When I couldn’t find anything I liked for (what I considered to be) a reasonable price (and I’m ridiculously cheap) at Kohls the other day and I had a $10 off coupon, I told Lily she could pick something. She immediately gravitated toward the matching doll and little girl nightgowns and declared she wanted one.
Matching nightgowns? It's the most exciting thing EVAR!
This surprised me for a bunch of reasons. First of all, Woof Woof is not allowed out of her uniform. Sure, she recently got a NEW uniform, but Woof Woof isn’t allowed to wear anything but that. Secondly, in the past Lily has been completely against wearing anything that’s not her designated pajamas. She’s always had toddler OCD about it. Her pjs have to either be footies or have a top and a bottom. They can’t be anything she’s ever worn for something other than pjs otherwise the world might end. If all her pjs are in the laundry and I try to put her in random sweats for bedtime, she throws a fit. The sweats are for DAYTIME, not nighttime. We’d discussed nightgowns in the past and she’s been completely against them. “Those aren’t pjs. Those are dresses!”
But I guess her toddler OCD is starting to wear off because she was completely enamored of the nightgowns.
“You understand you sleep in that?” I asked.
She said “Yes! It’s a dress you sleep in. I want Woof Woof and me to be dressed alike for bedtime!”
It's not bedtime until Woof Woof is properly attired.
We bought some owl pjs. I offered to buy her a second pair, but she said no. She only needed the one pair.
I contemplated buying a set for Rose and Baby Woof Woof, but that would cost double what my coupon was worth, so I left it.
That night after I dressed Woof Woof and Lily in their matching nightgowns, Lily started drilling me about Rose and Baby Woof Woof’s non-existent matching nightgowns.
“Rose and Baby Woof Woof need to match the same as us! They need owl nightgowns.”
I had screwed up. Again.
Then my husband got home and saw Lily and Woof Woof in their matching nightgowns and also asked where Rose and Baby Woof Woof’s were.
“What were you thinking?!”
“The coupon was only for $10.”
“SO?! You need to go back and get one for Rose and Baby Woof Woof!”
What a lapse in judgement. The parenting rules clearly state that if you are buying one daughter matching nightgowns with her Build-A-Bear, you HAVE to buy the exact same nightgown set for your other daughter. How could I forget? I should clearly revoke my parenting license.
Two days later we went back to Kohls and purchased the last remaining owl nightgown set in Rose’s size. Lily and Woof Woof had worn their nightgowns every night, so I tried to convince Lily we should get a second set for both girls, but she said no. She only wanted to get one for Rose and Baby Woof Woof and only the owl ones so they could match hers. She also said she didn’t want to buy matching dresses for her, Woof Woof, Rose and Baby Woof Woof. Only the owl nightgowns. So much for the toddler OCD wearing away, eh?
Rose appreciated Lily's concern that she get this nightgown, though she doesn't seem to know the difference.
All four of our girls (Woof Woof and Baby Woof Woof are members of the family, you know.) love their nightgowns. And I relearned a valuable lesson– always buy two when it comes to my kids.
Bedtime is four times as fun when four people have matching nightgowns.
It’s very important to match your favorite stuffed animal when you go to bed.
It's like a Build-A-Bear/Pillow Pet catalog in there.
Tomorrow: An on-time Friday Funny! Next Week: Changing Station/Travel Plaza Week!