Goodbye 2T…

When I began noticing that Annabelle’s itty bitty jeans no longer covered her tiny ankles, I knew it was time to make the switch.  The switch I both love and hate.  The switch that always makes me cry.  The switch that means my sweet baby girl is growing up.

I’m talking about changing over Annabelle’s closet.

It’s always emotional for me to pack away pieces of clothing that I loved on her, knowing she will never wear them again.  So, usually, I cry a bit.  Which is probably why I have turned so many of Annabelle’s too-small clothing into decorations.  (Like I did with her Laugh Until Your Belly Aches t-shirt, her monogramed dress and her Christmas Pj’s).

However, this time, I didn’t have a free moment to get all mushy over the cuddly winter sweater with the big pink flower on the lapel, as Annabelle was in full-on helper mode.  She confidently walked around the room telling me, “I help you organize, Mommy.”, all while stuffing clothing into drawers and empty plastic bins.

She might be cute, but she wasn’t the best assistant.  So I gave her her very own bin to fill, and kept the bins I was organizing high on her dresser and away from her “helpful hands”.

My favorite part of our organizing “session” was that she kept asking me to put random pieces of clothing on her.  Here she is in her organizing attire.

Organizing Attire

A baseball cap, pajama top, leggings and a shrug.  Girl’s got style.

For specifics on how I switch Annabelle’s closet and keep her current and past clothing organized, you can check out this post here.

Happy organizing!

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Comments

  1. What a super cutie!! Love that you save some favorite things!! Xo Sue

  2. Aw…. Such a cutie and an organizer too! Just think of how many fabulous new outfits you two get to choose now — that always helped me take the sting out of seeing the cute little clothes get packed away or donated.

  3. That is one adorable picture!

  4. She gets distracted while organizing and has to try stuff on… Girl after my own heart! I love that photo of her!

  5. Love that outfit she put together! I see definite 80s influences in there. Ha ha. And spring is all about organizing isn’t it? Just did some of that in my file cabinet today. It’s exhausting work, but rewarding, for sure.

  6. Very cute! (It does take soooo much longer when they want to help, though, doesn’t it?)

  7. I have seen so many children grow but I am still as in awe of of the process as if it were the very first one. My little boy is taller than me now. Can you believe it? and my youngest Nanny Charge (friends little boy) is now 6 foot four inches tall. Life is amazing and beautiful!
    Annabelle is getting so tall and soooo cute in her organizing attire!

  8. It’s hard not to let them “help” when they look so cute! Funny, this post reminds me of the moment I found out we were expecting twin boys. I immediately thought of all my daughter’s outgrown clothes I had packed away, assuming they would get a second life at some point, and I cried like a baby. I’m sure it had something to do with hormones, but I felt like I was losing a part of my baby girl forever.

  9. I’m right there with you Kelly! I just did the switch for my youngest from 12 months to 18 months clothes. I am normally not too emotional about them growing up, but for some reason, this one got me. Owen was in the room with me and was walking around and I thought to myself “he’s a walker now, I’ll probably never have a crawling baby again” and I burst into tears. I’m actually crying right now as I write this. It’s so bittersweet. But what joy to be a part of these little angels lives as they grow and learn!

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