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by Marie Blake

Being Given A Bag Of Pre-Loved Baby Clothes Is The Equivalent To The Worlds Biggest Hug

I peer into the huge bag of clothes and I’m completely blown away

Hurrying to message with thank you, a simple “oh, it’s nothing” you say

Simply brushing it of as if it’s such a small gesture but to me that’s just not the case

See I was taken off guard as my baby grew and he grew, I couldn’t keep up with the pace

Those trousers to short, the t-shirt too tight and the sleep-suits that won’t button up any more

Our pennies low this month, with only a few outfits left, I was embarrassed to step out the door

This is my first rodeo and therefore I completely failed to realise

That the months on the clothes tags is not a given, more like an indefinite size

I thought I was prepared but I clearly was not, as I stare at his drawers now so bare

I want to give him the world but right in this moment can’t even give him enough to wear

Using the last of our money, I buy a few odds and ends although nowhere enough to last

With all the drool and the poop, the sick and the milk, they go through clothes way too fast

Yet here I am, crossed-legged on the floor as I fold and sort through this pile

Cute slogan t-shirts, matching disney sets and even a Where’s Wally hat and sleep-suit

There’s joggers and vests, hoodies and jumpers and dungarees that are way too cute

Organized into piles, I now take my time as I fold up the last outfit

Putting it all away, struggling to squeeze it all in, I can’t help but cry a bit

I breathe a size of relief, now having more than enough, to last until the next growth spurt

And I can’t help but puzzle over why in size 6-9, I only purchased the odd hat and shirt

I guess before he was born, when my bank was still full, these days seemed so far away

But I should have known better, should of planned ahead, they grow up too fast isn’t that what they all say?

I live and I learn, on the job so to speak and I wont make these mistakes next time round

And I’ll be sure to remember the generosity you showed, as you saved me more than a few pound

See I always thought that for some extra cash, I’d sell the things we no longer need

But after your kindness, when we needed it most, I now couldn’t help but just see that as greed

When I could give them away, to a Mama who needs them the most and put her mind at ease

In the chaos of parenting and the money worries on top, raising a child is anything but a breeze

I’ve seen the joy first-hand that one small act can bring, it’s a gift in the right of it’s own

Time stops for no one and as my baby gets bigger, my faith in humanity also has grown

I meant to send you a card or some flowers and chocolates, something more than a simple thank you

But you’ll know how it is, wrapped up in the chaos of the day, it’s hard to find a moment or two

I once heard that being given a bag of pre-loved baby clothes was like getting a hug and it’s true

From the bottom of my heart, just know I am grateful and when he’s older my boy will be too

(Cover image: A huge pile of clothes given by one of the girls at work.)

Written by Marie Blake for her blog, Tummy2Mummy.

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Rocking the mum bun since 2017 (at least in my head I am). In my blog I focus mainly on being really honest about motherhood, its good to talk about it warts and all. I also document my travels with a little person and general lifestyle topics. I have a toddler (which means I have excellent negotiating skills) but she has never slept longer than two a two hour stretch so I love giving tips of great ways to look after yourself, hide the bags under your eyes and fully encourage post midday wine drinking! Enjoy and dont let me put you off parenting, it rocks really (most of the time).
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