I often get asked where I get my 3 year old Ava’s formal/church dresses from. I shop at places in Australia and Overseas such as Cotton On, Janie and Jack, Ebay, Zulily.. really all different places.
I wanted to share some links with you for dresses Ava has as well as other’s I’ve found that are formal so you can bookmark these companies for next time!
One- Lola Short Sleeve dress, Cotton On | Two- Laura Short Sleeve Dress, Cotton on | Three- Inga Tulle Dress, Cotton On | Four- Romantic Embroidered Dress, Zara | Five- The Maya Dress, Janie and Jack | Six- Plaid Ruffle Dress, Janie and Jack | Seven- Katanna Lace Dress, Bardot Junior | Eight- Cheetah Faux Fur Dress, Janie and Jack | Nine- Animal Print Dress, Zara | Ten- Loose fitting button up dress, Zara | Eleven- Jackered Window Pain Dress, Janie and Jack | Twelve- Embroidered Dress, Zara
We are 7 weeks into this parenting experience! I don’t think you can even call it ‘parenting’ at this age? More like, 7 weeks into the new job role of bottle feeder, burper and high-pitched laughs.
Ava is growing and developing well- we had her 6 week shots last week which were terrible, but she was fine after the initial jab (my poor baby).. yes, I was a blubbering mess.. She’s consistently sleeping through the night, waking only once to feed- we’re on a pretty good routine at the moment. The only problem with this routine is that she eats when we eat.. will I ever have a hot meal again?! I made a list a few days ago of all the things I haven’t done since the birth of Ava (the list is pretty comical!!):
- Had a shower lasting longer than 15min
- Eaten toast (at breakfast) while it was still hot..scratch that..eaten any meal while it’s still hot
- Drank a full cup of coffee at breakfast while it’s still hot
- Drank ANY beverage at breakfast and finished it while it was still hot
- Gone on a date with my husband.. unless church music practice counts?? HA.. (we are ticking this off the list tonight..)
- Left the house in less than 5min
- Only done one load of washing a week… Who knew something so small could create SO MUCH LAUNDRY
- Picked something to wear in less than 2 min- now it goes through the if-spit-up-was-to-fall-on-this-item-would-it-stain test..
Raising Ava has been nothing but joy..despite all the challenges new mums face! Some days I find myself worried that I am failing – am i under stimulating her, am I not talking to her enough, is she too hot or too cold, am I going to make her sick (I’ve been battling the flu for a week), does she need more Vitamin D (she is PALE folks), what milestones should she be hitting at this age.. if she hitting them?! So many what ifs and questions.. they don’t give you a manual when you have a baby.. I wouldn’t mind a how-to on ‘raising a functioning, caring and loving child’- the tagline could be: ways to not stunt their growth or crush their dreams.. It would cover everything from birth to say 14ish (after 14 your on you own…ha.. I can’t help you there..even I turned feral around this age)
I found this quote the other day which perfectly reflects the need I have for God to be involved daily in this new season of my life..
I can imagine that as Ava gets older the ‘load’ of motherhood will sometimes get heavy and complicated – but I truly believe I need just as much of God today that I will in 10 years time.
Below are some photos of my angel baby.. By no means am I a professional photographer however I have a pretty good Nikon camera which I’ve tried to work out myself..
A few months ago my niece Mia was told to make a wish when she blew the candle out on her 6th birthday cake. After making this wish she quickly asked us if we wanted to know the wish she made- without missing a beat she told us she wished to grow wings..
..and that my friends is the problem with 90% of the cartoons our kids watch..haha
Poor Mia..we felt bad breaking it to her that humans can’t grow wings..but there are ways around it..kinda..cue the fairy wings and princess wands!
Some of the below items would be super cute for a Fairy or Princess party- they are on the cheaper side as well so definitely affordable if you needed to buy a few.
One- Fairy Wings // Two- Princess Wand // Three- Wing Singlet // Four- Wing Shoe Clips // Five- Princess Skirt //Six- Crown //Seven- Ballet Shoes //Eight- Flare Onesie
Personally, I don’t look very good in headbands or beanie’s (I think it’s the large Assyrian/Maltese forehead)- but most babies look absolutely adorable- I have probably pinned hundreds of photos of different pieces.
I have started buying a few different head bands and crocheting one or two here and there for baby Ava- I’ll share the crocheted ones in a few days.
Below are a few of my favourite’s I have found (or own!):
one- baby turban // two- floral crown // three- fairy bow headband // four- ballet headband // five- queenie crown
We actually used a baby headband for our announcement that it was a baby girl!
It’s no secret that I (along with most of my female family) were hoping for a baby boy! Alas we were blessed with another little girl making her appearance in August!
I couldn’t help but pick out a cute outfit for this imaginary baby boy! (I somewhat ignored some of the prices however a few items are on sale at the moment!)
one – otis baby blunny
two – baby boy denim knit shirt
three – baby boys fleetwood vest
four – baby boys linen harem pant
five – rock star cap
six – kooky socks
Bonds still have a major sale on at the moment so you’ll be able to pick up the leggings for 40% off. As for the Nike shoes- I know they’re a bit of overkill for little kids (and all white!) but we used a cute little pair for our pregnancy announcement so I couldn’t not include them!
one – baby girls denim dress
two – pearl hair bow
three – nike air max 90 mesh
four – baby bonds stretchies splash floral leggings
Pregnancy announcement below!
I am loving all the baby girl items I am seeing in stores- below are a few of my favourites that I came across last week!
On a side note it’s incredible that they can charge so much for something so small but this being our first little baby I have definitely turned a little bit of a blind eye to the prices!
one – baby girls lurex knit dress
two – baby girls fur vest
three – baby girl’s lyla baby shoe
four – secret garden crown headband
five – baby party tights
(BONDS have a 40% off everything sale at the moment!)