Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My Day, in Four Acts

Four little slices of my day.

ACT I
Setting: Our living room.  The Absent-Minded Professor has just gotten Little Dude dressed.  Little Dude is flailing around on the floor, kicking his legs.

Absent-Minded Professor: "What's wrong?"
Little Dude: [Incoherent screaming.]
Absent-Minded Professor: "What?"
Little Dude: "The jeans!  I can't handle the jeans!"
Cookie: "I wonder if they make Pajama Jeans for 5-year-old boys."

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ACT II
Setting: Outside the therapist's office.  The kids are hopping for one stepping stone to another.  Little Dude, now in sweat pants, is especially enthusiastic.

Little Dude: [Incoherent mumbling.]
stark. raving. mad. mommy.: "You're what now?"
Little Dude: "I'm hopping.  With gusto."

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ACT III
Setting: Waiting room at therapist's office.

SRMM: "What are you guys doing?"
Peanut Butter Kid: "Pretending to be normal."
SRMM: [Dies laughing.]

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ACT IV
Setting: Our living room. It appears the rest of the day is going to be "pants-optional."

Pork Lo Maniac: "Pants.  They're our kryptonite."

Damn you, Lex Luthor.


38 comments:

  1. I feel the same way about pants, and I'm an adult*!


    *supposedly

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  2. My oldest didn't wear anything but sweat pants until he was 10 or 11! Lol.....
    And I wish the 2 little ones knew how to pretend to be normal! That would be awesome
    ~Diana

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  3. My kid has a love-hate relationship with jeans. Sometimes, she'll wear them with no problem (and even has asked "can I wear jeans today?" once in a while, which always shocks me) but most of the time, she will complain to the ends of the earth if I set out jeans for her to wear. We therefore have a vast array of "comfy pants" - yoga pants, fleece sweatpants (with no ankle cuff elastic - thank you Hanes!), leggings, etc that she prefers.

    Also? I'm hopping. With gusto. is sheer perfection. Your kids are awesome.

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  4. Kam refuses to wear jeans. And socks?? Don't even get me started. I had to buy special "lump-free" socks and he still finds phantom lumps to scream about!

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  5. LOVE this. I think I will try to go about my day. With Gusto!! Awesome Little Dude, pure awesomeness! :)

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  6. Old Navy and The Children's Place have fleece and flannel lined jeans. My kids try to wear them all year because they feel better than regular jeans. They just fail to realize that we don't live in the arctic that requires the extra lining all year long.

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  7. So hun bun? When you have those doubts about what kind of mom you are, go back and read this post. CLEARLY your kids freaking ROCK!

    And you know they got it from you, so take a bow.

    Oh, and let Little Dude know we ALL hate pants in this family! AB - Anal Boy, husband, Aspie - wears only ONE brand, one cut, one wash - otherwise they are "defective" and ABJ - Anal Boy Junior - 14 - claims he WOULD wear jeans except "NO underwear - NONE!" works under jeans. So there you have it - khakis for the big one and sweats for the younger.

    So you aren't alone........oh no, not at all.

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  8. Great clothing for kids with sensory sensitivities. http://www.softclothing.net/

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  9. 1. Your kids ARE freaking awesome!

    2. I would love if my kids could every now and again pretend to be normal. (PS - snorted when I read that one).

    3. Boy did not voluntarily wear jeans until 8th grade. Even now, if he has to wear pants (vs shorts) he thinks his dress pants are the most comfortable.

    xo

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  10. I just love you!

    Enough said!!!!

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  11. Hanna Andersson also has some soft stuff (sweatpants-y things that look like "real" pants, etc.). Not cheap, but worth it if the kids can be comfortable and not stand out as oddballs in prescription clothing. Our issue is alway the fit. My son is so skinny that even adjustable waist jeans don't go small enough for him. If pants fit in the waist they are too short in length. We've been buying Toughskins from Sears for years ($9.99, elastic at the back so a kid can pull them on and off without undoing the snap and zipper (at least that what my son does--Ha!)), but now the 7 slims are too short and that's the top size in Toughskins. I haven't found anybody making slim/long size 7 jeans. Even "skinny" jeans in slim need to be cinched in all the way at the waist with that elastic adjustor, and that makes the waistband very uncomfortable for a kids who can't stand the feeling of itchy/lumpy/weird clothing. So to recap for us: pants have to be soft, have to be easy to get on and off (no buttons), and have to be long and very slim. We've completely run out of options. A personal tailor is the next stop, no doubt.

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  12. With Gusto! Love it! And pretending to be normal - that really is priceless. Pants are constant fight in our family also. Neither the 2 year old or the 4 year old like pants. They want shorts or PJs. If the 4 year old does pants, it has to be some sort of warmup or sweatpant. Jeans are the devil to him... so I empathize with your situation.

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  13. I LOVE this! You've passed along both a self-awareness and a sense of humor to your kids that will serve them well their entire lives. Kudos!

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  14. Pants should always be optional. My older son would love to stay in his underpants all day long and so do I. Just gotta turn up the heat.

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  15. I've just recently realized that I must have (mild)sensory issues. A lot of my quirks/pickyness are based on how things feel. Such as food texture and I don't like to wear jeans either. Mostly because the inseam bugs me.

    Don't let them pretend to be normal too often. You wouldn't want it to become a habit.

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  16. those are some seriously quotable kids.

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  17. I never wear pants at home. My husband thinks this is weird. I've never thought of it as odd. My mom does the same thing. I totally identify with your children. Why would you want to wear pants in your own home?

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  18. I remember, pre-diagnosis, venting about why pants would be the end of us.

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  19. Yeah, no jeans here. Only the husband wears them and onyl when desperate. the rest of us live in yoga pants and sweat pants and stuff. Elastic waistband FTW!

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  20. So funny the things that get discussed. Not sure if this is heightened by the "special-ness" of our families or just a part of being moms to young kids. Just wrote a post about the conversations we have at our house yesterday: http://www.momintwocultures.com/2011/10/conversations-we-have-at-our-house.html

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  21. If the do make pajama jeans for toddlers, I recommended they name them Yo Jeanie Jammas!

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  22. OH my gosh! It's so hard to keep pants on our child too.

    Love your conversations!

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  23. My youngest hates wearing any clothes. It took us a long time to convince him to at least keep his boxers on. I figure he has enough to deal with, the battle to cover up will come later, as he gets closer to puberty.He doesn't mind getting dressed when he has to go somewhere but when we get back home, he starts shedding clothing at the back door. LOL

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  24. I know you all have tons of spare time to do hobbies :-), but if you sew or know someone who does (hello, Grandma?) - elastic waist pants are REALLY easy to make. You can customize the waist and the length. You can go to the local fabric store and pick out whatever soft fabric might be acceptable. They make tons of colors of flannel, although it will pill after several washes so beware. They would not have to look like PJs although they could feel like them. I've never priced handmade clothing, but I bet it wouldn't be very expensive to get some made. Especially if you have several pairs made from the same pattern. But if you are even a beginning sewer, you could make them easily.

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  25. He's not wrong. Jeans are so...constricting.

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  26. I'm so glad I'm not the only one with a pants-challenged child. I know comfort is king but this whole sans pants thing is going a bit far.

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  27. My oldest is 8. I often tell family when they ask what Michaelyn would like for a gift, that she needs new clothes but NOT jeans. She will wear jeans on the weekend if she gets to sleep in, by try handing her a pair of jeans on a school morning and her head spins around, she shrieks "you want me to wear WHAT!?" and then green stuff spews out of her face. So I usually just grab her a pair of yoga pants and run. Occasionally she is so out of it and still half asleep that she'll put the jeans on by accident, then when she realizes it there are shrieks, followed by some twitching and flailing on the floor while she tries to get them off, and eventually crawling across the ceiling. It is really freaky! The younger siblings have some issues too, although the boy will usually wear anything. The girls have HUGE issues with 'bumps' in their socks. I always explain that in a few minutes you feet won't feel the bumps, but it is usually best to hunt down 3 or 4 matching pairs of socks so they can all be tested out, while we all stand at the door...running late for school again.

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  28. I've never seen my husband in a pair of jeans. Ever. He owns khakis and dress pants and that's it. As far as the house goes, well, we warn our friends that they best give us a heads up when they're coming over so we have time to put clothing on.

    Your kids have it right. Pants are definitely optional at home. I'm down with that. :)

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  29. OMG! I really thought I was the ONLY ONE whose kid won't wear jeans! My 6 year old loathes them, will not put them on. And I love jeans on the kids for one reason - you don't have to worry about the shirt "matching".

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  30. ACT I is every morning for us, but it also involves shoes. Glad to know I'm not alone.

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  31. Pants optional is just another Casual Wednesday around our house! Only a problem when neighbors come to call. Or the meter man.

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  32. "Pants, they're our kryptonite" I LOVE it. I have 3 kids with sensory issues to varying degrees, and one has a weight problem to boot. We invest in a lot of sweatpants around here!

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  33. LOVE this. I think I will try to go about my day. With Gusto!! Awesome Little Dude, pure awesomeness! :)

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  34. Nice, i remember my old days when i tried hard to hold my jeans like that:d

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  36. No great to know I'm not alone!!! My 11 year old son has been wearing short sleeve shirts and shorts (basketball shorts only) most of his life! Even cotton T-shirts were to uncomfortable...we finally discovered "wic" sports shirts. Now that is the only kind of shirt he will wear. We finally got him to wear long gym pants...only when there is snow on the ground or the temperature is below 40. It's such a challenge! He has to wear khaki pants, button down shirt and a tie for a school event this week...wish us luck!!!!

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    1. Obviously meant, SO great to know!!!! hahaha

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