Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My petite, chubby baby

Magdalena has always been full of surprises. She surprised us with her weight when she was born (8/7, compared to Miriam's 7/5). I was caught completely off guard by her red hair, which has since strawberry-blonded up quite nicely. And now I've finally accepted the fact that she has wide feet.

It's the weirdest thing. She is very petite, usually falling in the 4th percentile for weight. So what little chub she does have seems to collect in her feet. They are so fat! When she first started wearing shoes - all of Miriam's hand-me-downs, of course -  I thought maybe her feet were just bigger than Miriam's had been at the same age because Magdalena seemed to grow out of them faster than her sister had. But then I realized that her feet weren't too long for the shoes, they were just too fat. I got out a pair of sandals that Miriam wore until she was 2.5 years old that were technically Magdalena's size but when she tried them on, the front of her foot was so fat it couldn't fit under the vamp.

Last weekend, we finally embraced Magdalena's awkward feet and bought her her very own pair of brand-new shoes, size 5W. The W is for WIDE.

She loves them. They fit her so much better than any other old shoe I was trying to squish her feet into. I can't help but laugh when I look at her wearing them because they look so...orthopedic. But it warms my heart to see her run and play in comfort and in all her chub-footed glory. I just wonder what other surprises she's got up her sleeve.


JackJen said...

I can't tell you how much this post warms my heart.

Start getting to know Stride Rite--they have the best selection of non-orthopedic-looking children's shoes in wide widths.

Give Magdalena a squeeze for me and tell her that you CAN grow up to be a successful, happy human being with wide feet. I promise. From personal experience.


Grace said...

My kids' feet are totally the opposite as well. My daughter has narrow feet like my husband, while my son has wider feet like me. I'm constantly on the lookout for wide widths. With summer coming up, you'll have the option to get Magdalena some of those sandals with the adjustable buckles.

Katie said...

or down her pant leg, as it were.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Wide feet do limit shoe choices to a point (I would love to wear loafers but it will never happen). The important thing is that she wear shoes that fit, heck with style, to minimize the foot trouble that runs in the family.

Extra narrow feet can be as difficult as wide--my mom wore 9.5 w/ a AAAA heel and except for Reebock tennies all her other shoes were bought at a special annual sale when a local department store brought in odd sizes!

Liz Johnson said...

Huh. Is she tall for her age/height? Or is she petite that way too?

I bought wide shoes the other day (simply because Payless was out of the normal width) and am surprised at how comfortable they are. Perhaps I have wide feet and never knew it!? Gasp.

I love it. She's such a cute girl.

Crys said...

So from your mother's comments I'm guessing you know where those wide feet come from. Maybe she just wanted to garantee she wouldn't be in all hand me downs for her whole girls can be tricky like that ;)

Andrea said...

Magdalena is so fun, chub feet and all. I laughed throughout your post.

The Ensign's said...

Ha! This is too funny. I doubt they look orthopedic on her. You're outta control.
Hey speaking of Magdalena I need an invite to her blog.
Funny thing. I've actually thought that Kaelyn reminded me of her a few times with K's strawberry blonde hair.

Kathy Haynie said...

I love baby feet. And I'm so impressed that you knew that the part of the shoe was called a "vamp." Wow.

Bridget said...

I will be sure to check out Stride Rite. We got these shoes at Famous Footwear and they were literally the only wide shoes for girls in the whole store. Sad.

We already have some of the adjustable buckle sandals (Miriam hand-me-downs) and I am so excited to get some use out of them! And the $5 Crocs we bought in Jerusalem. Those seem to come wide.

Both my girls are more or less normal tall - 40 - 50th percentile.

Kathy, before you get too excited, I had to look it up. I knew it was called something, but I couldn't remember what. So I cheated. :)

Merkley Jiating said...

When I first read the word "vamp" I thought, "She totally had to look that up. Not even Bridget knows words like 'vamp.'" I am glad I was right.

Trina said...

I saw these shoes on her yesterday. They're cute. Emmy handed almost the same shoe down to Allison recently. It's still much too big for Allison. Natalie (and Evelyn did too) has really long and skinny feet.

Fromagette said...

Any suggestions on what to do with a little 18 month old boy who is in size 8-9 shoes? Besides sign him up for basketball camp, of course.


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