Having grown up with five younger brothers, you would think that I would be very familiar with this phenomenon, but it surprises me every single time.
I guess I never really noticed when I was young because we always had the same set of clothes around - I didn't particularly pay attention to who was actually wearing said set at any given time. And sometimes there would be new stuff to pass along to the next brother. I probably had the same growth pattern, but I don't remember ever not having clothes that fit.
My son will never be able to say the same thing. Once I bought him a pair of shoes and he outgrew them within a week. I'm serious!
This morning, he came downstairs wearing a pair of pants pulling tight across his butt and thighs and the same shirt he'd worn the day before. I told him to go back upstairs and change and he replied with a very plaintive "But Mom, nothing I have fits anymore!"
It fit yesterday, but not today.
After school, we went to Goodwill. I refuse to pay mega bucks for clothes he may not even be wearing a month from now. We got a nice, warm jacket, two sweat shirts, 6 t-shirts and two pairs of pants. The pants were men's sizes, so I need to hem them up. I got all of the above for $60. Had I tried that in a retail store, the sixty bucks might have covered the jacket, or maybe two pairs of pants and two shirts. I'm a firm believer in second-hand stores for growing boys!!!
Once upon a time, I would buy my boy clothes every two years. I'd buy them a little big and after a couple of years of wear, you'd be seeing his belly button and his ankles, so I'd donate them and start over. Now, he'll stay the same size for a while, then suddenly gain two sizes and nothing will fit.
Tonight, I hem - -and empty out the drawers of all the clothes he can't wear anymore.