I wasn’t going to buy rain boots for Babykins. It seemed like such an impractical purchase since she would only wear them for a short time and it’s almost impossible to find inexpensive, toddler size 3.5 rain boots. However, after spending a few days playing in the mud and splashing in puddles, rain boots seemed less impractical.
This time my search for tiny toddler boots brought me to H&M. Surprise, they carry rain boots in Babykins’s size for $10!
Her new boots arrived today. They are a smidgen bigger than her snow boots but they are still adorable! I can’t wait to take her outside to romp in some mud.
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but Babykins is extremely small for her age. She’s clung to the very bottom of the growth chart her whole life. Since the doctor determined over a year ago that Babykins is maintaining her growth curve (for those of you not in the know of baby terms, this means that she is growing at a consistent rate), I try not to worry about her small size.
One of the fun aspects of having a tiny child is shoes. Baby shoes are one of those things that make me squeal in delight. There just so small and cute! But I refrained from buying any because shoes for a non-walker are mostly impractical.
Then Babykins started walking and shoes became more of a necessity than a fashion accessory. At first I stuck her in a pair of soft-soled crib shoes, but she really started walking the week of Halloween. She needed a warmer pair of shoes to get through the winter. She needed a pair of boots to keep her feet warm when we went outside.
It’s not easy finding a pair of toddler size 3 snow boots that actually keep a child’s feet warm and dry, but I found a pair at Target thanks to their Surprize by Stride Rite line (they don’t have boots in stock now, but I bought Babykins a church sandal through this line). The boots have worked great this winter! Even better, they are just so small and cute that I just want to squeal!
I recently had an opportunity to go shopping at the local thrift shop sans Babykins. That meant I could actually try on clothes! Since I’m in desperate need of new shorts, I was excited to find a pair that fit and were in a length that I liked.
The only downside: They were in a camouflage pattern.
Usually cameo is not my thing. However, finding shorts that fit is a bit of a challenge these days, so I went ahead and purchased them.
A few days later I wore them for the first time with a forest green T-shirt. My looked at me and said, “You know, if you put on the right style of hat and carried a gun, you would look like some sort of rebel fighter.”
“So you don’t like the outfit?” I replied.
“No, I like it fine. I’m just saying,” he mildly responded.
Fortunately, we’ve been married long enough for me to know that my husband means what he says when it comes to my attire. So he truly didn’t find my outfit horrendous but it did remind him of something a rebel fighter would wear.
I’ll continue wearing the shorts because they’re comfortable, but at least now I have the makings of a Halloween costume.
This past week I have been trying to complete Baby’s wardrobe. Since my husband and I decided not to find out the gender, I have been searching for gender-neutral clothing. It’s been a harder search than I expected. While baby-stuff designers have a wide selection of gender-neutral baby gear like strollers and bedding, they apparently aren’t very interested in designing gender-neutral clothes. Sometimes the differences between boy and girl are extremely subtle, but they still sneak them in.
First, let’s talk colors. White, yellow, green, light grey, and sometimes light blue are generally accepted as gender neutral colors. Pink and purple are considered girl colors. Black, blue, and dark blue are considered to be boy colors.
However, the color rules can be thrown out with the help of things like ruffles and graphics.
Take this basic onesie:
The blue would indicate that it’s a boy onesie. However, if you throw on some ruffles . . .
BAM–Girl onesie. Ruching has the same effect.
Here’s another example:
BAM–Boy onesie! Aside from the cutesy sayings, other graphics have a surprising effect on basic baby clothes. Flowers, butterflies, and kittens indicate girl clothes. Put on things like puppies, space ships, and any sort of machinery, and you have boy clothes.
Pants are by far the funniest article of clothing to have gender associations. For obvious reasons, pink and purple pants are reserved for girls. However, basic black and grey pants are still labeled as boy pants–unless you throw some ruffles on them.
Jeans work in a similar way.
Anyway, building a full wardrobe for our unknown-gendered baby has proven to be a challenge. I’ve been buying quite a few boy clothes that I feel are basic enough to pass as girl clothes. Don’t worry though, I have a plan to make any boy outfit into a girl outfit–hair bows!
But let’s face it, people don’t really pay attention to what a baby is wearing and give the baby whatever gender they want.
Ladies and gentlemen, you may not have realized this, but in the Midwest we have the winter season. With the winter season comes freezing temperatures, blustery winds, and even snow. Winter comes every year, so obviously it should take us by surprise. I think we should all be flabbergasted when it snows in December. “What, it snows?! Since when? It didn’t do this in June!” Same with freezing temps. “Since when does it dip below 20 degrees? Just 4 months ago it was 90 degrees!”
Since we obviously can’t remember what happens in winter, it’s no surprise that many of us can’t remember what to wear when the frigid winds blow. But have no fear, I have taken the time to illustrate how to properly dress for the cold.
Your winter coat should be warm (which would seem obvious, but you’d be surprised what people try to pass off as winter coats). It should close tightly and should zip or button up to your neck. Also, it should be long enough to cover at least part of your rear–unless you like having a cold butt.
2. Mittens or gloves
Mittens and gloves stop your hands from getting that tingly feeling when your hands get too cold. Mittens are actually a better choice for warmth, but gloves make for easier mobility. You should own at least one pair of waterproof mittens or gloves. NEVER buy gloves for young children, especially if you send them to daycare or preschool–getting their tiny fingers into the tiny fingerholes is a nightmare.
A hat keeps your head and ears warm. What about earmuffs and headbands, you ask? They don’t count. Not only does a hat keep your head warm, it also keeps body heat from leaving. And I know that hats give you hat hair, but deal with it. It’s winter–you can either be fashionable or warm.
A good pair of snow boots keep your feet warm and dry during the coldest and snowiest days. Snow boots should be at least water resistant, if not waterproof. Ugg boots do not meet this standard. Likewise, they should have a good tread so you don’t loose your footing on ice. I learned this the hard way.
A properly worn winter scarf (none of this decorative scarf made of thin materials nonsense) will keep your neck and lower half of your face warm. Scarves are pretty much guaranteed to make you look ridiculous, so you might as well have fun while wearing one. For the Doctor Who fan, you can always go with the Tom Baker look-alike scarf (a bit pricey for my taste, but some people enjoy this sort of thing). Today at church, I saw two little boys with scarves in the shape of snakes. Personally, I went with the ninja look in college–black coat, black hat, black scarf. Hiii-ya!
When you combine all of these pieces together, you’ll look something like this:
Will you look like an idiot? Yes. Will you actually be an idiot? No, because you’ll be dressed warmly while those “cool” looking people will actually just be cold.
Oh, and never, under any circumstances, should you go out in winter like this:
After spending the last two winters thinking to myself I really should by some winter-appropriate church shoes, I finally broke down and bought a pair of dress boots.
I haven’t gotten a new pair of shoes in almost a year, so I immediately wanted to wear these when they arrived. So the next day I put on a pair of jeans, pulled on a black sweater, and slipped on my spiffy new boots. I have been clomping around in my sturdy but not quite stylin’ snow boots since November, so wearing my new dress boots made me feel grown up and sophisticated.
I managed to get around all morning without any issues, so I decided to wear them down to church when I went to practice piano. As I started trekking up the hill behind our house, I realized that last week’s rain and temperature drop made the hill extremely icy. I thought about going back inside and switching into my snow boots. But I feel so cool in these boots! I thought to myself. Besides, I can manage.
I reached the top of the hill and looked down–it would be even more slippery going down than it was going up. I took a step forward and my foot immediately started sliding on ice. I tried to steady myself with my other leg. It did no good; now both feet were sliding and skidding on the ice. Flailing my arms wildly, I tried to regain my balance. Then I felt my body rushing toward the ground and my feet shooting up in the air. . .
Now I was sitting on the snowy, muddy ground, looking around trying to figure out what I should do next. So I went through the I-Just-Fell-Down Processing Steps:
1. Did anyone see me? Whew, neighbor wasn’t out and nobody is in the church parking lot!
2. What did I do to my clothes? Pants are muddy but no holes! I will have to go change now, bummer.
3. Am I hurt? Whoops, maybe that should come first. My leg is a little tender, but no serious damage.
I carefully got up and tottered back to the house. Once inside, I kicked off my spiffy (now slightly muddied) dress boots put on my sturdy but not quite stylin’ snow boots. It will be a long time before I put style before practicality.
|Oh trusty snow boots, I’m sorry that I tried to leave you!|
After I got dressed yesterday, I realized that in my jeans, fitted T-shirt, and green Converse high tops I looked like a high schooler (at best, a young college student). Since I am on a perpetual quest to make myself actually look my age I thought about changing my clothes. After considering that option, I realized that I didn’t have anywhere to go, nor was I seeing anyone that day. Why not rock the teenager look? I certainly won’t be able to do so in a few more years (I hope). Plus, that T-shirt was really comfortable.