Jake’s mother brought us a lovely gift when Beatrice was born. Her own mother had just unpacked an old trunk that had been up in the rafters of a garage for 50 years or so. In it they found some baby clothes that Jake’s grandma probably wore when she was a child. Which means they were made over 80 years ago.
They are simple but amazingly beautiful. The handwork is remarkable — to think someone put that much work into outfits meant to be worn by messy babies! There are three baby dresses — with short sleeves, no sleeves, and a heavier one with long sleeves.
And there are also three sleeveless shirts and a t-shirt that are just about the right size for Adeline. They are all edged in different kinds of lace and the t-shirt has beautiful embroidery around the collar.
I had just about given up on getting a picture of Adeline wearing one of these, since she has this sixth sense about things I really want her to do, even if I act totally nonchalant like I couldn’t care less if she puts on this 80 year old shirt and lets me take a picture of her in it — I guess she can see right through me. She has pretty much refused to wear anything I make for her (ever since the vest) or anything I pick out, so I’ve stopped making her things or trying to get her to wear outfits I like (i.e., ones that match!).
Then I read this post. And I can’t believe bribery didn’t occur to me earlier! It was so easy. “If you wear this shirt, you can have a chocolate chip cookie!” She even volunteered to pose for pictures (which she generally dislikes).
Bribery was almost too easy, really. If I’m not careful, I could totally see it becoming a habit!
And finally, this beautiful dress is not exactly a family heirloom — yet — but I wanted to show it off anyway. It was a gift from Jake’s cousin Marie, and I love love love it — though I have not tried it on yet because so far every time I’ve tried on any of my pre-pregnancy clothes there is much disappointment and pouting. Maybe in a few months…