Monday, August 7, 2017

"Grandma and Me": A Very Special Link Up

I have a very special fashion post to share with you today;  my first fashion post with my new granddaughter!  Over the years, I have seen so many "Mommy and Me" fashion posts showing young moms with babies and toddlers, but I've never seen fashion posts with grandmothers or even older moms with older kids.  It's as if once the kids grow up we are no longer mothers, and we all know that isn't true!  No matter how old our children get, we never stop being mothers.  So just like I decided to do "Fashion Over Fifty"posts to break all the "age appropriate" stereotypes and fill a void for over-fifty fashion bloggers, I also want to take some time to honor grandmothers and older mothers too!  

This is my very first grandchild, Alethea!  She is almost one month old in this picture.  Alethea has been very colicky ever since she was born and has not given her mother much rest.  I went down to Illinois for a few days to see if I could help out (I wasn't much help.  I couldn't stop her from crying either.  All she wants to do is nurse mom, and when she's not doing that she's crying).  But on this day, Alethea was SO GOOD!  It was the first time in weeks mom was able to get out of the house and enjoy herself.  The weather was beautiful!  We took Alethea for a walk in her stroller along the Naperville River Walk, and we had lunch at a sidewalk cafe.  Alethea slept through everything and her mother and I had a wonderful, perfect day!  


Alethea and I both wore Chambray dresses.  Alethea's is new from Baby Gap (still available HERE), mine is from last season (Liz Claiborne, JCP).  I have previously shown it to you HERE and HERE.


I styled my chambray dress with blue cut out booties (old, Francescas), a brown Saddlebag, and for jewelry I wore a coordinating earring and necklace set and a gold bracelet.



Mom styled Alethea's dress with a pretty white hair bow.  Alethea's dress has a pretty eyelet detail in the yoke and hemline of the dress.  I love the fluttered sleeves too!  The dress includes a diaper cover as well.


Doing fashion photographing with a newborn has it's pros and cons.  The pros are it's so easy to smile when your holding something so precious!  No faking here!  And,  you don't have to worry about what to do with your hands when your holding onto a baby!  The cons are, posture!  You tend to push the tummy out to help stable the baby which is not what you usually want to do...normally we suck it in!  And of course, the obvious,...taking the photos when the baby is in a good mood!  This day, it was easy!  But the next day, we had to take pictures when Alethea was not in the mood...and it was a challenge!


Here is a picture of when we were eating lunch at a sidewalk cafe.  It shows the necklace and bracelet I was wearing better than the pictures where I was holding Alethea.


 And here is Alethea asleep in her stroller where you can get a better view of her headband and dress. I've also included a photo from the Baby Gap website below.

Photo Credit

Oh, I tell you I absolutely loved taking these photos with my precious new grand baby.  What a treasure she is!  These smiles are absolutely for real!



And now, I would love to see your posts with all of your grand babies.  They do not have to be fashion posts.  Any post or picture of you with your grandchildren is appreciated.  Or, maybe your the granddaughter or daughter and you have a special post to share...I'd love to see those too.  Please link up below.  I have no rules to this link up!  Just link up your post and if you know other grandmothers, encourage them to link up as well.  Old or new posts are welcome.  I'm going to try and do this as a regular feature of my blog, hopefully once a month!  It might not always be possible because Alethea lives six hours away from me and I don't know if I will always see her once a month.  But I'll aim to do one "Grandma and Me" link up the first Monday of every month!

Have a Great Day!  Amy

Linking Up with these Fabulous Blogs HERE.



   

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45 comments:

  1. Oooooh, Amy!!! Alethea is so beautiful, I can see why you're smitten!! And what an incredible name...how did that come about??
    I included a post when I featured both my grandparents!! I hope that's okay?
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Thank You! Alethea is the greek word for "Truth" in the New Testament. So when you spell the Greek using English letters Jesus says "And the "Alethea" (or "Truth) shall set you free". The baby's father also studied ancient languages in college and graduate school.

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    2. Oh, and yes, your post is perfect. Anything grandparent is related is welcome! Thanks so much for linking up!

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    3. She is really beautiful!Congrats! I linked a picture of me and my 6 year old grandson! Gotta love grandbabes! Peace!
      Cheryl
      http://www.northwestmountainliving.com

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    4. Thanks Cheryl! I'm so happy you linked up!

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    5. Love the story behind Alethea's name. Beautiful choice.

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    6. Thanks Leslie. Ashley and Jason thought long and hard about choosing a name. The meaning of the name was very important to them.

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  2. Hi Amy, you both look adorable, your granddaughter is so sweet. You or your daughter should look up someone that does Viseral Manipulation. It is a light touch hands on manipulation of the organs. There is one technique that works amazing for colic, where the sphincters along the intestines are lightly touched (from the outside of the body of course), which in turn helps them move in the right direction. I have had great success with this technique on colicky babies. Works like a dream in just one session.
    Susan

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    1. Thanks Susan! I'll let Ashley know.

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  3. She's adorable Amy, and how well your outfits coordinated! Beautiful photos!

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  4. This is a great idea Amy! I bet it will sure catch on. Alethea is adorable.
    :) gwingal

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    1. Thanks Nikki! I'm sure it will catch on too. It takes awhile to get a new link up going.

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  5. How cute you both look in your denim Amy.xx
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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  6. Amy, we met through IG! I saw you were having a grandmother link-up, and I had to come over and link a couple of posts! Your Alethea is a doll and I know just how exciting it is to be a new grandmother! Our first grandchild is now 15 months old and we are so madly in love with her! Thanks for hosting this party! Blessings, Pam

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm so happy you linked up!

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  7. Oh how cute! She really is a doll. Poor Mama though, colicky babes are no joke. My first was a bit colicky and it was rough. You both look adorable in your denim!

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  8. HOW CUTE!!! All of these pictures made me smile! You look so happy and proud. What a special gift she is for your family. Enjoy every second! XO

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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    1. Thanks Shauna, I am so happy and proud. She is such a doll!

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  9. Oh Amy, Alethea is just perfect, so beautiful! You both look so stylish in your chambray dresses!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  10. Amy. I can't find one blog post that has my grandchildren in it! Sorry. I would love to have joined xx

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    1. Oh, that's a shame. You will need to do a post of them someday. I'd love to see them!

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  11. Little Alethea is growing so quickly. What great fashion coordination and you are oozing happiness, what better accessory could there be than a granny's smile of joy! Well done and good luck with your link ups. Xx.

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    1. Yes, she is. She keeps changing with every photograph my daughter sends me.

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  12. This was such a sweet post, Amy. I am enjoying reading and watching as you blossom in grandmother-hood. Isn't it such an incredible honor to be a grandmother? Alethea is a little doll. Her coloring is so pretty and very similar to yours. Lucky baby.

    When you mentioned this post and link-up, I didn't think about sharing something where my granddaughters and I are wearing similar outfits. But by golly, I am going to get on that right now. Hope you will continue these link-ups and that very soon I can share a pics of the three of us stylin' a little something together over here.

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    1. Aww, thanks Leslie. I can't wait to see what you and your granddaughters come up with!

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  13. She is absolutely precious! What a little sweetheart! I love her dress!

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  14. Oh Aletha is a beautiful name, and what special memories you are creating already! I'm glad she was feeling so good and let you and her mum relax and enjoy each other's company for a little bit! Hopefully that trend continues and she isn't so colicy in future!

    Hope you are having a great start to the week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  15. Congratulations Amy! Your granddaughter is beautiful!!

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  16. Your granddaughter is beautiful and so darling in her chambray dress! This will be so fun to look back at when she is older!

    Jill
    Doused in Pink

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    1. Thanks Jill! Hopefully she will like it and not be embarrassed!

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  17. Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style linkup party with your awesome outfit. Congrats to the grandchild! I haven't even made it to a kid. LOL. Or do cats or graduate students count as kids?

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    1. Thanks Nicole! I don't know about graduate students, but cats certainly do! I have one cat and he is definitely my baby!

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  18. This photo gives me baby fever!! What a cutie! You would never guess she has colic by this photo. I love that adorable eyelet dress on her. I am so glad that you were able to spend a fun day out with your daughter and granddaughter! You two def. look adorable together and your outfits go well together. What a great idea for a link up!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  19. This is pure sweetness! And what a sweet name for such a beauty! I see that we had our chambray posts aligned. ;) Thank you for sharing your new granddaughter with us and for linking up with the Thursday Moda!

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