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Baby Steps: Shop till you drop

Holiday shopping for younger family members teaches Christine and her husband a thing or two about kids.

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Christine Bowley
Christine Bowley

‘Tis the season for shopping! Luckily, my husband and I had the day off together yesterday for the holiday and we were able to knock out the Christmas wish list for our nieces and nephew. Though, I’ll admit, I was surprised to find out what they really wanted were clothes!

When I was a kid – I absolutely despised getting clothes as a gift. In fact, I recall one Christmas many years ago that I literally cried over how much clothing I found gift wrapped under the tree! So I was really taken aback when our family members said clothing was at the top of their list.

As you can tell, I am not a big shopper and my husband hates crowds – so we made a strategic plan as soon as we walked through the sliding glass doors of the mall. Most of the stores on our plan were places I was familiar with, but one I’d never heard of before…

We were directed very specifically to a girls’ clothing and accessory store called "Justice." I was worried we might miss it, but boy was I wrong! The entire store was bathed in fluorescent yellows and pink. I practically had to put my sunglasses on walking through the door! At checkout the cashier assured us – this place is every little girls’ dream and we will have a very happy niece when she gets her gift card in a few weeks.

I guess there are a few things I still need to learn before becoming a mom!

Christine is an associate producer at WRAL-TV, which includes research for 5 On Your Side and producing the 10 p.m. weekend newscasts on Fox50. She lives with her husband and three dogs. Christine is chronicling her experience as she and her husband struggle with infertility. Find her here on Fridays.


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