Baby Family Milestones Pip {the ordinary moments}

A First for the First


Once upon a time there was a teeny tiny baby boy, and he wore teeny tiny babygros covered in boats and stripes and stars and dinosaurs and sheep. Not all at the same time.

But this teeny tiny baby, who was in fact not so teeny tiny after all, started to grow and grow and grow.  At first his Mama bought him new babygros covered in the same boats and stripes and stars, and then she bought him even bigger babygros covered in penguins and polar bears and reindeer and a few more stripes and stars just for good measure.  And he looked unbelievably cute and was incredibly cuddly and the Mama and the boy were very happy.

But although the Mama and the boy were very happy with the babygros, the Mama wondered whether the boy might like to try a little outfit, just to see whether anything could top the cuteness of a baby in a reindeer babygro, a little dressing up to welcome in the New Year.  And he would.20150102-DSC_0021

And so on New Year’s Day, when a change demanded a full outfit change I pulled out Pip’s first ‘real’ clothes; soft cord trousies with a red and white lining, a cosy t-shirt with elbow patches, the most adorable little tank top, and a pair of stripy socks that Father Christmas had tucked into his stocking.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I defy anyone not to at least think “aww!”

I know it’s terribly super-special-snowflake-mummy to think that Pip is possibly the cutest little baby every to wear stripy socks, but look, look – he just looks so tiny and so grown up all at the same time; possibly because his jumper is a size too big and trying to gobble him up.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Pip’s wardrobe of babygros is partly a result of a bit of third child syndrome; with two little girls to get ready every day, I have neither the time nor the inclination to get a tiny floppy baby in and out of fiddly little clothes unless circumstances demand it, unlike when you have your first baby and dressing them up in really cute outfits is all part of the fun of learning to be a Mummy. But I don’t think he’s suffered for it either; he’s always been warm and snuggly and able to wriggle and kick to his heart’s content, and as he can now execute some very tidy circles around and around on the lounge floor and he’s starting to try to roll, kick and wriggle space is key.

I’m not planning a whole scale move over to little outfits at the moment either, I think we’re still going to be predominantly in babygros for however long size 6-9 months continues to fit.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Or at least that’s the plan.  But then he wore his new little outfit on New Year’s Day, and then on Friday when the babygro basket was empty because the laundry was still sat in my room waiting to be sorted I reached for a little long sleeved vest and dungarees handed down from his cousin, and as I write this he’s lying on his playmat next to me giggling at a balloon and he seems to be wearing the little trousers and t-shirt with a fluffy bear on that our neighbours gave him for Christmas.

Cord trousers and a little wooly tank top; it’s the thin end of the wedge.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

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  • Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy 04/01/2015 at 7:29 am

    He looks adorable. So cute. I love little boys in proper clothes, with their tank tops, and waist coats, blazers, flat caps, dungarees, braces, all of these things are adorable… but you’re right there’s no rush, it is still adorable now when my little 2 year old wears a suit. You will have fun dressing him soon enough, enjoy the baby gro’s ️xxX he is beautiful – I ❤️ Pip

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 12:19 pm

      Well he was definitely rocking his cousin’s dungarees the other day – they were just a bit small!

  • Seychellesmama 04/01/2015 at 7:43 am

    Awww he really is super duper cute in his little outfit!!! We too are guilty of keeping Arthur in baby grows (even now at 18 months) I just love them and like you say they are just so easy!! Here it also helps as it’s practical in the heat!
    But every now and then when he’s in a full on big boy outfit I absolutely love it, so cute and they look so grown up!!!
    Love this post!! Xxx

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 12:18 pm

      It definitely makes sense with your sort of heat, and I’m sure it’s more comfortable – I know I’d happily stay in pyjamas for a good part of the day if I didn’t need to leave the house!

  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome 04/01/2015 at 8:23 am

    Oh my gosh…the cuteness! That’s an amazing little outfit, I couldn’t think of anything better for his first one. Our twins were in baby grows for so long but it is quite nice now they are in little clothes, cords and woolly tank tops are always going to be super cute but he wears them so well!

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 12:16 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • Another Bun 04/01/2015 at 8:26 am

    Oh that is just TOO cute. I love a baby in a babygro but little boys in cords and tank tops slay me and my ovaries!!

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 12:15 pm

      He is rather adorable all dressed up isn’t he!

  • Anna-Marie 04/01/2015 at 10:23 am

    Wow Carie, when did Pip get so big! He looks so different in clothes, rather than babygos! So addorable! xx

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 12:13 pm

      I think he grew in the night – the t-shirt and bottoms are size 6-12 months and the tank top is 12-18 months – and he himself is a charming 4 months!!

  • Nasreen 04/01/2015 at 10:54 am

    What a cutie! I love babygros, especially in winter because socks are always kicked off. When I first put clothes on my baby boy, my eldest was quite indignant, in his opinion babies should be in baby suits only!

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 12:11 pm

      Oh that’s so funny – my girls just thought he was cute – and I think Elma wanted to make off with his socks because they have monkeys on them!

  • dean of Little Steps 04/01/2015 at 11:08 am

    Oh he is such a sweetheart Carrie! I want a little baby boy too. Now if only it were as easy as typing those words 😉 Hope 2015 gives you and your lovely family more blessings! x

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 12:10 pm

      Thank you – and Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  • Life at the Little Wood 04/01/2015 at 11:13 am

    He is gorgeous Carie! I love a baby in a tank top! 🙂 Too cute. I remember not being able to wait to get Eva into clothes, but by the time Annie came along I wanted the babygrows to stay around as long as possible. They grow up too quickly! But, I mean, when little men are as handsome as your one, what does it matter what they are wearing, eh? 🙂 xx

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 12:09 pm

      Well quite – he’d be a cutie pie in anything – not that I’m biased or anything!

  • LauraCYMFT 04/01/2015 at 4:16 pm

    Awww he does look very handsome! But do you know what? I love seeing babies in babygros. I think it just suits them best!

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 7:28 pm

      It’s a win win situation – I think babies just look cute!

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 04/01/2015 at 5:51 pm

    Aww what a cutie! We’ve had LM in a few cute outfits, for special days and mainly because she has been bought some as presents! She looks so cute but babygros really are so much easier at the moment! Happy New Year lovely! Xx

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 7:29 pm

      I have been wondering whether there’s a boy/girl difference – we were given so many pretty dresses so the girls both had a dresses and tights phase that was rather cute – Pip we don’t have a full wardrobe ready and waiting for him so babygros it is – and they are much easier 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 04/01/2015 at 6:13 pm

    Aw Pip you look good enough to eat. I adore babies in baby grows, there’s something about them which is just so new and cuddly, but you can’t beat the first few outfits. He looks adorable and I love the little pullover. I got Mads in outfits quite soon but I left LL in baby grows for much longer than is socially acceptable I think. 😉 I was clinging on to her babyhood. She still has a few big size ones for sleeping in but I don’t tend to put them
    On nowadays. When I do she’s transformed to my baba once again! X

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 7:31 pm

      I definitely had Elma in babygros longer than Kitty – she was so small and snuggly in them, and Pip is just cute and cuddly in whatever he’s wearing – it’s a win win!

  • Amy @2boys1mum 04/01/2015 at 8:07 pm

    Aww! Don’t they instantly look SO much older in ‘proper’ clothes? He looks gorgeous!!

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 8:44 pm

      Oh totally, especially as Pip’s tall for his age, it’s only the babygros that keep him looking even slightly little baby like!

  • Tanita 04/01/2015 at 9:13 pm

    What an absolutely gorgeous little boy you have, love the photos of him, what beautiful memories. His little face reminds me so much of my little boy when he was little. So so cute. x

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Caro 04/01/2015 at 9:53 pm

    He’s just so adorable. Such a happy smiley boy. This outfit is super cute. Teeny tiny baby socks make my heart break just a little bit.

    • Carie 04/01/2015 at 10:15 pm

      Oh no! No heart breaking! Think of the adorable cuteness of those stinky big feet teenage boy socks we’re going to have in our houses some day… no it’s not working is it!! 🙂

  • Louise 04/01/2015 at 11:38 pm

    Gorgeous photos and Pip looks so adorable in his little outfit. Love those tiny feet in the stripy socks and the little tank top 🙂

    • Carie 05/01/2015 at 10:33 pm

      Tiny stripy feet are just adorable aren’t they!!

  • older mum in a muddle 05/01/2015 at 1:14 pm

    Happy New Year! He looks gorgeous – a love babies in tank tops. I kept Little A in baby grows for as long as I could, like you say, they’re none the wiser. Just loving the whole stripey ensemble! X

    • Carie 05/01/2015 at 10:28 pm

      Happy New Year to you too – and yes, yay for babygros and stripes!

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 05/01/2015 at 7:54 pm

    He’s such a handsome little boy, Carie. That smile! And those eyes!

    • Carie 05/01/2015 at 10:19 pm

      thank you – he is very very precious to us 🙂

  • Donna 05/01/2015 at 9:12 pm

    Oh he is so adorable! What a beautiful outfit, a touch festive too – I am very much hanging onto the festive colours and he is gorgeous! x

    • Carie 05/01/2015 at 10:17 pm

      Oh I’ll happily cling on to festive colours and all the fairy lights until Spring is properly sprung!

  • Amy 07/01/2015 at 12:12 pm

    Oh my gosh pip looks adorable! A definite aww from me. He’s so lovely xx

  • sally 07/01/2015 at 5:07 pm

    Aww, yes, but nooo to the thin edge of the wedge! He has a lifetime of proper clothes ahead of him, you squeeze him into those babygros as long as possible!

    • Carie 08/01/2015 at 9:01 am

      Oh fear not, I sorted the laundry out and he’s still rocking the babygros – which this morning feature the emergency services!!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 07/01/2015 at 10:13 pm

    Oh he is so scrummy! I think little Pretzel will be in babygrows much longer than his brothers, but I have been spotting some little leggings and tops that I can’t resist in the bigger sizes and dungarees are a must!

    • Carie 08/01/2015 at 8:42 am

      Dungarees are proving a challenge for me because my lot have always been so long, especially long in the back and then once you add a cloth nappy into the mix the poppers end up straining at the leash! But cute leggings are very tempting – we did buy Pip some adorable ones that are blue and white stripes with a fox on the bottom!

  • Debs @ Super Busy Mum 09/01/2015 at 12:14 pm

    Oh, I just adore how you wrote this post. Loved it and how stinkin’ cute is your little guy!!! Heartbreaker for sure! x

    • Carie 10/01/2015 at 8:19 am

      well I quite agree but then I am terribly biased!