I've been thinking about how being the mom to a boy is a unique experience as to a mom to girls or to both sexes of kids. It's funny, but I always thought of myself as a mom to girls, complete with the Lilly Pulitzer pink and green bedroom and lots of American Girl dolls. In fact, one of the first thoughts I had when I found out I was having a boy baby was that I guess I'd be saving thousands of dollars by not having to buy any American Girl stuff. I don't know why I assumed I'd have a girl; maybe growing up in a family of girls had something to do with it.
Now that I have a boy, I have completely embraced the wonderfulness of it. My son is a blast and loves to do many great things, mostly without involving bugs and worms yet. He keeps my girly-girl side in check! There are cetain times that I still get a little pang for the girly girl stuff, especially at Easter time when Macy's is FILLED with beautiful girly spring dresses! I avoid Macy's kids' department at this time of year!
But just because boy clothing is not all that exciting doesn't mean we can't have fun with it! My son has two birthday parties this weekend (one is a tea party for his two best girlfriends, but he doesn't know it yet!) and on Easter weekend we have two days worth of celebrations with family, so he needed some proper clothes for the events. We spend the afternoon shopping today for new sneakers and an outfit. So while I may not be buying those cute pink sparkly shoes, I can buy the cool light up when you jump sneakers that he likes. We hit Stride Rite, as their shoes really do last. (The cheaper shoes I buy for him never survive more than a month or two on the playground, while he has worn the same sneakers from Stride Rite for almost a year now and they are just starting to wear!) The shoes he picked out were out of stock for the size he needed, so they are ordering him his size for us to pick up later this week. They are crazy police car shoes! He was so happy to have them.
We stopped at Gymboree because they still have cute clothes for boys and I had a coupon. I love a little boy in an argyle vest or sweater, but my darling child has grown to the age where he doesn't like "those funny looking diamonds" on his clothing. (ugh) He did like the cute red vest with a baseball on it, so we found some coordinating pieces to make most of an outfit and added a few accessories from the Children's Place to complete the "ensemble!" He even decided he needed a new belt to go with his outfit! He was a great shopper, and very patient.