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Proving He Is Man In Training

Proving He Is Man In Training

January 27, 2006

Yesterday it felt like I spent all of my free time searching online for children’s fancy pants clothing. The boys were easy, and boring. A suit is a suit is a suit, not much to be excited about beyond double breasted or not, and black, navy or charcoal.

And in the end I decided that I had better shop for those in person so that they will fit properly. Can I tell you how excited I am to shop with five boys who would rather have their toenails pulled off one by one than venture into a clothing store of any kind. Shopping with them will be a testament to my mental fortitude, or lack thereof.

But little girl dresses, that is a whole ‘nother world. Words like satin, silk, tulle, velvet, embroidered bodice make my heart beat a little quicker. My daughter wants a princess dress and who am I to deny her? As long as the dress doesn’t look like she is walking the runway in one of those freak child beauty pageants or make her look like a trollop in training, she (and by default, me) can have it.

So, yeah, we have been looking at lots of dresses online. Which led to the following conversation with my nine year old son.

“I thought you found a dress you liked this morning,” he said, looking over my shoulder at my computer screen .

“I did.” I answered, scrolling down the screen.

“Then why are you still looking for another one?”

“Just in case I find one I like more.” I paused to more closely examine a stunning two-tone taffeta gown with an ivory taffeta bodice with peasant sleeves and an irredescent olive taffeta skirt with crinolines and a full lining. A large band at the empire waistline has velvet flowers and vines embroidered. A large sash bow in the back and full zipper closure. I fanned myself.

“But, if you just bought that one and stopped looking you would never know if there was another one out there that you might like better.”

“Deep down inside I would not be satisfied if I knew I hadn’t perused every single option available to me. If I hadn’t looked at every single dress that was currently being manufactured somewhere in the world, I would not feel whole.”


“I’m beginning to realize that your kind can’t help it. It’s just in the Y chromosome, isn’t it?”

And I haven’t even thought about shoes yet.

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  1. Flutter says:

    Suit shopping with 5 boys should be interesting…

    But dress shopping and shoe shopping is fabulous for girls! She is going to look beautiful!

  2. kalisah says:

    as the mother of only one son, I’m begging you….post some links!!!

  3. speckledpup says:


    and after 5 sons….you can shop as much as you want.

    after the three boys and then I had a girl, I said I’ll ruffle her skin if I want. My husband quietly digressed…. alas she was a tomboy.
    At least now as a teen I get to make special dresses for dances and such.

    shop baby…keep shopping.
    have you tried USA angels….ahhhhh I get inspired there.

  4. Michelle says:

    Oh my gosh! You are just like me! When I was shopping for my mother of the bride dress/outfit, I searched every possible website that I had time to search! It was the same thinking, maybe I would find something I liked better. In the end I went to a real store and bought my outfit.

    Like kalisah said, we want links!

  5. speckledpup says:

    hey and don’t forget to look on ebay….you won’t believe the bargains on there.

  6. Lenise says:

    Yeah, that sounds like lots of fun (the dress-shopping, that is)! Good thing I have nieces to shop for; I‘ll probably only have boys (Boy #2 is due in March).

  7. blackbird says:

    I am so jealous.

    Three boys.

  8. Jen says:

    I just hope my brother and his wife have girls so I can buy pink and taffeta and ruffles and hair ribbons…hang on, I’m hyperventilating. I’m just lucky here if the boys wear something that’s remotely in season, never mind match!

  9. InterstellarLass says:

    Whew! My baby girl isn’t too frilly. She thinks dresses are ‘uncomfortable’. She’d rather wear a split skirt.

  10. chris says:

    the Y chromosome indeed! my three sons hated shopping since their first trip to the grocery store (at 2 weeks old.) to this day they think they’re dressed up if they have a shirt with buttons on it!

  11. Buffi says:

    My daughter (9 y/o) is going to be the flower girl in my best friend’s wedding. She was so overwhelmed by the choices and told me “Just pick one, Mommy. As long as it’s not itchy, I don’t care!”

    *sigh* I have so much to teach her.

  12. Debbie says:

    Am I the only woman that hates shopping??

    Ebay do amazing stuff…. yes I’ve looked… damn these chromosones….

  13. kristi says:

    I’ve been gone awhile, but I’m so glad to be back visiting again, because you always crack me up!

  14. Meg says:

    Oh, I understand - I just got to buy shoes and stuff for Sophia’s reign as flowergirl in my bro’s wedding at the end of February!

  15. KaraMia says:

    When my son was little and I had to go to the mall I practiced what I like to call “drive by shopping” in which I would peruse the merchandise while in constant movement with my son in a stroller or walking with me. I would literally toss the stuff I wanted to by on the counter while still moving.

  16. Ms. Mamma says:

    http://www.lifesizekids.com has cool stuff for boys and if $$$ is no problem. Oilily on ebay is beyond fun and cute. OinkBaby makes great stuff, then again, maybe I should just be quiet because everyone thinks Snowflake is a girl because I fancy red corduroy jackets and bandannas on him. Then again, we’re just south of the Yukon.

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