My daughter grew so swiftly in her first year
and a half that there were a lot of clothes she never got to wear at all. And
as everyone promised, "Don't worry! She'll slow down soon," I gritted my teeth and
thought, That's great, but I still have
to keep her dressed in something that fits today!
When my daughter was born, she was an average 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Sure, she was a bit on a the tall side at a respectable 21 inches, but nothing outside the realm of "normal."
By 3 months old, she was in the 95th percentile for both height and weight.
I have a good friend whose daughter is 10 months older than mine. This friend has the cutest taste in little girl's clothes, and I thought for sure I was going to be able to milk that hand-me-down connection for years to come.
But by 9 months old, my daughter was officially one size larger than hers. And by a year, hand-me-downs were going in the other direction.
I knew that she would still go through growth spurts for years to come, I just hadn't expected it to be so extreme.
And then, just like that, she did slow down!
Around 2 years old, her growth stalled (and I learned a couple tricks, like the
fact that an oversized dress could last even longer than most
clothes—eventually becoming a tunic.)
Her clothing and shoe size remained stagnant
for months (more than 6, to be exact) so I grew complacent. And when she
finally seemed to have grown another size (from 3T to 4T in clothes, and 4 to 5
in shoes) I thought nothing of buying her a whole new wardrobe (including
winter gear, though winter was still months away) off Zulily.
But by the time my purchases arrived just a few
weeks later, she had already outgrown them.
That kid of mine went through such a massive
growth spurt this summer and fall, that after just a few short months, she is
now wearing a size 4 in tops and dresses (having skipped 4T almost completely
with that long torso of hers) and size 8 shoes (that's right, she went from 4
to 8 in just a few months—I have several pairs of 5's and 6's she never wore
I knew that she would still go through growth
spurts for years to come, I just hadn't expected it to be so extreme when I set
about refilling her closet with her newly acquired size. I hadn't known so much
of her new stuff might so quickly become unwearable.
And that was when I realized that while
pre-teens and teenagers may run up a bill with extracurriculars, kids under 5
clearly break the bank with growth spurts.
So the lessons I have now learned?
kid consignment stores, because there is no point in buying new for something
that may only be worn once (and my money is probably better spent on coffee).
anything new at least 2 sizes up—too big is much easier to deal with than too
for dresses whenever possible, for increased wears.
in thicker socks to accommodate too-big shoes before they become too small.
that there is no containing a growing kid. And that she'll probably be wearing
my clothes soon.
In the meantime, I'm trying to curb my
obsession with adorable little girls' clothes, mostly because I no longer trust
my daughter to be able to wear anything for long—which, of course, probably means she'll stay
where she's at for another 6 months or so, just long enough for me to grow
complacent again and think it's safe to splurge.
And then, boom! She'll shoot up three more
sizes, and I'll be left trying to figure out how to outfit her once more.