I am convinced I need blinders. Like the kind they put on Clydesdale horses so they don't get distracted by shiny things and ruin the whole parade.
That's how I feel when I go shopping for boy clothes. I totally ruin the whole parade! I can't stay in the baby boy section! It's drab! And boring! Sure, I have really high standards for boy clothes. It's easier to avoid the monster truck shirts when you're shopping for girls.
I swore to myself I would buy some stuff for little man. But my eye would always wander... over to the pretty dresses, the awesome ruffles, and the hip girl stuff! I left the store, tail between my legs having purchased the most adorable plaid dresses ever. Nothing but a striped hoodie for little man that was hideously on sale.
They need to make a store with only little boy clothes. I would have to relegate myself to that store alone. No more H&M, (never been there before yesterday- and fell in love!) no more Baby Gap, no more Gymboree for me. I simply do not have the self-control to shop for boy and not for girls.
And to quell the feeling horrible in complaining about finding "trendy" clothes when a lot of kids don't have easy/any access to clothes at all. Man, we are really blessed. I really should have nothing to whine about.
On the same philanthropic note, I received an email from this organization. They are asking for host families to take in kids for the summer. There. I feel like I did a good deed and being somewhat less self-involved. I can't really vouch for the legitimacy of this organization, but if you want to look into it, I would think it's a great idea. Our family was a host family for a foreign exchange student from South Korea. He became a part of our family- he was in my wedding party! It was a wonderful experience. My parents ate a lot of kimchi that year!