How to dress the Blur:
First, gather all the garments you need for the child. At 20 months, the Blur has discovered the joy of pulling off his diaper and going nakee!, so overalls / dungarees are preferred.
Next, scoop up the Blur on his next round through local airspace. Incentive for dressing can often be instilled if he’s interested in Going Bye-bye. Aside from the usual parental gymnastics/wrestling pins normally required to clothe busy toddlers, this part isn’t too bad.
It was the socks that did in his mum. (In my self-important grandmotherly role, I like to think I would have figured out the problem sooner, but that’s probably just bias.)
As mum brilliantly deduced after a few days, the Blur was distressed by the order of operations. Mum does SOCK-shoe, SOCK-shoe. Blur wants to be dressed SOCK-SOCK, shoe-shoe. “Well of course,” I replied to her, “SOCK-SOCK, shoe-shoe is the right way to do it. It’s even.” Mum begged to differ; naturally, she does her own footwear SOCK-shoe, SOCK-shoe.
(Oy vey; you’d think we had opened up an unexpected argument as important as the one regarding whether the toilet paper should be put on the spindle to unroll over the top, or from the back.)
This week there was another issue. Apparently Blur was quite distressed because the sock seam was underneath his toes instead of on top. “When he gets bigger, you can buy seamless socks,” I mentioned. Alas, they cost a bit more, and are often tube socks, and some people can’t stand the way tube socks bunch on the front of the ankle, but Oh Well.
Toe seams bother me some, too. On the rare days I wear pantyhose, I have to make sure the seam is atop my toes. I also have one pair of heavy, slipper-like socks with pronounced seams, so I pad around the house with them inside-out.
Out of curiosity, I’ve questions for you all (accessory comments are encouraged):
1. Do you put on your footwear:
(a) SOCK-SOCK, shoe-shoe
(b) SOCK-shoe, SOCK-shoe
(c) whichever I grab first
(d) I don’t usually wear socks and/or shoes
2. Are sock seams bothersome enough for you that you have to either avoid some socks, or put them on a particular way?