I know! This is a revelation I have decided to share with you all because I believe in imparting the important lessons I've learned being a mother with my fellow mothers. When we took Elsa to get new shoes on Saturday, I knew she was overdue. But I had no idea just HOW overdue she was. We bought Elsa her first pair of shoes when she starting walking at 12 months. Then her cousin handed down two pairs of shoes, a pair of pink Stride Rite shoes and a pair of sparkly silver TOMS that quickly became Elsa's favorite. Until her da-da bought her a pair of shiny black patent leather shoes to wear at Christmas. After that, I would pull out her brown and pink pairs of Stride Rite shoes only to meet cries of "NOOOO!" and frantic moves toward the closet to find her other shoes. It was only the silver sparkly TOMS and the black shiny dress shoes after that, no matter what she was wearing.
Since she has been wearing the same pairs of shoes for an embarrassingly long time, we took her to St. Louis landmark Laurie's to get this little lady a new pair of kicks for the summer. And let me tell you, I wanted to melt into the floor and spill out the front door when the lady measured her feet. I wondered if the people who work at Laurie's ever report parents for neglect when they bring their kid in wearing shoes two sizes too small. In my defense, the pair we bought her were slightly large and so technically, she was only wearing shoes 1.5 sizes too small. I have probably permanently damaged her feet and now she will forever have bunions and ingrown toenails, all because of me. Sigh. Well, here's the photographic proof. The shoe in the middle is her new pair. Mother of the year, right here. Please tell me I'm not the only one who has crammed her kid's feet into the wrong sized pair of shoes?
On the bright side, she loves her new shoes so much, she hasn't asked for the old pairs at all. She just might appreciate the new feeling of actually being able to stretch her entire foot and all of her toes out rather than curling her feet to fit into the shoes her monster mother pulls out every morning.