I have rather large feet. I used to wear a solid 10 until life was slightly kinder to me and they shrunk to a respectable 9/9.5. Narrow long feet can still be worn rather gracefully, but unfortunately my feet have always been labeled by the letter "W". We'll not go into what that represents. I've always had big feet- which happens to go well with my tall height, but I have always been teased about my Big Foot status....mostly by jealous short people. (AKA siblings who are mere inches shorter than I)
This brings us to Addison. I assumed that she would inherit my large feet syndrome (as she is my daughter)...but unfortunately, she has decided to put new meaning to "tiny feet". Her feet are so tiny, I don't they they merit the use of the whole word "feet". She has two "fee-".
Now, I have no idea how big her feet actually were when she was born. I still get mad about this whenever I think about it. After the air had cleared from the NICU stay and we were home a few months, I called in to ask if we could get a copy of her footprints for her baby book. They informed me that they only do footprints if the parents specifically request it. This makes no sense to me. My child was fighting for her life, getting her footprints was literally the last thing on my mind. Why would anyone NOT want footprints? I felt a bit like this was their way of saying "Yeah, we didn't think your baby would live anyway, so why bother?"
Anyway, ranting aside. I don't know if anyone has noticed, but I never put Addison in shoes.
This could be explained by a variety of reasons:
1. I am a horrible mother (I realize your mind probably wanders here first, but let's entertain a few more reasons before we settle on this)
2. We buy her so many outfits, there's no money left over for the shoes. (once again, plausible but not true....did you realize you can find baby's shoes on sale for mere cents???)
3. Addison has insanely talented toes. (As weird as that sounds, now we're getting warmer. Remember how she used to play with her nasal cannula with her feet?????)
4. Addison has very rambunctious legs that kick and kick until her feet once again find the freedom that they crave. (yep)
5. Addison's feet are sooooooo tiny, even newborn shoes don't fit her. (and yep once again)
Look at these small feet. Not only are they tiny, but they are amazingly narrow (so jealous). No wonder she has trouble standing. How do you balance sixteen pounds of chubbiness on these tiny toothpicks of feet?
Myth busting reason #2. Checkout Chubbs' collection of shoes. Most of these are size two or newborn with a four in the front row and a six in the backrow. (note: this includes not buying any shoes for at least half of her life as I realized that it was a lost cause)So many shoes, just waiting for the day of cooperative feet....Sigh. Seriously, how cute would she look in all of those shoes! (note: the flip flops were purchased for last summer but at this rate might not be worn until summer '12
I am happy to announce (drumroll please) that after almost one year of solid growth......Addison now fits into newborn shoes!!!! My sister sent these shoes as a welcome home from the NICU gift....We can wear them now. (Sorry, Addison, you're going to be a year behind on your shoe fashion)
This is size two. We have a lot of size twos and I was hoping she would at least sort of fit in them by now. I'm thinking that not even rolled under tights will help keep these bad boys on.
Oh yes, these are the boots that you have seen in several pictures. Truth is, I balanced it on her foot, quick took a picture and two seconds later she kicked them off. Makes a great picture, but she has never actually worn these boots. (Sorry Grandma)
In conclusion to this rather random post on feet, I present you with these monster shoes...any guesses on how old I was when I wore these?
eight months. Yep, the Bigfoot jokes started early. We plan on having Chubbs wear them for her kindergarten graduation.
The footed gods have smiled down upon me and sent me a tiny footed daughter. I have been redeemed in the world of feet. Addison totally balances me out.
As happy as that makes me, I really hope that she can start keeping shoes on soon. Because every outfit needs to be framed in by some seriously cute shoes.
Now that newborn ones will fit (only lengthwise though, they are still way too wide), we now need to work on the talented toes and kicker feet....hmmmm suggestions?