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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Clothe This Baby!


It's time to splurge a little. Our Maya Bird's birthday is next Sunday and the party is on Saturday. The girl needs a birthday dress. And some balloons . My questions to you, blogger friends, is how much money does one spend on a birthday dress for first birthday? I'm very cool with going to the secondhand stores in town and seeing what they've got to offer, but sometimes the selection is not so good. The devil may pull me into one of these baby boutiques and dangle some beautiful fine woven fabrics in front of me. We all know I've given into temptation before... of the cake batter persuasion. In this case, I'd be sinning for my child - an ethical quandry! My question is: how much is too much? Keep in mind that summer is approaching, and whatever I get, I expect her to wear EVERY OTHER DAY this summer until it falls off her body.

Clothe This Baby!


At 7:40 AM, Blogger Cat said...

I am SUCH a fan of Gently Used stores (read: classy, no-holds-barred secondhand stores). BIG fan. When my kids were young, they grew out of everything so freaking fast, if I spent full-price, I felt as if I might as well have flushed my cold hard cash down the toilet, you know?

My mantra: Shop the sale! Always SHOP THE SALE!

Seriously, I can't tell you how many AWESOME "gently used" dresses I got for my girlies at a FRACTION of the cost. If you find the right store, you can get those fancy boutique dresses dirt CHEAP, I tell ya! But here's the secret (from one momma to another--shhhhhh): You've got to WORK IT, my friend. Make friends with the cashiers. Tell them what you're looking for, and leave your number. THIS WORKS. I honestly scored all the best deals this way. Sneaky? Sure. Happy Momma? Yes ma'am!

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Mamaramma said...

Thanks for the advice, Cat! Yes, there are a couple of classy resale shops that I visit at least once a season where I can afford a sock that would normally cost $27 brand new. Making friends with the cashiers, huh? I'm always very friendly to anyone in the service industry - having worked there myself - but I don't know if I'm in there enough to get them to want to do me any favors. Hmmmm....

At 9:33 AM, Blogger mcsister said...

Hi, is your adorable daughter's name Maya (you referred to her as Maya Bird). Just have to ask because my name's Maya. Always nice to meet a namesake ;-) Advanced happy birthday to her!

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Greenthumb said...

Man do I have a lot to learn about this stuff. IF we ever have a kid, I know I would be the worst about this kind of thing.

My logic would be to Nick, "But honey, she only has one 1st birthday."

They don't even know the difference though, so I guess when it comes down to it any nice dress no matter where it comes from is perfect.

I love this photo. What a face.

At 11:51 AM, Blogger Circus Kelli said...

Ok... my two cents:
Our resale shop went out of business. I tend to rely on the kindness and loose pocketbooks of the Grandma's. I do, however, shop the 'real' stores sometimes. You can sometimes get a really cute dress at Target. Kohl's has dresses that are a *little nicer* in price and appearance.

If it's something that you want to be washable, and want her to wear often -- definitely hit the resale shop or Target.

What size is she?? I might have some clothes I could send your way.

At 1:04 PM, Blogger Susie said...

See, I'm with greenie. I would blow the family's meal budget. But don't listen to me; these other folks have better advice for you. The important thing is that you love it, and take lots of pictures. And take pictures of her naked playing with her birthday balloons. God bless her, she is such a little pumpkin muffin. LG's very special dresses, I have saved, and will give to her some day for her babies. Others I give away, or sell; but the birthday ones or the professional photo ones, I keep. I'm horribly sentimental about such things. And of course, still hold out the tiniest bit of hope that even thought I'm elderly, there will be a second daughter to wear them some day. Good Lord, that's a loud clock -- anybody else hear that LOUD ticking? ;)

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

Just one word of warning: if you do expect her to wear the dress again, and if there is the teeniest bit of any color except white in the icing of her sure and remove said dress before she dives into the cake. (It's so much cuter in the pictures anyway!)

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Mamaramma said...

Mr. Green and Susie- Yes, it is so tempting to buy something that would put us out on the streets for awhile. Hey, we may be out on the streets, but did you see this fabulous dress?

CK - I know - I should hit the resale shops. You and Cat are right. I actually have the car tomorrow - I will do just that.

Andrea -You know her 2nd b-day outfit is her Birthday Suit. It wouldn't be a first birthday if there weren't a naked baby with some icing all over their face. Could you imagine if all birthdays had to be that way?

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