Tuesday, July 5, 2011

mama kanga, baby roo

elodie's entrance into the world was a transition from a comforting, cloistered environment into a noisy and bright moroccan bazaar. the soft murmur of her inside world made way for an assault on every sense. she had no concept of day or night and it was our job as parents to nurture her through this transition. for the first several weeks, we were her world. whenever my shoulders ached from marathon breastfeeding sessions and i was so tired i could hardly stand it i would try and remember this. so when she was two days old i weakly put on the sling. it was liberating to keep her cocooned and have her nurse or sleep peacefully wherever we were. just like she did inside of me.

now elodie is 2 1/2 and she still learns so much while being worn. on our walks, i stop to point out a pomegranate tree, a pretty cloud, the rain, every season something new. i remember when she was weeks old worrying that she wasn't stimulated enough. somehow i settled into the idea that if i carried her with me i could talk with her, sing with her or just be and still get things done.

her world has grown to include the hilltops, stars, sky and beyond. i see her thinking about these things and though her horizons have broadened she still wants to be nestled close to me. she says that i'm 'mama kanga' and she is 'baby roo' when i wear her. i'm grateful she wants to be close to me with her little hand pinching the back of my arm. i will close my eyes as an old woman and this will count as one of my fondest memories. 

cooking dinner, nursing, teaching, comforting a sick baby -- the world goes around because of all the different mamas out there. we are all parenting in a way that is unique to us but the message is the same - love and comfort to our little ones. you can see a mama carrying/wearing her child from a mile away with her intuitive rock back and forth, back and forth. such an admirable sight and one that connects us to each other.








sling: c/o sakura bloom simple silk sling in charcoal
sunglasses: c/o selima optique
3/4 sleeve tunic: c/o lilla p
stripe split placket tank: c/o lilla p
jeans: j brand
belt: vintage
tote: a gift from a close friend brought all the way back from a real moroccan bazaar ;)
jewelry: greek coin necklace from street vendor in nyc & mal de ojo bracelet
wedges: vintage (kinda like these)

elodie's dress: splendid sample
sandals: saltwater

my outfit was inspired by this pretty mama. whether i'm riding a bike, having a picnic, strolling through a farmer's market, adventure is there for the taking and a beautiful sling, jeans, a tank/classic tunic combo and straw basket can be versatile enough to do all those things in!!  

read all of the entries from round two of the sakura bloom styleathon and stay tuned for another giveaway on marvelous kiddo!!

all photos by my wonderful friend sarah yates

24 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful. Amazing photos.

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  2. oh my goodness, i love those jeans. and, damn, they fit you well, you are a hot mama!!!!

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  3. Wow your photos are exceptionally gorgeous this week! You've got my vote! I want it all, the sling, the tank, the jeans and Elodie's gold sandals are so cute!

    Shannon
    11thandshannon.blogspot.com

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  4. You look fabulous! Love this outfit and posts (Makes me nervous to post mine!) Love being a part of this with such lovely ladies like yourself.

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  5. You two are so lovely together!! I've loved "wearing" my girls as well ;) and j have to agree with Joanna- hot mama indeed!!

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  6. this made me weepy! you are the sweetest mama in all the land. xo

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  7. the last picture... omg so cute!

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  8. That third photo is hauntingly beautiful and that last photo is perfect. You MUST frame it. So happy to have met you through this little journey. I couldn't agree more with your words. xo

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  9. BEAUTY!! both of you. that 3rd photo is to die! your blog is sweet. :) reminds me of when satine was that age. xxo

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  10. So gorgeous! Elodie is so beautiful already, it's hard to believe that she's only 2 and a half, she's so grown up looking

    x

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  11. Beautiful pictures and beautiful words.

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  12. This post is wonderful. I am so happy to have been introduced to your blog through Marvelous Kiddo.

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  13. You two beauties just make my heart sing! And I want those jeans!

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  14. I must agree with Joanna Goddard! and you daghter is the sweetest little thing Ive ever seen!

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  15. Ah, your daughter must be so light! I wish I could sling my son, he's 2.5 but 35+ lbs! but I'm 6 months pregnant now so theres no way I could sling him! He does like to snuggle with the baby belly though!

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  16. You guys are a stunning pair! Just found you through Leigh's blog and I can't get over how stunning you guys are! This post is so inspiring. I am a mom to a 10 month old little guy!

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  17. Oh wow! Those tops look great with those jeans. I have a pair of J Brand jeans. They are worth every penny.

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  18. you've such a wonderful and natural sense of style. the photos your friend took are fab. they really seem to capture your joie de vivre. this whole post is very inspirational. i delight in having come across your blog via this styleathon. it's a firm favourite of mine now.

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  19. Just perfect! So beautiful..both of you!

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  20. this is oh so precious and so close to my heart right now. and I agree with jo and leigh, those jeans are stunning on you! x

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  21. You are both so lovely!
    A few years ago, for no reason I can remember I started calling my mom "Mama-roo," and she began responding "yes, Baby-roo?" Now, at 27, she still calls me that and I feel like I'm her little girl for just a moment again.

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  22. Gorgeous.....i'm with joanna & Michelle...those jeans are killer + you are gorgeous!
    xo
    trina

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  23. Wow. What a poetic way to describe your daughter's entry into the world. Simply beautiful...just as you and your lil' one are. xoxo

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  24. You are one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen! Timeless beauty.

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