{Wee Style} Early Spring Toddler Style

So far, 2014 has brought some cold and wintry weather to our typically temperate hub here in Atlanta…and well, we are all ready for Spring to bloom ar0und here!  In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about toddler style a lot lately as I shopped for part of Elem’s spring and summer wardrobe at a consignment sale recently.  Although she is too young to totally dictate her own style, there are definitely certain colors and styles that seem to suit her tiny and spirited personality.  I found myself really focusing in on what I considered “Elem’s Style”, so I put together a fun mood board of outfits for early spring.  Just for fun I did one for boys (Liam!) too!

Toddler {Girl} Style

Early Spring Toddler {Girl} Style

Toddler {Boy} Style

Early Spring Toddler {Boys} Style

My favorite toddler shopping tips:
Embrace the consignment sales that happen seasonally and “pop-up” in various locations.  Sign up for their email lists so you know when to plan for them, and always shop the half off days!  Though not everything will be half off, many items will and typically cost between $2 and $8 for stylish and gently used clothes.  This is where I buy the bulk of Elem’s wardrobe each season.  I also recycle her outgrown clothes by consigning them back to pay for her current size needs.  It works great for us, because we don’t want to store extra gear and clothes.

Old Navy and Target are your friends.  Both stores have on-trend and adorable clothes for reasonable prices, but it’s their clearance racks that will be your BFF’s!

Don’t forget to thrift!  As an avid thrift store shopper since high school, I love making weekly stops at my favorite thrift stores.  If you’ve got a good eye for color and patterns, you should be able to skim through the kid’s section fairly quickly.  My favorite thrift finds include lots of Mini Boden and Tea Collection, two brands that I love but can’t justify spending the money on.

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Meet Wee Liam

I guess I should explain why things have been quiet on my side of the blog for a while… I had a baby! As I try and type this little man is grunting at me to feed him and thus, I must do it now or suffer the consequences of some pretty extreme screaming.

Phew. I’m back. On January 13, 2014 at 11:38pm we welcomed our first son into this world. William Alexander Bruckner or “Liam” as we will call him arrived weighing in at 7lbs 7oz and 20 3/4 ” long. It was a long and tough delivery but I’ll spare the details and just say that even though neither of my two epidurals worked, we are still really glad he is here and are enjoying every moment with him (even party-pants at 3am).

Life with a newborn has been quite eye-opening, both literally and figuratively. We are now 5 weeks in and I can say that it does get easier and things feel more normal or as Ben says “the new normal.” We are getting out of the house more and seeing friends that we have neglected this past month. Those first weeks seem like a blur of not sleeping, crying (from everyone), family, milk, confusion, and casseroles. Tonight we are actually cooking dinner (salads count right?) and going to bed at 9:00 to try and squeeze 8 hours of combined sleep before 7am.

As far as Liam goes, he doesn’t really have much style yet, but I think he enjoys colorful socks, festive pajamas, not hats, and roomy pants. We have to wait and see with this whole red hair thing, it looks red sometimes, and not others, so I might need to coach him on what his “colors” are.

In the coming weeks while I’m on maternity leave I’ll be posting about the nursery, his first toys and how to deal with the onslaught of baby stuff in your kitchen.

Anywho, here are the pictures!

Our New Family

Our New Family

What curly hair looks like after 30 hours of being at the hospital

What curly hair looks like after 30 hours of being at the hospital

Our sweet boy

Our sweet boy