|Birdie smelling the flowers, Princess hiding|
The beautiful weather and colorful blossoms that mark spring's arrival are just harbingers of my impending misery. As I watch the grass turn greener, I can feel my skin crawling and itching. I try to look through my kitchen window to observe spring from the safety of my home, only to find that my window is coated with a thick layer of pollen... and once the pollen arrives I am doomed.
Where there is pollen, there is copious amounts of yuck! I can feel my the tightness in my ears and pressure behind my eyeballs that marks the beginning of at least two months of sniffles and scratching-- and not just for me, but for just about everyone I know (including my little ladies). The zombie-like looks on the faces at school, tissues clutched (or being forced into) little hands everywhere you look, snot dripping from stuffy noses, and lots of dragon breath from all the mouth-breathing. Ugh! Couple that with all the skin scratching and red, puffy eyes and I feel like I am in the midst of some horrible contagion, which does not improve my allergy state of mind.
But, I digress-- this is about how much I hate spring, not solving the mysteries of Spring Fever.
|Don't they just look crazy in this picture?|
My wardrobe change woes are nothing compared to my Princess's. All I have to worry about is whether or not I can squeeze into my clothes. Princess, on the other hand, has a plethora of factors working against her during wardrobe changing season. The most obvious issue for Princess (and Birdie) is that she is growing-- and at warp speed, I might add. Very little of her clothing from last summer still fits, and it certainly doesn't fit in the same way. This means shopping-- which is a total freakin' nightmare!
|Princess's outfit of choice for many months|
If you haven't already figured this out, shopping for Princess SUCKS!
With all the "requirements" imposed on Princess's wardrobe, we spend a lot of time buying and trying on clothes this time of year. I am no longer brave enough to have Princess try on clothes at the store. My last two episodes in the Target dressing room ended with so much crying, screaming, and foot stomping that I was sure CPS was going to be waiting outside the door to take away my obviously abused child. At one point during the last visit to a dressing room, I heard a timid knock on the door followed by an even more timid "is everything alright in there?" Well, if you have to ask... Now I just spend the first month of warm weather buying new clothes I think will work and returning all the ones that fail to pass the test.
|Birdie's summer attire|
Once we get the wardrobe all worked out, I still have to contend with the weeks of getting used to how the new clothes feel. This is a big deal for kids with sensory issues. It is very hard for Princess to get used to having legs and arms bare after months of being covered from head to toe. A breeze over bare arms makes Princess complain that a shirt is itchy. A cold or hot surface against bare legs makes her shorts "too thin" or "too short" or "too long" because she isn't feeling the same sensation over her whole leg. This happens quite often in the morning while dressing for school. The outfit that was "perfect" last night is "NOT WORKING!" now, either because Princess thinks she is "shaped differently now than last night" or because the outfit is "not even" today. ("Not even" can mean a lot of things, like tighter on one arm/leg than the other, or shorter on one side than the other. Luckily-- I guess-- "not even" is not a permanent state of being and that outfit may still be worn on another day when Princess is less sensitive.)
|New clothes for all|
I would have never imagined that getting dressed and changing from cold-weather to warm-weather clothes could inspire so much drama! Would you? I am
And, yes, I REALLY DO hate spring-- except for the sunshine.