The Girl With One Shoe

Everyone that has ever met Ellie mentions how much of a “chill” baby she is. She is good in restaurants, well, as good as a 14-month-old can be, smiles at strangers and enjoys playing with the other babies in what I call “Baby Church.”

When I used to write her monthly letters, I always commented on how her personality was starting to emerge. It is true; their personalities emerge a little bit each month. But now? Girlfriend has enough personality for all of you reading this little site.

I don’t think that anyone who knows me in real life would describe me as “girly.” In fact, I’m pretty darn casual. That is why I am so shocked to have a “girly girl.” You see, I’m not one to paint a baby girl’s room pink and to only dress her in “girl” clothing.

I guess she has caught on to that. Now? It is all girl, all the time. The child has a fascination with necklaces and earrings. If you are wearing any dangly earrings, she pushes your face to the side so she can get a closer look. Various family members have bought her “Mardi Gras” beads/necklaces to play with. She now walks around all day long with pink beads hanging from her neck.

She has commandeered my old purse and wears it around her neck. The game we play the most all day is “Put this sock/shoe on me,” “I want to wear this hat,” and “Let’s play put the sunglasses on and off a hundred times!”

We went to Target yesterday. The Hubs decided to carry Ellie, which didn’t work well as she know walks everywhere, so we just let her loose. She grabbed some shoes and took off running. We eventually caught up with her in the menswear section, took back the shoes and headed towards the purses.

You’d think she died and gone to Heaven. She played and played with the purses and when we said it was time to go, she did the typical toddler thing: Arch her back, throw her head backwards and lay on the ground.

She has also become quite the klepto. This weekend, we noticed our remote control was missing. We looked everywhere in the living room, but couldn’t find it. Later on in the day, I heard her whining in her room. I went in to find her standing next to her dresser, trying to shove a box of baby wipes into the top drawer. I pulled the wipes out to find…our remote control.

It turns out the top drawer is her secret stash drawer. Later on, I found a cup, a washcloth and various other items from around the house.

A month or so ago, we broke down and bought Ellie a pair of Robeez shoes. Since that is WAAAAY more than any child’s shoe should ever cost, I’ve been very protective of them. (My Dad and Stepmother bought her another pair so we totally fit in in White People Land.)

Unfortunately, The Hubs isn’t as protective of the shoes as I am. He let her play with them.

Can you guess what happened???? One Robeez with a horse on it is missing. We checked all her usual spots: The drawer, her toy chest, the area between the couch and window. Nothing. It seems as if she has a new place to hide things that we haven’t learned about yet.

So, if you’re on Ebay and see an ad for one horsie Robeez, please let me know. Especially if the seller’s screenname is “Future_Klepto.”

19 Responses to “The Girl With One Shoe”

  1. rhonda
    September 20th, 2005 11:47

    A friends daughter, her eyes light up at the site of girly shoes. She immediately figures out a way of getting into the shoes. My daughter is five - so at our house there are plenty of ’shoes’ lying around. She just celebrated her second birthday and now has an assortment of girly shoes and purses. Hello kitty was a big hit.

  2. laura
    September 20th, 2005 12:30

    robeez are great. my parker wears them all the time while my last pair of shoes was a pair of sandals at walmart for $2. i am also protective of the robeez. when parker outgrows them, i pack them away and keep them for….well i don’t know what for..but damned if i am going to just give those $30 shoes to some random.

    just don’t put them in the dryer…i made that mistake a couple times.

    why am i still tlaking? this is the most boring comment ever.

  3. laura
    September 20th, 2005 12:34

    oh wait. you’re having a boy. i can send you the robeez. :)

    congrats. boys are great. it’s so ____ when they have little baby morning wood when you change their diapers.

  4. S
    September 20th, 2005 12:55

    I have to admit, I am scared that when my husband and I have children we will end up with all girly girls. Will you start a support group?

    My cousin has a little boy that is a klepto. She thought that he had taken and hidden her cell phone, but it turned out that her cell phone really was stolen! She didn’t cancel her service right away because she thought the phone was hidden somewhere in her house, so the thief made over $1000 worth of calls on her cell phone before she realized what had happened. The cell company was not sympathetic, so now she’s stuck with the bill. I guess kids really are expensive!

    Hope you can find that shoe…

  5. Rock Chalk
    September 20th, 2005 12:57

    I’ve been reading your site for awhile, always amazed at our similar our lives are. I swear — you and I are long lost twins. This post is just further evidence. I too am a former reporter. I have a daughter (~14 mos) and I’m 18-weeks pregnant with my second. See? Lots of similarities. My Girl is obsessed with girl crap — the beads? Yeah, we have about a bagillion. Shoes? OMG, she’s drawn to shoes like a moth to a flame. It doesn’t matter who they belong to or how dirty, smelly they are. Purses? Yeah, she has one of her own. OH, and I heart Robeez. My little one has 3 pair — but I can only find one of them, luckily, it’s the pair that fits.

    Anyway, I love your site. Just wanted to share.

  6. Mir
    September 20th, 2005 13:00

    I don’t know if it’s a girly girl thing as much as a visual/tactile thing. My son was similarly enamored of shiny, dangly, and fun-feeling accessories. My favorite bit of videotape shows my daughter receiving a dress-up chest for her 3rd birthday… and I’m quizzing her on what’s in there and what she likes… meanwhile her 18-month-old brother is in the corner of the frame, donning necklaces and finally making out with a feather boa.

    Okay, maybe it IS a girly girl thing. I’ll start saving up for his sex change.

  7. christina
    September 20th, 2005 13:02

    Ellie sounds a lot like my Lexie. Even the klepto part, only Lexie’s stash spot is the pull out under the stove. I find everything and anything there.

  8. coolbeans
    September 20th, 2005 13:37

    My daughter is whirly-twirly-girly and with all the whirling and twirling, I feel motion sick most of the time.

    I thought I could counteract this by having another boy. But no. He wears her shoes, hats, scrunchies and lip gloss.

    So, like. Good luck with that.

  9. coolbeans
    September 20th, 2005 13:37

    Also, I would look in the couch.

  10. Kristie
    September 20th, 2005 13:43

    I just wanted to say I love your site. It has got to be one of the best I have ever read. Always gives me a laugh..and then I realize it sounds alot like my life and then its not so funny. *sigh* oh well..still ur doing a great job..congrats on the little boy..and good luck with ellie :) I have a 15 mos old and a 5 year old girl.

  11. Angela
    September 20th, 2005 14:08

    Thanks for the giggle, and whether you believe me or not Ellie sounds absolutely precious! Even with the whole stealing, biting, screaming in stores thing. Oh, and congrats on the wee baby boy :)

  12. AMP
    September 20th, 2005 14:56

    fack! what’s this Robeez thing? We just spent $38 on fucking sandals. SANDALS.

  13. AMP
    September 20th, 2005 14:58

    p.s. when you do find that shoe, it’ll be next to my daughter’s missing Nordstrom’s fancy schmancy (thanks auntie Missy who is the GM of Nordstrom’s in Atlanta–otherwise we’d have to sell our cars to buy them) shoe, which is somewhere in Durham as we speak.

  14. MamaQ
    September 20th, 2005 16:10

    No kidding — we went through about a full year where I just could not take my son to Target, KMart, Marshalls or Kohls (this was the worst, b/c of the farkakte shopping carts they have). Couldn’t let him roam free, because you spend the whole time chasing him. So if he wasn’t cool about riding in the cart, I was totally screwed. More than once I had to leave a whole cartful of stuff because he was screaming like a banshee and would make himself barf.
    Good times.

  15. Undisclosed
    September 20th, 2005 16:13

    That is one smart little girl you have on your hands. Her little brother had better watch out! Start coaching him now, so when he’s born he’ll already know how to protect his stuff! :)

  16. clickmom
    September 20th, 2005 16:42

    Nothing lasts forever. Before you know it she’ll be stealing cash from your purse and hanging out in the mall.

  17. Hillbilly Mom
    September 20th, 2005 22:09

    Don’t start saving for your son’s sex-change just yet. My boy would not let go of his purse when he was 2. Grandma gave it to him, and painted his nails, and let him wear clip-on earrings and powder. It got to the point where I would leave MY purse in the car so he could take HIS in the store. That way I could pretend it was mine, not my son’s.

    I caught my husband watching the Miss America pageant with him, and making him yell “Woohoo” at the girls. I asked them what was going on, and my son said, “Daddy is teaching me how to be a pretty girl.”

    But he’s 10 now, and he’s fine. He hasn’t worn his high heels since he was 3 and showed the new neighbor kid, and the boy said, “Uh…I’ve got to go home now.”

  18. Lujza
    September 21st, 2005 01:18

    lol…that’s hilarious about the “arching back, throwing head back”…I so remember that!! It makes it really difficult to get the darn kid in the car seat, let me tell you.

    Oh and the “Robeez”…not sure what kind of variety you have there, but they were actually “invented” by a friend of a friend here in North Vancouver. She was a stay at home mom that wanted to come up with some cool and practical shoes for babies. She’s obviously hit the bit times.

  19. warcrygirl
    September 21st, 2005 11:45

    The top drawer? You’re lucky; we’d lost several items before we found out Jr was throwing them into the kitchen trash. Now the only thing he hides from me is the wooden spoon.

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