Last Year’s Halloween Costume
Yes, I am that mom. I like to coordinate my kids’ outfits. It’s one of the benefits of having had my kids, both boys, so close together. I don’t completely match them – I leave that to their grandma who lets me blame her for it – but I coordinate them so they “go together.” One day, they will rise up against this affront to their individuality and manhood but, for now, they are my little peas in a pod, in complementary shades of green.
Take Halloween. Their first Halloween together, they were a firefighter and a Dalmatian. Seriously, could you die? SO cute. My oldest son happened to be over the edge about All Things Fireman at that point, so it naturally flowed from that. It was adorable.
This year, he would not, could not, be tempted to repeat the duo, no matter what good shape those costumes were in, or how cost-effective it was (are those not three-year-old priorities? Oh, well). As a result, I had planned to stuff my baby into one of the prior costumes, probably his big brother’s first solo costume, a monkey. As soon as Big Brother got wind of that plan, he started vying for it again himself. To avoid the monkey costume ending up in two pieces, we went shopping for a suitable big boy costume.
Dragon? No. Dinosaur? No. ANYTHING but that monkey, two sizes too small for you?? No.
In desperation, I turned to the boundless virtual world, brought to me by Amazon.com. What did he want to be? An astronaut, a cowboy, a pirate…a ladybug?? No, no, no…no! Finally, he pointed out the perfect costume, the one-and-only thing he could ever be: Santa Claus. Okay. Whatever you want, son, it’s your body, your holiday. I’m just the (crazed, coordination-happy) mom. I gave him the choice of two Santa costumes, and he was adamant about the one with the beard and mustache. I have a feeling he wants to wear the entire Santa suit just to get to that mustache.
So, I set about ordering it when that blessed/evil “suggestions you might also enjoy” thing popped up at the bottom. How many budgets have I blown enjoying those suggestions? It’s just so considerate of them to offer such complementary items! As the Santa gloves and hats scrolled by, so did a little toddler elf costume. Uh, yeah, I have no power to resist that. Done.
Stay tuned for Halloween 2012: Santa Claus, and his little Elf!