Daddy put Reese in the sling on Saturday morning and Griff wanted to wear his baby in his sling as well. The doll is a Bitty Baby that was given to Griff around the time Reese was born, and the sling is a child-sized Maya Wrap. Griff's an "attachment parent" in training. ;) He almost never names animals/dolls but at some point started calling this doll "Baby Victoria". The original Baby Victoria is my childhood doll; Dan started calling the Bitty Baby "Victoria II". I suggested that Griff's doll might have its own name. He told me one day that the doll is "Sammis" or "Salmon", I'm not sure which but we're going with Sammis, which is actually a pretty cool name. Sammis is usually a boy but sometimes a girl. Today he was a boy, and he came with Griff and me to the mall to go shopping for Griff, who has suddenly outgrown all of his shoes. Because safety is important. Sammis rode in Reese's carseat and we adjusted the straps to fit him. He accompanied us into Nordstrom's children's shoe department and received a seat on a table with a view of Nordstrom's giant fish tank. When we left the store, however, he had very different accommodations (left), as Griff had found something much more interesting to hold. Namely, a monster umbrella, paired with matching rain boots. How did mom get suckered into this purchase? I'll tell you:
- He pointed to the umbrellas and asked, "Mommy, PLEASE may I have an umbrella? I would really like an umbrella. Please?"
- I was going to buy him one soon anyway, and a pair of boots as well, since he outgrew his old rainboots long ago and I realized on Friday that rain boots would be a very good thing for him to have for school.
- It turned out that he had been wearing size 8 shoes when his foot is a 9 or 9.5. OUCH! I had already retired his sneakers and couldn't stand to cram his feet into his old Chucks one more day, but they didn't have his size in any of the shoes we wanted. So why not wear rain boots, since it was raining, and continue our search on foot?
- The umbrella was on sale.
- I've been drooling over that same umbrella and boots for two years.
So the child now has the most stylish rain gear of any member of our family. He had a delightful time splashing in puddles and learning how to put the umbrella up and fold it down. While walking along next to me (under my own boring black umbrella), listening to the rain hit the fabric, he told me, "I used to not like the rain, but now I have my umbrella, I love the rain!" I wasn't sure whether to feel happy for him or pity his previous huddled-against-adult-holding-umbrella existence. Good rain gear really can turn a shower from a miserably damp time into a fun adventure. No puddle went unstomped at the mall (outdoor mall in Virginia, brilliant). Griff got lots of admiring and amused comments from passers-by and we did eventually find a pair of size 9 Chucks.
I might need a pair of boots to keep up with him. Something non-monster but still colorful. Any ideas?