Feb 14, 2017
I was going to take Felix to a cute little playgroup Valentine’s Day party this morning and I even showered for the occasion, but, sadly, my taking a shower meant that Felix went with Bryan to take Olivia to school which resulted in Felix falling down at some point and scraping his nose and lips and knee and he was so upset about the whole thing and throwing such a tantrum that even after some kid tylenol all I could do to help him calm down was put him down for a nap. Which he’s not taking, but at least he’s in his bed and getting some much-needed rest. Meanwhile, I’ve been looking at baby clothes.
First of all, we don’t have our 20 week ultrasound to find out the baby’s gender until this Friday. Ugh. It’s not that much longer to wait and I know there are a billion other more pressing matters in the world, but I just want to knoooooow. And I don’t. So instead I’m looking through both boy and girl baby clothes on ThredUp and enjoying the uncomfortable inner struggle between having happy feelings about it being either gender and the impending disappointment that on Friday we’ll (hopefully) know for sure and then it definitely won’t be one or the other. I was a pizza, now I’m a mess. (Covers face.)
The other dilemma I’m having is what kind of clothes to buy this baby. My due date is July 4th and we live in northern Virginia where the summers are pretty hot and humid. Which means it obviously makes sense to buy lightweight summer clothes, buuuut it’s also still going to be a newborn and if it’s crazy hot outside like it often is, then we’ll likely be spending a lot of time inside where it’s air conditioned. So, where does that put me? Regular clothes? Cozy long sleeves? I think I’m going to err on the side of shorts and t-shirts, but I still wonder.
And then of course there’s always the question of just how big this baby is going to be and how quickly he or she will grow out of everything. Both our kids so far have been healthy babies, but Olivia was super skinny and everything fit her long after it was seasonally appropriate, while Felix was a super fat baby and wore size 2T clothes for almost three years straight.
This all complicates my final question which is, how many clothes do I really need for this baby anyway? Could I get away with a pack of white onesies and some cute shorts? Or will the baby spit up so much that I need a bunch of extra clothes on hand? Luckily our other two kids haven’t spit up a crazy amount, but you never know. I keep telling myself it doesn’t really matter, we can always just have a few things on hand and then buy more clothes once the baby is born, but then I think about having to go shopping with a 7 year old out of school for the summer and a toddler and a newborn and a post-c-section body that takes a while to recover and the thought of all that just makes me want to stockpile everything I possibly can.
And of course it probably isn’t helping that I know better what kind of clothes I like for my kids now which means I’ve also gotten a lot more picky about kid clothes than I used to be. And the stuff I like tends to be more expensive, so I try to keep my eye out and buy stuff on clearance, but usually that requires, ya know, shopping before you actually need things. Which I would be happy to do if only I knew the baby’s gender and growth rate and exactly what the weather will be like from at least July-September and approximately how many outfits I need.
But probably this won’t matter after Friday.
- Do bucket hats really stay on newborns?