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Attack of the Pink - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Attack of the Pink
A while back I had a post entitled 'I should listen to my sister' in which I started to discover the truth to her wisdom about my chances of being overwhelmed with wee pink clothes.

Indeed, I now have many tiny pink things in which to dress my sister's new namesake. Warren's mother gave us another five outfits, and while only one of them was pink, they were all pretty tiny. In fact, I had to removed the two footed sleepers from circulation yesterday because little Margaret has grown too long in the leg for them. Then there were my parents... Mom knit my little Margaret a new dress in peach, but that was not the end of it. They had also saved more than a half dozen of the dresses that my sister and I wore as baby girls and brought them up. We now have an selection of vintage baby dresses. I've also gotten baby clothes from a large number of my parent's friends, including a week's worth of Marks & Spencer onesies in the 6-9 month size. Not all of the items are pink, but at least half are.

Yesterday we got another package from Warren's Mom. It wasn't clothes this time. The box declared that it was a "pretty pink girl's bouncer". I had no idea that bouncy seats were a gendered item. Sure enough, it was a very, very pink bouncy chair, with just a dash of lavender and yellow thrown in to break up the three different shades of pink. I like pink. I really do, but even I thought the chair was a bit overkill on the pink.
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mijven From: mijven Date: July 20th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Apparently some previous parent got tired of their child being mis-identified as the opposite gender (the rule of thumb seems to be babies with hair are girls and babies without are boys... go figure) and so in a sleep-deprived fit of wisdom designed an unmistakably PINK bouncy chair. :)
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: July 21st, 2008 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I suppose. The thing is, wee clothes don't take up as much storage space as a bouncy seat, so I'm more likely to want to put any potential younger brothers in Margaret's bouncy seat than I am to want to dress them in her pink bodysuit.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: July 21st, 2008 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
The bouncy chair also stays at home, where everyone already knows Margaret's gender.
readsalot From: readsalot Date: July 21st, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
That chair really is overwhelmingly pink.

I was visiting my parents once, and was sent to the store to buy an outfit for my cousin's new baby daughter. I got the specific outfit, in whatever color my mother had told me to get (yellow, I think), and then got it wrapped at the store in pretty green paper. When I got home, my mother was very upset: non-pink wrapping paper meant that everyone would think that she didn't know the baby's gender. I was kind of boggled.
enugent From: enugent Date: July 22nd, 2008 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)
That bouncy chair is frighteningly pink. But we have the same one in blue (a gift from Reena for Dorothy), and it's really nice. It has seen a lot of use with both babies.
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