It's getting down to the wire here and seeing as I'm not the best at working under pressure, I'm trying to get as much as possible organized now. "Take home outfit" kept popping up in all the books and not only was it something I would have never thought of (what, after ALL the money we're going to be paying, the hospital won't at least be giving us some snazzy baby ensemble?), but quite honestly, I didn't really know what exactly a take home outfit was. I guess some people just get this stuff, but I've spent about two thirds of my pregnancy googling everything under the sun.
So, armed with my newfound knowledge I decided to do some shopping yesterday and get this baby's first official outfit in order. And of course, as soon as I walk into the baby store I'm bombarded with overwhelming amounts of blue and pink. What gives? It must really suck to be a baby considering you only have two color options. However, I was determined and I was going to walk out of that store with something, anything, even if it killed me. I started searching through their ever so tiny selection of gender-neutral items when I noticed the sizing. Some labels said 0-3 months, while others said 0-6 months. Umm... I was under the impression that was a pretty hefty size difference. Sh*t, where was google when I really needed it... maybe having a smart phone isn't such a bad idea after all. So I did what any intelligent pregnant lady would do and started holding the tiny sizes against my belly to get a better idea of what would actually fit my baby. Luckily, one of the saleswomen caught my ridiculous technique and decided to offer me some help. "Ohhhh, you need to be in the newborn section", she said. I thought the sizes were small before, but these newborn sizes looked like they'd barely fit a kitten. She must have seen the look of panic on my face because she quickly explained that these tiny pieces would even fit babies in the 8-9 pound range. A 10 pound baby, however would need something bigger... but that was "very, very rare". I decided to keep quiet about my predicament. She showed me some onesies, tops, pants, and accessories and shared that 2 piece outfits were usually easier for first time parents because they wouldn't have to deal with dozens of tiny snaps for diaper changes. YES, "easier" was exactly what I was going for.
In the end, I bought these pants and a matching hat, but in the chocolate color instead of the orange. I couldn't decide on a top. I guess I liked the pants enough, but didn't love them. And when I showed them to Joe, and his first words were "our baby's going to look like it broke out of prison", I decided I should keep searching. I found this cute little outfit on Sweet Peanut this morning. I like that it doesn't look like it lost a fight with a gang of pastels, so it's definitely a contender. Let me know if you guys have any recommendations for shops/sites that carry simple, gender-neutral clothing in newborn sizes. Apparently, not everyone makes newborn.
(WOW, did I really just write a 3-paragraph post on take home outfits?!)