F4-I've lost my mind

Friday, August 28, 2009

With just minutes to go before Friday is over, I'm joining in Candid Carrie's Foto Finish Fiesta. It may be because I've stayed up late all week tweeting and reading or it may be that I've lost my mind from fighting with Katie for the last week about her clothes, but I've lost my mind. I'm posting a picture of me in my bathing suit. Yes, I've done this before...but this is the REAL deal.

What I really want to know is why the heck couldn't I inherit my mom's legs? I will be forever jealous. So, I was thinking - maybe I should give up acccounting and become a swimsuit model...of course, I would be assured of remaining unemployed forever.

If you missed my first post about Vegas, you can check it out here. I'm excited to share the incredible shopping experience I had there (well, was witness to anyway), but I need to take a picture of the merchandise still.

Speaking of shopping - do you watch Big Love? If so, do you remember when Nicki was going crazy with all the online/catalogue purchases? Well...that's me. All for the girl that doesn't want to wear any clothes anymore. She has brought "It's scratching me!" to a whole new level. I am also convinced that it is NOT a sensory issue, but OCD. I can get her to finally wear something one day and she eventually loves it, but then it's AWFUL the next time she wears it. I'm cutting out tags left and right even though it scratches worse after it's cut out. (I am NOT cutting out the Hanna Andersson and Gymboree tags, hello resale???) But eventually when I somehow can get her mind off of the clothes and get her to move on - she's fine - until the next clothes change. I am so beaten down I've come to beg her to just wear her clothes to bed since she's currently comfy, but she insists on pj's and then it starts all over. Her floor is strewn with clean clothes she has put on and discarded. I.am.losing.my.mind!!!! But, she does look adorable in her new boots!!!

So tonight when I was putting her to sleep, I warned her that Grammi was coming over to babysit tomorrow and we had to clean up her room because Grammi does NOT like messy rooms. I told her some of the horror stories of when I had to clean up my room as a little girl to show her that I had it SO much worse and that she is big enough to help clean her room. Unfortunately, I don't think I convinced her, but she did love hearing about my messy room and kept asking me to tell her more.


debi9kids August 29, 2009 at 2:44 AM  

I LOVE your suit and I think you look great in it :)

Never watched Big Love, but certainly do understand shopping online & in catalogs.... maybe don't buy her anything and give her one outfit to wear day after day. Ok, so it won't be cute, but it will be way cheaper and until she is willing to let it go, there will be no fighting....

Bri McKiernan,  August 29, 2009 at 6:12 AM  

And yet another thing that makes me glad to postpone being a mom a little bit longer.... :) If the horrific kids in Costco did not do it yesterday, then your blog sealed the deal!

Mummy McTavish August 29, 2009 at 8:23 AM  

Now my brain is in problem solving mode... another mummy in trouble!

My only thought is something to break the cycle... perhaps a thick barrier cream (like what gardeners use to protect their hands) where she says it scratches to dull the sensation. Or similar to Debi, the plainest most boring outfit in the softest fabric day after day after day until she is begging for some of her fancy clothes. Just had another thought... have you changed washing detergent recently? I know I can't change ours... some make my skin feel like it's crawling!

and please, please, please let us know when she throws it back at you "but you said your room was messy when you were little"... Your Katie is a bright girl, I can guarantee that one is coming!

Unknown August 29, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

Great advice...we actually have started rubbing lotion all over her back before dressing her. If nothing else, hoping that pyschologically it creates a barrier. It seemed to work at first really well, not it's hit or miss. However, I did give her back a good scrubbing with a back scrubber in the bath last night and she did get her jammies on without a problem, so we'll see. Perhaps she just had too many dead skin cells. They were a favorite pair with no tag though, so it also could have been that.

As for wearing the same clothes, we're basically already there. I'm letting her pick her clothes in an effort to not have the situation made worse by a power struggle. I am already ONLY getting her stretchpants.She does want to wear different shirts/dresses, though - until their on.

Elle Bee August 29, 2009 at 2:48 PM  

That's a tough one. I hope it's something she grows out of. Soon! I love the first photo--two gorgeous ladies! And I think you have fantastic legs.

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