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Clothes Make The Man

The Queen and I are a cheap couple of bastards, so we'll dress The Squirrelly in pretty much anything that's free. Hand-me-downs. Paper bags with holes cut in them. We'll be set for life when we figure out how to knit sweaters from the hair our cat Edgar sheds. "Sweadgars," we'll call them.

We're so indiscriminant that some of those aforementioned hand-me-downs were originally intended for -- brace yourself -- girls. That's right: I have clad my infant son in pink. There may have even been some frills involved at some point, I couldn't swear otherwise.

A few months ago my buddy M. was visiting from the East Coast, and he was so disgusted with The Squirrelly's wardrobe that he immediately swung-or-possibly-"swang" into action. He went online, found a store that sold camouflage jumpers for babies, and had one sent to us posthaste. Here it is in action:

We've also been mixing PowerLifter IronMax 4000 into The Squirrelly's formula to counteract the feminizing effects of the unicorn onsies.

Well, now that I've opened a can of worms by taking the cork out of the "baby pictures" bottle, I may as well go whole hog and mix my metaphors. To wit:

Erasure live in concert, Dublin 1988


Sneers and Ears

Posted on November 30, 2004 to The Squirrelly


how come u are just randomly holding your arms out with nothing in them? strange.

Posted by: patrick on November 30, 2004 11:44 AM

Where did you get that jacket you're wearing? Because it looks exactly like my boyfriend's jacket, which he got as a hand-me-down 10 years ago from a friend. (Another cheap bastard)

Posted by: spygeek on November 30, 2004 11:51 AM

I have no idea where the jacket originated. It was my grandfather's, and I inherited it when he passed away a few years ago.

Posted by: Matthew on November 30, 2004 11:55 AM

Too bad it wasn't "Tears for Fears" live in concert and then you could have "Sneers and Ears" as the Yeti/Squirrely version. He is SO cute in that bathtub picture. And yes, he has both your sneer and your ears. He just looks like you from his forehead to his upper lip.

We don't buy much new for our baby and we dressed her in boys clothes 'cause it was the only warm thing at the time. I kept saying "baby in drag!" The great thing was that no one could get on our case about it because THEY couldn't tell that he is a she or whatever. Come to think of it, neither can SHE.

I am embarassed and yet oddly proud of the 'bjorn-protector' my husband rigged out of a plastic shopping bag the day we forgot to bring a diaper...(design self-explanatory)...So we literally dressed her in a plastic bag at one point.

But I've been getting into pink lately I say with shame. So why not camo for your little bruiser?

Posted by: Miel on November 30, 2004 12:24 PM

Wow! You could really hunt or go to war in that camouflage outfit. Except for your blue eyes you disappear into the background. And we all know how much babies need to disguise themselves as they sneak up on their prey. Kill baby, kill! (Or: At least hide from the prowling dingos)

What will you do when the leaves are gone? Is it like a chameleon? Will it change to green come spring?

Posted by: Super Turtle Girl on November 30, 2004 12:28 PM

Is that blue ball you're sitting on the one that exploded on you a while back, causing The Queen to accuse you of dropping the baby? Living dangerously now aren't you.

Posted by: Hope on November 30, 2004 12:37 PM

I'm amazed by just HOW MUCH he looks like you in that last picture, he's even doing the same expression as you!

Posted by: bb on November 30, 2004 12:52 PM

More baby pictures, please. Thank you.

Posted by: Ariel on November 30, 2004 1:07 PM

*ahem* Here is the site that will spin your cat's fur into yarn for you to knit that sweater from: http://www.vipfibers.com/index.php
Or just buy this book: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0312152906/103-8634173-8362251?v=glance

Posted by: AERF on November 30, 2004 1:22 PM

I wish I could get away with calling my wife a bastard on the interweb. (Not that she is. What I meant was - oh, forget it.)

Posted by: ken on November 30, 2004 1:33 PM

That last pic is just CLASSIC. :)

Posted by: ViVi on November 30, 2004 2:07 PM

the camo-plus-bunny-ears combo achieves a stunning yin/yang dynamic: rugged and tough, yet infinitely squeezable! huzzah!

Posted by: sweetney on November 30, 2004 5:05 PM

A small assault rifle would complement the camouflage gear and demonstrate a healthy support for the Iraq operation. Blanks are best with under fives.

Posted by: Jim Birch on November 30, 2004 6:43 PM

Oh, dude, dude, dude. Those little blue baby bath seats (I bet yours was a hand-me-down, you cheap b.) were recalled about four years ago: Big babies are able to pull the suction cups off the bottom of the tub and topple over, and then the little seat thing neatly holds them under water. Not that the average baby needs much holding.

Of course you would never, ever leave your baby unattended in the bath for even one second, so I'm sure there's no real danger involved.

Posted by: Anonymous on November 30, 2004 8:50 PM

Exactly WHAT produced that bubble, hmmm? Explains the facial expression, I guess...

Posted by: mrgrooism on November 30, 2004 10:11 PM

You and your son both bear resemblence to one of my favorite comics, Wes Borg from Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie. I think their URI is http://www.deadtroll.com.

Posted by: -leslie.- on December 1, 2004 1:21 AM

Wow if looks could kill - I will be seeing that sneering in my dreams!

Posted by: Shooshie on December 1, 2004 8:24 AM

They upgraded the suction cups on the chairs in the newer models though... I just put my tot in it and stick him to the ceiling while I vacuum. I figure it keeps him out of harms way. Plus, they have to learn how to use suction cups sometime. how else are they going to learn to scale a building, cut through a window with a laser and steal the jewels?

Posted by: wolf on December 1, 2004 9:53 AM

"Sweadgars" I laughed so hard when I read that, my husband had to come over and look at what I was reading.

Heh. Sweadgars.

Posted by: BethC on December 1, 2004 1:34 PM

Cute son.........the mailman must be pretty handsome. Keep up the great humor and reality checks!

Posted by: benbino on December 1, 2004 4:37 PM

woah, that 1st pic loks like you're throwing a baby head into a pile of leaves. that's hardcore, man.

Posted by: larry on December 1, 2004 8:04 PM

You've got 'Mini-Me' on your back. Agh.

Posted by: YonYonson on December 1, 2004 9:57 PM

You should train your son to be a sniper. that would be totaly bad ass! And with the camo jumper, he's got ahead start on stealth training.

Posted by: Wedge on December 2, 2004 7:26 AM

Dear Matthew and the Queen, you have the cutest baby in the whole world. I am not kidding.

If my ovaries didn't do flip-flops every time I look at that pic of the Squirrely in the tub, I would swear off having children in despair of ever having a child half as cute.

Posted by: shana on December 2, 2004 6:50 PM

Ai yi yi! We loved that little piano over here. Surprisingly non-annoying for an electronic toy.

Posted by: SJ on December 3, 2004 9:38 AM

"Why bother? Sticking to a garish and error-ridden template that only displays properly in Lynx 1.12, and reusing the same jokes post after post ("My baby poops LOL!") has served me pretty well for three years, now."

Hush now and speak no more evil of the Yeti which I love so well.

Posted by: LizRM on December 3, 2004 3:06 PM