I was the oldest of two girls, so everything I had was always shiny and new. I was also a tad bit spoiled and would often get most of the things my little heart desired.
My sister is six years younger than I am, which means by that point my parents had gotten rid of all things baby. All of her stuff was also shiny and new.
This notion of "hand-me-downs" was all so foreign to me because i didn't understand the concept. Well there were times that my mom would give me clothes that my cousin (who was 7 years older) no longer wanted - but those would get shoved in a closet never to be seen from again.
Then I found out that I was having a second boy and the doctor exclaimed "at least you'll save on clothes". No kidding. I was ecstatic - I wouldn't have to buy a.single.new.item of clothing! SCORE!
I pulled out all of the baby clothes - washed and voila - good as new.
Then I started feeling guilty. I'm not sure why, since a lot of the clothes I had for Nathan were also "handed down" from a great friend (with great taste I might add) - but still the guilt was there.
I wanted Noah to have something of his own. Something that I can give to him when he is older and say, "this was yours when you were a baby". Something to feed my hoarder tendencies and shove in a closet for another 20+ years for the sake of sentimentality.
I ended up buying him a baby blanket - something that he wouldn't outgrow. It was perfect for cuddling on those cold December nights. It was his blanket.
Then, as if everyone knew what I was going through, Noah started receiving gifts - such special gifts.
My aunt from Mexico knitted Noah a blanket - just like she had done for Nathan. It is soft and perfect.
His Godparents in Atlanta then sent us his birthday Elephant, with his name and birthday on the ear - along with a matching blanket.
I realized that while it might be a few years before Noah ever gets any new clothes of his own - he is loved and that is more important than living in "hand me downs".
Also, thank you to everyone who commented on my last post. You definitely made me feel better about marking all as read! I'm trying to catch up now, I promise.