A Letter to Pajama Day


Dear Pajama Day,

My daughter is now five and in her first year of preschool. As the years have gone by, every now and again I get lovely little reminders from the world that she is small — "Small for Gestational Age", "Failure to Thrive", her daily growth hormones, the innocent question, "are your kids twins?" — "Nope, she's 2 years older than him." 

Every season change, when I have to tackle the issue of finding clothes that will fit her or accepting that shorts and swimming suits STILL fit her year after year, break my heart a little.  

So that innocent little note that came home in her backpack last week, "PAJAMA DAY!" Sounds fun, right? My daughter was excited. But a little piece of me felt so sad.

I try really hard to find clothes that FIT her, with the exception of pajamas. I always just take them in. They look so loose and baggy on her. She just doesn't look healthy in them. I think she's oblivious to it. But for me, I worry what other parents must think. Her teacher. Her peers. Do they know she is SGA? Do they know she takes growth hormones? Do they know how hard I try to get her to gain weight?  

So "Pajama Day", while you might be fun for everyone, to me, you're just that little thorn in my side. 

SGA and Pajama Day

 

Thank goodness, for amazing rainbow unicorn slippers to put a skip in her step and a smile on my face as I send her out the door.

 

Thanks for letting me vent,

💙💚 Natalie

 

1 comment

  • Amy Hopkins

    While my little peanut is not in school yet this still hit very close to home.
    My son was an IUGR baby and was born a tiny 4lbs13oz. He has finally made it to 13lbs… At 7 months old. Every day he smiles and laughs and just loves life so much. It’s such a struggle to take this happy baby and just be racked with stress, worrying if his doctors, our peers and our family think we are bad parents and are judging us for his size. He’s a happy, healthy 7 month old. He was recently diagnosed with FTT and a milk protein allergy. It’s been such a bumpy road for us.

    Thank you for all of your work that you are doing. And I can not wait until your business is up and running. I look forward to buying pants that will actually fit my son and have one less thing to worry about. ♡

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