This is actually a post about some clothes, believe it or not! But it was one of those things that I snapping away at and I ended up capturing some memories as well. But more on that in a moment.
This year, I’m quite touched to be a member of the Frugi Family. Frugi
, if you didn’t know, is a brand of scrumptious organic clothes, for littles one and expectant mums too. They aren’t just organic though, they are bright and well-designed and gorgeous to dress your little ones in.
Something happens when you become a mother. You stop fantasising about clothes for yourself (well, as much as you used to anyway – I’m still excited to buy myself a few bits once this baby girl arrives) and you become obsessed with these tiny items for your tiny person. Little socks. Dungarees (a particular weakness of mine) and tiny sleep suits. I have a list of brands I prefer and shops I buy from regularly. And Frugi is the latest to add to that list.
And so, throughout the year, I’ll be lucky enough to feature a few pieces for both Bill and this baby girl (I already have my eye on these Lovely Babygrows
and this Ruffle Bum Outfit
This time around, we were asked if we would like to choose from the new High Summer 2016 collection
. So, I decided to choose some Perran PJs
for Bill (£22). It might not seem like the most interesting of choices, but he needed some lighter ones for the warmer months, and I spotted this pair as I was browsing and I fell in love with the design.
They have a nautical/pirate theme to them, and I loved the bright red and white stripes, combined with grey and blue. And once they arrived I was pretty impressed to find the organic cotton was thick and very soft. I snapped these photographs the day that they arrived, so I could take some later on, once they had been through a couple of wash cycles.
For me, the way clothes wash, especially when kids are concerned, is important. I always get so frustrated when colours run, or they shrink. And this Frugi set stood my test fine! Especially when pyjamas sometimes end up featuring breakfast all over them at some point too…
These photographs below were actually taken last night. The pyjamas have been through two wash cycles and look just as bright as they did when they arrived.
Last night, in fact, all of yesterday in fact, was special. Because it was actually my first day of maternity leave. And the first time I’ve had time like this, with my son, since he was eight weeks old. The last time I was on maternity leave with him and I went back far too soon. There was no rushed weekend this weekend. No cramming in chores – I have a wash load on as I speak. And it’s like nothing I have ever experienced before. Because he’s almost four now. It’s not like a lazy weekend. Or a holiday. Because Mark’s not here. And we don’t have anything particularly special planned. It’s just time. Time together. Taking it slow. Enjoying him. Talking to him. Listening to him. And that really means something to me.
Last night, Mark got home from work and dinner was on the table. I washed up so he could play with Bill and get bath time started. It was an hour earlier than usual, as we were all done. So bath time could be longer. No rushing. No hurry up.
And I watched Mark and Bill laugh and play and be silly and I felt so happy in that moment because we have never had this before. It was so relaxed. Mark wasn’t as tired as I had everything ready. And I wasn’t as tired as I wasn’t forcing a 38 week bump beneath a desk, like I was last week.
And do you know something? It was one of the nicest work evenings we’ve had in a while.
And because of Frugi, I got to capture it. I was reminded to capture it.
Soon, there will be four of us. And I expect we may have to juggle the way we do things again. It might be a bit harder to begin with. And it might be harder to appreciate with a whimpering newborn in the middle of bath time.
But I’m really glad we soaked these moments up.
Because these are the moments we will want to remember I think. And I’ll look back at photographs and remember my little three year-old, in his red and white striped pyjama pants, reading with his step-dad, and I’ll smile.
If you’d like to see what the rest of the Frugi Family chose (there’s quite a few of us) then there’s a bit of a mini haul trail that you can follow. So whether you have boys or girls, or both, you can see what everyone chose and how it looks on, and what we all think.
I have the pleasure of sending you to Lucy’s blog – Dear Beautiful
– which is perfect as her photography is stunning and she’s one of my best chums too.
Just click the logo below and off you go!