Hugo will only wear one of two shirts now. I understand this is typical 3 year old behavior but I thought I’d write about it to see if anyone has any ideas to make his wardrobe a little more reasonable.
Back in the fall, we had an incident where Hugo fell to pieces one evening because he only wanted to wear an “alligator shirt.” I guess he had one shirt with an alligator, I can’t even remember now. We have an awesome supply of hand-me-downs so after about 20 minutes of heart-wrenching tears, I pulled out a couple of boxes of clothes to look for another shirt with something that looked like an alligator. We found one! Then I went to about four outlet stores looking for other alligator shirts and settled for T-Rex, which turned out to be an acceptable substitute at the time.
Within a couple of months, Hugo only wanted to wear shirts with Thomas the Tank Engine (or friends) on them. We had a few and I picked up another around his birthday. Most recently, he only wants to wear shirts from Cars or its terrible sequel, Cars 2. We have about 4 or 5 of them, so it wasn’t a problem. I’m luxuriating in being home now and having time to do laundry at other times than Sunday afternoon.
Then last night, there was a problem. My least favorite Go time of day is putting his PJs on, whether it’s bath night or not. He thinks it’s funny to run around like a lunatic and not let me dress him. I always let him pick out his own shirt for the next day, which he sleeps in, and I don’t fight with him over socks that he will wear continually between baths. I try not to pit my will against his when it’s not necessary.
There was a grey shirt with Lightning McQueen on it that I grabbed and threw on Hugo while he was trying to dodge me and come up with reasons why he didn’t want to wear it. There were tears. He finally said that he only wants to wear shirts with “Lightning’s friends” on them. We have two of those, including the one in the photo here. I had to run to other end of the house for a few minutes and Hugo just kept wailing and crying, unable to remove the offensive shirt.
I came back and hugged him for a minute before asking him if he wanted to pick out a different shirt. I did his laundry yesterday, so it happened that one of the two shirts he will now wear was clean. But I’m not going to wash those shirts every day or two. What can you do?