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We are having clothing issues at Casa de Martell. It seems that Joshua decided to up and grow three-feet worth of lanky legs this summer. And I know this because all of his pants from last year? Yep, three inches too short. So, well, until we can come up with a suitable alternative, i.e., replacement pants, I have tried my best to convince him that flood pants are all the rage in the third grade.


Really? I mean, come on, throw me a bone here…it’s certainly a less expensive option.

But this short-pants syndrome seems to be the least of the clothing problems around here. Some time over the summer, while Isabella was spending many a day traipsing around town in her Target sundress best, she decided that she is full-on, 100%


No. Seriously. If it has a waistband of any sort – – as pants, and shorts and skirts are apt to do – – she is not wearing it. At least not without tears and, well, the proverbial gloves coming completely off. During the summer, this became an easy process. I chose no tears over tears, like any normal red-blooded person who lives near a Target would do. You can’t really beat $6 dresses…so I bought a bunch and we lived our summer almost completely tear-free. But, I realize now that this was kind of my fault…feeding into this no waistband nonsense.

And now here we are. Heading into the cool fall weather that will soon be the cold, cold, cold winter weather. And I don’t know if you know this, but Canada does not have a Target (I may have mentioned this sad, sad fact once or twice. Or 147 times. Or something) and there’s really no place for me to buy $6 dresses. So, we have been rotating the same 6 or 7 dresses. And, in turn, I am constantly doing laundry.

And her beautiful jeans and yoga pants and shirts and sweaters and tutu skirts all sit in her drawers collecting dust. And then she has the nerve to say this to me this morning…

“Mommy…why are my summery dresses more beautiful-er than my winter ones? Winter ones are BOOOOOOOORING.”

And then I realize that I am all fault more than I thought…because just yesterday, my summer dresses were all weeping that they have to be stored until next summer. And then I pulled out my ONE winter sweater. One. Sadness…

CRAP. I have created a monster.

And don’t even get me started on the monster that is my 9-year-old who thinks and wants to dress like she’s a 16-year-old Emily. Because, oh my god. OH MY GOD.

Please please please tell me I’m not the only one.

(Well, I already know I’m not the only one…)

  1. She could always wear a unitard, no?

    Comment by sam {temptingmama} on September 22, 2010
  2. just googled images of “unitard”. Best. Google. Image. Search. EVER.

    Just saying.

    Comment by sam {temptingmama} on September 22, 2010
  3. hahahahaahah!

    unitards it is!

    Although then I’d probably have to deal with the non-twirly-ness factor. She has issues, this one. heh.

    Comment by ali on September 22, 2010
  4. There’s always housecoats. HAHAHA

    Comment by sam {temptingmama} on September 22, 2010
  5. My daughter has issues with waistbands too.There is a website I buy Amelia’s things from.

    Comment by Mandi Bone on September 22, 2010
  6. i was thinking unitard as well. or overalls, or jumpers (top/pants connected). I let my kids dress themselves. I don’t care how stupid they look. And sometimes they are not dressed for the weather, but like you I am no tears over tears. (or i hates yous as it goes with 12 year olds)

    Comment by LL on September 22, 2010
  7. and this? this is why I’m terrified of having girls. I can only hope that mine wants to wear t-shirts and jeans every day just like me.

    Comment by Jen on September 22, 2010
  8. Well, you KNOW I feel your pain, but it’s still so FRUSTRATING.

    And as for floods, maybe Josh could talk to Nathan? He keeps grabbing his too-short pants and when I’m all, “DUDE”, he’s all, “What?”

    Comment by Angella on September 22, 2010
  9. I’ve never had the pleasure of living near a target – but I’ve had a favourite store or two shut down and I feel your pain. :\

    Have you tried Joe Fresh? They’ve got some cute stuff for kids.

    I haven’t had the waistband issue so far, but there were a few months in there when everyone refused to wear socks.

    I (generally) let my kids dress themselves, as long as it’s weather appropriate. Of course, they’re two and four so we’ve been known to walk down the street with one in a pirate hat and tu-tu while the other is wearing a cape. Flood pants are cooler than that, right? 🙂

    Comment by Jessica on September 22, 2010
  10. I second the joe fresh suggestion! some of the stuff is so cute!

    Comment by newmom on September 22, 2010
  11. Can you do

    Comment by heather badolato on September 22, 2010
  12. no you are not alone on this at all.
    My 5 year old feels the exact same.

    and yes…when oh when will Target come to the great white north?

    Comment by petitegourmand on September 22, 2010
  13. then again, we have Joe Fresh and they don’t…

    nah nah na nah na nah…;

    Comment by petitegourmand on September 22, 2010
  14. I REFUSE to give up my summer dresses. Not yet! So I’m wearing cardigans and tights with them, take that! frigid temperatures.

    Comment by Kerri Anne on September 22, 2010
  15. I am totally with Isabella. I lived in sundresses all summer, and since I live in coastal GA, I’m still getting away with it. I went to Target to look for fall clothes last weekend and came away empty-handed and sad at the ugliness. (Unfortunately, the lack of waistbands allowed about ten pounds to creep on, so even if I did want to wear my pants, they wouldn’t fit!)

    Comment by Anna on September 22, 2010
  16. Eye-yi-yi. (Is that how you spell that?) Again, glad I have boys. I’ll take high waters ANY day!

    Comment by Colleen on September 22, 2010
  17. Clearly, she needs to be wearing jumpsuits and onesies. Or footie pajamas.

    Doesn’t that sound so comfy?

    Comment by Kristabella on September 23, 2010
  18. Give him a pair of our Flood Pants – I’ll give you a free belt to help out!

    Comment by Molecule on November 12, 2010
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