La Bump

Right now, my husband is shopping online for clothes for our son. He’s a little addicted to internet shopping, I think. He was asking me what sizes to get, and I had to say 4T! I can’t believe it. Of course, William isn’t wearing 4T yet, but David was buying him new shorts and t-shirts, and he’s wearing 2T’s now that are getting a little small, and soon, it won’t be time for shorts anymore, so these shorts will be for next summer. It’s funny, David asked, “should I get him 24 months?” Sheesh.

So anyway, I’m still not really feeling the pull to have a second baby. I mean, every once in a while when I hold a tiny baby, I remember how much I loved that part, but I’m not sure. The other thing that gets me thinking about new babies is baby clothes. Sweet little dresses and shoes and socks. Is it lame to want to have a girl for the clothes? The problem is that once that girl was about four, I’d be totally clueless. I’m not a girly girl, my mother was not a girly girl. I have no girly experience. I’d be a total failure as a mom to a girl. Well, not a total failure…she’d know about civic responsibility and books and musicals, but probably nothing about high fashion or shoes or hair styling. Oh yeah, I could also teach her quilting. And some good dance moves. I guess that’s not nothing.

Plus, there is the huge closet full of maternity clothes I still have. And all the baby stuff we’ve packed away for future use.

So anyway, the perfect marriage between my husband’s internet shopping problem and our enormous amount of baby stuff – whether we sell it or need more girl stuff – is a new site called La Bump. It’s similar to craigslist where people list stuff they have to sell or what they need to buy. Very cool concept. I’m looking forward to when its super popular and full of stuff. I highly recommend it to all mommies in need!

baby treasure

My mother-in-law is moving to the states from Paris this summer. I’m super excited for her new U.S.deux par deux on adventure to start, but I’m really sad that William won’t be getting any cute Paris clothes from her anymore. Luckily, he’s still got a few things to grow into, including the best little preppy coat – a sweet little brown canvas pea coat. She really gets the best stuff, and it’s always stuff that we’d never see here.

kate mack butterfly dressI did find a website recently with some really cute stuff – children’s boutique clothing on The Kate Mack stuff actually makes me want to have a girl, even though I never thought that would be the case! Look at this butterfly dress…it’s like the perfect little baby fairy princess dress!

I’m definitely more of an Old Navy and Target kind of girl. That’s why I really appreciated the French clothes from my mother in law – it was stuff I would never have the good taste to find on my own. But sites like moppetfrocks are good because I can get children’s boutique clothes without changing out of my Target pajamas.

Of course, as usual, there is way more stuff for girls than boys. Like that super cute denim dress. But it’s fun to look!

Baby clothes rotation

It’s that time again. 12 to 18 months is too small, but 24 months is too big. Which baby clothes are going into a bin in the closet? Which clothes will stay in the dresser. Should I put the wintery clothes that are still a little big in the dresser to save myself trouble in a month or two? I tell you, maintaining baby clothes requires immense organization.

Then, once I pull out all the too-small stuff, I have to remember which ones came from friends and need to be returned, and which ones are ours. It’s really a lot to keep up with.

Anyone have some good tips? Right now, my system is clothes arranged by size into big plastic bins that stay stacked in his closet. I’ve been holding onto everything in case we have another boy. I mean EVERYTHING. Ugh. So much stuff!