I have a fear. This fear is completely contradictory to the essence of this blog, the reasons I started this in the first place. I remember when I was pregnant with my daughter I telling my mother that I hoped the genetics of my husband won over mine for her body shape. I could die for even obessing over this, but I know and remember the challenges of being a big girl in a world that loves small. Flash forward to today. I have an incredible, loving, adorable, generaous, beautfiful and fantastic daughter who just started Kindergarten. I took her out shopping for new school clothes only to find that she can’t fit into the clothes that are supposedly her size/age. Unlike my son who has been linked to sizes based on age, she is wider than her clothes age. I was excited to find clothes at Target that fit her well, only to be disappointed that with one wash, this dress shrunk so much that she couldn’t fit into it for the second wear. School is stressful enough, combine that with a dress that is too tight and small and you get disaster. I want you to understand that I am not at all saying that she is too big or there is something wrong with her. What I do know is that she will likely outgrow Gymboree before she is ready. I started to do some research. She is in the company of a lot of other girls and boys who are bigger than age/size wear. Do you know of any other places that our little big girls can shop?
I found the following sites:
Old Navy has stuff online. I’ve now started switching to adult sizes for my almost fifth grader and that’s giving us some new options. Its so hard. The body image stuff, despite my attitude, is starting to get really difficult as well. And I thought the exact same thing when I was pregnant. We can celebrate ourselves and diversity, but that doesn’t mean that the knowledge that not everyone thinks that way goes away. Its hard to watch your children struggle with anything, especially loaded issues like this.