sakura bloom sling diaries: beauty

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

this is the end of the sling diaries for me and my littlest man.  it has been so nice... documenting his last several weeks through this series.  i'm always snapping pictures of him, but with me in them?  that is a more rare occasion so these entries are special to me.  thank you for the gorgeous slings, sakura bloom... but thank you too for forcing me to get these pictures with me and the rapidly-changing parker.    i love them.  (and thank you steve for taking these pictures along the way!)

now, beauty.  doing the sling diaries through the winter months in massachusetts was not always easy.  there was no fun sunshinin', frolickin' in the beach waves opportunities.  for me, anyway.  (bron has been doing the sling diaries this round as well--in australia!  so... different story.  sometimes i was a little envious of their temperatures + bare skin!)  

here in massachusetts, the winters can be downright dreary.  but after experiencing several of them now, i consider myself a full fledged new englander (complete with sorels and a down jacket and, you know, the various winter accoutrements that fill in the gaps) and with that comes an appreciation for this season, for each season.  for some perhaps it's especially a hatred for this season, but really.  i mean it when i say that i have come to appreciate it, accept it, and, often, embrace it.  maybe i'm forcing myself to because, fighting it... what's the point?  but take a few days ago for instance.  we were first supposed to get a foot of snow, and then as the time neared the reports tapered down to a few inches or so.  we always get the essentials, just in case... some milk, eggs, butter.  but, with a snowblower at the ready, we're not usually trapped for too long.  anyway, the snow came at night and continued through the night so it wasn't until the morning that i really saw the scope of our latest fall.  it was gorgeous.  and i don't mean gorgeous in a way that you just have to say to make it seem as though you are appreciating it.  i mean, it was stunning.  it nearly took your breath away.  it was a heavy, wet snow so it sat on the branches longer than its fluffier sister (you know, the light and airy snowy sister).  add to that, the sun was shining so brightly and, well, it was a masterpiece right outside my front window.  and no matter how hard you try you can never get a good picture of that.  it just never works.  so you have to remember it with a bit of awe and sadness knowing that it won't last very long--the snow on the branches never does, blame it on the wind or sun or its very own weightiness--and that you really can't capture it accurately.  but, beautiful it is.  in the dead of winter, the beauty is there.  you don't only find it in the fresh snow, but it's other places too.  in a long stretch of icy, crackly, snow-patchy marsh.  or the red birds (cardinals, are they?) that find their place amongst the frozen branches outside our window.  or a snowman built by snow-eager kids.  or in parker's face, always in parker's face, as he discovers it all. each and every season.  even you, winter.

i wear parker in the pure baby sling in organic maple.

thank you so much for following along with us on this sling diaries journey. 
here are all the posts we've done since the beginning.  
please visit the sling diaries pinterest page to see everyone's entries!

and!  they're looking for participants for their next round.
go here to find out how to enter.
{i would highly suggest it.  leigh + lynne from sakura bloom are incredibly sweet and generous women who were a pleasure to work with.  not to mention, baby-wearing is about the greatest thing ever!}

28 comments:

  1. these photos are gorgeous!! i love me some babywearin' too. it'll be spring before we know it. can't wait!

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  2. Despite the lack of frolicking in beach waves I find these photos incredibly endearing! :)
    I mean look at little man's face!
    Beautiful series Bridget!

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  3. when my older sister had her first baby, she {crafty little mink} started making her own slings. little sister got to see the process over her christmas break and asked what that thing was.

    big sis: a sling, for the baby.

    little sis: duuuude, your baby gets to be carried around in a hammock all day? sign me up.

    indeed.

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  4. i love these posts, bridget! he looks so happy hanging out with his mama. and i love how you expressed the gorgeousness of the snow- i live in nh and i feel the same way about it.

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  5. Beautiful photos, as always. And that sling looks so much easier than some I use! Is it comfortable??

    Parker looks so much like Steve to me in the last few photos to me!! Such a little man. :)

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  6. @christina, they are comfortable! i would suggest them.

    @emily, sign me up too.

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  7. Loved every single one of these, Bridget. They capture your relationship perfectly.

    And oh, that snow on Monday. I was in complete awe on my entire drive to work. THIS IS MAGIC! I kept thinking. PURE MAGIC.

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  8. Love the 4th and 5th photos! :)

    http://somesnapshots.wordpress.com/

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  9. oh my, you're New England posts always make me envious...

    NeNe Monster
    nicole :)

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  10. i have never tried a sling! just the moby, bjorn, and ergo. i'd love to, you all make it look so dreamy!
    and that snow, oh man, like icing.

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  11. @susanne evangelista, try it! i never got into the moby but i do love the beco gemini -- and now the sakura slings!

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  12. @anna, seriously--it was like the perfect snow texture / sunny weather to make it look just perfect.

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  13. living away from north america has made me appreciate how magical snow is, truly. it's the most beautiful. loved following along with this series :)

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  14. This past snow was so prettiest...but it's a tie between it and the rando mini-storm we got in November as to which was the prettiest! Walking around at night in that winter wonderland was breath taking. My husband, three dogs, and I just moved to Cambridge from Texas, though we both grew up on the East Coast. Having all four seasons properly displayed is a welcome change from the hot, hotter, and hottest seasons in Texas!

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  15. I can relate - I live in ID, grew up in NM and now ADORE the snow(started when we got an AWD car!) Once this season the top layer felt and looked like like glass crystals, gazillions! Because they were in fact crystals instead of flakes! Glad you are enjoying it too :)

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  16. Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing all your baby wearing with us

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  17. LOVE that song. And you are a model.

    I wonder if I could contain Sebastian in a sling and then he could cradle Theo in his lap? I might just be desperate enough to try.

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  18. @grace, this is a very possible scenario. i say we give it a go.

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  19. What beautiful photos! Your collection of pictures are so sweet.

    Also, would you mind sharing where you got your top in the sunglasses giveaway post? I love love love your outfit!

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  20. @kristen, thank you! that top is h&m and recently too!

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  21. I'm sorry to see this end. Let's make up a new reason for these type of posts.
    And I'm definitely entering! I'm very curious to try this sling stuff with #2.

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  22. I adore your pics, they have a very sweet feel to them :) And your little one is just too cute!!!

    xoxo,
    Shio :)

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  23. I have loved doing this series too and v cool that we were documenting wearing at the same time (although true you got the raw end of the weather deal). I remember when I first discovered this here blog of yours and ate up your meeting-steve story. and now you have mr parker! and he's so big now! fun. x

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  24. hi there! just curious how you edit your photos? i really love the coloring!

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  25. @kt perdue, i just answered this in the latest comment thread! check it out and you can email me!

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  26. thank you, bridget! i'll head to h & m today! :)

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