Monday, May 03, 2010

Embracing the Pink

When I became pregnant the first time, oh so many years ago, I loved to browse the baby stores and coo over the tiny little things. Bitty shoes, wee socks, shirts that barely covered my hand. sweet. And pink.

I came to realize shortly after our tell-all ultrasound that most of the stores cater to babies of the female persuasion. I cried that day making my way to the back of the store to the small wall of blue things. I felt like I was being sent for my consolation prize of overalls, baseball caps, and animal onesies. I finally chose a green creeper with matching socks covered in trains. Foreshadowing? It was the one thing in that store I had to have.

After Jacob was born I grew to like the blue side. Cars and monkeys and bulldozers and plaid drew me in. The best part? The sale racks were stuffed with boy clothes. I don't think I have ever paid full price for any since that very first creeper.

The day before Elizabeth was born, Derick and I went out to run some last minute errands. On our way home, I asked him to stop at my favorite children's store. I picked out some sweet blue monkey things and then I ventured over to the left side, a place I'd never been before. So. Much. Pink. And Purple. It was all so sweet, but neither have ever been one of my favorite colors. I half-heartedly chose one of them until I found a rack of an entire blue girl line that I adored. Good, beautiful, familiar blue. I bought them all and then handed my husband the receipt with the instructions to return them all before I got home with our third baby boy.

Who knew he'd have to wash them and bring them to us.

Those are still my favorite dresses.

There was no need to shop for Elizabeth early in her life because there were so many gifts, so many hand-me-downs. When I finally had to go out and get her something to wear it was so strange, yet thrilling. So much to choose from! So many colors! Pink!? Eh? Okay, it's not so bad.

Welcome to Elizabeth's closet:

I think I've learned to like the pink. Just a little.

In fact, I think I may have a problem.

It is more of a quest, but you CAN find girl clothes on sale. You have to look a little harder and be a little quicker, but trust me, they're there and the hunt is so much fun!

Hello. My name is Andria. And I'm girl-clothes-aholic. Please help me.


Fran said...

As a fellow 2 boys then a girl Mom, I can totally relate to this! I also just love it when she goes with her brothers when they get ready for bed and comes out of their room in a Spiderman t-shirt. I find a lot of clothes for her at our local resale shop. All pink clothes people buy their girls at the store are eventually outgrown!!

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

That is just like our closet!

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Dawn said...

I can completely relate to this too. I don't mind the girly colors, but even now I find myself reaching for the "boy" colors out of her closet. My boys on the other hand would have her wear pink and all things girly all. the. time.

Mommy Daisy said...

Wow, that IS a lot of clothes! I'm a boy-clothes-aholic I think. I think it would be worse with a girl though. I completely understand.