Monday, December 7, 2009

Persistent Princess

Anna, while enjoying dress-ups, has never been obsessed with being in costume. She adopts an identity ("I'm the baby arctic fox, and you're the mama arctic fox!"), but she doesn't feel the need to dress the part. Tessa, on the other hand, has become positively obsessed with dress-ups since Halloween. For those of you who haven't seen the gorgeous wonder that was Tessa on Halloween, here you go:


I mean, come on - cute! I know I'm a biased mommy, but that's one adorable Cinderella. Since Halloween, that costume, which I knew would take up residence in the dress-ups box, has been worn more times than my cost-per-wear analysis could possibly have dreamed of and has gone through the wash close to half a dozen times. It's held up remarkably (Disney Store, here's your plug). Ditto for Anna's Minnie Mouse costume, which Tessa has also appropriated. And last year's Tinkerbell costume, although that one doesn't have the princess skirt appeal of the other two, apparently, as it's not getting the same air time.

She's wearing these to bed. To school. To birthday parties (lest anyone forget who the *real* star of the day might be!). And, while at first we thought ???, we have since adopted the mantra that this is not a battle we're willing to fight. As long as she's dressed appropriately for the weather under the costume, and as long as she ends up with shoes and a coat, where's the harm? It's adorable at 2 years 9 months of age. As long as it's gone by 24 or so, she should be fine, right?