Never Say Never: Illustration

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Earlier this month, I wrote a post about “Never Say Never.” Shortly thereafter, one of those things I swore I would never do, happened.

We were heading to a nearby farm for some fun in a corn maze and playing on straw forts and such. The whole fall thing. The days were warm and Brayden had been wearing shorts. I told him to go change into some pants so he would be warm when the sun went down. I rushed around getting everything else ready, then we left.

As we were playing, I noticed something. Brayden’s pants! Oh no!

You know when you see those kids whose pants are painfully, obviously, too short? Yes, I had said I would never take my child out into public like that. And guess what. I did it.

The child has been growing like crazy lately and I can’t keep up with getting the small clothes out of his closet. So there he was, out in public, with pants that were too short. I shook my head and thought to myself, “Never say never.” Then I took a picture so I could remember the moment. Here it is:

and that doesn’t do it proper justice, so here is another picture:

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Amanda
    October 27, 2010 / 5:44 PM

    This made me laugh because I have said the same thing! That's one of my pet peeves, right up there with babies without pants. You wouldn't believe how many people I see walking around with their kids (birth-3 years old sometimes) with no pants, socks, or shoes here, just a saggy disposable diaper, eww! lol! But yeah, we all have those moments. I know what you mean about trying to keep up with the outgrown clothes, it's hard!

  2. Redheads
    October 27, 2010 / 6:19 PM

    Ha!!!! That is too funny! My girl is very skinny and tiny, but she has long legs. So many times, the pants will fit around the waist, but not be long enough. So they are like capris! Which works for Florida! I am not sure what we are going to do in January…guess I will have to get her a belt and start sizing up!

  3. The Wettstein Family
    October 28, 2010 / 12:40 AM

    I hate that! You have the kid all dressed with his shoes on and you're running out the door, and just as you're leaving, you realize you dressed your kid in floods!! It happens all too often at my house as I sometimes confuse my boys' jeans since they are so close in sizes. You make me laugh!

  4. pwebbie
    October 28, 2010 / 1:14 PM

    Thanks for injecting some humor into my morning! It has been hard for me to keep up with my little one's sizes too. So often she's right between them, but I usually end up erring on the side of too large. Then she's swimming in her clothes! Oh, well, can't have perfection 🙂

  5. Michael and Natalie
    October 29, 2010 / 2:40 AM

    Val, I don't think this is what Never Say Never means 😉 I think it means like when you say my kid will never be the one standing straight up in the cart portion of the shopping cart screaming louder than you though a human child could scream while I'm paying for my groceries. You have a looooong way to go to get there. Still love this post. You're awesome.

  6. Plowmanators
    November 9, 2010 / 6:25 PM

    Manda, I have done some analyzing, and I think I know more on how this happened. At Brayden's age, they can wear some clothes from year to year. We had been having short weather for about 6 months and I had no idea what even fit him so far as jeans go. I think we have it worked out now. Hopefully 🙂

  7. Plowmanators
    November 9, 2010 / 6:26 PM

    Amy…"in January"…that makes me a bit jealous. I am like "October-April" lol! In a not so funny way.

  8. Plowmanators
    November 9, 2010 / 6:26 PM

    Di, except I didn't notice until he was climbing up the straw bales! At least if I had noticed on the way out I could have mentally prepare myself in the privacy of my own vehicle 😉

  9. Plowmanators
    November 9, 2010 / 6:27 PM

    pwebbie, I know, they rarely fit just right huh.

  10. Plowmanators
    November 9, 2010 / 6:27 PM

    lol Natalie!

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