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I'm so very jealous and grateful that the museum let them take photos
I really want to make this outfit for the mancreature, and it has about the same line as the Spanish I've seen from the same time- I just have to get him over his fear (or hatred) of "pumpkin butt" pants. http://www.flickr.com/photos/castelmar/2786288552/in/set-72157606843067634/
Note to self, if you ever want your SO to wear something, be careful about calling it something amusing, yet potentially unflattering. :) '

If I go for a Turkish in Venice look I could make baby this to go with- Acessoriesing with children! 

Nakie baby: http://realmofvenus.renaissanceitaly.net/wardrobe/LottoFamGroup.jpg

Boy's leather jerkin, c. 1550-1600
Infant’s coif, c. 1550-1600 http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O90001/babys-coif/
Eleonora of Toledo with her son Giovanni de' Medici by Agnolo Bronzino, 1550'
Don Garcia de' Medici by Agnolo Bronzino, 1550
Francesco I de' Medici by Agnolo Bronzino, 1551
Detail of a portrait of a woman and two children by Giovanni Battista Moroni, 1570

Now I just need to find more images of Italian Renaissance (preferably as close to 1570 as I can get) maternity wear.
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Last night I got absolutely F-all done. I was going to go get a replacement phone, but wanted to the mancreature to come with me as I really think we should get on a family plan to save a bit. The mancreature didn't sleep well the night before so he was a grumble butt and toddled off to bed by 6PM and slept through the whole night- which meant that I couldn't get the phone stuff sorted out. I'm going stir crazy without a phone, but if we potentially sign up for another contract (we have both happily long  passed our contract date and were not wanting to get tied down again) I want to make sure it's what will work for us for the next two years, and have enough benefit to make it worth giving up the freedom to change companies at any time. We need to start looking at ways to tighten the budget before it become nessisary so it hopefully won't ever be urgent, or a crisis. I don't like having to scramble, especially not when it can be avoided with planning. So I did make some super quickie dinner as I'm learning to listen to what my body wants and when it wants it. Other than that  all that was accomplished last night was a little light reading, sleeping and mega snuggles.

I did find some more interesting information on historical birthing practices, and some images of birthing chairs. I may not get a chance to use one for the birth, but I want one!!
Here's an interesting synopsis of prevailing attitudes and practices: http://www.elenagreene.com/childbirth.html 
An interesting write up on women in medicine, how it applied to them, to what degree women were allowed to practice, what medical texts might have been available to them and more- I'm loving checking out all the bibliographies: http://www.gallowglass.org/jadwiga/herbs/WomenMed.html

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From the historical costuming list by way of Corba_girl - I also saw a round heavily carved Italian renaissance walker at a house museum in Milan.

If you look up "Ages of man" you'll find a lot of images of a baby walker. It is the visual reference for just past infancy and not yet old enough for the hobby horse stage. 

Here is the one I made for my daughter. It isn't the most authentic of  things but I made it what I had on hand and she liked it.

A cooking blog about the historical cooking going on at Hampton Court Palace!!!
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Just trying to get ideas percolating- There dosen't seem to me much in the way of images before 3-6 yrs old and in most of that they seem to be wearing just smaller versions of their parent's style. http://www.larsdatter.com/children-renaissance.htm

I may need to see if I can trade or bribe any of my knitting friends for any or a set of these:
•Infant's knitted sock, vest and mitten (mid-16th century?). Baby clothes knitted in soft white wool; the mitten has a contrasting band, probably of naturally black sheep's wool.

Children's Games (1559-60)
by Pieter BRUEGEL the Elder


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