Thursday, July 25, 2013

Summer Sun Hats

Summer Adventures Art Print by Cinnamonink

Summer is in full swing and the days seem to be getting hotter. I've decided to put together a list of cute summer hats for babies after I made one for my own. You can see the hat I made in this post.

Floppy Hats
Maybe it's the hippy in me, but I've always enjoyed a cute floppy hat.

Purple Beach Hat by telepelekids

Strawberry Baby Sun Hat by Calico Caprice

Chevron Baby to Toddler Sun Hat by Aunt B's Bonnets

There are actually some really cute, modern designs out there in bonnets. I love taking something old and making it look new.

Baby Sun Hat Bonnet by Little Katy's Boutique

Rosewood Newborn Bonnet by Izzy & Isla

Raelynn Bonnet by onethirtynine: 13

I would never think of a yarn hat for summer use, but there are some cute ones that will keep the sun out just as well as a cotton or straw hat.

Baby Crochet Hat by Precious Moments Props

Summer Sun Hat by Babamoon

Baby Girl Crochet Summer Hat by Mariias

Boy's Summer Hats
Let's not forget about the boys. Trendy styles exist for them too, in both edgy and sweet.

Skull and Bones Hat by Bula Jean's Boutique

Eco Linen Boys Sun Hat with Seal by joy full things

Baby Toddler Newsboy Hat by JetsandLilys

Thursday, July 18, 2013

High Needs Bebe

I think Marina thinks her name is Bebe. We always call her that and she responds to it more than Marina.

We always wondered why things were never getting easier for us, like everyone keeps saying will happen. She still gets up about 5 times a night, can't fall asleep without us bouncing her, and gets bored or overstimulated really easily. Then my Aunt did some research and discovered she is a high needs baby. I thought this article about 12 Features of a High Needs Baby on Dr Sears' website was very informative.

She has every one of those traits. It can be difficult to get through the day when she always wants to be held and walked around, when she gets upset and it takes a loooong time to calm her down, or she goes from smiling into frowning and crying in an instant. Still, she has good moments too, when she'll lay on her play mat for half an hour and I can actually get something done or when we're doing something right and she smiles and smiles.

Getting through the day is much easier now.  Instead of thinking about this crying, fussing baby, I always try to look at the world through her eyes to find out what she needs. We've always done that, but now that I don't have this expectation that maybe next month she'll be a normal baby, I can address her needs a little better. It's easier to deal with knowing that some day things not only will get better, but we'll have this amazing, insightful, energetic kid. 

And then there are moments like this where I just can't stop laughing:

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