“Enjoy every minute! They grow fast!”
How many times did you hear this when you were expecting? I think I heard it every hour, on the hour, and it got really annoying. Because I got it. I knew the days would go by quickly, blah blah blah.
The joke was on me, apparently, because I had no idea the warp speed with which my children would grow and change. It’s mindblowing!
So I take a lot of photos. Too many, probably. And all those cute little outfits they wear get burned into my memory to the point where it kills me to part with them.
Well, not all of them. We’ve had lots of baby clothes that shrunk, or faded, or just weren’t all that interesting. But we’ve also had some that held up beautifully, with vibrant colors and unique prints and a great fit that made me reach for them every time they were clean.
Namely, our pieces from Zutano.
Like this pop of color that Elliette wore the home from the hospital.
Or the lovely blue Dizzy Daisy number she wore the first time she sat up on her own…
…and to meet TheBabyGuyNYC at MommyCon. The Leaky Boob even stopped to tell me she loved the print! (I think I might have actually said “eek!”)
Or the dress with the horsies on it that Ellie wore for her first train ride…
and with her very first pair of tights.
And the booties! Every day, the soft little booties that don’t fall off! (Since getting these, I’ve given them twice as a baby gift because they’re the best thing ever created in the history of kids’ clothes. For real.)
Not to mention her first “big girl” coat! (Sorry about the shoddy iPhone photo…)
So many of our milestones have been marked in Zutano, which makes me want to save everything! Sadly, she’ll be out of all these 12-month pieces soon, but they’re all still in such good shape that I feel like I should be passing them on to another little cutie pie. The take-home set we used is packed away in a memory box, but I’ve been hunting on Etsy for an artist who can make the other pieces we love into a blanket or a bear or something for Elliette to give her kids someday. Zutano’s prints are so distinctive, like the pretty Mochi below, and now they spark such special memories – wouldn’t it be fabulous to make them into an heirloom of some kind? Even for me, maybe? Then I could snuggle with it when she’s just too big to be my cuddlebug anymore (which will be, like, tomorrow.)
What do you do with your kids’ clothes once they’ve outgrown them? Do you donate, sell, consign, or hold on to them forever? Are there any outfits you’re especially attached to?