I’ve been doing a lot of shopping in thrift and new-to-you stores as well as every clearance section I can think of while I try to assemble C’s fall and winter wardrobe. I scored big time at Once Upon A Child, a chain resale store for kids’ items, and had to share some pics with you! I spent $65 and got all of these things for C:
18-month jacket and sweaters
24-month sweaters, shirts, jeans, sweatshirt and pajamas
I’m a little late to the game, but now that rummage sale season is almost over I realized that I need a fall/winter wardrobe for C. I’ve been perusing Craigslist a lot and have been seeing some things that confuzzle me. Yes, confuzzle. ;)
First of all, what is with people having indoor sales in their basements now? No, I do not want to come over and dig through bins of baby clothes in your basement while you murder me with an ice pick.
Second, when did people start having pre-sales before their rummage sales? I didn’t think I needed to call and set up a time to look over your stuff the day before your actual garage sale. Ridiculous.
One final note – if your pictures turn out blurry or there’s a big finger in front of the clothes because you don’t know how to take a picture, please for the love just retake the picture. I’m not going to buy clothes from you if I can’t see what I’m getting.
Have you had luck finding baby/toddler clothes at rummage sales?
I never used to be a crier. Only something really moving (like “The Notebook”) would get the tears rolling. That was before I had C. Now I cry over a lot of stuff. C laughing so hard that he gives me happy tears, C’s sad little face while he’s crying, any episode of Parenthood…
Motherhood totally turned me into a softy.
I had to pack away some of C’s clothes yesterday and my heart was breaking as I remembered him wearing each item. His first coat (it was so big on him!), his bumble bee Halloween costume, all of those fuzzy little fleece sleepers. *sniffle* Why do babies grow so quickly? It’s not fair! I want to snuggle with my little baby for a while longer!
I just dressed Caleb in his first 9-month sleeper. He’s too tall for his 6-month sleepers now. *sniffle* It’s so sad to pack away my favorite clothes of his. I can’t believe he’s already in 9-month sleepers. Can’t. Believe. It.
C would like to thank all of his wonderful family and friends. His mama went through his 9-month wardrobe today and is starting the process of washing it. She was quite surprised by his extensive 9-month and 12-month clothing selection. Shocked might be a more appropriate word.
C just smiled and squealed, not at all surprised by the generosity of his loved ones.
I feel like C’s at a stage where I’m buying a bunch of stuff for him again. Today, I had to buy a snowsuit (which I got a great deal on – thanks TJ Maxx!) and several 9- and 12-month pajamas (it’s only a matter of time before he’s too tall for those 6-month ones!), ordered a food processor/steamer on Amazon for making his baby food, and purchased a Halloween costume. Okay, so I didn’t NEED to purchase a Halloween costume for him, but he’s going to be so cute in that bumble bee outfit! :)
I’ll need to find a hat and mittens for him, as well as some shoes that I can slip on him when it’s cold out. His feet are already too big for my favorite little shoes that I had bought him at Old Navy before he was born. Any tips on great places to buy infant hats/mittens?
C’s growing so quickly! The past couple of days he’s been laughing and babbling in his car seat when we’re out on errands. We have no idea what he’s laughing about in the backseat. He loves to squeal and laugh. I think he enjoys hearing his voice. It’s pretty hilarious. The older he gets, the more fun he is!
Earlier this week, I posted about how C has been growing like a weed. I really thought I could still get two more weeks out of the bigger sleepers and onesies. No such luck!
I reluctantly packed away all of C’s 3-month onesies and sleepers, along with his newborn and 0-3 month clothes. It’s so sad to look at those adorable little outfits and fold them up one last time before putting them in a storage bin. My little boy is getting big!
Hubster and I measured him tonight. Who knows if they’ll take the time to stretch out his legs at the doctor’s office next week, but by our measurements C is 26 inches long! That’s the limit of his infant carseat! I’m glad that I brought back our convertible carseat when I visited my parents this month (they kindly store things for us when we don’t have space!).
On another note, the 6-month sleepers are SO wide on C. It looks kind of funny. He is such a skinny baby. In fact, we noticed today that C has rock hard abs from all of his kicking and squirming. I’ve never seen a baby that doesn’t have a soft, pudgy belly! Silly kid.
I put a 6-month onesie on C for the first time today – and the length fits perfectly! I’ve noticed that the Carter’s onesies are made for tall and skinny babies, so they have been perfect for C. All of the other 3-6 month onesies are SO wide on him.
C’s outfit today consists of a 6-month onesie and 0-3 month pants! I think he’s going to be the tall, lanky kid in school.
Do/did any of you ever get really impatient waiting for your due date to get closer and for baby to arrive? Some days I feel like I’m going crazy with the waiting – and that my due date will never come. I really want to wash up all of his clothes, blankets, sheets, car seat, etc. REALLY bad.
Patience has never been one of my strong suits. I’ve always had a very specific plan for my life. Baby C really squashed that plan by coming along about 5 years ahead of schedule, but we’ve adapted. Even though I’ve already created a spreadsheet of all of the possible schools that Hubster will be applying to next year (if they have openings), I’ve done pretty well with not knowing where we’re going to be living once summer 2012 comes along. I’m trying to adapt.
But I’d really like to have labor and delivery over with, know what our baby looks like, discover what life with a newborn is like, start working out to lose the baby weight that I’m still gaining, and…and…
While I’ve always enjoyed saving money and finding deals, I have developed a new love for it since we’ve started living solely off of the hubster’s graduate assistant salary. I was thrilled when we received a 30% off coupon for Kohl’s in the mail this week! There are a few big items, including a breast pump, that were still on our baby registry that I wanted to fulfill. After shopping around and finding comparable items to the ones that I wanted at Babies R Us, I just placed a Kohl’s order and saved $100 in the process – AND got $40 in Kohl’s cash!
Did you know that Kohl’s has a ton of baby items available online only that can also be found at Babies R Us? I found the breast pump that I wanted, which also happened to be on sale, as well as a changing pad, bottle brush and some baby toys. They’re also having a baby sale, so everything I purchased was on sale in addition to my 30% off!
Some of my awesome deals today include:
a $280 breast pump, on sale for $238 – I paid $166.60
a $27 changing pad, on sale for $22.94 – I paid $16.06
an $18 monkey toy, on sale for $12.60 – I paid $8.82
a $20 2-pack of sleep ‘n’ plays, on sale for $14 – I paid $9.80
an $11 polo bodysuit, on sale for $4.95 – I paid $3.46
Last week, during the huge Old Navy Baby & Kids’ Sale, we purchased a clearance winter coat for about 75% off. It was an awesome find! I can’t believe how expensive that stuff is normally – it was originally over $40!
What are some ways that you’ve been thrifty for your family?
Today, I’m trying my best to resist the urge to wash all of the baby clothes in preparation for his arrival. After all, it is February 3rd and I’m not due until April. Hopefully I won’t have this urge too often, otherwise I might end up washing his clothes more than once in the next couple of months!