53 thoughts on “Tough Guy

  1. Liz

    We have a boy who’s about 5 weeks younger than Hank, and the “Chauncy” issue is constant between my husband and me. Keep up the good work!

  2. Sean

    Bryan is right. Even without reading the exchange I though, oh Maggie…this is the kind of thing my mother did to me and I hated. Let’s just say we were quite Chancy when young, especially around Easter.

    Bryan should dress him next in jeans and miller light tee shirt to balance the karma.

  3. Trish

    Doily for a blanket maybe? It’s cute but yeah, I gotta go with the husband on this one, sorry. Hank will probably say the same when he’s older and you’re showing this to his girlfriend.

  4. Tracy27

    It’s a multitasker – when he grows out of it, you can sew up the legholes, crochet on a couple of straps, and use it as a plant hanger. Or cut off the chest flap, leave one leg open, and voila – tea cozy.

  5. Heather

    I love it! It’s so much better than the trend of dressing babies like mini-teenagers. I don’t think that babes should wear tubetops, but I saw that at the daycare I worked at!

  6. simon

    you must throw away that outfit and all photos of him wearing it. seriously. i’d beat myself up if i saw me wearing that as a kid.

  7. MJ

    A true recycler — making clothes out of Grandma’s old discarded afghan. On a green level, probably a good idea. On so many other levels, probably a bad idea.

  8. The Queen

    Squiggle was knitted such outfits with large pom poms by his grandma. I can’t wait to pull them out to show his prom date in fifteen years.

  9. Mae

    If my Grandma wasn’t already gone, I’d swear she knitted this fancy outfit herself! While I love my Grandma and most of her knitting to pieces, I will have to side w/ Bryan.

  10. denise

    i say go for it. as you said, you only have a limited time to get away with stuff like this. my most embarassing photos are actually old school photos where i dressed myself! preteen=experimenting….

  11. Heather

    Oh Sweet Jebus, he has got to be one of the cutest kids on the planet, but seriously? He seriously looks like he’s going to put a feather in his cap and break out into some kind of slapping dance any minute now :).

  12. John

    He’s damaged and scarred for life now. And people wonder why children have issues with their mothers. I hope when he is older you let him dress you up some day in retaliation :-)

  13. amanda

    HA! laughing so hard at Bryan, and at Kriss, whom I agree with wholeheartedly.

    Actually, I think I just delurked in order to say that.

  14. Alison

    I was just thinking how awful, poor Hank will be haunted by it for years to come when his friends are old enough to use Google images… then I read the comments… too priceless.

  15. Page

    Um… he looks to be very in touch with his feminine side?
    My husband would divorce me if I’d ever put my son in that. I would call DSS on myself.

  16. Lisa

    Ooh! In our house, this is called Fancy Lad wear. I love how Hank’s like “that’s right, I’m all Chauncy” in this photo. Adorable.

  17. Megan

    This is the exact reason that I want to have children (well, that and the whole “pass on my love and accumulated knowledge to a future generation” thing).
    I wish my parents had dressed me in more Chauncy outfits when I was growing up. Regardless, Hank is so cute that he can rock any outfit.

  18. Dangercat

    I was the toughest kid at my rural jumior high. Yet when I showed up dressed in a brown and orange , “Your grandmother worked hard to make that for you, so you are going to where it to school and just you wait, everyone is going to like it” sweater and matching scarf, I got my butt kicked. It was if the others knew I had been weakened by the doily powers of my grandmother. Get that off of Hank before the word gets out and he spends his school years wearing his hair as if were say styled by a swirling bowl of water and the elastic band of his underwear is seen over the top of his head. Oh the humanity. (or in this case, the humility)

  19. Tired but happy

    Okay, I’m really embarrassed to ask this, but who’s this Chauncy?

    I’m all for dressing boys like Little Lord Faunterloy from time to time, but this particular creation is really freaking ugly.

    I’m reminded of the plaid jumpers with frilly blouses my mother kept in my closet during my entire childhood, always hoping I’d suddenly have a change of heart and wear that instead of my signature jeans and t-shirts.

  20. Valerie

    First of the future blackmail pictures. You gotta have something around to show the fiancee, right? So she can coo and he can blush.

  21. Tammy

    I say go for it while you can, sister. I relished those early months of dressing my little guy in terrycloth duck suits and whatnot. Those days were fleeting. At some point, my husband took over and now Sam’s all hoodies and camo cargo pants. Which are cute and all, but still… sigh.

  22. CortneyTree

    Ok, so, wow. I’m not sure “cute” is the word I’d go with. But, really, what is the point of having a little one if you can’t plot his future humiliation for your own amusement? I love the idea. If the kid’s anything like you and Bryan, he’ll be able to take it in stride. One day.

  23. Elizabeth Jewell

    I actually came to your blog for the first time to tell you how much I LOVE your book: “No One Cares What You Had for Lunch 100 Ideas for Your Blog.” It is so well written, a fast read that instantly gives you millions of ideas all at once to blog about. I had to keep a notebook with me for extra notes. Congratulations on a great book! I think you should write a sequel!

    As far as your poor child, I agree he’s adorable, but I have to go with Bryan on this too. I would also agree about calling DFACS! LOL

    Love your blog will definitely be back!

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