We noticed Will was walking funny the last few days.
When we got him all dressed he’d wander the house as usual, but something was different. He’s pretty sturdy and sure on his feet nowadays, so we were wondering why he was traipsing around like a drunk midget. He had gone from being very steady to seemingly walking on his tip-toes and looking like a stiff breeze could blow him over in an instant.
Hell, we even made fun of him a little bit. But it turns out, it was our fault.
You see, apparently babies grow. A lot. And although we’ve been adjusting to that growth by buying him plenty of 18-24 month clothing, it seems we totally forgot about his feet. It took both of our mothers to point out what should’ve been plainly obvious: the kid had outgrown his shoes.
Here we are making fun of his walking and it turns out we’re unknowingly torturing him by practicing Chinese foot binding. The poor little guy was wearing a size 5-wide and when MJ went to the shoe store, we learned he was a size 6. Yup, we were stuffing Will’s poor feet into shoes that were a full size too small. It’s too early to determine if we’ve caused any long-lasting deformities, but preliminary results indicate he’ll be OK.
So all you parents of youngsters out there take note of this breaking news: All parts of your child grows, including his feet. Knowing is half the battle.