The Stockings Were Hung...

Dec 12, 2016


After Aaron was born, I knew it was finally time to make a decision about our Christmas stockings. Mike and I had already enjoyed three Christmases as a married couple, but we'd spent all of them at my parents' house, so I just used my childhood stocking and Mike got some scrounged up substitution (he's not picky).

Growing up, my parents tag-teamed making our stockings. My mom sewed the actual stocking, and then my dad cross-stitched the name on the front (a labor of love, no question). With each new addition to our family, my parents would make a new stocking. I loved pulling out those stockings year after year and hanging them all in a row, anticipating what they would look like full and bulging on Christmas morning.


I knew I wanted our stockings to be similar to the ones from my childhood, so I used my mom's stocking pattern and had my dad chart out each of our names for me so I could cross-stitch them on the fronts.


The only real difference between the two groups of stockings was the choice of fabric. My mom selected a different pattern for each child: candy canes on one, little puppy dogs on another, etc. You could identify your stocking by the fabric as much as by the name on the front. But I wanted a more classic, minimalist look, so I decided to use the same green corduroy for all the boys and the same red corduroy for all the girls.

You see where this is going, don't you?

At the time, I only had one son, and I can remember standing in the fabric store, trying to mentally calculate how much fabric I needed to buy. It was tough because we didn't know how many children we wanted to have, so I felt like I had to go to my uppermost limit (well, I know we won't have more than 12 . . . I'm kidding, I'm kidding), and of course we also didn't know what our ratio of boys to girls would be. I knew I needed to get enough fabric of each color so that I wouldn't run out even if we ended up with all boys or mostly girls.

Over the years, as we've added one boy after another, the green fabric has been slowly whittled down while the red has remained virtually untouched. It turns out, I was much more serious about my minimalist look than I originally planned.


For the last couple of months, we've been anxious to find out if our new baby is a boy or a girl. My kids were all pulling for another boy, and I was just grateful that the decision was out of my hands because I didn't know which I would choose.

On December 8th, I went to the doctor's for my 20-week ultrasound. When I got home, I pulled out the corduroy and made another stocking and then wrapped it up. 

That night, the boys tore off the wrapping . . .


. . . and the room erupted in chaos: yelling and screaming and running around and jumping on and off the couch and snatching the stocking out of each other's hands.

I turned to Mike and, my words edged with sarcasm, said, "I'm soooo glad we're getting another boy."

But really, I am.


27 comments:

  1. Aww, congrats! Boys are the absolute best, but you already know that ;)

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    1. Oh thank you! You're my boy-mom hero! I hope to be just like you someday.

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  2. I absolutely love the part of your personality that bought enough fabric for all potential genders of all your potential future children (just how many more green stockings can you make?). Also, props to you for sewing (and stitching!) each of these stockings, that's a super fun tradition. Congrats again on five boys!

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    1. Haha, I know (but don't tell me you wouldn't have done the same thing!). I have enough green fabric to make one more easily, two if I do a little hidden piecing (but that doesn't mean I'm set on using every last scrap of it).

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  3. So excited for you! :) I hope this pregnancy is going well!

    I'm really starting to feel my age with my pregnancy! *sob*

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  4. Congrats. When we found out our fifth child was going to be our fifth boy, my husband asked the doctor if he was sure like twice. However, by boy 6 I was relieved to not being trying to learn to parent girl that late in the game. It is nice to be able shuffle rooms and clothes without the question of gender being a factor. And I just came to realize I am more of a tomboy than I thought. God knows what fits in your family.

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    1. Yep, I completely agree! It's such a relief to just be able to keep doing what we're doing!

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  5. Awww congratulations!!! But I've got to know about that green fabric, how many more stockings could you make? ;_) (says a mum of 6 boys myself)

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    1. I can definitely make one more, but if I really had to, I think I could scrimp together the remaining pieces and make one more after that. I love your big family!

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  6. You can use the red for all their wives one day! ;)

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    1. And it looks like my earlier comment disappeared. Congrats! I'm so excited for you! I love the pic of your boys opening the present! So much joy! I'm thinking all boys sounds pretty good these days!

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    2. Who would have ever thought we'd be moms to all boys?! And I'll keep hanging onto the red for the future...great suggestion! :-)

      P.S. We got your cute Christmas card today!

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  7. That's a great gender reveal. So happy for you and your boys! I think it's so cute that you bought all that fabric years in advance. That is SO something I would do! And if you end up with a lot of red left over years from now, just make yourself a new, BIGGER stocking! Mom's prerogative. :)

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    1. Oh I know you would do the same thing! And I like your suggestion, haha!

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  8. Aw! Congratulations, Amy! What a crew you have! Your very own basketball team :) Merry Christmas!

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  9. How exciting! You are such a great mom with a wonderful crew of boys, this new one will be so lucky to have such great role models. What a fun way to tell the kids that they are getting another brother. Can't wait to meet him in the Spring!

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  10. I didn't even know you were pregnant! Congratulations, Amy!!! I love the way you told the boys about their new little brother. What a sweet and memorable way to do it. <3

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  11. Congratulations, Amy! And what a great way to share the news with your boys. Thanks for sharing with us here :-)

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  12. Congratulations! I think 5 boys will be fantastic and fun!

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    1. It will be an adventure, that's for sure!

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  13. Yay Amy! So happy for you and your crew!

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