We woke today knowing that it’d be an important day for Little Man, a milestone. It was time to buy him his first pair of shoes. He’s been taking more and more steps lately, and so a shoe shopping trip was in our sights. His lovely auntie and uncle gave him ‘shoe money’ for his birthday, so we were all-set and eager!
We prepared well, by dropping Boo at her grandparents to play, as we were visiting them afterwards anyway. She seemed infinitely happier at the prospect of an hour with Nanny and Grandad rather than shopping with us! And so off we went.
Clarks wasn’t too busy, we only had to wait a few minutes before our number was called and we sat down to get my gorgeous boy’s feet measured. And that’s really where the trouble began… He did not want to put his foot into that measuring device, no, not at all! The tears and shouting began and the hysteria mounted. Now, with hindsight (a wonderful thing), sitting holding him there on my lap, while a strange lady came at him grabbing his legs was probably unwise. Why? Well, he only had his 12 months jabs two days earlier, when I had sat him in the exact same position, with a strange lady coming at him, though she did inflict a fair bit of pain in that instance. I don’t know that they’re connected, but I figure there’s a chance. Anyway, we did manage, and it turns out he’s a 5H – pretty big and very wide! Footwear choices were quite limited due to the width, but as luck would have it, the very pair that I’d liked were the only ones in his size. And here they are..
And will he wear them? Nope. Screamed in the shop, sobbed at his grandparents and when we managed to coax him into them, he wobbled about in them tear-stained and miserable.
A milestone reached. A magic moment in the making and a photo opportunity if ever there was one. But shoes just don’t seem to be his thing! We have time, so we will obviously persevere…
Have others had children with a similar reaction? Is there hope for us?!