I’m lucky to have a group of friends with toddlers around the same age as Liam to share stories with. These kids are at the age where they are striving for independence and wanting to do things for themselves. Liam’s most used phrase lately is ‘I do it self, Mom’. Liam is strong willed and always has his opinions. One thing I’m really surprised about is that he hasn’t yet shown any interest in what he wears.
I will often try to give him a choice in shirts or pants to wear for the day, but he just looks at me and says ‘huh?’ and continues to play with whatever has his attention. He doesn’t care.
Except for The Sweater.
My mom has a talent for knitting the most beautiful things, and knit Liam a beautiful sweater last year. The minute we tried to put it on Liam to see how it fit, he refused. He would bat it away, run away or hide in order to not put the sweater on. Figuring it was just a matter of being too invested with playing, I’d try another day. Still no. There was nothing we could do to get that sweater on him. It was the most bizarre scenario for a boy who’s indifferent to the things he wears.
Eventually I passed the sweater on to Cassandra in hopes that Oliver would wear it so my mom’s knitting efforts weren’t wasted. Luckily, he had no qualms about The Sweater…
Since then, Liam has had no other objections to any of his clothing. He’s worn other brown shirts and other knit sweaters without hesitation. I’m not sure what it was about this sweater that he didn’t like, but I’m thankful those fights aren’t a regular occurrence.