Chloe Pants

I decided to set aside the traumatizing photos from my youth for a while and instead, share a story about my little friend Chloe. Chloe is the gorgeous 2 ½ year old daughter of my friends, Tim and Debbie, and she was recently diagnosed with autism. Her whole family is rallying together to participate in a 5k Walk on May 21st to raise funds for the Cure Autism Now Foundation.
This seems to be the time of year for really great causes, because I’ve read about some of the wonderful things many of you are doing to support various organizations this year. But this one hits close to home for me since I’m pretty sure at one time or another, Chloe has thrown up on me. Where I come from, you can’t get much closer than that… at least that’s what I would always tell my college roommates while they were holding my hair.
Besides, can you even handle these photos? Hey! What’s that red, pulpy thing on the floor over there? Oh, I’m sorry. That’s my heart, which just EXPLODED OUT OF MY BODY when I looked at this picture!
[“It is futile to resist my adorableness”]

[“Wait… you’re not still trying to resist, are you?”]

[“Hank Hill” and the little fairy princess]
If you would like to learn more about Chloe, and make a donation to support Team Chloe Pants, please visit Walk Now Chicago – Team Chloe. Click on the team member of your choice on the right hand side to make a donation (so far Chloe is smoking the rest of her family in terms of individual donations… it’s those hypnotic eyes, I think).
Now, I haven’t even shared this news with Tim and Debbie yet, but I’m actually working on a second fundraiser of my own for Chloe, called the “Help Fund Chloe’s First Perm” campaign. Since I don’t have children of my own, I have decided to devote my time and energy toward making everyone else’s children look like they could be mine. I’m also getting Chloe fitted for green contact lenses, but that’s Phase II. The optometrist said something stupid about “her eyes still growing” and “severe infection.” That’s $99 he’ll never see again.
[She’s sad, because her hair isn’t curly. Yet.]
Thanks everyone for reading, and I hope you enjoy the insanely adorable pictures. This is an important cause that will help fund research into a disorder which is still very much misunderstood, so any support makes a difference. And ladies, please collect your exploded uteruses (uteri?) on the way out. I like to keep a tidy blog. Thank you!
[Click below for one super bonus photo]

[Soon, my plan will be complete!]

22 Responses to “Chloe Pants”

  1. Dawn Kelly Says:

    Wow ~
    Adorable doesn’t do Ms. Pants justice!
    The explosion of autisim is quite scary considering they don’t have a handle on why and what causes it.

  2. Jessica Says:

    Oh, Jenny…she is gorgeous (and you made me laugh out loud at least six different times during this post).
    Great post, great cause.

  3. patricia Says:

    she is absolutely beautiful. the freaking internets is killing me with all the beautiful babies. holy hell.

  4. Sarah Says:

    Oh my crapness, how could this kid be any cuter???!!! (besides by adding curls)

  5. jenny Says:

    Ladies: I’m sorry, I really should have put a warning on this post so you could have prepared yourselves for the overwhelming cuteness of Ms. Pants. And I cannot wait to see her once her curls loosen up a bit.

  6. sween Says:

    Well… I take it you aren’t giving her a baseball cap now…

  7. ms. sizzle Says:

    the hair cutting picture is too damned cute but then i clicked on the last one- ha ha ha – my eyes! ;)

  8. Dustin Says:

    Those pictures should definitely come with a warning. I dunno, Jen, if you grant her the power of curls she might just become unstoppable. With great hair comes great responsibility…

  9. sandra Says:

    You made my ovaries explode!

  10. shari Says:

    Resistance was, in fact, futile. I have been assimilated.

  11. hooizz Says:

    seriously… thats not fair.
    im a single guy, who’s supposed to be thinking single thoughts… awww!!!! (too late!)

  12. Tracy Lynn Says:

    Dude, They are doing a lot of great research into autism and it’s links to sensory integration issues.
    Well done for the shout out.
    And the cuteness of Ms. Pants has even managed to squeeze an AWWW out of my black little heart. Now I’ve got to go hit something, to get my rep back. Damn you and your adorable friends!

  13. elle Says:

    She is gorgeous. Even more so with the curls.
    I just finished writing the last educational plan for a graduating senior girl (in a regualr education high school) who is on the honor roll, captain of the basketball team, and in the honor society. Did I mention that she is also autistic? Or “was” rather. Thanks to all the amazing professionals, researchers and dedicated people like yourself who support the cause! Brava!!

  14. jenny Says:

    Aww, man! You guys are all just the best!
    Sween: Ooh. Good point. I didn’t think about the fact that I’d be condemning her to a cap-less life…
    Sizz: Isn’t it too much? She’s so serious about that haircut – what a stylish toddler.
    Dustin: So few people understand that. True responsibility, indeed.
    Sandra: My apologies. I’d offer you one of mine, but they IMPLODED!
    Shari: It was only a matter of time… ;)
    Hooizz: Wow! Her cuteness even overwhelmed the single guy power? That’s something!
    Tracy Lynn: I won’t tell anyone that you’re just an old softy inside. Oh wait. I just told the Internet. Sorry!
    Elle: Totally choked up at your comment – what an awesome story! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  15. peefer Says:

    You made MY ovaries explode!
    May Chloe lead love-filled live, and hopefully with a cure.

  16. kat Says:

    done and done. it’s funny, because i call my cat ‘kitten pants.’ but i have to admit (begrudgingly) that chloe is much cuter.

  17. steph Says:

    ohmygod, she is adorable!

  18. jenny Says:

    Peef: So sorry about your ovaries… and thanks for the kind thoughts for Chloe! With those eyes and that smile, her teenage years may be too love-filled for her parents to handle…
    Kat: You’re so awesome – thanks so much! Have I seen a pic of your cat (almost wrote “kat”)? Does kitten pants have curly hair?
    Steph: It’s a good thing I didn’t post the picture of her in a snowsuit – it made me pass out from cuteness.

  19. Pants Says:

    Chloe is so cute I wanna eat her! (I mean that in the least creepy way possible.)
    I had an Annie perm when I was five. I think everyone should have an Annie perm. Hell, I might go get another one after reading this.

  20. jenny Says:

    For the record, I feel I should clarify that the crudely photoshopped hair on Chloe in the bonus picture is not Annie’s, but is, in fact, my hair from the softball picture.
    Even my friend Nat thought it was an Annie wig. Yow! :)

  21. TCho Says:

    Oh, when I read the title, I thought you meant $1,000 or some ungodley some on Chloe pants (like the fashion brand). Lol.

  22. Tim V Says:

    Hey everybody- it’s Chloe’s dad. Thanks for all the kind words and your support. She’s responding well to therapy and is as amazing as she is cute.
    Special thanks to you Jen for posting the link and promoting the cause- feel free to add your hair to her head via PhotoShop whenever you wish! The photo made the missus and I laugh out loud. We haven’t shown Chloe just yet…