We ran into The City today for my 6-week post-baby check. And it's official, I am now cleared for toddler lifting. I will confess I've been picking Sadie up for about a week, very, very carefully. We made a stop at Target for wipes, and a stop at Costco to pick up Maggie's thank you letters before heading home and one thought at Target kept going through my mind (after walking past the girl's clothing section to get to the baby section): "What are they thinking?"
I'll be the first one to admit that my fashion sense doesn't mesh well with the current trends, so "what are they thinking?" isn't an altogether uncommon thought. And at least I haven't seen an eight year old wearing a shirt that says "porn star" in years (that was at the mall when I was in college and was pretty shocking).
The outfits that I saw today weren't quite in the same category as those shirts, but it also made me a little sad that they seemed to be the only option for little girls who are only a little bit bigger than Sadie is (we're buying her 4Ts and these were 5s and up).
What happened to dresses for little girls looking like dresses that are meant for little girls? They don't have to be quite as frilly as the dress on the left (which is from Chasing Fireflies, a catalog that I wistfully page through every time that it comes). I remember lots of plaid and floral when I was little (once a year we went to Sacramento and shopped for dresses at the Gap there). Why does the entire girls section of Target look like a window display for Hot Topic?
At least the baby section still has monkeys and kitties and flowers on the onsies.
Sewing skills just seem to become more and more necessary all the time...