I’m usually one tightly wrapped frugal mama.
But there is one thing that puts a kink in my love for budgets.
This little girl…let me rephrase…this little BABY…has a wardrobe unlike any I’ve ever seen.
It started innocently enough. In fact, in the beginning, I bought ONE outfit for Aria. The day we found out that Baby Fay was BGWF, I picked up a little newborn romper. We were so fortunate to have wonderful friends and family that gifted her wonderful clothes. As well as lots and lots of hand-me-downs! (Seriously, from just one friend we inherited about three huge storage boxes FULL of newborn – T4 sized clothes)
I don’t think I actually picked out any other clothes until she was a few months old.
In one day we discovered Baby Gap and Janie and Jack. Double ouch. And that was it. My kryptonite was born. And it hurt SO good.
I literally can’t go anywhere that sells baby clothes without melting into a pile of mush. The other day I went to Target to pick up allergy meds and fabric softener. I just had to wheel myself by the baby stuff and ran right into a brand new rack of Osh Kosh stuff. If it wasn’t for the fact that they were out of the 12 months size in most of the things, I would have brought it all home. Still, I picked up at least five things…
Honestly, it’s a little embarassing how much clothing she has… So far, three storage boxes full of the stuff she’s grown out of.
A closet and dresser full. (and this was after we had packed for Vancouver…)
Plus an undercrib storage bin and two more storage boxes of the next size up.
Maybe it’s a little excessive, but we’re cool with it. And it may be a bit ridiculous, but not enough that I’m going to stop buying her clothes (especially since I just figured out the whole Gymboree system and now feel the urge to try and see if I can out-save myself by way of Gymbucks and sales). Because it’s pretty much all I spend my fun money on and I LOVE her clothes. And let’s face it, this kid isn’t shrinking.
I like to think that I’m investing in the potential that we’ll have another girl in the future.
If we have a boy though, I may need to rent an offsite storage unit to keep all the clothes we’ll accumulate.