Before we had Sam over 4 years ago my Uncle Paul offered us the hand-me-down clothes from his son Preston (born just under a year before Sam) as a way to get us started on clothing our new bundle of joy. We’re not especially fancy dressers so we eagerly took him up on this offer. Little did we know then that the clothes Paul had were the conglomeration of a couple of his sister-in-laws kids clothes and by the time each new kid had received the clothes and added a few more, the collection was enormous. About a year after Sam was born my sister also had a baby boy and we agreed to share the clothes up until our boys got to similar sizes at which point we decided to just split the clothes for those sizes.
On Friday I decided it was time to put away Sam’s 3T clothes in favor of some 4T clothes. Below is a picture of the box of 3T shirts that I came up with when I started packing them up. Please note: This is ONLY shirts. There is not a pair of pants or socks or underwear, or a coat inside that box at all. Furthermore, they are ONLY 3T shirts, 2T is in another box and 4T are now hanging in Sam’s closet. Also, I purchased only a handful of these shirts (just a few things for back-to-school, family pictures etc). And this was AFTER Taylor and I had gone through and donated to DI the things we didn’t really like and split what was left in half! Oh, and there are a few more shirts that I just pulled out of the dryer yesterday that still need to be added to that collection.
Unbelievable right? It’s been such a huge blessing as I’ve had my two boys to hardly have to worry about purchasing clothes, especially as they seem to grow from one size to the next so quickly! So once again, THANK YOU UNCLE PAUL!
So as we’ve been trying to anticipate whether the newest member of our family was going to be a boy or a girl I’ve been thinking that it would be kind of nice to just be able to pull out all those boxes again and do the same thing. Despite my boys conviction that the baby is a girl I’d somewhat hoped to avoid having to figure out how to actually keep a baby clothed of my own volition! So, today we went in for the big ultrasound and…..
It looks like my boys were right after all! I’ve sort of suspected they might be, I think that kids have an extra connection on those kinds of things. It was Sam’s very first reaction when he found out that we were having a baby (“It’s going to be my sister!”) and Danny last week, unprompted, told me “Mommy, you have baby in you tummy? It baby girl!” Also, everyone says their pregnancies with their boys have been very different from with their girls and this pregnancy has been SO much different for me than my other two. During my last appointment my midwife was having a hard time keeping the baby’s heartbeat on the monitor and said that she always had a harder time with girls hiding than with boys and afterwards kept slipping and referring to the baby as a “she” rather than “it” (let’s face it, it’s awful having to call your baby “it”). So I think we would have probably been a little surprised to have found out it was a boy :)
We are of course very excited for this new adventure in parenting. I’m not sure that I’m ready to have to shop for a whole wardrobe, or have to figure out little girl hairstyles and how to do the princesses/bows/frills/dresses thing. I know I am a girl, but I’m not super girly. This should definitely be an adventure.
More importantly than finding out the gender was of course finding out the overall health of the baby. The ultrasound tech told us that everything was looking good development-wise and that her growth is on track for my January 4th due date. Our little girl was in a great position for the first part of the ultrasound for getting some cute pictures of her profile, but towards the end was more camera-shy and curled up into the fetal position and didn’t want to show us anymore. Luckily we’d gotten pretty much all the measurements we needed by then so that was just fine.
Anyways, we’re so excited to get to meet this new member of our family in a few more months! We’ll share with you some of the ultrasound pictures of our cute little lady below :)