Sunday, March 29, 2009

Clothes

These are the baby clothes. The two piles on the left are girl baby clothes up to size 12 months. The pile on the right are boy baby clothes up to 2T. It is a visual study in the increase of our financial security over the years. And a witness to how much I spoil my children.

I unpacked, divided and mailed all of these clothes to my sister (baby boy) and two sister-in-laws (baby girls) this last week. That is what I have been saving them for. Yet it was harder to do than I thought. Isn't it amazing how a small, tangible, physical piece of history can bring you back to the moment. The tiny little premie outfit that the girls came home in. The blankets I swaddled my babies so snugly in. Christmas dresses, favorite pajamas, gifts that meant something special and of course the totally amazing dress I found shopping with my Mom the day after coming home from the hospital. A soft little jumper that makes your hand want to fly up to your shoulder and stroke a baby's back. Only that baby isn't a baby anymore he is 10 and wouldn't fit on my shoulder if I tried.

Lets just say I cried a few tears. There was even a moment when I considered not sending anything. But I really do try hard to share...so inside the boxes they all went. Bound for places far away to start a new history on some other baby's sweet little body.

Isn't it just amazing how something like baby clothes can just bring you back...

12 comments:

Sarah said...

Very sweet. I hoped you save a thing or two just for the sake of remembering. =)

Lisa said...

I just sent some baby girl stuff off too and got a little emotional. Cute little clothes bring back a lot of memories.

Andrea said...

I cried when I did that too! I even hold them and smell them for a while. I love babies! Hooray for new cousins!

Nicole said...

Ah, I cried reading that. I'm pathetic. Thank you so much for sharing some of your precious memory filled treasures.

The Seaquist Family said...

I cried too when I sent the boys off to my family. And as Ava grows and I give them away I always find myself holding on to a few special dresses or such...just to remember.

Fisher Family said...

it is so neat how those sweet little outfits can bring such precious memories. thank you for your sweet post. Hoping we'll get to use all of the clothes we've been saving one more time.

Heather said...

I can't help but hold on to some of my favorites "just in case." Such a sweet post.

judy said...

I wish I could get to your level. I have boxes of my favorite clothes from Kait. Boxes. I keep coming up with reasons why I still need them or options of what to do. I just can't let go. I look at them, shed a tear and put them back in the box.

Anonymous said...

Well we won't even talk about how long I saved Baby clothes.
Love
Mom

Anonymous said...

You know what happens when you get rid of all of anything.... You will need them again.
Prophet Tucson Grandpa

RuSty and LaLa said...

Hanalei has been loving all of your treasures...I'm sure they will become treasures for me too. Thanks again for sending them.

shelly said...

I know exactly what you mean, but I was just packing the clothes up for my future kids. I cried the first time I went through Boyd's clothes. It just made me think, he will never wear these things again. He really is growing up too fast!!!