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Love Letters

February 11, 2015

We all know the day is coming. The one where cupid shoots his little arrows into hearts of lovebirds everywhere. You know it: Valentine’s Day.

As adults with kids, we either love it or hate it.

Some of us get really excited about this special day. Valentine’s Day means go-time in the creativity department. We cut our kid’s sandwiches with heart-shaped cookie cutters and fill their lunch boxes with Hershey Kisses and Hugs. And all week long, we don our little ones with red bows, pink dresses, and we wear our little heart socks, too. We’ve even successfully out-crafted Pinterest with our Valentine’s, making us officially the awesomest parent in the entire 4th-grade class.

And then there are those of us who wait until the very last minute. Procrastination bites, and we’ve definitely ruined our chances of crafting something cool. (Which happens to flood in an entire new set of emotions, causing us to question our good parent mojo. Am I a bad mom because I’d rather get hit by a bus than to sit for hours with a hot glue gun in hand? If this is you, read this. You’ll feel better.) Either way, craft or no craft, we now find ourselves standing in a clump at Target with all the other last-minute parents. The woman to the right of us just grabbed the very last box of My Little Pony Valentines. Now we’re stuck bringing home Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cards to our second-grade daughter. “Honey, I’m sorry, this was all they had left.” Shame. 

I think you can tell what camp I’m in. Anyway, I digress.

Well, whether you like it or loath it… one thing is for sure, Valentine’s Day is here to stay.

No matter what your feelings are, we want this year to be extra special for you… because we all mean well, and crafting failures aside, we all love our kids and want them to know exactly just how much.

So we’ve thought of a very simple way to help you express your love to your little ones (or big ones for that matter). We’re going to write letters, and we’d like to invite you to do it, too. Yup, we’re dusting off our stationary (does anyone have that anymore?) or (shhh) borrowing a few lined sheets from our kid’s math binder and writing them a love letter.  

When’s the last time you actually sat down and wrote a hand-written note (other than a thank-you)?

Yeah, we thought so. It has been a while, hasn’t it?

The thing is, we live in such a fast-paced world, and letter writing has become a lost art. That’s the truth. Our world is about being fast and efficient (and there’s nothing wrong with that!), but sometimes it’s really good to slow down and remember. To breathe, to think, and to express.

We’re asking that your letter be more than just a simple “I love you” on a card (but don’t underestimate the importance of that too! Just save that one for another day). There’s something so special about a hand-written note, expressing your thoughts and feelings… making the cognitive connection between heart, hand, and paper. Words written on paper are in their purest form. They haven’t had the chance to be hit by overthought with backspace or delete. They’re the real deal.

To add to that, if you’re comfortable, we’d love to share your letters here on our blog. Why on earth would we do that? Well, there are a few reasons. As parents, we all need encouragement and support. We all need to know that even in our greatest joys or in our deepest struggles, we are not alone. It truly does take a village to raise a child. Words of love and encouragement only do one thing… they continue to grow more love and encouragement. It’s a learning experience, sharing brings wisdom, and it’s a gift to us all. 

Each one of us here at DressMeDaddy.com is going to do this too. We're going to take some time out from our busyness and just think for a few moments about our children. What we love about them, what makes them special, what we hope and dream for them, and how we are so honored to be their parents. We all have different stories and different families, as do you. We have young children and grown children, and some of us might hope that someday we'll have children. For some of us words may come easy, but for some this may be one of the most difficult things you can imagine. S'okay. I promise. It's going to be okay, and it's going to be amazing. 

Today take time to mill over perfect words, perfect thoughts, and imagine them as perfectly written expressions of love. We all know that they won’t be–perfect–but to your child, they will be perfectly beautiful, and most of all they will be yours.

Send your letters to:

jami@dressmedaddy.com

(Ah, and the obvious catch is, you’ll have to type them out too.)
Happy writing. This is going to be fun. 

 

 



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Esa's Closet - Girl's Clothing Size Chart

Sizes are approximate.

*Customer feedback suggests that Mustard Pie runs large, whereas Giggle Moon runs small.

 SIZE WEIGHT HEIGHT CHEST WAIST HIPS
Newborn Up to 10 lbs. Up to 21" --- --- ---
3 Months 10-12 lbs. 22"-23" --- --- ---
6 Months 12-15 lbs. 23"-25" --- --- ---
9 Months 15-17 lbs. 25"-27" --- --- ---
12 Months 17-20 lbs. 27"-30" --- --- ---
18 Months 20-24 lbs. 30"-32" --- --- ---
24 Monts 24-28 lbs. 32"-35" --- --- ---
2T 28-30 lbs. 33"-35.5" 20.5" 21" 21"
3T 30-33 lbs. 36"-38.5" 21" 21.5" 22"
4T 34-36 lbs. 39"-40.5" 22" 22" 23"
4 37-39 lbs. 41"-42" 22.5" 22.5" 23"
5 40-43 lbs. 43"-44.5" 23" 22.5" 24"
6 44-48 lbs. 45"-47" 24" 23" 25"
6x 49-51 lbs. 48"-49" 25" 23.5" 26.5"
7 52-58 lbs. 50"-51.5" 26" 23.5" 27.5"
8 61-68 lbs. 52"-53.5" 27" 24.5" 28.5"
10 71-87 lbs. 54"-56.4" 28.5" 25" 30"
12 85-95 lbs. 57"-60" 30" 26" 32"
14 90-112 lbs. 58"-63" 30"-32" 25"-27" 34"
16 100-125 lbs. 60"-66" 32"-34" 26"-28" 36"