Monday, September 24, 2012

Ten Thoughts about Putting Away Baby Clothes


How well do you handle the emotions of putting away baby clothes?

Do you lovingly tuck them in a keepsake box as you watch home video of your baby’s newborn days, a chocolate cappuccino nearby and a tissue in hand?

Or do you cartwheel down the hallway to the attic access, shoving the box through the hole and skipping off to a pedicure with your new freedom?

Yeah, I’m torn too.

This past weekend was the semi-annual change-out-the-seasonal-clothes event at our house, at least for the 20-month-old. With six children and the Littles napping in the bedrooms, it’s difficult to get everybody done in a single Saturday. But this is the sixth time I’ve put away baby clothes, and it hasn’t become any easier.


The Bad:
  1. He’s growing up, and I’m not ready for him to grow up. He’s losing his cuddle, his coo, his chunks. *sigh*
  2. Will there be another who will wear these clothes? Or will they be hidden in the Great Attic Abyss indefinitely?
  3. How in the world did we get so many baby clothes that he doesn’t wear?
  4. And how can I possibly get rid of any of them? Even the stains have sentimental value.
  5. Almost a whole day gone just managing stuff and trying to keep the munchkin from messing up the piles on the bed.
  6. As the seasons outside change, so do the seasons inside the family. Sometimes they are welcome. Sometimes they aren’t.

The Good:
  1. It’s another opportunity to weed out and eliminate what no child has worn yet and what is uncomfortable, ill-fitting, and impractical.
  2. We’re getting closer to being diaper-free. Or should that be in The Bad because potty-training is so excruciatingly difficult?
  3. He’s becoming a bit more independent. I don’t need to spoon-feed him any longer.
  4. It’s time to move the crib out of our bedroom! Once we figure out where it should go….

Enough already. I need some tissue and a strong cappuccino.

What are your thoughts about putting away clothes your children have outgrown? Is it difficult for you, complete with home video and chocolate? Or do you do cartwheels all the way to storage?


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Before you go, friends, one quick blog-keeping note. When you leave here, I want you to feel like you’ve read something worthwhile. Something uplifting or encouraging or just plain helpful. I would also be satisfied with entertaining. But I also want you to know when to expect that.

In many ways, I’m still cutting my teeth on blogging, figuring out what to write, how to say it in a way that communicates best, and how much I can handle. One thing I’ve learned is that I just don’t have the time to post something meaty five days each week. I am currently working on a large writing project, and you also know about the six children. {If they just had a nickel for every time they heard me say, “Wait! Take a picture! This would make a good blog post!”}

So, I’ve created a schedule for posting three days each week, each post to be up around midnight. Let’s try it for a month or so. If it’s not enough, I’ll increase. If it’s too much, I’ll decrease again. I would love your feedback. I’ll continue with my homeschooling mommy blog theme, so you won’t see a change in content.

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47 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this post so much. I've been feeling that all too familiar baby longing lately, and we are moving so a lot of sorting and elimintating of clothing was involved. I had mixed feeings too. It's both joyous and sad to see the eidence of our little ones' growth right before our eyes.

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    1. Wonderfully said, Melinda. Maybe there's room in that new house for a wee one? So glad you commented today, and blessings to you in your move!

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  2. you know what, I'm a lil disappointed in myself that I haven't felt this way (yet) or gotten to this point. My kids are 5 and 3 and when they were babies we didn't know Jesus like we do now! But now that we are adding another lil one to the family I KNOW THAT THIS WILL HAPPEN TO ME and I will be a teary sappy mess :) Of course, until another comes :) hahahaha . And I'm sure you will too, if you have 6, it can easily be 7.

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    1. I would be thrilled to have a seventh! And congratulations on your new little one. Happy to have you here today, Jaclyn.

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  3. Ah, the bittersweet reminder that our children are growing up so much faster than we expected... Thank you for sharing your heart.

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    1. You blink, and they grow up. It reminds me of Steve Martin in Cheaper by the Dozen: "No more blinking. Enough with the blinking." Thanks, Jenni.

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  4. It was bittersweet to put the clothes away, although I think I was more of the cartwheeling type.

    For me, it it gets harder as our girls move into young adulthood. I was watching some of our earliest family videos this weekend, and got all misty eyed as I thought about how many years have passed since they were that age. Love who they have grown into, and miss those cuddly little girls!

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    1. Thanks for your honesty, Kim. I'm looking forward to the young adult years, but I know I'll miss the baby stage. So glad you commented today.

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  5. We had a yard sale a couple of months ago, getting rid of baby clothes we've collected by haven't had any use for in a few years (our "baby" just turned 3). In the midst of the oohing and aahing, the children said, "Mom, when are we going to have another baby???" I had been trying to break the news to them that eventually we will be done and as I was turning 48 years old in August, I thought maybe the time had come. They were sad, but purposed to keep praying. I just made the announcement today on my blog that last week we surprisingly discovered that #11 is on the way! I'm still in shock, but am so happy! Every child is a blessing from the Lord.

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    1. Congratulations!!!! So excited for you with #11! And, since you've sold a lot of your baby clothes, it's time to shop for more, right? So glad you shared this news today, and many prayers for your health and the health of the wee one.

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  6. Every year when we set up our yard sale, I have to remind myself that I will want to buy cute new clothes for each baby so I have to let go of SOME of the clothes! It always disgusts me when I go to put a size away and find clothes never worn!!
    Kristen @ Trial & Error Homemaking

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    1. That's the way we do it - out with the old, in with the new. Except we get loaded up with other's leftovers, not to mention our own yard sale purchases, so we end up giving away clothing that we never paid for in the first place. Thanks for commenting, and enjoy those babies!

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  7. I’m never been one to do cartwheels on the way to storage. In fact, I’ve never been one to part with baby clothes easily. Too many memories, I just want to hold on forever. All my children have grown and flown from the nest, except for one. They were all homeschooled, and I wouldn't trade our time together for the world. And the clothes, I still watch videos of my babygirl in those sweet dresses, twirling and dancing.



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    1. Thanks so much, Debra, for the reminder to cherish every moment. Many blessings to you.

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  8. Even the stains have sentimental value - that is so funny and so true here at my house. I will give away the really nice outfits but keep the stained one because they have sentimental value.

    My baby is also 2.5 years old and I just put together a big bag with baby clothes to give away to a friend who just had a baby girl after 2 boys in a row. My Dh's comments were: "are you giving away baby clothes so you can get pregnant again??" It always happens that way. I clean up and give stuff away and a few months later we are expecting. :)

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    1. Glad to see a smiley face with that last comment, Tereza! Let us know how it turns out. . . . :)

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  9. I struggle the most taking out baby clothes to lend to family when they have babies. I always have "baby fever" so this only increases it. When my babies are a year old and I take out their newborn clothes it just breaks my heart that they are so big, but I know that God has big plans for them and I can't wait to see it!

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    1. It seems to be a classic struggle. We want them to stay little forever, but we're also anxious to see what sort of adults they will be. Maybe that's why grandchildren are supposed to be so wonderful - we will see our children as adults and still have little ones to cuddle. What am I saying? My oldest is only twelve. Don't rush it!

      Thanks, Lindsey, for taking the time to comment!

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  10. I had a loose schedule on my blog for a while, but have kinda gotten away from it. I'm trying to get back on track. I'm looking forward to reading more homeschooling stuff, although I do miss the "what would you do" questions (haven't seen them as often lately).

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    1. Thanks for your input, Crystal. The Wednesday's open format would be the slot for a Q4U, and your comment has prompted me to post one tomorrow. Hope you come back and leave your thoughts.

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  11. Meghan, I can relate to a few of your thoughts here, since I've been packing up tiny baby clothes recently too. My most common not-so-positive thought is along the lines of "will there be another to fill these clothes?" We're praying for baby #2, and hopefully the Lord will really reach out and increase our nest by another sweet child or so. Thanks for sharing these heartfelt words with us today. I found your link from Women Living Well. Hope your Weds. treats you well, indeed!

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    1. Oh, Jelli, praying with you as well that God would bless you with another wee one! Have a terrific Wednesday, and many blessings to you!

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  12. The theme around here is our daughter has grown up to fast. I loved your post! I never thought to take time out to enjoy putting away the clothes. We usually keep one or two outfits and the rest goes to good will or to people we know that need baby clothes.

    Candice
    www.lillythroughthevalley.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping in, Candice, and thanks for the follow!

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  13. It is amazing how torn the seasons in ones life are. Right now my baby is 14, and we have two grown sons. Each 'ending' phase was difficult.

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    1. It's hard to imagine my baby being 14, but I try to remind myself sometimes that it won't be long before his soft cheeks are scratchy with stubble. Thanks for sharing honestly, Sherri.

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  14. It's been a long time since I put away baby clothes but I could still feel the tug. My daughter took a special outfit of her own daughter and put it in a shadow box. I use their baby shoes in decorating.

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    1. Great ideas for decorating! I think Michelle Duggar has some baby clothes tacked up on her office wall, and they look terrific there. Now I just need more wall space. Thanks, Pamela.

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  15. with my first child I was more sentimental. I saved everything and ooohed and aaahed as I put it all away. Then I went back through it all when he was 18 months old (and we found out we were having a baby girl, not another boy) and decided to sell/give away most of it. I kept 10-15 outfits for sentimental reasons and the rest of it left!

    It was easier waiting a few months... with my 2nd baby its WAY easier. As soon as she grows out of something I'm taking it to the consignment store! (needing to save $ for a house is a good initiative though lol)

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    1. Saving money to buy a house is an excellent motivation. Thanks for commenting!

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  16. I suppose maybe it will be hard for me to put up my baby's clothes (first due in January), but I am a "donate/sell/gift" kind of lady and don't like piles of clutter. I am sure we'll save "baby's first outfit" as my mother did for me, as well as some clothing from special events (baby dedication, etc.). But I like to gift others the benefit of cheap or free clothes, swap with mommas, do resales, eBay, etc. (Side Note: eBay is fabulous for maternity clothes you might not want to keep... and for buying them, too!) Anyway, I am overly sentimental about people themselves, but not really about the objects associated with them. I guess push-back from seeing my mother and grandmother save (and occasionally "hoard") everything from craft supplies to old pens that don't write any longer. (Stopping by from Thankful Homemaker hop, BTW.) :-)

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    1. Congratulations on your little one coming soon! Praying that all goes well for you.

      I agree completely with your thought on being sentimental about the people but not their stuff. How about an elderly relative who saves the buttons off her Depends? I'd love to hear your thoughts on my little series about cleaning out! I started with a Q4U about what to do with Uncle Elmer's curio cabinet (http://meghancarver.blogspot.com/2012/09/q4u-what-to-do-with-unwanted-curio-cabinet.html). Then there was a list of 10 Things to Get Rid of When You Clean Out (http://meghancarver.blogspot.com/2012/09/ten-things-to-get-rid-of-when-you-clean.html). Finally, my thoughts about loving people but not their stuff (http://meghancarver.blogspot.com/2012/09/i-love-you-not-your-stuff.html). You can click through to these also from my homemaking page.

      So glad you stopped by today, Carrie! Hope to see you again.

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  17. I remember the bittersweetness! And I love that you've created a writing plan! Whatever works for you!

    Thanks for linking up on the Photo Friday Blog Hop- hope to see you next week :)

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    1. Thank you so much for the link-up opportunity. We're going on a field trip tomorrow, so I'm sure I'll have photos!

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  18. Meghan...I have had baby clothes put away for quite a few years now. It was so bittersweet for me. These days, I'm preparing to be down to one child schooling at home. That door closing is going to be bittersweet as well. As for the blogging, I only do 3 to 4 posts a week as well. It works for me at the moment. I used to do it daily but faith and family first! I think you will enjoy having a lighter schedule giving more to the select posts you do. Thank you for sharing at WJIM this week.

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement, Naomi, and the reminder of faith and family first.

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  19. Meghan, your posts are always very entertaining and informative. Keep at it, you have some great content. I agree with you, they grow up WAY too fast! My boy is only 9 months and I feel like he is all grown up already.

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    1. Thanks so much for your encouragement! Hug and cuddle that little boy a little extra tonight. . . .

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  20. This is so sweet. I also struggle with putting away my little one's clothes. I still have my first born's clothes in the attic! I just can't bear to throw them out, as there are some sweet memories attached to a few of those outfits.

    This post was in the top 3 most visited links from last week's Monday Moments Mondays, so it will be featured this week and on facebook, too, so be on the lookout. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Someday I'll probably pull out our saved baby clothes for our grandchildren to wear. Thanks for the link-up, Sara, and I'm honored to be featured.

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  21. I saw (on Pinterest, of course) an idea for making a quilt out of fabric from your nostalgic baby clothes. I think when my family is complete, I will do just that. Or maybe make a quilt for each child, because I will probably have enough clothes to do that too! ;)

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    1. I just saw on FB a picture of a beautiful quilt made out of clothes of a child who had died young. Fantastic idea, although I'm with you. I would need a quilt per child! LOVE Pinterest! Thanks for the idea.

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  22. Meghan ~

    It is a sad time to pack away all those sweet baby clothes, as it reminds me of how quickly that sweet blessing grows! We have done this 8 times now, our youngest just turned 1 last month. How precious it was each time we were expecting to take down those newborn clothes, washing them and preparing for the arrival of that little girl or boy. As I get older, I wonder...how many more will the Lord bless us with?

    Our youngest BOY is now six...I just asked my husband to pull down all the boy clothes through size six to weed through, with thoughts of passing along some of them {note: SOME, not all, as I am just not sure what the days ahead hold ;D}. This, too, is a hard thought...but...

    To everything there is a season...

    By His Grace ~

    Jarnette

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    1. I love that preparation stage as well, and wonder often if the Lord will bless us any more. Good thoughts, Jarnette. Thanks, and many blessings to you.

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