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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

God Bless Old Navy!!!!

Okay.... I have a dilemma..... My four-and-a-half-year-old is off-the-charts tall for her age. Most people ask if she's going to be in first grade next year. She'll be in preschool. This isn't a big problem for us.....

...until we have to buy her clothes...

...especially swimsuits.

She's into the big kids' sizes, and the swimsuits for girls that age could grace the cover of some magazines.... on twenty-five year olds. We literally walked the entire mall tonight in search of a little girl-style swimsuit for her. I'm talking a traditional tank-style swimsuit. Ruffles or cartoon characters would be nice... but not mandatory. Not a two-piece. Not Hannah Montana. Nothing with the sides completely cut out. Nothing where her lower backside will show when she bends over. I mean... this kid plays like crazy in the backyard when we fill her little kiddie pool. We live in town and get a good amount of drive-by traffic. There's NO WAY she'd be comfortable in the swimwear we saw. There's no way her dad (or her mom) would allow her outside to play in any of it.

Thank God for Old Navy!!!

They had several swimsuits for little girls in the bigger girls' sizes. We ended up with a cute little black and hot pink floral tank-style suit (which of course I don't have a picture of yet!). It fits perfectly with a little room to grow. It ties across the back to keep everything covered. (Yes, most of the tops of the bigger girls' swimsuits expect there to be more up-top than she has at age 4.) It's modest while allowing her to swim, run, jump, play.... and be a little girl.

I've noticed more and more that we have to hunt like crazy for clothes that keep her looking like a little girl. It takes quite a while for us to build her wardrobe for any given season. But it's worth it when we dress her each day and she still looks four-and-a-half.

By the way, if you're in need of swimwear for yourself or a little one, Old Navy's offering their swimwear for $5 from Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28. You can also snag some coupons at to make this an even sweeter deal!