This is Simplicity Vintage Baby 1600A. I dress Hazel in the bloomers I made all the time, so this seemed like a natural extension of those.
The instructions for this pattern are great and the finishing is excellent. I love how they have you use bias binding for the elastic casings. Such a nice, clean finish.
With this pattern, even though I cut the pattern based on Hazel's weight and height measurement I had to take the elastic in on the back by a lot - several inches. It happens. But then I had to cut close to 5 inches off of each strap! So my advice is to try this one on first and make adjustments as needed.
The fabric for this little romper is Grey Abbey Floral Whimsy by Elizabeth Olwen. I bought it several years ago now and it seemed perfect for this project. (Yay for sewing from my stash!)
Hazel is such a little honey and we all enjoy her so much. Even though she started crawling when she was 5 months old, just like her siblings, she isn't walking just yet. Jude, Indigo and Iris were all walking by the time they were 9 months old! It's so interesting how when you're a first time parent it's tempting to want them to get to that next stage as fast as possible. But with Hazel, I am really enjoying that she is still crawling. She's such a little peanut, crawling everywhere and even walking on her knees sometimes, which is totally adorable. I know she'll have her entire life to walk, so I am appreciating the sweetness of this crawling stage!
Hazel is an observer. She loves to watch her older siblings and they love to play with her. My aunt, a mother of five, once said that other children are like toys that have come to life from a baby's perspective. I think that's so true.
Last week, the four older kids went to a cross cultural morning program on Thailand. Dan's sister lives there and has for almost 25 years so we were thrilled for them to learn more about Thai culture. I assumed I'd get so much done while the kids were away, but it was actually quite the opposite. Hazel was so bored she didn't know what to do with herself! She cried unless I was carrying her or playing with her.
Hazel has started standing, which I tried to capture, but that didn't work out. It's pretty funny, it's like she never intentionally stands but instead drops her arms when she's been holding onto something and is then almost scared like, "What's going on? What do I do now?!"
We think she says Mama, All Done, and Nine for No. She still doesn't sleep through the night but none of my nursing babies did until they were closer to 18 months old and had night weaned. (Iris still doesn't sleep through the night, but that's another story.)
Our little Hazey Mae - she is so loved!