• Sunflower Dress

    parlee farms sunflower field yellow dress

    This post is a bit belated as I just found these photos from last month! It was our first mini family outing beyond the pediatrician’s office, and it felt good to get some fresh air and “introduce” baby to one of our seasonal traditions. Nick and I usually visit Parlee farms for fruit picking, but this was their first year growing sunflowers and it was spectacular! As soon as we arrived, I fed Nori and she quickly fell into a “milk drunk” state for the rest of the visit ; )

    I’ve been getting a lot of requests for nursing-friendly outfits, so wanted to point out this added benefit to my dress (also comes in black)! It’s in regular sizing, but as one reviewer mentioned, the torso runs short and is rather petite-friendly. The waistband is elasticized (always a plus for comfort) and the sleeves are unlined so more sheer compared to the rest of the dress. My one complaint is that the neckline is low on me, so I use either a small safety pin or piece of double-sided fashion tape to secure it one inch above the top button.

    I’ve been dressing baby simply, so I adore these kimono snap onesies from H&M (get up to 30% off + free shipping at H&M this weekend; their maternity / nursing and baby stuff in general is great for basics!), these stretchy knotted hats from Topknots.co, and these handmade Little Bee moccasins! I know babies aren’t doing any walking, but these have a soft elasticized opening and stay on better than socks for keeping her little feet warm. Shipping does take some time from overseas, but I ordered several pairs and was very happy with the quality and buttery leather. Not to mention, they are a fraction of the price compared to some other brands of baby mocs.

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    On baby: H&M onesie 0-1m (fit well on her between 6-8 lbs), Topknots hat, Little Bee moccasins 0-3m

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    sakura bloom baby sling wrap
    Baby-wearing has been a game changer for soothing Nori and helping her sleep (not to mention, for alleviating arm and back pain), and we’ve been trying a variety from structured carriers to stretchy wraps and fabric ring slings like this one from Sakura. Some of them definitely have a steeper learning curve than others, and Nick and I have different preferences based on how they work and how the weight gets distributed our own body types. After we get the hang of using them more, I can share some comparison reviews and I’d also love to hear some of your favorite carriers and why!

     

    26 thoughts on “Sunflower Dress

    • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog October 7, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      Gorgeous yellow dress, Jean! I love the whole theme of this photoshoot, it’s beautiful! 🙂 Your family and Nori are the cutest!

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    • Reply Roses for Fridays | by mia October 7, 2018 at 11:02 pm

      Ohh such a beautiful and happy look!

    • Reply Stacey T. October 7, 2018 at 11:39 pm

      Baby Bjorn. We got the Original as a hand-me-down from friends. It’s just super easy to put baby in and to adjust as she grew. We like th Baby Bjorn so much that we recently got the One Carrier when she outgrew the Original. I can put her on my back with the One Carrier. Wraps kind of freak me out. And my husband enjoys carrying our daughter around facing forward in the Bjorn.

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite October 12, 2018 at 1:27 am

        Yes! my husband really loves the Baby Bjorn mini which is a slight variation on the original.

    • Reply Alice Hughes October 7, 2018 at 11:47 pm

      I love the Solly wrap! I know a lot of people complain about the learning curve but it’s my favorite for being adjustable and compact to fit in the diaper bag to carry all the time. We also live in Texas so it gets hot in the summer time and the Solly is thin and lightweight and keep them from getting overheated. We also use the beco but usually keep it for longer outings and the fall/winter as it’s a little thicker. But all three of my babies have loved being in the Solly and if I had to only pick one it would be the Solly for sure!

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite October 12, 2018 at 1:26 am

        Hi Alice ~ Love the Solly, especially since they offer petite! Totally agree some of the other similar wraps (like the moby or boba) would be quite hot to wear in Texas. Wraps are hit or miss with my baby though so I’m forced to rotate amongst a few different carrier styles depending on how she feels that hour : /

    • Reply Lauren October 8, 2018 at 2:31 am

      I LOVE my Lillebaby Complete Airflow carrier, I looked at the Ergo and Tula also, but ultimately went with the Lille because of the versatility. We now have 2 kids and so bought another Lille so both can be carried at once.
      – It can be worn 6 ways, including back carry, and goes up to 40 lbs. My oldest is now almost 3 (29 lbs) and he loves being back carried during trail walking/hikes.
      – Can be used for a newborn with no insert needed.
      – Has great back support with a thick waistband and lumbar support pad. I didn’t like the thick waistband at first until I realized how much weight it took off my shoulders. Also, the lumbar support piece smooths out your tummy when using it as a back carrier which is an added bonus. 😊

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite October 12, 2018 at 1:24 am

        Thanks for this thorough comment & recommendation, Lauren! I’ve heard lots of great things about the Lillebaby Complete.

    • Reply Jing October 8, 2018 at 4:30 am

      Manduca. Fits dad (190cm) and me (158cm). Suitable for newborns without an extra insert and my not so tiny almost 3 year old still loves being in it.

    • Reply Cara October 8, 2018 at 5:22 am

      I love the Happy baby carrier! Very lightweight, minimalist design, and feels more comfortable on my petite frame than an Ergo 360 for example.

    • Reply Petite Teacher October 8, 2018 at 5:29 am

      Such cute photos of you and your family Jean. As for elastic waistbands: they are fantastic, even if you have not recently delivered a baby or are pregnant…they offer a comfortable fit, allow free movement and provide a great fit and shape. So you will understand that I have quite a few dresses with an elastic waistband. This one looks adorable too! Love, Lieske

    • Reply Jocelyn October 8, 2018 at 9:20 am

      I love the Becco Gemmini carrier, it’s the only structured carrier I’ve been able to confidently put on by myself with a baby and a toddler and it’s actually relatively affordable compared to other carriers.

    • Reply nhu October 8, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Woven wraps and ring slings (machine and handwoven)! Its a pretty steep learning curve, but the fabrics (some are cotton, silk, linen, bamboo, etc) are beautiful and versatile. It is lightweight and can be doubled as a blanket. I don’t even use our stroller anymore. We travel quite a bit (vietnam, italy, japan, etc..) and found that these wrap are great for quick ups and moving effectively through crowds and subways. I have two toddlers and is due with our last in a month and I can’t wait to babywear my new born in the many wraps I’ve collected.

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite October 12, 2018 at 1:23 am

        Congrats, Nhu on your third baby! Kudos to you for traveling with two little ones! I agree and LOVE woven wraps. Good to know they’re efficient for travel since I hope to be brave enough to bring baby to some places left on our travel bucket list.

    • Reply va October 8, 2018 at 11:10 am

      Thanks for sharing. Babies grow so fast! Even though my baby is a full-grown woman, these posts remind me of those days when she was brand new. As always, thanks for sharing. Love, Val

    • Reply Jenny October 8, 2018 at 1:12 pm

      My favorite wrap was the Baby K’tan. It’s a fitted two piece. The wrap looks like a double infinity scarf. I thought it was the easiest wrap. We also got the Ergo baby in the sport mesh for hubby to use. We loved these two best. Have fun with your new little. It’s amazing how much they change!

    • Reply Jada October 8, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      That dress is gorgeous! Such cute family pics too!

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    • Reply Words! October 8, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      Lovely photos! Question: is it customary to refer to a baby as “baby” without an article like “the”? Grammatically speaking it would be “I’m dressing THE baby simply” or “I’m dressing Nori simply.” Genuinely curious as a lover of the written word. Thank you!

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite October 12, 2018 at 1:18 am

        Good question! I started doing so since it seems like it’s pretty customary in the “baby world” (i.e. all the baby-related apps, online materials and blogs I’ve been reading) to refer to baby as just “baby” in lieu of a name and without an article before it. I’m sure it’s not correct grammatically, but it’s stuck with me : )

    • Reply Stephanie October 8, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      Love that dress. It is so cute!!!!

    • Reply Meredith October 9, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      I’m finally getting to Parlee Farm this coming weekend. I love all your pictures from there, and I can’t wait to check it out. Thanks! I’m thinking my 3-year-old will love it.

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite October 12, 2018 at 1:20 am

        Hi Meredith ~ I hope you and your little one love it there!

    • Reply Elizabeth T. October 9, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      Such a beautiful dress <3 🙂 In love with this beautiful color! And awww she's sooo precious!

      XO, Elizabeth T.
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    • Reply Jae October 10, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      You look so good in yellow! That photo of just you and your baby girl is too sweet!
      Jae
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    • Reply Susan Moore October 11, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      Your posts are so helpful and I love following along. I was hoping to make a request. I’d love to get a post on some petite-friendly over the knee boots for fall. I had the Carlson grey ones you blogged about last year but they got ruined (really ruined – puppy peed on ruined). It looks like they aren’t making them again this year so I am at a loss. I’ve tried the ones from Sole Society but they come up way to high. I know I’m probably not the only one hoping to find the perfect tall boot without having to order 20 different pairs!

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite October 12, 2018 at 1:21 am

        Hi Susan – oh no, RIP your old boots! Sigh…boots are so so hard to find for petite ladies, especially tall shafted boots. I also usually try on dozens of pairs before striking luck randomly. No promises for any luck this year but I always keep my eyes peeled for options!

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