Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Fashion foibles

It seems like Emma came out of the womb with her own agenda. Thankfully as a baby, her way of doing things matched up well with mine and I often congratulated myself that Emma was so scheduled and easy. My friends and family and finally baby Mandy helped me see that each child is different. Emma's scheduled nature was part of her determined personality that would show itself later.






Currently, Emma's personality shows itself in the clothes that she chooses to wear and my life isn't always easy.  She changes her clothes at least twice on any given day and sometimes 4 or 5 times. She must wear a skirt every day and making her wear jeans is tough; you'd think you asked her to commit the ultimate fashion blunder. Jeans? How un-cool. She must wear a dancing dress (not a skirt) to watch any movie that has dancing in it. Emma would prefer to never wear socks and only tights on Sundays. Pretty shoes are also only for Sunday. 






I've learned to work around her fashion quirks because she is very opinionated about everything, even what she wears to bed. When she is happy, I am happy, unless she looks ridiculous and then she gets to change. That's my motto.






On Black Friday I found some clothes at Gymboree for Emma. She was beside herself with glee that I got her a dancing dress and a skirt to wear every day. Those were her words, said in the most gushing tone. She was so pleased and that made me feel pretty good about my bargains.






It's so nice to go out in public with Emma when she is wearing a darling matching outfit from Gymboree. It is everything I longed for when I dreamed of my little girl. She is so pretty and well behaved that she is a joy to take places.


I have moments like these and I take a picture because there are other moments, before we leave the house, that are not so lovely. Like yesterday when Emma came out wearing this outfit:






Look how pleased she is with herself. This picture was before I sat down and had a serious conversation about modesty with her. The black "shorts" are really the diaper cover that goes with her size 4T Christmas dress. A diaper cover, seriously. I should have hidden it the moment I saw the Children's Place dress included it, but I never anticipated this challenge. So, we had our first conversation about modesty and she totally didn't get it. I explained over and over again and finally ended up telling her that her legs would get cold so no, they are not shorts and no, she could not wear them. End of story. I know having 2 daughter that these kinds of conversations will be ongoing in our house. 'Till next time...



6 comments:

Grace said...

Little girls are so much fun! Even Bethany is ready with an opnion now when she thinks something is "not decent"! It's quite hilarious when she tells her daddy that he's in error!

Cathy said...

Rile' is the same way. Sometimes when she comes over, the first thing Vanessa says is..."Rile' dressed herself today"...sheepishly apologizing. I think it's great and I always think of you!

Grandma Sherri said...

we will have to make sure she always has lots of "everyday" skirts, and dancing dresses! but what are we going to do with all those darling jeans? Maybe you can find someone to trade with. (her mommy loved to change clothes too, but actually had amazing fashion sense even at an early age)

Kellie said...

Grace is totally into dresses these days as well, though sometimes she'll wear a "twirly" skirt. She absolutely loves her Christmas dress I found for her because it's super twirly and she gushes "thank you Mommy!" every time she sees it in the closet. She got super mad when I wouldn't let her wear it to go slog in the mud to pick our Christmas tree! We also have an issue with getting her to wear only one pair of underwear a day. She likes to change outfits a few times a day as well, and insists that she needs her underwear to match every outfit. Very irritating.

Choco Girl said...

You may have a little fashionista on your hands. She is so cute...she knows how to work the camera! Both of your girls are so cute!

Janelle Rispler said...

I identify with Emma. I used to be very particular about what I wore. If I had only listened to my mom, I would have looked very coordinated and classic in my pictures (like Sarah), but no I was going to wear the hot pink stirrup pants.