Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Ordinary Moments #17 'My First Shoes'

Recently, I've felt quite aware that Little One is rapidly changing from being a baby to a toddler. Every day he seems to change. Since he was tiny, friends and relatives who didn't see him very often would remark on how he had changed each time they saw him but I never used to notice the transition. In the past couple of weeks however, he really has transformed from being a baby into a little boy right before my very eyes. 

Although not yet walking unaided, he spends a lot of the day up on his feet, cruising around furniture or walking with me hand in hand. I decided last Wednesday to take him on a little trip to Clarks to get his feet measured for his first pair of proper shoes. He wasn't overly keen on having his feet measured but I thought to myself how grown up he seemed. He was totally in his element looking at all the little shoes and crawling around the empty shop as if he owned the place. I felt choked up with pride as the kind lady in the shop gently placed his new shoes on his little feet and he proudly stood up, still holding on to the seat for support. Then, hand in hand we went for his first little wander around the shop in his new shoes. 

I'm so glad I went to Clarks because the service in there was phenomenal and I was quite overwhelmed at the thought that goes into making getting your child's first shoes a special moment. She took a photo of him wearing his new shoes, he got a lovely little shoe box which said 'The only pair of shoes I'll keep forever' and a little keepsake book. It made our little trip together that little bit extra special and very memorable. 

Getting a first pair of shoes is an important step in life. It's a rite of passage and one of those things most of us will do. Much like other things you do in your life such as learning to walk, riding a bike or going for your first day at school. And although Little One isn't yet walking, going to buy his first shoes was a stark reminder that walking is just around the corner and then he really will be a toddler. And while I am excited to see him walk unaided in his new shoes, I am also cherishing these final few weeks or months of him being a baby, carefully tottering around holding mummy's hand. 

mummy daddy me

A x


  1. Ah this is so lovely and I really love the Clarks First Shoes experience, I don't think I could have gone anywhere else. My Grandma bought both my girls their first pair of shoes and as such I have two photos of her with them, they are really special to me! Lovely shoes and I bet he will be up and walking unaided in no time! x

    1. Sorry for being so rubbish at replying to lovely comments! Have just got back from our hols so time to do a bit of a blogathon catch up! It was a lovely experience at Clark's, I was massively impressed. And we were super excited to spot your lovely quote in the book! You must be so proud! Still no walking yet (I thought he might try on holiday!) but like you say, I'm sure he'll be up and away soon xx

  2. Oh bless him! I remember all three of mine screaming the place down when we went to get first shoes. In the little photo that they take for you in Clark's, all three are red-eyed and weepy! :) it is such a milestone though, isn't it? A really lovely post xxx #theordinarymoments (Life at the Little Wood)

    1. Aaw thank you so much, what a lovely thing to say :) I did have to do a silly mummy dance to get him to smile, luckily from behind the camera ;) Although he enjoyed the trying on shoes bit, he really wasn't keen on having his feet measured!
      Thank you for stopping by to read and comment xx


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