on babies, itty bitty clothes, and getting bigger

How cute is this?!  I accidentally hit the “Last 12 Months” tab on iPhoto and this picture popped up.  I don’t even remember taking it, and then discovered that was because I didn’t.  (Thanks, sister Jess!)  The photo is from last year around Thanksgiving when we were home in Virginia at Elliott’s parents’ house.  Lena was about 7 months old then and she’s even cuter than I remembered.  Doll baby! 

Makes me so excited to cuddle another little baby of mine in just a few months.  Back here in the States I’ve been stocking up on baby boy clothing, as the pickin’s are slim back in Sicily, unless you want to spend a small fortune on European fashions.  (Which, of course, I do!  But practicality and thrift prevail within me.)  I’m excited about the tiny striped outfits and little button down shirts I’ve found here, though, and it makes our little baby boy seem all the more real.  I’m looking for some suspenders next. 

Somewhat begrudgingly, I’ve begun pulling out my maternity clothes.  That time has come.  I’m 23 weeks on Wednesday (nearing 6 months), which is about the time I can no longer sleep on my stomach at night.  Last week someone I didn’t know asked me for the first time, “Oh, when are you due?!”  So I’ve crossed the line into Obviously Pregnant.  While I don’t welcome the growing feeling of rotundity, I do love being pregnant, and so… bring it on.  It is such a miraculous privilege to carry a baby within you, to wholly sustain another life as you also sustain your own, to nurture that little person long before you actually hold him in your arms.  I wonder what he will look like?  And what his name will be?  I can tell you one thing about names… we have no idea.  We’re brainstorming a lot these days, though.  My favorite place to try out names for size is Nameberry’s Vintage Baby Boy Names

How about Archibald? 


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11 Responses to on babies, itty bitty clothes, and getting bigger

  1. Kate Noble October 2, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Awh what a little cutie pie! Her eyes are such a beautiful blue :)

    • Becca October 2, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

      I know, they have always seemed enormous and somehow still look that way to me even as she grows!

  2. Milynn {Love + Whimsy} October 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    I love finding surprises like that! I recently did the same thing and ended up looking through all my photos from before 2007. Crazy how things have changed too. Also her eyes are absolutely gorgeous!

    • Becca October 2, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

      Part of the reason for seeing this photo, I think, is having to clear off a LOT of my photos from my computer because I am running out of disk space. Even though I have them backed up on a hard drive, it’s sad to think that they won’t be there to discover again one day… including the ones from 2007!

    • andaz luise October 10, 2012 at 5:32 am #

      For every parents baby is a special gift by god, I am very happy that I have two babies. I would love to say that I am very crazy about different designs of babies collection.


  3. Erin October 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Hi Becca. I went to high school with Elliott, discovered your blog on Facebook when I was on maternity leave with my 8 month old, and have been following it since. Love following your family adventures; you are very inspiring. Thought I would chime in regarding baby clothes and maternity clothes. Since you are back in VA, you should check out two stores in Alexandria: 1) 529 Consignment on Royal Street in Old Town, and 2) Bellies and Babies on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. I have found great clothes for my little guy at both places, and they both have decent maternity sections as well. Enjoy your time at home, and best wishes for a peaceful pregnancy and birth.

    • Becca October 3, 2012 at 3:53 am #

      Thank you for these recommendations, Erin, and for saying hi again! I remember your note to Elliott earlier this year, I think, when you had just had a baby and discovered my blog. Stocking up on maternity clothes and baby clothes is such fun!

  4. Alison October 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    You’re so smart to stock up on babies clothing while you’re in the States. We don’t have any kids yet but my mom has kept lots of the best children clothing that she’s collected over the years. i’m always surprised by how much teeny tiny clothing can end up being. Also, Lena’s adorable now but this picture definitely makes me want to count the days until we have our own little ones. :)

    • Becca October 3, 2012 at 3:54 am #

      My mom has kept the best clothing from our childhood years too! I love those outfits and have been having so much fun putting them on Lena. It is amazing to me that she preserved them in such beautiful condition, too. Go, Mom.

  5. Gaby October 3, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    i love vintage names. and i would definitely be shopping in the states too! i live in australia, but whenever i go home to north american all i do is shop because it’s so much cheaper!

  6. Sarah October 5, 2012 at 4:36 am #

    Ha, names are hard! As I just learned with trying to name my puppy. You can have some of his castoff names if you want: Talley (short for Talleyrand), Francis, Francois, Mt. St. Victoire, Bob… :)

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