When we found out that we were having a boy, I promptly bagged up all of my infant girl clothes and gave them to my friend Jessica who was having her first baby.
Not because I was sure that we weren’t having anymore kids, but because I know how expensive having children can be. I know how little we make as teachers and I know how much the help of others has gotten us to where we are now.
I was so blessed to have two work friends- Jessi and Jenny shower me with hand-me-downs from their boys. Little C.J. would not want for any clothes for the first 3 months (and maybe further) in his life.
This summer, I sifted through all of the clothes that I got from them- washed, folded and organized them.
As you all know I started at a new school this summer and one day I came to work and there were diaper boxes outside of my classroom.
I was thinking what the heck is this? Someone’s giving me diapers?
But then I looked closer- one box said 3-6 and one box said 6-9.
Someone at this new school where I didn’t know anyone was giving me clothes. (I later learned that one of the 4th grade teachers was my anonymous clothes-giver. I am eternally grateful to her for this.)
The biggest surprise, for me, came in my Gmail account. A blog reader wanted to send me hand-me-downs from her son, Phoenix. At first, I thought it was a joke. I don’t tweet with her and I had no idea who she was, but here she was asking for my address.
Who? What? Why?
I gave it to her and prayed to God that she wasn’t really a serial killer who wanted to come and get me. (Yep, I have watched a lot of movies that started just like this) I got a huge box in the mail full of boys clothes, and a few cute maternity tops. Since then, Shannon and I have become Instagram buddies and snail mail friends. A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of the bottles that I washed on Instagram. Shannon decided that I was trying to fit too many bottles on 1 Boon Grass, so she sent me hers since she was no longer using it and now?
I have two.
I feel so blessed that both strangers and friends feel compelled to share baby items with me. We have spent so little on clothes for C.J. at this point in his life than we have for Pea. Really, the clothes that we have bought is because we thought “Ohh, so cute. We must have this.” Not because he needed it at all. Through the kindness of others, we have saved so much money. I really couldn’t ask for more than that.
I truly feel in my heart that it is the right thing to do- to share baby “stuff” with others when they aren’t currently in use. Somehow, though it may not always be apparent, it will come back to you.
Like Old Navy’s infant tag says:
Well played Old Navy.