Thursday, December 1st, 2011
I looooove dressing my kids up for the holidays. They look so precious in special clothes. Especially Grace. There’s no denying that it’s more fun to dress up a girl than a boy. Though my son Joe had some cute outfits as a baby.
- Check him out in a tie at his very first Christmas, back in 2005.
My kids are 6 and 9 now, and it gets harder and harder to use them as my own living dolls. Grace is hot and cold on dresses. She did don a brown one for two days straight over Thanksgiving because she got it in her head that she wanted to be a Native American maiden. But she never once wore a dress to third grade last year. Now that we’re a few months into fourth grade, she just told me last night that she wants to start wearing dresses “that aren’t too dressy.” So I’ve got to decode that request. My girl was in nothing but gowns when she was ages 2, 3, 4, and 5—those prime princess years. Sigh! Here she is looking like an angel at Christmas 2007.
So how do I satisfy my urge to play with tiny, adorable outfits now that my kids are school-age? Fortunately I work at American Baby, and even more fortunately I have an assistant, Hallie, who loves clothes the way most people love food. Hallie and I look for any excuse to call in outfits. Even if we can’t get the space in the magazine to do a whole fashion spread, we can put up an online slideshow. You can see our latest here, it’s a bunch of comfy Christmas outfits for infants.
Hallie and I have a lot of favorite baby-clothes companies that we call on. But when it comes to just mooning over special dresses, it’s hard to top the Chasing Fireflies catalog. They showcase gorgeous photography, well-made clothes, and happy kids. Their Web site doesn’t do them justice, but it’s still fun to look at: Chasing-Fireflies.com. And sign up for the catalog if you want a real treat to arrive by mail. Maybe the upcoming holidays give you an excuse to buy the $44 Santa baby romper, or the $68 angel romper, or their amazing “fireworks dress” that comes as small as 12 months. Go ahead and do it. I’ll try not to cry with jealousy as I wrestle my kids into some reindeer-themed T-shirt and call that fancy.
And now the exciting part: I reached out to our Chasing Fireflies contact, and they’ll give one lucky reader a $100 gift card, which they call a wish card. Enjoy the dress-up years while you have them! Just leave a comment here on this post by the end of the day on Wednesday, December 7th, to be eligible for the wish card. You can post once a day. For full rules, click here. Goody luck!