Casina, when I say we can't afford to replace the clothes, what I'm really saying is we have *no* money. I actually borrowed money from my mother this month to grocery shop and buy diapers and put gas in the car, as well as finish up a few paypal payments (which, naturally, I was late on). Our phone was turned off yesterday; I'm at the IL's now, but I won't be online again probably until Monday afternoon at the earliest. We are dirt poor for a while. It's a really bad time for it, because at Penney's they have all these toddler boy things on clearance and I *know* what size/s Eli will be next summer and everything's super cheap. We'll still have to buy him the shorts and t-shirts, only we're going to end up doing it next year when it costs twice as much.
I got off easy this year, because he could still wear most of his clothing from last year; next year that won't work (can you imagine a 2.5 year old in size 6-9 month shorts? He's small, but he's not that small!) They've got a few toddler girl things on sale, but I can't be positive about Rivkah's growth pattern yet so it's not reasonable to buy stuff for her for next year.
Solsticemamma: a birth sampler, in this instance, is counted cross-stitch project with the baby's name, time & date of birth, and birth weight & length. I made one for Eli (it should be in the New Pictures link; the one picture that doesn't have people in it) while I was pregnant with him and finished it while he was in NICU. Rivkah's is still not finished, as this time around I was busy chasing EliBean, but it is mostly completed. It's different from Eli's, but it's about the same size (15 X 11 or so). I took a good look at it, and it appears that the gv didn't go all the way through the fabric. That might change when I wash it, but I will be extra careful; it may just show through as a slightly dark spot. I don't think that I'll remember it as a cute toddler moment (I'm still way too angry for that) but maybe in a few years, I won't get angry every time I look at it. It just feels so unfair to me that Rivkah's sampler isn't as perfect as Eli's.
It really makes me angry, I hate it when second children get short changed. I worked so hard to make sure I had the same fabric (ivory 28 count evenweave linen) and the same size and the same degree of difficulty... *sigh* Rivkah deserves just as nice a sampler as Eli.