Today the newest set of feet in this house got his very first shoes! He has been standing up and taking little steps all over the place while holding on. Yes, he is also crawling and we have been focusing on crawling because it is good for him. But the fact is that he stands up everywhere and takes steps to everywhere. Actually, the other day at school they mentioned that we should start sending him with shoes – not just the grippy socks – because there too he stands up everywhere. Finally today we got around to taking him to the Stride Rite store down the street from us.
We used the umbrella stroller for the first time! He was a bit uneasy about this new mode of transportation…
As soon as we walked in the store a very nice lady, and a young guy who she was training, offered to help us. Maybe the fact that we were walking in with a baby in a stroller wearing socks gave it away that we were there to shop for his first shoes. They measured his feet and determined that we should get a 3.5 wide size (our chunkster has wide feet…).
We went over to the wall of shoes and tried on different ones. The time was bordering nap time so he was not very cooperative. I don’t know if you can tell very well from the pictures, but his bottom lip stuck out the entire time and he did not crack a single smile - I have no idea where he gets that kind of temperament.
At first we were going to get him a pair of nice brown shoes and the blue tennis shoe looking ones that he is trying on in the pictures. Then Mama Fern had the amazing idea that if we get a neutral color, such as gray, it would match all the outfits. He wore his shoes for the rest of the afternoon while we ran errands. He finally got his nap - it is tiring buying shoes.
He kept them on when we got home while he got around. He is getting used to them, but at least doesn’t try to take them off (for now).
We’ll be back in 2 months or so to buy new ones – and to use the coupon they gave us.