This is my first born, Spence.
He is nearly perfect in every way.
But he leaves his socks all over the house. I've decided I can live with it because he is nearly perfect in every way.
Other than the sock issue, Spence is lovely. Truly a wonderful kid who makes my mothering life an easy one.
Spence has always been a sweats and tennis shoes kind of kid. He has never liked it when I suggested something other than sweats for school and since I try to have a few standards of dress for my kids, this did not go well for the two of us. But lately, as in at the beginning of fifth grade, Spence has taken note of his appearance. Gone were the days of sweat and hoodies. Now Spence opts for jeans, often coming into my room in the morning to ask "if the painter or boot cut jeans would be better with this shirt."
I know, I just said that out loud. Poor kid.
Anyway, it's been fun for me because now he'll actually wear clothes that should be worn to school and as a whole, looks so much better. I can even (wait for it) throw a collared shirt or button up into the mix and he will happily put it on.
This is not where our problem lies.
Our problem lies in the fact that my kid is growing up so much faster than he is growing out. And I can't find clothes to fit him.
Some stats: at 10 1/2, Spence is 5'2 inches. (Freshly measured on Friday.) He has long legs and a long torso so he is basically a giganticus. (I made that word up.) But he only weighs 74 lbs. 74 freaking lbs! And so while his up, up and away is taking off, his round and about is non-existent.
So this morning I laid out some pants for him which he quickly nixed because they are itchy. Really? What does that even mean? Itchy pants? I felt all around on the inside and felt nothing suspect but he assures me that they are itchy. But I wanted to send him to school in the itchy pants because they are long enough, and his jeans, well, they're pushing it. But it's hard to find 14 slims with an adjustable waist because even at slim, they still fall off of him and now, now I'm supposed to somehow find 16 slims with an adjustable waist which I don't even think is a real size. His legs require longer sizes but his bum could still fit in a 4T (literally. He tried on some of Austn's jammies not too long ago and while they came up above his knees, THEY FIT his waist and bum. Not even lying.) He already wears mens shoes but there is no way he can wear mens clothing because he is teeny tiny. And gigantic. All at the same time.
I've tried to fatten him up. I've tried to make him walk around with bricks on his head. Nothing is working. My boy is growing and unless manpris (you know, capris, but for men?) become the height of fashion for pre-teen boys, Spence will be walking around waiting for the perpetual flood.
So this is my problem. My practically perfect son is part man-child and I have no way to clothe him. Any ideas? Because I'm thinking homemade pants on a tweener is not the look he's going for.