Two weekends ago, while we were in Pittsburgh, we had a chance to leave our two older sons with their aunt, uncle and cousins. We were therefore able to take Ben to a REAL mall to get some new clothes for the fall and winter without hearing “I’m bored!” and “Can you buy me a video game?” every five minutes. Ben actually fell asleep halfway through, and didn’t care what I tried on him.
I don’t usually care much about clothes, but both Mark and I feel that we should try to dress Ben as nicely as possible. It isn’t always easy. We have a couple of issues:
- Ben has a MIC-KEY button for feeding, and so each article of clothing should allow easy access to his abdomen. That means it either has to have snaps all the way down, or it needs to be a two-piece outfit, and the shirt can’t be a onesie that snaps at the crotch.
- Ben has a congenital malformation of the right arm (which the CdLS Foundation diplomatically refers to as a “limb difference”, and should not be confused with a “deformation“). He isn’t able to extend the right elbow at all, and the entire right arm is much shorter than the left.
- In general, boy clothes aren’t as cute as girl clothes.
The first issue is relatively easy to address, although it can be challenging to find non-onesie shirts for kids under a 24 month size. (Ben is currently in 3-6 mo or 6-9 mo clothes, depending on the manufacturer). We found lots of front-snap sleepers for bedtime, and we did manage to find quite a few nice two-piece outfits.
The second issue has proved to be a lot more difficult to manage. We have tried rolling up the long sleeve on the right arm, but it gets bulky and uncomfortable for Ben, and he isn’t able to move the entire arm well at all. What we really need is a short sleeve on the right arm, except for sweaters and outerwear.
So, some of the shirts that we bought Ben will need to be altered (by someone other than me! We’ll probably have to take them to a seamstress).
We got lucky with these shirts. The sleeves are in two parts, so we can alter them ourselves with some pinking shears:
Here’s how we do it:
I think we did a good job of resolving the third issue. We got the clothes from Target, Baby Gap, Gymboree and Kohl’s. Of course, Mark did buy one outfit for Ben (when I wasn’t even around) which disregarded just about everything I’ve just written about here!