Rivers and I had a wonderful day! I cleaned both bathrooms while she napped this morning. That sense of accomplishment allowed me to feel I could play a little bit afterward. When Rivers woke up, I tried both of her Halloween costumes on her. She has two because about 98% of her attire has been hand-me-downed (it's a verb) to her. Rivers is lucky enough to have three older girl cousins all within about two years of her age; therefore, we won the lottery on baby girl clothes which is super-awesome because baby clothes are EXPENSIVE! Baby shoes are even worse! I have taken a liking to consignment sales and stores, and soon, I intend to make her some clothes with my rapidly increasing sewing skills and my trusty sewing machine.
But I digress. We tried on two costumes, one--a purple flowery thing, and two--Tenderheart Bear from the CareBears. Now, of course I was not attempting to get my almost-five-month-old daughter choose her own costume because, let's face it, that's crazy. I was, however, trying to see which one made her look the cutest. But that was also ridiculous because, have you seen my baby? She looks cute when her hand-me-down-already-been-through-three-children onesie is covered with breastmilk, cereal, and squash! It's impossible not to love her! (I'm not biased at all either.) Anyway, all of this is to say that, when I tried the costumes on her, there was definitely one she preferred. I'll let you take a look and see if you can determine the winner.
You guessed it--the flower thing wins!
And I have to admit, I was a little disappointed. Tenderheart Bear, while not my favorite CareBear (it was Cheer Bear), was a blast from my past. CareBears were something I enjoyed when I was a kid, and it would have been cool to share that liking with my daughter even though she's still a baby. Seeing her in that little furry brown suit brought back some good memories for me. I thought of my big pink Cheer Bear and some coloring books I had. (And did I ever love to color! I must have had about 100 coloring books. Talk to my mom sometime if you think I'm kidding.) I think I might also have had some CareBear paperback books and perhaps a video. That's right, a VHS cassette tape.
Anyway, I'm not complaining about Rivers' "choice," and I know she's more comfortable in the flower outfit, and that's really all that matters to me. It was just nice to be able to remember something from when I was a kid. As I grow older, those reminiscences happen less and less. So I'll take my daughter out on Halloween dressed as some sort of floral thing, and I'll be happy to do it. I won't resent in the least her disdain for one of my favorite pieces of my childhood because as I said earlier, have you seen my baby?