It was a rainy, cold and wet November day but our Sunday was filled with warmth, curry and joy as we officially welcomed the latest addition of the extended clan into the world.
My first niece, Annalynn was born in September and to mark this hugely special occasion we gathered in my family home to celebrate after the church ceremony.
Having a party at home is hugely relaxing for those attending. Not so much the hosts, but the mother did announce that she was ‘getting into her slippers’ not long after the party started, so there are benefits to deciding to dine and drink in one’s own house.
Deciding what to wear to a christening can be a difficult task, especially for the Mum of the baby. If you’re breastfeeding you need easy access, if it’s soon after the birth you’re likely to be carrying extra baby weight and you know full well that there’ll be plenty of photos causing added pressure. You also have the day to night thing to think about – if you’re planning on a big celebration.
Annalynn’s Mammy is an exception to all womankind. I seem to hang around with a lot of amazing women who zap back to their pre-baby figure within what seems like minutes of birth. Having gone through my own experience of carrying all the baby weight for a year after our little one’s arrival I have learned that every woman is (of course) different and not to beat myself up about it. So don’t beat YOURself up looking at these photos okay?
Jen looked fabulous, so much so that I had the phone out snapping before she even had a cup of tea. And while everyone chattered about the baby and how much weight she was gaining and who she looked like (me apparently, God help her) we spent ages talking about clothes. Because there is a fashion life after maternity.
Jen went big budget on her skirt but it was this that was the focus of the outfit. It has a great shape, fabric and eye catching colour. It also has a hugely slimming effect by drawing attention to the smaller waist and hiding the bum and thighs. Loved it.
On top Jen cleverly teamed up two tops that allowed her to breastfeed with ease. She went with a cowl neck bodysuit from Asos, with long sleeves (I love long sleeves, so hard to find) and a cammy top from Penny’s for €2. As this outfit had lots of vintage style elements, Jen chose a detailed black choker with Victorian effects.
Jen had a pair of shoes she’d bought from Shoe Rack for her hen but which she never wore. (Hence, the pinkness). They looked fab with the outfit. These are the nearest we could find.
And here is how it all came together.
There was another little lady who stood out on the day. Mostly because she was wearing a huge white dress and was the tiniest human in the room.
What a beaut. Happy Christening day Annalynn Ailish Fiona. You have a very stylish Mummy. I hope you inherited it. Because if you take after your Daddy – my brother – you’re looking at a lifetime of converse and t-shirts. Not that that’s bad either. Just won’t make for very interesting blog posts, capiche?