Here’s the story behind the teacup pig pajamas I made for my sweet little daughter. I saw a horrible video online about little piggies getting tortured at a slaughter house. It devastated me. Me, who thinks of livestock as food and clothing. I’m not a bleeding heart; I love the heck out of bacon. It’s yummy. But this video…it ruined it for me. I can’t tolerate that kind of cruelty to any living creature.
So around that time; I’m comforting my daughter about the fact that we have to list our house and move. I hate the city, and our area is getting worse. We are looking at blueprints and land…but it could take forever to sell and build. I’m just getting her prepared. She’s sad because she doesn’t want to leave her friends.
Brilliant mom decides to try to sell the eventual move with a promise of a pig. A pet teacup pig, when we get the new house. They’re tiny, and cute. They can be potty trained!
Except it wasn’t that brilliant. Turns out, teacup pigs from the best breeders can get up to 200 lbs. And if you aren’t careful; a scammer will sell you a regular pig that can get up to 600 lbs!
I’m not usually so careless. I’m real serious about not lying to my kid. I don’t threaten punishments without following through. I don’t tell her I’ll take her somewhere or do something and change my mind. I keep my promises. This isn’t a case of spoiled rotten kid either. We don’t do frivolous spending. I broke a cardinal mom rule; and used a cop-out to make my kid happy. I messed up!
I’ve got time on my side, but Bella shows no signs of letting up about the pig. Now hubby and I are discussing where to put the pig pen. And we are going to be feeding a pig that will never grow up to be bacon. Sigh. I think I’ve gotten myself into a pickle. The way I see it, I can either become a liar, or follow through. Do any of you have experience with pet pigs?
I made these teacup pig pajamas before I realized how much research I need to do to own one. (I’ll be a liar before I’ll get a pet that isn’t taken care of properly.) The pants are self drafted and the top is the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern. The fabric is a thermal knit, and I didn’t have any ribbed knit for the cuffs. So I just used elastic for the sleeves and leg openings. I used a fold over hem for the neckline. I’m pretty happy with them because my last self-drafted pajamas were a sad, sad joke.
I wish you all the merriest Christmas! To all my bloggy friends, you mean so much to me. I’m going to be all mushy and confess that you guys fulfill something that I didn’t even know was missing in me. Big hugs!