I’ve been a girl Mom for almost 3 years and I was a boy Mom for a day. Comparing those two experiences, I will say this… girl shopping is much more fun, I found boy shopping very limited and uninspiring.
Having said all of that, shopping for Ava is not as much fun as it used to be and its proving to be more and more challenging. This child of mine is stubborn and knows what she likes and what she doesn’t like and God help you if you try to get her to wear something she doesn’t like.
I’ve written before about how difficult it is to shop for her for underpants, well, she’s taken her level of fussinyess and extended that now to her entire wardrobe and its looking more and more like I’m going to have to take her with in future when doing her clothes shopping, something I do try to avoid at all costs because it’s difficult to concentrate on what I’m trying to shop for when she throws her own ideas in the trolley, runs off, squishes every Sweetie Pie in the bulk box (what she did on Saturday) has mini melt downs, wants to be carried, doesn’t want to be carried, wants to sit in the trolley, doesn’t want to sit in the trolley, wants to hold my hand, wants to run as far ahead of me as possible, wants to go home 5 minutes after arriving or simply wants to continue to play on the coin operated horse/car/fire engine… anyway, you get the picture.
Yesterday, after seeing the cute girls goodies advertised in the latest Ackermans catalogue, I decided to head to my closest branch and stock up on some summer goodies for her… alone! I love Ackerman’s kiddies clothes, they’re well priced, decent quality and not designed to make my (almost) 3 year old look like a grown up so it’s often my store of choice for her everyday clothing.
I came home with two big bags of goodies and out of everything I bought, she only likes the “Spowa” (Dora The Explorer) T-shirt, insisted on putting it on yesterday, wanted to sleep in it last night and wanted to wear it again today.
Her standard response to everything else is: “I no like it!”
Shoes are proving to be especially challenging!