It’s Friday! Time for #favouriteTHINGSfriday!
Okay, so I’m cheating. The photo above includes not one, but THREE of my favourite things: My son, lambs, and Palladium Boots!
It’s pretty obvious why I love my son and his lambs (at his Grandpapa’s farm… or, in this photo… in a Rubbermaid bin in his Grandpapa’s kitchen). Little-known fact: Ewes have two teats (like us!) and when they have three lambs, the third usually dies unless raised by hand. That’s why, every spring, my father-in-law finds himself bottle feeding a couple lambs from a neighbour’s farm.
So, back to the boots. I am an obsessive bargain-hunter and second-hand shopper. I tried to find second-hand shoes to suit Cub as his first real walking shoes. I had him wearing some hand-me-down winter boots, and I thought things were peachy keen. But he would scream when I went to put his boots on (I honestly just thought he was being whiny), and then he developed a bruise on his big toe. (MOMMY FAIL!)
Turns out, he has feet that, in French we call “bombés.” They’ve got a bit of a bump on the top. His hand-me-down boots were hurting him. He walked kinda crooked, and I just thought he was still learning to walk properly. (MOMMY FAIL… again)
Papa Wolf finally convinced me to go to Panda, where I had previously scoffed at the $50+ baby shoes. I continue to scoff at $50+ shoes for babies that can’t walk… but seeing how well Cub walks and how he is happy to put on his Palladiums… I’m happy we spent the money.
The boots are super sturdy and durable, and will easily be passed on to a friend or future sibling. His pieds bombés fit in nicely thanks to the roomy toe box, and he is clearly super comfortable in them. Since they are booties, he has lots of ankle support as he continues to perfect his walking. He also looks very hip. I want a pair for me!
Gotta pay the bills...