Monday, August 20, 2007


It always amazes me when young children are learning to communicate. The lengths that they will go to to make sure that they get their point across is astounding.

In July I took Alex in and got his foot measured and he needed a size 4 wide. I went out and bought him 3 pairs of shoes. Tennis shoes, sandals, and water shoes. About 3 weeks later he began a strange behavior. He would walk over to any shoe he could find and pick it up and bring it to me and say "SHHHOOOEEEEE!" I thought that it was adorable that he was learning to talk so young. We were at the mall about a week later getting Izzy's glasses adjusted and while I was dealing with that Thomas was out in the mall with Alex. He came back in laughing and told me that Alex walked up to every store that had shoes in the window and pointed and said "SHOOOEES!!". Dad also thought this was very charming.

We decided to walk around the mall and low and behold they were having a shoe sale at Stride Rite so we went in. I was looking for some shoes for Alex (it's really hard to find wide shoes). I asked for a 4 wide and the girl asked if I wanted her to measure his foot. I said sure, but I just got him measure under a month ago. She measured him and he needed a 5 1/2 Wide!!! I was amazed. A whole size and a half in like a month.

So, I bought the kid a new pair of shoes and the girl said (this is the kicker) "Do you want him to wear these home or put the old ones back on?" I said he can wear the old ones home. What???? Why would I try to squeeze his poor little foot into a shoe a size and a half too small? I so wasn't thinking. The funniest thing is that he didn't say 'shoe' again for quite a while. I learned to take the hint.

Last week he walked over to me with a shoe and again said "SSSHHHOOOOEEEE!!!!!". We were at the mall later that day and he now needs a size 6 Wide. LOL! He sure is learning to communicate.


Cath said...

Holy Toledo. That's crazy. I think Taylor has been in a size 6 for about 3 months now and she is 22 months old.

Jamie said...

LOL - that's cute and amazing all in one! The little dood needed new shoes! LOL.

Lisa said...

He is funny isn't he? I am really wondering when the growth spurt will end. It doesn't look like anytime soon. He seems to be getting taller every day. :)

Anonymous said...


I enjoyed reading this happy little blog as my work day is slowly but surely coming to a close. Because of your blog, I thought you might be interested in helping out the International Diabetes Federation a bit.

We are in the midst of our preparations for the first UN-observed World Diabetes Day ( on 14 November this year, and I wanted to ask you if you would like to help us to spread awareness of this worldwide event and the theme we have chosen for it this year - Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.

It is estimated that over 200 children develop type 1 diabetes every day and there's no question that the disease often hits disadvantaged communities the hardest, and that children in the developing world can die because their parents are unable to afford medication. In many countries diabetes is still considered an adult disease and as a result can be diagnosed late with severe consequences, including death. Even after diagnosis many children experience poor control and develop complications early.

This is why one of our key objectives for World Diabetes Day this year is to double the number of children covered by the Life for a Child Program - We also want to encourage initiatives that can help to reduce diabetic ketoacidosis (diabetic coma) and to promote the sort of healthy lifestyles which can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in children.

A version of the diabetes circle, the icon we used for our Unite for Diabetes campaign has now been adopted for World Diabetes Day and we have produced a number of web banners that you can view and download here

The way in which you can help us spread awareness of World Diabetes Day is to add one of the banners to your own blog, which we would really appreciate.

The UN's World Diabetes Day Resolution (61/225) was really just the first goal of an ambitious campaign that we have been leading. This is the first time a non-communicable disease has been recognised as a serious threat to global public health and we are hoping now to further raise awareness globally of the disease that is predicted to contribute to 6% of the world’s mortality in 2007.

If you would like to know more about the UN Resolution and our plans for World Diabetes Day this year, just drop me a line at, and I will get back to you with more information.

Many thanks,
Stephanie Tanner
IDF - Communications Assistant