Last weekend we did something that, for a while, didn’t feel like it was ever going to happen. It felt like my stubborn little Piglet was never going to walk. We knew he could walk, we had seen him do it once or twice. But for a long long time he simply refused.
I always knew he was going to make sure he was a rock steady walker before he considered doing it for any length of time. He is very cautious and it was clear that he wasn’t going to risk falling over if it wasn’t necessary. The time finally came though, and on occasion Piglet chooses to walk around. So we headed off to buy him his first shoes.
I know quite a lot of people get cruiser shoes as their child’s first shoes, but I opted to wait until he was properly walking. I’ll be honest and say this came down to cost. I didn’t particularly want to shell out for some shoes that he would grow out of quickly and would never really get used properly. We had soft pram shoes on him so he is accustomed to things on his feet, but I wouldn’t call them proper shoes.
We headed off to Clarks to see what they could do for him. It was a Saturday afternoon so of course it was busy. We took a ticket and started to wait our turn. We’d been in town for a while so Piglet had been in his pram, so I let him out to crawl around for a minute in the hope he’d be feeling cooperative by the time we got around to trying on shoes!
The was another little boy of a similar age waiting his turn also. The crawled over to each other and started laughing and playing. I am loving this stage where they realise it’s quite fun to include others in their games. Piglet is a chatterbox at the moment so he was talking away and then laughing – I don’t think the other boy had a clue what was going on!
When our turn was called I managed to persuade Piglet to sit on my knee and have his feet measured. He is a 4G at the moment – I always knew his feet were a little wide! The fitter chatted to us about the options for shoes. We assured her that he was walking independently and so agreed that first walker shoes would be best. Naturally, Piglet chose this time to refuse to walk a single step!
She headed off to see what shoes were available in his size, rather than us having our hearts set on a certain pair of shoes and them not being available. It’s just as well that she did as there was only one pair of shoes in his size in the whole store. Luckily they were cute, so I wasn’t too bothered.
I have to say that I wasn’t bowled over by the selection targeted towards little boys. There was far more in pretty pink colours than there were in blues, greys and browns. I would actually have loved his first shoes to have been green – I much prefer it to blue – but it is just not available!
We have a dark blue shoe with very soft leather. The velcro strap was a must for getting them on and off tiny feet regularly.
Of course Piglet curled his toes when we put the shoes on, so I was trying to get him to walk around and flatten them out. He was not playing ball! With a one track mind he was determined to get over to the little boy he’d been playing with earlier – and crawling was the fastest way to get there.
I couldn’t help but feel that the fitter must have thought I was over exaggerating when I said he could walk independently. Probably thinking that he’d taken 1 step and then I’d declared him a walker. I was inwardly cringing as I tried to coax Piglet to at least stand, when all of a sudden he stood up and toddled off around the room. Thank goodness!
The shoes fit, not massive on him but there is enough room for growth so he won’t be out of them by the end of next week! We popped him in the pram and just took him home with his shoes still on – might as well get plenty use out of them!
Once we were home I took them off to put away, but apparently that was a rookie error. Piglet LOVES his new shoes it would seem, and he cried and took them back to Daddy to put straight back on.
That’s another milestone passed, and the next one is coming up this weekend – the first haircut!
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