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Blog: Winter Stories with a baby who hates snow suits, and hats By »

April 20th, 2016

First Snow Suit

Well, our daughter is small for her age, and was born in mid-February, but when buying a snow suit the mantra of “make sure she doesn’t outgrow it” was stuck firmly in our minds. They aren’t cheap and we didn’t want to have to buy a new one halfway through the winter. So there we were, in the store, buying a 12 month snow suit for our 7-month-sized 10 month old, thinking it was the best idea. We didn’t even try it on her when we got home, it had been so temperate out, but after the last couple of winters we figured we would get good use out of it. We all know what kind of winter we just came through, so I’m sure you have already guessed that she wore that thing like 5 times (2 of which were probably not necessary). We also got a little sled from my in-laws for Christmas, which is actually really cool, and will get lots of use… next winter. We pulled her around the semi-snow-covered lawn for 20 minutes with her looking thoroughly un-impressed, and that was pretty much our only opportunity. That’s ok though; next year is going to be better, right? I sure hope so! In the end it was not really $60 bucks well spent, but we did get these awesome photos out of it.

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Brain Freeze

On another occasion in mid-January we got a couple of centimeters over a Friday night and decided we needed to get her out into the snow for some good old fashioned Canadian winter experiences. So we loaded her in to her puffy large snowsuit and marched our little starfish outside. She could barely sit up in this humongous thing, but she seemed to be having a pleasant enough time fluffing up the snow and watching it shimmer in the sun. My wife thought it would be a good idea to pop her little hand out of the hand flap so she could feel the snow too. She was thrilled by the cold touch and spent some time wiggling her fingers through the snow.

I know some of us have had the horrible displeasure of experiencing a brain freeze, normally brought on by too much ice cream too fast. In this case it was a quick handful of snow shoveled into an awaiting gummed mouth, followed by what can only be described as a loom, a shock, and horror as the terrible sensation came over our little munchkin.

Funny to look back at now, but at the time Kristen and I were genuinely horrified.

 

Hate-on for Hats

Ever since we first brought our daughter home from the hospital she had had a special dislike for anything that fits snugly on her little head. A hair clip, fine, but anything that wraps around, covers the ears, or provides any kind of warmth – no way.

Since she is a February baby, we basically hibernated the first few weeks we had her at home, so the hated toques were used sparingly, and by the time we were ready to venture out more often, spring time was upon us and the hats were not needed as frequently. We almost forgot over the summer months how especially disliked hats were.

Then winter rolled back around and how quickly we were reminded. We had hoped the hatred had dissipated over the summer months, as she got older and would hopefully no longer care. This was not the case. As soon as a hat is put on her head, it is immediately ripped off, and if it is too securely fashioned to be removed, then watch out! Time to scream until that thing is gone. Luckily a mild winter spared us from having this trend truly manifest into a full blown state of emergency.

This is perhaps the best illustration we have of how she truly feels about the hat situation. It was Easter 2015, we had been given a hand knit toque with bunny ears. We couldn’t NOT put it on her and take some pictures, right? The below will 100% make an appearance in the wedding slideshow, it simply must.

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Ironically, ‘hat’ has been one of her first words, and she quite enjoys pointing out when I, or anyone around, is wearing a hat. It also has its own action. You just point with one hand, while tapping your head with the other and saying “hat, hat, hat” repeatedly, so simple! She loved watching the 2016 Masters with me and commenting on the fact that they were all wearing hats. She’ll talk about hats all day, just don’t make her wear one. I don’t think the enormity of Jordan Spieth’s meltdown quite sunk in for her though the way it did for me.

I’m hopeful that this summer will spell the end to this hat hate, and by next winter we will have the all clear to adequately adorn our little girl’s noggin with weather appropriate attire. Time will tell!

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And just when you think you have her figured out, this happens:

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