Though it was a military operation to pull off, buoyed by the success of taking my first set of outfit photos post-baby for part 1 of my collaboration with Lindy Bop on breastfeeding-friendly styles, the next weekend we set out to do it all again for part 2…
You know how this is going to end, don’t you? If you guessed: with a baby who screamed the ENTIRE photoshoot, then ding ding ding! We have a winner! With this particular baby, any time we want to leave the house requires me calculating our perfect ‘window of opportunity’ which goes something like this – if we need her to be awake, taking her out straight after her first feed after her biggest morning nap, or – if we need her to be asleep, taking her out approximately 30 minutes after a feed following a couple of short naps when she’s not got enough sleep in the bank to resist the snooze in the car or her pram. Our days are basically a roulette game on the wheel of baby napping, is what I’m saying. An overtired, tiny baby can ruin your plans quite easily.
But you can plan with meticulous precision based on the above and the tiny baby still has other ideas on the day. Such was the day we took these photos and you have to decide: do I go home and give up? Or do I become the cruel mother ignoring her screaming baby just to get a few snaps? So yes, I became That Mother for the sake of these photos but I realised there are times you have to do a small something for yourself when you’re a new mum. It’s very easy to exist only for your baby and I’m pretty sure that’s the way madness lies… She didn’t need anything, she was just trying to ruin my fun!!
Anyway, I don’t think I’ll look back and regret I took these photos for the ten minutes of baby crying they caused (at this age she cried nearly every time she was awake, I guess from the indignity of being alive??). I love this dress – I don’t know why, but I’ve got a real thing for denim dresses. I think because they’re that perfect blend of dressy and casual, so they have lots of wear potential. It’s sadly out of stock right now, but I’ve got a feeling they’re going to restock this one. Word of advice with the sizing – if you’re top heavy, pay close attention to the bust size on the guide and add on an inch to stop gapping. There’s stretch, but if you’re at the limit of the size guide there won’t be enough to stop the dreaded gap. The waist comes up a little small so you shouldn’t be swamped if you size up. There’s also a really cute plaid version, perfect for autumn, which has just been restocked and is already going fast again!
Headscarf: Next (old)
Dress: Charlotte c/o Lindy Bop (check website for stock)
Baby changing bag: Beau
Boots: BAIT Footwear (old, but look out for a very similar style coming from Lulu Hun this autumn!)