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Today is picture day at school. I let my stubborn youngest child (6 years old) pick out her own outfit and I could not talk her out of it. I gave up and she went to school in:
– black puffy skirt with white poodles on it
– black tights
– light pink T-shirt at awkward tunic length featuring a cartoon girl shopping
– hot pink, light up high tops
She also wanted her hair in a high pony tail “with THIS string out” which looks exactly like the shopping girl on her T-shirt (cartoon side bangs). The kept tugging on the piece of hair and smearing it to her cheek while I drove her to school. I’m 100% certain this picture is going to look crazy.
You mean it’s going to be crazy awesome. We got some pictures back of my kid last year and at first I didn’t like how he was making some wacky face. It’s now one of my favorites because the photographer really captured his personality.
But yeah, other peoples kids def. looked like models for crewcuts fall line.
The craziest pictures always make for the best stories down the road. Your story already made me smile because I’m totally going to be in your shoes at picture day next week.
CPA Lady says
When I was in second grade, I had my picture taken in my favorite t-shirt… a little mermaid shirt, which was the only shirt my mom ever let me have with a cartoon character or any other kind of cartoon anything (she thought that sort of thing was “tacky”).
I usually did not eat breakfast at school, but did that day, and the cafeteria had little packets of syrup. Which my seven year old self could not open, but tried to open by squeezing the packet as hard as possible. There was a syrup packet geyser, the syrup landed on my head and all in my bangs. I tried to wash it out in the water fountain, to limited success.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why my second grade picture is me in my little mermaid shirt, with my bangs sort of hair-gelled up with pancake syrup. Fin.
I laughed out loud at this.
One year, my teacher teased out my curly hair with the black plastic comb we always got on picture day. It got so big, half of my hair was cropped out of the picture and you could barely see the background behind me.
Haha! Thanks for all of these stories! I’m caught between trying to see the humor of a little girl’s idea of 1st grade fashion, and embarrassment that adults/teachers are going to think her Always Working Mom forgot what day it is.
But, yes, this probably will be a picture the family loves for years.
Anon in NYC says
Haha, I love the outfit your daughter is wearing.
Good for you! My youngest once had a school picture where he looked like Kevin from The Office. He normally looks NOTHING like him. It’s my favorite picture because it’s so hilarious.
You know, I used to edit my 4 year old’s outfits some. Then I saw her next to some high schoolers and realized – she’s much cooler than I am. Now I just let it go.
My Kid Philosophy is to try and say yes to as many things as possible, b/c I have to legit say no to so many other things. So hair? Always a yes. My 1st grader loves having two tiny cornrows hanging down on either side of her face while the rest of her hair is pulled back in a ponytail. Looks crazy to me, but she loves it and I love saying yes! I think you’re a great mom for letting her dress the way she wants for pics.
To be fair, you won’t see the bottom half of her. :) And I agree, my favorite pictures are the ones where their personality really shines! And if it is a really bad… retakes?
This year, the 4 year old picked out an oatmeal dress with little gold beetles all over it. With her hot pink running shoes, hot pink shorts under the dress, and her hair in a braid with a giant aqua blue bow at the end of the braid. No big deal — you won’t see the braid bow or the shoes! But no…. She was so proud of the bow, she insisted on having hang over her shoulder. I love the picture.
The 8 year old is never a problem with the clothes — long sleeve navy button down with an undershirt. No tie this year! But his hair…. I got it cut the night before and there was this one spot that would not lay flat no matter how much gel, spritz, or water we used. I haven’t seen how it looks yet…..
I have a Grade 2 photo with a plaid shirt, plaid skirt (different types of plaid) and pink diamond suspenders. I picked it out myself and 30 years later, I am still proud of the photo. Just keep thinking, youre making memories :)
One of my bosses lives across the street from my in-laws, so I know his family a little. One day he showed me his 2nd grader’s school photo – her hair is crazy, her smile is crooked, and she looks like she just came in from recess. It’s legit the “worst” picture day photo I’ve ever seen, but really it’s amazing and exactly captures his daughter’s personality.
Thread-jack! I am tentatively being scheduled to travel to Australia for 2 weeks when my daughter will be around 7 months. I am mentally preparing myself that I would need to quit pumping at that time, and trying to work on some stash so that she can have some breast milk as much as possible. But I am curious whether anyone ever maintained pumping while travelling for work overseas? Thanks so much!
It might be hard to ship back given the distance involved but if you decide to keep pumping for when you come home again, you could donate to the local milk bank/NICU. I always found it easier to keep pumping when I felt my milk wasn’t going to be waste by going down the drain.
Adding that if you want to quit – that’s totally okay. If you want to continue – you’ll probably be able to keep up supply by pumping 4 a day (like morning/lunch/supper/bed). Zero judgment either way.
Do you want to continue breastfeeding? If so, is the issue that you don’t want to deal with pumping on the trip or don’t want to deal with storage and bringing it back? I am taking a 4-day trip and found myself really stressing about the bringing the milk back part (particularly keeping it frozen). I decided to just pump and dump the first two days so I don’t have to deal with freezing it. You could just pump and dump the whole trip if you wanted. If the issue is not having time/a place to pump consistently, you could try just pumping in the morning and at night so you could still breastfeed during those times when you get back. If it was me I would probably either do the second option or switch to formula. Breastfeeding is great but for me personally the hassle of trying to pump consistently during a 2-week international work trip would be too much.
If it’s not too difficult, there are some really great apps that connect you to parents who need milk–they will come to you for it, so you don’t need to dump if you do decide to pump and not transport home…
I just returned from London, and managed to keep pumping, but I had a much shorter trip (less than a week). There was definitely an impact on my supply. I think you could do it if it is a priority for you, but pumping while travelling is…challenging. And it is so disheartening to jump through all the hoops to maintain your pumping schedule while dumping the milk. Best of luck!
CPA Lady says
I dont know if you’re EBFing your daughter right now, but if you are, you could also start supplementing one bottle a day of formula now and freeze the b-milk you’d use for that one bottle. One extra bottle of milk per day to the stash might add up pretty quickly. So yeah, she’d have formula sooner, but b-milk longer.
Meg Murry says
+1 to one bottle of formula a day now to build up freezer stash so she could have some formula and some b-milk while you are gone. Or if she is pretty young now, plan to start 1 bottle of formula a day around the same time you start introducing foods (in the 4-6 month time frame).
This is what I did when I had a business trip at around 8-9 months (although it was only for 5 days, not 2 weeks). At around 4-6 weeks before the trip, I had daycare swap one bottle of b-milk for formula, just to make sure he tolerated the formula ok and would drink it – I had nightmares of our power going out and us losing all the frozen milk and the formula making my son puke-y and/or that he would refuse to drink it (none of that happened, thank goodness – I just have an overactive anxious imagination).
After 1 bottle a day was going ok for a week, I had daycare up it to 2 bottles a day, and then did a couple of days of all formula at daycare, just to make sure it was going to be ok. I kept pumping and froze all the milk that wasn’t being used at daycare. Once our formula trial experiment was a success, I dialed it back to one bottle of formula a day until my trip, and then while I was gone my husband used the frozen milk at home and I put a little of the frozen in daycare’s freezer in case of emergency but told them to use formula while I was gone the whole time – that way my husband didn’t have to worry about taking milk to daycare every morning during dropoff.
I had only given formula a handful of times when my son was a few days old, but I was amazed how freeing it was once we introduced that one bottle of formula a day, knowing that now formula *was* an option and I didn’t have to freak out every time I didn’t pump enough or a bottle of milk spilled or was accidentally left on the counter overnight instead of in the fridge. I think having the option to do an occasional bottle of formula actually allowed me to continue bf longer, instead of burning out with all the pumping and throwing in the towel.
And again, only a 5 day trip, but I was able to get by with only 4 or 5 pumping sessions a day instead of the 3 pumping + 4-6 nursing sessions I had at home. My supply dropped slightly, but I was able to bring it back after being home for about a week or two and back to our previous nursing and pumping routing.
I pumped and dumped on a 10-day overseas trip when my baby was that age. It was weird with the time change (11 hours difference) since my body was used to supplying milk on a different schedule, and I only pumped 4x per day (before work, once at work, immediately when I returned to the hotel, and right before bed) because squeezing it in around work obligations was much more of a PITA than at home. Also, I only brought my hand pump because I had heard horror stories about different voltage frying electric ones, and I don’t have the patience for frequent and extended manual pumping. My supply never totally recovered from the trip, but I kept nursing/pumping while supplementing with formula for a few months after. It’s definitely do-able, but whether or not it’s worth the bother (I might prioritize enjoying Australia over pumping, personally!) is up to you.
In Australia (vs. developing country) you’d probably be able rent a pump if you were worried about transport or electrical issues.
I use a hospital grade Medela rental at home, took a hand pump with me to Europe and rented the same Medela pump while there (researched where to rent in advance).
Has anyone had their kid test high for lead? My daughter was tested at her 2 year old check up and since the finger prick test came back high, they took blood from her vein and have sent it off for testing. Should get the results in the next day or two.
We live in an older (c. 1950) house, but there is no chipping paint. My daughter doesn’t chew on the windowsills or lick the walls, we don’t have old painted plastic toys or do any lead-based hobbies or anything like that. I have no idea where she could be getting this from. At first I was pretty calm but I’m freaking out a little bit the more I think about it.
Your water pipes? My zip code is flagged for mandatory childhood lead tests because of the typical age of the pipes. It’s not just in Flint…
I hope the test results are reassuring!
You can get a test for your house. There are at-home tests and also certified inspectors. I think you can look it up on the EPA’s website.
Um, obviously they are at-home tests :) What I meant to say is, there are tests you can do yourself that you can probably buy off Amazon, and then there are more sophisticated tests done by professionals.
I wouldn’t worry yet – my niece had high levels at the doctor and had to immediately go to the hospital for the blood draw, but the blood draw came back normal. The doctor said that there are sometimes things on kids’ skin that causes artificially high levels on the prick test. I think the next step (if levels were still high) was a home visit by the county that would have helped her pinpoint the issue.
This. One of mine tested high at whenever they do it on babies — 9 months? 12 months? But blood draw was normal.
In House Lobbyist says
We had this too at our 1 year old checkup We lived in a 1890s house and I was very worried. The dr called and his first sentence was “don’t worry the skin pricks don’t always work”. We did the blood test and it was all normal.
First, I think the prick test is not necessarily very accurate, so try to wait for the vein test and not stress about it until you get a better idea of whether there is an issue. Easy to say, hard to do.
Second, I think it can be from dust, so potentially look at windows, doors, and other areas and see if you see any “hidden” sources of where the paint may be coming from. Also, if it would help your mom mind feel better, you could box up any cheap toys that were made in China or are otherwise suspect. You may not be helping anything, but I know sometimes it helps to feel like you are doing something.
This. A random location we had it in our old (1950s) home was the gutters and downspouts. We had to pay a super surcharge to get them removed/remediated and replaced because of it.
Meg Murry says
Yes, it’s probably fine and a false positive. So since it’s only a day or two, don’t stress out yet. You may want to call tomorrow just to see if they got the results back yet so you don’t have to worry about this all weekend.
But other random sources: it could also be in the soil around your house if old lead paint was sanded/scraped off at some point before re-painting. Or in the dust/dirt/air if another older building nearby is/was being remodeled and not using proper precautions.
Your daycare/childcare is another potential source if it’s an older building. Or a family member or friend’s house if she spends a lot of time there.
Does she tend to put things in her mouth? Apparently metal jewelry/charms can be a problem if kids tend to suck or chew on them.