I am a creature of habit. When I was in college, I wore the same sweatpants and vest as often as I could because I loved the way they fit. Confession: I even slept in my vest and could only study when I had it on. I was like this even when I was little. I only wore certain things that fit a certain way. I could only wear socks if the lining at the toes was perfectly straight.
I now see some of these traits in Julia, which makes me laugh. While I am laughing, my mother is basking in the sheer joy of all of those "just wait until you have kids" comments. Julia is getting specific about what she wants. She will only eat a chip if it is dipped in something (guacamole is her favorite). She refuses to eat her Mickey Mouse pancake if I cut it before she sees it all buttered up. She must take off her shoes and socks as soon as I strap her in her carseat, which drives me nuts! She has to have a certain blanket and listen to music at night before bed. She has to have lotion on her hands when she walks into our bedroom (this started recently when she would see me apply coco butter each morning before work). Just this week she has a new one: when she wakes up in the morning, she likes to have a sticker on her hand before she can function. It's like her coffee.
I may not be this specific now, but I do know what I like. When I ordered Julia a little pinafore dress about a year ago, she wore it everytime it was clean because it was so easy to put on and she looked adorable in it. She wore it all summer and into the fall and winter. When the buttons were bursting at the seams, I knew that she was too big for it, but I couldn't part with it. As I took a closer look at it, I realized that it would be an easy project. I scored some adorable bumble bee fabric at Joann Fabric that were on double clearance. I was able to get a yard of these 2 fabrics for about $4 total. You can't see the underlayer very well, but it is pink with bees, the front is little hives with bees throughout.
Adorable! Her new staple outfit!