This was one Made By Rae pattern I somehow hadn't discovered previously. I'm so glad I found it, because it's so darn adorable... and also free!
I knew I wanted to sew it up in this Cotton and Steel double gauze. I have been enamored with this print ever since I saw Sophie's beautiful Blandine in it here.
It's so soft and floaty and perfect for the daily 100 degree weather we've been having here lately.
I decided to use red buttons since this print is dotted with an occasional red ring. I love the red against the mustard.
I skipped the buttonholes to save time. They really aren't necessary since the shirred top makes for easy on and off.
I had planned to have Hazel wear this on her birthday, but then I remembered that her party mainly consisted of making a gigantic mess with chocolate cake. So these photos were taken the day after her birthday.
For her (origami) birthday party, we all wore origami tattoos, a gift from Sanae. They are awesome and stayed on forever. Here's Hazel checking out her's.
I love that she was still crawling at 1 year old. These are likely the last photos I have of her crawling. Since then she has really mastered walking, so the crawling days are behind us now. But it was fun while it lasted!
Before she got the hang of walking, she used to walk on her knees, which was pretty much the most adorable and hilarious thing ever. When she did it in public, I don't think there was a single person who observed it without giving us a smile.
Hazel is one active little lady.
Sadly, last week she had a terrible accident where she was pulling up on a small iron side table and somehow knocked it over. (We obviously had no idea it could be knocked over - it wasn't unsteady and we try to be well babyproofed. We even affix our dressers to our walls.) It landed on her thumb, severing the tip of it just below the nail. I'll spare you the gory details because oh boy was it gruesome. She had to have it surgically repaired and is now in a full cast... but only for a week (fingers crossed).
The ER pediatrician told us that- surprisingly- this is a pretty common injury for little ones who are prone to getting tiny fingers in the wrong places.
It was so hard to see her in such pain. But as she was having the procedure, I was filled with a profound sense of gratitude for the care she was receiving. My heart ached for the parents and children living in parts of the world where these types of injuries aren't able to be treated due to lack of medical care. We're so fortunate to live in this time and place where we have access to such incredible treatment options.
And boy are kids resilient! Outside of having a very difficult time sleeping at night, Hazel has done so well getting around with her cast. It hasn't slowed her down one bit.
In fact, in only a few days time, she has learned how to use her cast like a drum stick to bang loudly on things! It's quite impressive, really. She is supposed to get her cast off tomorrow.
Have a happy weekend!