Spring cleaning has brought many emotions that I didn’t think I had. It also made me realise that we have way too many possessions and some of them have ‘power’ in the form of memories. I’ve thrown out and donated so many items over the past few weeks, thus severing those ties.
I haven’t been able to get rid of all the things we don’t or hardly use anymore, particularly the Little One’s things.
The Little One’s third birthday is fast approaching and I have all these feelings now that he is getting older. I’ve donated countless items of baby clothes and paraphernalia over the past two years, there’s been this one lady that badgers me for his clothes since we brought the Little One home from hospital. She’s gained the bulk of the Little One’s clothing over the years to the point where I only have a few well preserved items left.
Sorting through his baby clothes is such an emotional process for me. These little items hold big, powerful memories.
I’m brought to tears as I fold the onesie we brought him home in, his first pair of shoes and those tiny brown mittens. I’m not sure if it’s because he’s grown up so fast and I miss those days when he was little or if I’m pining for the day when I’ll get to hold another baby again.
So you’ll understand why I get upset when someone asks me if I have any baby items to give away. It teats me up inside, because I should have waited until I was ready to give his things away instead of giving in to the pressure of others who want to meet their own ends.
I’m holding on to the few items that I have left.
Yes, he has outgrown them.
Yes, I may not use them with the next child.
Yes, we may not have another child after the Little One.
No, I don’t want to give anymore of his things away.
I know that keeping these things may not be healthy and I’m sure I’ll be able to give more items away one day, but this day is not today.
Did you keep your little one’s baby items? Did you hand your oldest child’s items down to their younger sibling/s? Were you in a similar situation? Let me know by commenting below. I’d love to hear from you!
Love and Blessings,