was kind enough to send holden several items in a bigger size so that he would have something to wear while in the cast and even sent a bathing suit to celebrate getting the cast off. it was my first introduction to this unique boutique and it has quickly become my favorite destination to shop for holden’s clothing, finding items i haven’t seen anywhere else (do you know how long i have been searching for a cute rashgaurd like this?!). if you haven’t yet, head over to see what’s in stock at fawn shoppe. below are a few of our favorites currently in stock.