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Shopping with Reckless Abandon - Karen's Musings
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Shopping with Reckless Abandon
Julian has a knack for putting holes in the knees of his pants pretty quickly. If I were a good mother, or if I just had more time, I would sew (or iron) patches onto the knees of his pants for reinforcement. But I am not a good mother, so I simply buy him pants FREQUENTLY. Really frequently. I would just buy dozens of pants all at once except that: 1. I'm not made of money and 2. There's no telling when he'll have a growth spurt and be in the next size up, so I don't want to stockpile TOO many pairs ahead of time, right? Of course right.

So anyway, last night Seth pulled six pairs of Julian's pants out of the dryer and proceeded to fold them. Five of them had holes in the knees. Miraculously, one of the pairs of jeans did not, but they were on their way. "Do you want me to go out and buy him some pants?" I sighed under my breath, hoping he wouldn't hear me. "What was that?" my husband perked up. Sigh. I said, a little more clearly, but with a slightly more obvious sigh, "Would you like me to go out and buy him some pants?"

"Oh, you know, if you have the energy..."


Well, payback's a, well, you know. So I went out to get the pants, but I was sure going to have some fun while doing it. So off I went to The Children's Place and picked up three pairs of Shabbos pants and five pairs of jeans (yes, he really does go through pants THAT FAST...and the Target pants wear out EVEN FASTER so it's not cheaper for me to go to Target, so don't even suggest it). And of course while I was there I just *had* to buy a couple cute little dresses for the girls. I mean, I've never had babies to play with before, and certainly not daughters! Oooh, what fun! So I got a couple cute dresses that won't fit them just yet, but should fit them around the time that I'm willing to let them out of the house (April), and a dress that will fit them now (they only had one, so they'll have to share). Then I went over to Buy Buy Baby because I needed a couple more Sleep Sacks for Ellie (oh, she loves her fuzzy sleep sacks!...the other two still prefer to be swaddled) and while I was there I picked up some long-sleeved onesies so that I can use a couple of the dresses that a friend gave me (her babies were born at a different time of year than mine, so all the dresses she gave me are sleeveless, but will look fine with a long sleeved onesie underneath) and also an adorable dress/romper thing that they had two of. Ellie was in hers before I left this morning, but Abby wasn't. When I get home tonight, I'll try to remember to take a picture of the two of them.

I should point out that TWO women with twin girls have given me piles of girl clothes, so I needed more baby clothes like I needed an extra migraine, but you know... I have barely been able to buy a single item of clothing for my babies and I had no idea how much fun it could be! It's really a LOT of fun! I get sort of sad walking around Buy Buy Baby realizing the things I would have gotten if I'd had a normal singleton pregnancy. I would have gone out and picked out just the most special crib that I loved and probably bedding that I liked better than the bedding I got (because when you're buying only ONE set of things, well, it's easier to contemplate the cost of it). But I bought second-hand cribs that don't match which drives me CRAZY, even though it was far more economical. I never walked through a store and made a baby registry (a friend who was maddened by my refusal to make a registry online made my registry for me!) because I wasn't allowed to walk. I didn't painstakingly pick out my babies' layettes... I gratefully accepted the piles of clothes that all of my friends lent me. And I LOVE the clothes that people lent or gave me. LOVE THEM. But golly, no one told me how much FUN it is to actually go and buy clothes for my babies.

(lest you think that Sam was left out of this buying spree... well, he was, but actually the last time I went to buy Julian pants, I bought a couple outfits for Sam and nothing for the girls, so it all evens out)

I obviously can't go out and buy everything for them all the time, and I'm so incredibly grateful for the generosity of our friends and family. But gosh, it was so fun to buy a few things all of my own. Who KNEW it could be this much fun to shop? I despise shopping for myself, but shopping for babies is Fun! (And hey, compared to adult clothes, baby clothes are cheap! Too bad they outgrow the clothes so quickly, which negates the cost)

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ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: February 12th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, I know you're relatively well off (at least compared to me), but shopping for the little babies at consignment stores and goodwill is actually a good idea, because little infants never wear out their clothes, they outgrow them.
I bought no more than 1-2 new outfits per season for Little Bear when he was small, the rest I got at consignment or thrift stores. And the stuff I bought for him wasn't raggedy, either - it was practically new, name brand stuff, like Baby Gap and Carters and Oshkosh.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 12th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, comparatively, I'm relatively well off, though with four kids all of a sudden...not so much. I'm all for consignment shops, though with Julian's stuff I've had less luck. I honestly didn't NEED a single thing that I bought the girls except the sleep sacks. I have so many clothes for babies it's not funny... people keep giving us their piles of clothes. We're the last of the bunch to have babies, you see, so everyone has generously given us (or lent us) their baby clothes. We are SWIMMING in baby clothes. I bought five total outfits (two sets of matching dresses and one singleton dress) for the girls last night, plus the long-sleeved onesies which brings the total number of baby clothes that I've purchased (other than the preemie stuff I got) to... six outfits plus the long sleeved onesies. Considering I've got three almost-five-month-old babies, that's not TOO bad. (And I still spent less on the girls' clothes last night than I did on Julian's pants)

I did buy preemie clothes, but on DEEP DEEP discount, and my babies were in preemie clothes longer than most babies are (about 2 months and then some), and I've already been able to pass them along to another triplet mama, so I don't regret the expense at all (most of the preemie outfits I got...and I only got a few... were about $5 each even though they retailed for about $40 each - preemie clothes are astronomically expensive for NO GOOD REASON). I was also lucky to be given some preemie clothes by yet another triplet mama, but the preemie stuff was harder to come by.
skatured From: skatured Date: February 12th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Morella has just started to move into her 3-6 month stash because her legs are so freaking long -- and I have come to realize we don't have as many clothes for that age frame as I thought we did. Especially closer to the 3 month mark...hm and I was just thinking to myself today -- hey retail stores have slashed prices dramatically, another sleeper or two might be nice for the Bit....

And the long sleeved onsies under short sleeved dresses works well. It doesn't work that well with t-shirts though -- they ride up too much and it's a pain to pull them down all the time.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 12th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, that's why I got the onesies and not the tshirts. It was HARD to find the onesies, believe it or not! Long sleeved tshirts were easier to come by. Fortunately, the onesies weren't all that expensive.

We have piles and piles and piles of baby clothes... so many that sometimes we don't know what to do with them all. So I have NO right to buy any baby clothes at all, but gosh... it was so nice to be allowed to buy a few nice things for my babies. *Gasp* MY babies! I have babies! All of my own! Whew!
kalki From: kalki Date: February 12th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww, see, this combines my two favorite things. Babies and shoppnig :)

Well, at least two things I like! And I love reading your adventures!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 12th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate shopping, but I do love babies. And it turns out that shopping for babies is fun!
hipstamom From: hipstamom Date: February 12th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved shopping for baby clothes. There's nothing like it... If I ever have a girl baby I KNOW I'll be hitting the shops every week, LOL! My thing

Also, he's a "knee destroyer" like my son. I had to buy him a pair Lands End Climber pants to end the madness. They are double-kneed. I bought a trial pair in November and the knees are showing no signs of wear. Any pants/jeans with double knees should do the trick.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 12th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Julian even goes through the double kneed ones!
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 12th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Speaking of migraines

Nope, just more of the same. Now that I'm not pregnant anymore, I was able to raise my dose of Topamax, which has helped not a bit.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: February 12th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
>> and 2. There's no telling when he'll have a growth spurt and be in the next size up, so I don't want to stockpile TOO many pairs ahead of time, right?

Except now you can stockpile them for Sam!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 12th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
true enough!
eyelid From: eyelid Date: February 12th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is probably ideal this way, because it probably wouldn't be so much fun if you actually had to buy ALL their clothes and stuff.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 12th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, actually, that would make shopping far less fun. But it *was* a joy to be able to buy a couple little girly dresses. I never thought I'd get all gooey about girly dresses. Who knew!?
debsters1101 From: debsters1101 Date: February 12th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
mua ha ha be careful. its an addiction
*cough cough* old navy is having a 40% off all summer stuff sale c*cough*
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 12th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
It would be an addiction if I had more of an addictive personality or if I had more money. Fortunately for me, it's only fun because it's an *occasional* treat.
mindycl From: mindycl Date: February 12th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
yes, shopping for babies is a lot of fun, especially for little girls! I hear you on feeling a tad cheated out of buying 'regular' stuff because you got so many hand me downs and gifts, but there will still be plenty of shopping in your future :). I had a singleton and got enough gifts to last me til the 12 month size!! I didnt really have to shop until ds was 7 months old!!! So it's not all got to do with being triptls :)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 12th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
actually, the only part I really feel cheated on is the cribs... and honestly, I didn't even know what I was missing until after the babies were born because I wasn't allowed to be walking around in baby stores while I was pregnant. We bought our cribs from an Israeli family with triplets that was moving back to Israel and I thought, "meh, all cribs are the same, what do I care what they look like?" Until a few weeks ago when I ventured downstairs in Buy Buy Baby (I'd never been downstairs before because I'd never had any need to be down with all the furniture stuff!) and I saw this totally cute crib that I was in love with that would even probably be easier for me to use (it's lower to the ground and I'm really short) and I was suddenly all jealous.

I am EXTREMELY grateful for all the hand me downs, and definitely don't mean to discount the gratitude that I feel. I just also want to have a FEW things that I picked out for them, you know?
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: February 13th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
i want a girl so badly and that is one of the main reasons!

what size is julian? b/c asher's pants are usually PRISTINE and levi actually hasn't been killing them as much. either julian is more active or i've hit the pants lottery with walmart...

it makes me jealous to hear you say "oh i went to target, and buy buy baby..."

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 13th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Julian's in a 5 or 5T (either fits, but he's so skinny that the 5T is a little better. Julian is freakishly active.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 8th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

thanks much

well done, man
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