Aurora Jean Royce, 1 month

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Hello! It’s been a while – again. I said I wanted to use this blog more and well, I failed. But in my defense, I’ve been busy. Chief among things keeping me busy was growing and then birthing this baby girl, who we met a month ago, whom we named Aurora.

She was born early in the morning on July 25 after an induction process no dissimilar to her brother’s. We went in thinking we’d have a baby soon, since I was already progressing a lot better than last time, and my body was more in shape for birth. But it still took about 30 hours for labor to get started, and then the epidural didn’t quite work, but thankfully the labor was quick and I only had to push for about 10 minutes 😎

I felt more distant with this pregnancy than with Alex. I think I was worried I wouldn’t love her as much as him, or I would lose my special bond with him. And of course I had so many other things on my mind, like my job, our house renovation, my magazine… So I didn’t know how I’d feel when she was born. When Alex was born I didn’t immediately fall in love with him or even feel super happy. I was tired and scared. It’s too bad that he had to be the first child born to a mother with a lot of anxiety issues. We have such a strong bond now, but those first 4-6 months were just brutal.

With Aurora she was placed on my chest and I felt bliss and relief. She’s been such a happy addition to our family. I mean, I’ve been so exhausted and hardly able to do much except sit on the couch with her sleeping on me, but look at her beautiful little face!

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Alex loves his sister but it’s also a complicated dynamic. And he’s been through a lot of changes which we’re doing our best to manage. He’s highly sensitive and feels a lot of feelings. Alan and I are exhausted giving our whole selves to both kids in different ways.

Her middle, Jean, is after both her grandmas who have it as their middle name, but it also shows up in both our families a lot (which I didn’t realize!), including my sister’s middle name. It means “god is gracious” but us not being religious that part is not as important. We were just glad to get a solid family name in there.

Her first name though is significant to me in a lot of ways. I won’t try too hard to explain it, but I have a strong emotional attachment to certain colors and times of day – like say, dusk or dawn. Aurora is a name that stirs up a beautiful warm glow.. Rich pinks and yellows and deep blues. It means ‘Dawn’ and that’s how it feels. I also like that it’s a classical name, like Alexander, and a mythological name. Aurora is the Roman goddess of the dawn, the bringer of a new day. It feels hopeful. For Alan it’s a good science and nature name. It ticks pretty much all the boxes for us. A sweet sunny name for our little summer baby.

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Fall Wardrobe for Baby

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Bears! Trees! Beers in trees! I had the most fun getting Alex’s clothes for fall. Spring was fun. Summer was really fun. But I think my personal feelings about fall (that it’s the best) helped. I’m also jealous of this collection of clothes. I want to wear them. I also got really nostalgic for this time last year when I was getting in deep buying baby clothes and getting excited about buying all this cute stuff. I went nuts and kinda just impulsively bought a ton of stuff that didn’t have a focus one way or another. I know that sounds silly, and I should be like “but it doesn’t matter!” but honestly it does matter to me. Ha.

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I also had fun picturing Alex wearing all these little clothes at daycare and being the Best Dressed Kid. But also things like his BIRTHDAY and Thanksgiving. Going apple picking and cozy weekend walks. Spring is great and traditionally has a newness about it, but I think fall has a similar feel. It’s a refreshing season.

Anyway, I went nuts with H&M and Zara this time around. They got such great, cute, affordable clothing. I couldn’t help myself.

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Parka, Collared Sweatshirt, Night Sky Sweatshirt
Striped Shirt, Grid Bodysuit, Striped Hoodie
Bear Romper, Bears Bodysuit, Constellation Tee
Tree Leggings, “Suit Trousers”, Trees Pant
Lined Sneakers, Pom Hat, Boot

(bear sweatshirt above part of a Carter’s set from Target)

Slogan T’s for Tots (that aren’t cheesy)

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I’m generally not a fan of baby clothes that have something to say like “Strong like mom!” or “Woke like Grandpa” idk. Why? WHY? In my experience, 99% of slogan clothing for babies is cringe-worthy, so I made it my mission to find a few that are actually good, cute-but-not-cutesy and gender neutral (plus I love doing mooboards. you know me).SLOGAN

Top Row:
Small is Beautiful, Yay, Pizza

Middle Row:
OK, Hi, Young Scrappy & Hungry

Bottom Row:
Beach Bébé, Be Kind, Babe with the Power

Summer Wardrobe for Baby

Summer is upon us, friends! It’s going to get into the 90s tomorrow and I suddenly realized this week that I have a whole bunch of baby clothes with long sleeves and closed feet. Not a good look for hot temps. That was actually a fun realization because I legit love to buy baby clothes. Gosh. Alex is better dressed than I am x1000. Like the spring “capsule”, I went with a lot of basics for everyday wear but peppered it in with a few really fun/cute/statement pieces. Here is another typically colorless collection that I tried hard to keep in the gender neutral realm but it might be my own bias against “girly” clothes that makes this lean more towards the “boyish” side. And how dumb that those signifiers are present so early on, right? Ughhhh.

Sidenote: the very concept of a summer wardrobe for baby is kinda laughable, especially since babies are the one demographic who can get away with wearing basically nothing all the time. In fact, many times I tell Alex “you don’t have to wear pants, but I think you’ll be more comfortable this way.” But, we have places to go this summer and Alex aims to impress.

p.s. Spring Wardrobe for Baby still has a few pieces that’ll be super fun and cute for summer.

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Top Row
Shorty One Piece — Gap , Scout Sweatshirt — Kid + Kind,
Striped Unisex Onesie — Goat Milk Organic

Second Row
Baby Singlet Bodysuit — Cotton On, Flora Pant  — Rylee and Cru,
Wild and Free T-shirt — Sweet Pea and Co.

Third Row
Triangle Print Bermuda Shorts — Zara, Campground Romper — Spearmint Love,
Marl Shorts — Gap

Bottom Row
Be Kind Onesie — Savage SeedsSaltwater Sandals, Cactus Onesie — Rocky Raccoon

 

Kid Gear for the Picky Parent™

041317-4My whole thing is that I’m not a color person. Before we got pregnant with Alex, I already knew I was adamantly anti-abrasively colorful, light up, make noise, ultra-gendered… What have you. My philosophy with Alex’s things is that it has to be adaptable to the next baby, boy or girl, and it has to be useful (preferably multi-useful!) I also believe that the things you choose for your baby can be in harmony with the other things in your house. If you’re weird like me and everything needs to “go” together.

So I thought I would do a round up of some great and very cute baby items I’ve come across that will satisfy the parent who prefers a more scandi-minimalist look to Fischer Price. (Or I suppose, you could call it “tediously gender neutral.” Ha!)

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1 — Archiblocks House  2 — Muslin Swaddle  3 — Baby Journal
4 — Geo Floor Tiles  5 —  Cuddle Bunny  6 — Plush Baby Basics Book
7 — Kitty Snap One Piece  8 — Teether/Rattle  9 — Birth Announcements
10 — Friendly Faces Soft Book

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