My two biggest worries leading up to (and following) the birth of Baby Brother were:
1. whether to circumcise or not.
2. what he would wear for his blessing.
I feel justified in the amount of time I spent researching and thinking about circumcision, but I am a little embarrassed about the amount of time and energy spent on finding the “perfect outfit” for his blessing.
I blame all the pressure on the girls’ blessing dress. Not only was it perfect (non-traditional yet classic) in my eyes, the hours I spent making it gave it added keepsake value that became next to impossible to recreate for Baby Brother.
After much ado, I finally settled on a tan linen jumpsuit with stitching details inspired by a Guayabera--a style of shirt my father (a Mexican by birth) loves to wear.
The outfit didn’t take nearly as long to make as the crocheted dress, but figuring out how to pattern and sew the placket (something I haven’t tackled since college) definitely made it a labor of love.
I had his initials machine embroidered on the back pocket. I would love to replace it with hand embroidery someday but I need to develop my embroidery skeelz first.
P.S. The crocheted blanket was made by Grandma – the woman who taught me everything I know about crocheting (and a bunch of other stuff too).