The Things We Worry About

Ava & her small feet having lunch!

Ava had her 18 month vaccinations today and I decided, against my better judgement, to share my concerns with the clinic sisters regarding Ava’s rather small feet. Well, I got the exact reaction I had anticipated. A lot of giggling and the question: Well can she walk, said with a lot of sniggering.

I know its ridiculous. And I know we shouldn’t make comparison’s but the fact of the matter is, because her feet are so small we are battling to get shoes for her. They don’t make toddler shoes that fit her, in fact, the smallest toddler shoes are a size 4 and are so large that I can get 2 thumbs between her big toe and the front of the shoes, they either fall off or she trips and falls over them because they’re so large. As a result, she’s still wearing shoes from the baby section,the ones with the little soft soles – not exactly the best solution for a busy toddler, she literally walks the shoes through in a couple of days. I’ve asked the mom’s at her swimming lesson’s, I’ve asked the mom’s at her Kinder Music classes and I’ve asked my friends with girl toddlers more or less the same age and it would seem that everyone else is wearing a size 5-6 already and we’re still stuck in the baby section on a size 3.

Of course the clinic sisters just laughed it all off, they’ve told me that she’s probably just going to be petite which of course I’m grateful for, I’d rather she were petite than a big oompa loompa like me. But still these clinic visits to have a way of making me feel a little bit silly for worrying about unnecessary things.

On the up side, all her measurements were done. She’s 83.5cm which puts her on the small side for height on the charts, weighting in at 11.3kg’s which is bang on average for her age and her head circumference is now 48.2cm which is above average and I like to think it’s because of all those brains! 😉

She was a brave little sausage, shedding literally 2 tears, with a look of horror on her face as she got jabbed but that was it and thankfully we are done again until her next round of vaccinations in December.

She’s also cut another 2 molars in the last few days, this would account for the total hunger strike she’s been on. Out of desperation, tonight, I broke another of my pre-parenting rules… I let her eat popcorn for supper because it was better than eating nothing at all!

But I hope I’ve learned a lesson from today’s rather embarrassing foot question – to stop looking for things to worry about!

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  • Reply Lena

    My best friends son was like this – they found some wonderful “baby section” full leather shoe/slipper things, which even he didn’t wear through in the 8mths it took for him to grow bigger feet (now 4.5yrs in “grown-up” sz1’s)…..Sorry neither of us can think what the brand was but they where a triffle expensive (less than a per a week for 8mths tho!) They where got a boutique baby shop here in NZ, if I find them again I will let you know the name.

    June 15, 2011 at 12:40 am
  • Reply To Love Bella

    Hey love, as mentioned on FB – I found (by Fluke) a pair of the rubber soled ShooShoo’s (boots) in a size 3. In fact, they are sitting in Isabella’s drawer, ready to be returned because she can’t wear them. Tried them on her feet for a second before they fell off – let me know if you want them – they seriously have not touched the ground. They are dark pink with paler pink spots – you can view them on the site I buy all of her shooshoo’s directly from the site as it is way cheaper – maybe you can try making contact with the supplier to find out what stock they have of the rubber soled ones in size 3.
    Let me know if you want the boots! xxxx

    June 15, 2011 at 5:59 am
    • Reply Sharon

      Hey LM
      Thanks for the offer of the boots, they are just gorgeous but we have the same problem here. Any boot or ankle high takkie just fall off her feet no matter how small or large I buy them.
      Will check out their website, never even thought of doing that, and see if they will make some size 3’s for me.

      June 15, 2011 at 9:24 am
  • Reply To Love Bella

    Just been on to the site – it shows the rubber soles from size 4 – but the boots I have are definitely a size 3. Maybe they just make very few pairs.

    June 15, 2011 at 6:01 am
  • Reply Bratty

    Hi Sharon…I can offer no help on shoes. But just to let you know that I am going to have the same problem with Jada. She is seven months already and is only now fitting in size 0 shoes. I was a little peeved because I bought so many size 1…smile…

    I suppose I could not expect much because I am only 5.3 with size 4 shoes….(short shit I am).

    At least Ava will have lovely small feet when she is older….

    June 15, 2011 at 7:47 am
    • Reply Sharon

      I’m glad Ava is petite and not a big oompa loompa like me. I’m just under 6′ so I’m glad that’s one “legacy” she doesn’t get to carry on from me. I have always been the tallest girl in my class, boys were almost always smaller than me, I’ve always struggled to find pants that are the right length for me and I’ve always wanted to be a small petite girl, so I’m glad Ava will be the opposite of me!

      June 15, 2011 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Paula

    When I went to school, my feet were so tiny that my parents had to have special school shoes made as there were none in my size. I ended up OK though!

    You should have seen me worry about Rachel’s teeth though, you would have laughed! She was born with a tooth and it freaked me out, me and dr Google spent some time together then let me tell you. Turns out it is nothing to worry about. But that is what we are about, worrying about the smallest thing (no pun intended!)! ((It was a pretty small tooth hehe!!))

    June 15, 2011 at 8:41 am
    • Reply Sharon

      🙂 and pretty small feet!

      June 15, 2011 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Julie

    Fell in love with these 🙂 but I’m unsure of the sole material/sturdiness?

    June 15, 2011 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Antigone1022

    I had exactly this, but in reverse. my dainty little baby had the most enormous feet. They looked unnaturally large and I couldn’t buy suitable toddler shoes, they were all too substantial.
    The nurse laughed and said my little dot of a girl was likely to be tall. I gave up worrying.
    She is now 15….and 6’1 in english measurements ( 184cm) and taller than most men….slim, tall and beautiful and has enourmous feet, presumably required for balance.
    They grow up as beautiful and loved as they were when they were little….but it IS hard not to worry along the way
    Antigone x

    June 15, 2011 at 11:30 am
  • Reply jenny

    how cute is that pic – i must say Sharon I would’ve also worried re: the foot thing and asked the same question. I actually hate how dismissive they are sometimes – i asked about Evan’s head – it felt really wonky to me but I got laughed off and told she is totally normal. I also asked about putting her on allergenic foods because in my job i know that the new thinking is make them eat everything including egg before 7 months to stop the allergenic march – but they just ‘laughed’ it off. Sometimes these folk have forgotten what it is like to be a parent and are not really on top of new research.

    June 15, 2011 at 11:34 am
  • Reply Gwen

    Kids’ Crocs start at size 2. You can order online too –

    Love Ava’s table and chair, and happy grin.

    June 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply darylfaure

    Love the pic Sharon! My d-in-law is just perfect and has beautiful tiny feet. She is a little princess and princesses don’t have big feet! You need to reread Cinderella and then it will all make perfect sense.

    June 15, 2011 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Kim

    Sharon I do not see you as an oompa loompa. I see you as a vivacious, very attractive gal.

    Most of the time we look into mirrors to see what needs to be fixed, rather than admire what is already beautiful.



    June 16, 2011 at 1:48 am
  • Reply mrssee2

    Can’t really comment on the feet since mine are enormuos! But if eating popcorn for supper is a crime, then I am SO busted!!

    June 16, 2011 at 10:50 am
  • Reply Julia

    Awww…I think that tiny feet are just so cute. Try shoo-shoes. LOVE them. I think you may get them at baby city and some other boutiques. Not sure about the baby crocs but you may come right there too.x

    ps…perfectly natural to worry about what others may perceive as silly things. I have been laughed at countless times as well…

    June 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm
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