If I could’ve ever imagined the stress that comes with finding clothes and shoes that fit your child, I might have hired that job out to someone else before I got stuck with it.
For example…I learned the hard way that you cannot buy “sets”…at least for Jake. Because even though he may be wearing a 24 month or 2T top…he is still in 12 month bottoms. At least at Carters. Jake pretty much wears a different size shirt/pants from every retail establishment (or so it seems). So buying clothes for him sometimes seems like a marathon.*
*Yes, this post will have a dramatic flair.
Shoes are no exception. All I wanted was to find him a nice pair of cheap tennis shoes. Because, you know, they grow quickly. This process started last weekend and has finally ended this afternoon.
In the past 7 days, I have purchased approximately 7 pairs of tennis shoes (from either Academy, Target, or Wal-Mart), returned all 7 pairs (two pairs were returned after one wear), and re-purchased the very FIRST pair we started with last weekend**. I actually think it was the exact same pair because one of the tags I took off was still missing.
**I realize I am psycho.
Seth pointed out on the way home from church that I have most likely spent more on gas than I did trying to save us money on shoes. In fact, it might have been a steal to just go find a $50 pair of shoes in the first place and call it a day!***
***I hope not.
So, lesson learned? You cannot possibly squeeze your wide-footed child into a pair of narrow Wal-Mart shoes, just because they are only $9.99. Because then said child will walk around either pigeon-toed, or on the side of his feet, and other people will wonder why your child walks funny.
And I’m not going to be the one to squander his hopes of professional athleticism (ok or musician-ism) in the name of getting a good deal.
That’ll be Drew’s fate when he gets all the hand-me-downs.