Getting a four year old with weird anxieties dressed in the morning can be quite the circus. It’s odd too that a person who was so reluctant to get into their pajamas the night before would be such a poop about taking them off in the morning. Kids.
Finally putting my foot down this morning over her choice of dressing like it’s Fall, when really it’s like tropical jungle weather outside now, meant that I got to endure a screaming anxiety temper tantrum and give lots of comfort and snuggles before we could move on with our morning. When it was all said and done I surveyed all the things that Clover refuses to wear. Then I scooped them up and documented some – not all – of her rejects.
These are just some of the things I’ve made for my kid that she won’t wear – not including any storebought items she totally rejects, or is just reluctant to put on, or some of the things that have been passed down to Violet or the thrift store….surely I can’t be the only mom with a picky wearer:
Banyan stencil tee. Sailboat skirt. She has an irrational fear of tee shirts with short sleeves, so anything of that nature is OUT. She will run around naked or in a bathing suit all morning, and then declare that a short sleeved shirt makes her “cold”.
The skirt is “not big and so beautiful” meaning it’s no Disney princess piece, so it’s not working.
Raglan tee and Star Wars skirt. Once again, the dreaded short sleeves. Plus it’s not pink or purple. Lord knows why she won’t wear the skirt. It’s maxi and full with big pockets. It’s a mystery.
Raglan tee, sailboat shorts, banyan shorts. She also has an irrational fear of shorts. Like hyperventilating when I suggest that it’s shorts weather.
Easter Geranium dress, croquet dress. The flutter sleeves on the geranium give her the impression of short sleeves I think. If it had just been straps it might be acceptable but not “the most beautiful”. And the croquet dress clearly has short sleeves.
Another croquet dress, which I think she finds more offensive than the floral one. And her easter dress from last year that still fits. She just won’t wear it, but it doesn’t really fit in with any of her bad clothes rules.
Self drafted knit bubble shorts, self drafted halter tunic, geranium tunic. Apparently the halter is just not beautiful because of the color, which I thought she would like because it’s green like clover leaves. Just when you think you’ve nailed it….straps, fluttery drapey-ness….oh well. The shorts are…shorts. As for the geranium top, I suppose she thinks the cap sleeve is appalling. Plus the tunic length freaks her out because it’s the shape of a dress, but the length of a shirt. No mutant clothes, mom.
I’ve also got a cute tank dress made for her out of some gorgeous gold polka dot knit that she has worn once under compulsion, and I haven’t gotten any pictures of yet.
Kids have such strong preferences, and they seem to change without notice. You never know when the rules will switch up. Clover’s jeans were gathering dust in a drawer for months and months and now they’re all she wants to wear. She has also requested “14 dresses” like the Zephyr Figgy’s dress that she loves to death, but only if I tie a string onto the straps at the back to cinch them up shorter.
Violet is going to be three soon, and three was the beginning of crazy with Clover. Here we go again!