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to wonder what crosses DP's mind somedays when he dresses DD

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Thurlow Wed 06-Nov-13 19:53:07

I don't care if the colours don't match. I don't care if she has a blue polo shirt under a yellow cardigan. I don't care that her ponytail is two inches nearer one side of the head than the other. I don't care if she is wearing flowery, lacy leggings with a cowboy t-shirt.

But bless her, being dressed in pink cords that are clearly too small and which DP picked up from the charity pile, and which have left her with little indents around her tummy, and a thick bright green wool jumper when she has a temperature... hmm

Poor mite. Shall I start laying her clothes out - or maybe I should start laying his clothes out for him instead <rubs hands evilly>

Pilgit Wed 06-Nov-13 21:22:10

Oh God my DH does this - then when I point out that the clothes are way too small or unsuitable for the weather he says something like 'well what are they doing in her drawer then?' (to the too small) to which I rather tetchily point out that it is OBVIOUS when clothes are too small and that I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN PUT THINGS IN THE CHARITY BAG! But for some reason it is MY job! DD1 just rolled with it (and started picking her own clothes very early anyway- which did throw up some amazing combinations but that's another story) but DD2 will absolutely not wear something too tight and will scream and screech for ages.

CookieB Wed 06-Nov-13 21:22:22

This has made me laugh. I used to work very long hours at weekends & watching dp attempt to work out how baubles work for a simple ponytail in dds hair was priceless grin. Took about 2 weeks to figure it out under my supervision as I was sick of coming home & looking at her rats tails hair.

Mim78 Wed 06-Nov-13 21:22:42

I bet, bet, bet that midwives and nurses are really used to this. They must see nothing but older siblings being brought in by dads in their old clothes, each other's clothes, hair all a mess etc.

Sorry this is really sexist but so funny.

mrsjay Wed 06-Nov-13 21:22:50

when mil was alive she did have trouble with Pjs she thought they were jogging suits EVERYTIME dd1 slept over I always picked her up with her clean pjs on ,--and wondered what she slept it--

Thurlow Wed 06-Nov-13 21:22:54

I can forgive the pyjamas and really, it doesn't matter too much if it is a PJ t-shirt not a normal t-shirt. Though obviously everyone else seeing your DC will know that a sleepy bunny means it's PJ's grin

Twinkle, he is at least sorting laundry!

mrsjay Wed 06-Nov-13 21:24:32

tbf my dh was like a ninja getting the hair up in a bauble it was very tight though the dds always looked like they had a an instant face lift grin

Mim78 Wed 06-Nov-13 21:24:45

Pilgit - I have had the "what is it doing in the draw" line too. Gave in in the end and have made sure there is nothing too small anywhere near dd's bedroom any more... But I totally agree there is no reason why you should be responsible for putting things in charity bag.

Thurlow Wed 06-Nov-13 21:25:17

Cookie, yes, the ponytail has been a long and slow battle. I kept trying to teach him - fair enough, he's a man with a number 4 all over, of course he doesn't know how to put a ponytail in - and he wasn't listening until recently, when DD's hair got so bad even he had to admit she couldn't have it down all day.

And yes, I know it's awfully sexist blush... but it seems true? Maybe it's more dad's dressing girls though?

mouldyironingboard Wed 06-Nov-13 21:25:50

It's worse when the fashion victim is an adult. Many years ago, I had an unexpected hospital admission and needed my DH to bring clothes for me to go home in. I had to leave the hospital in a bright yellow t-shirt, red cardigan, grey leggings and odd shoes (odd as in they weren't a pair!) smile

CookieB Wed 06-Nov-13 21:26:06

Oh and the dc now pick their own clothes as it looked like they dressed in the dark when he was 'putting together' an outfit for them. Funnily enough he is very particular about his own clothesblush.

Mim78 Wed 06-Nov-13 21:27:17

mrsjay my MIL has bought dd a set of pyjamas as an outfit before when she was staying with them. Sweet of her, but obviously pyjamas. MIL would be quite capable of finding the only too small item in the vicinity too - she is really lovely but not overly worried about clothes etc.

Also - think what you are referring to is known as a ""Croydon face lift"

Imsosorryalan Wed 06-Nov-13 21:27:29

The thing is, I've had to stop commenting on all the inappropriate clothes wearing as he then has a go at me for not letting him get on with it! I hate seeing them in uncomfortable clothes!

nickelbabe Wed 06-Nov-13 21:28:04

dh struggles to put clothes on, yes, so he probably wouldn't notice the wrong size. all of dd's clothes In the correct size are on one shelf.

he's rather good at choosing outfits.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Wed 06-Nov-13 21:29:48

Just to go against the grain here, but DH dresses DD beautifully better than me

So it's not all men.

mrsjay Wed 06-Nov-13 21:30:15

think what you are referring to is known as a ""Croydon face lift"

OH i didnt want to be Croydenist grin

MIl also bought dds pj day outfits

BerstieSpotts Wed 06-Nov-13 21:30:22

DP is fine normally but did manage to pick out too-small stuff from the charity pile. We have just moved and actually charitied it all so hurrah grin And to be fair at that time, he didn't live with me so it was my responsibility.

However he can't tell apart a "jumper" from a "coat" (this goes for himself as well, he will wear one or the other, never both confused) and I used to get told off at nursery when I picked DS up because he was supposed to have both. DS has a huge aversion to any kind of warm covering or extra layers and so will happily go out in -1 in just a t-shirt and cotton jumper. Probably shorts as well. Now, OK, DP I agree that there is no suitable word to describe a zip-up hoodie made from cotton but "jumper" is acceptable as a shortcut for "anything one layer above a t-shirt", who calls it a coat?

Thurlow Wed 06-Nov-13 21:30:33

I had thought DP was getting better. A few times recently I've been pleasantly surprised by a fully matching outfit including the best match shoes. Today was a definite backwards step...

knickernicker Wed 06-Nov-13 21:31:30

They all know how to dress themselves though.

CookieB Wed 06-Nov-13 21:32:59

Haha I will always have the image of hairbands pinging around the room while he's trying to figure this complex manoeuvre out. He is ok now though thankfully. 2 bouts of nits later vastly improved his detail to hair maintenance.

Mim78 Wed 06-Nov-13 21:36:01

Mrsjay thanks for not being Croydonist - I live in Croydon!

BerstieSpotts Wed 06-Nov-13 21:37:20

I must say that DP's own dress sense is appalling and he "doesn't believe in trying things on" confused so I can write any of this off as him just not caring that much about clothes. And to be fair he is fine - dresses DS better than he dresses himself except that all of his clothes now match. Jeans jeans jeans jeans jeans jeans black jeans. 70 million black t-shirts, 3 grey t-shirts, one brown t-shirt. All freebies or under £10 for the jeans. One of his friends tried to take him shopping recently and he was totally baffled as to how or why anybody would spend lots of money on clothes just because they look nicer grin

pianodoodle Wed 06-Nov-13 21:38:01

DH actually spends a lot of time and thought putting together outfits for DD. He's very good at it! I throw any old pattern together because she's 2 and looks cute anyway!

But...yes, the sizing and appropriateness for the temperature are often way off.

Tonight he bathed her and accidentally got bath water on her gro-bag for bed. I said to see if her old gro-bag would do for the night otherwise we'll just use a blanket.

He brought her out in the old gro-bag saying "yeah this'll do fine" when in fact her legs were bent at the knee and she couldn't have straightened them out if she'd tried grin

Basically if he's managed to shoehorn her into it somehow, that means it "fits"

Strumpetron Wed 06-Nov-13 21:39:00

Haha bless.

My dad used to do my hair with the hoover nozzle.

But a bobble on the nozzle, hoover my hair up, then slide it over.

I thought nothing of this until I told my mum one time and she looked at me like hmm

Pontouf Wed 06-Nov-13 21:42:54

DH does this. I can sort of cope with the fact that he appears to be both colour and pattern blind - polka dots, stripes and tartan all in the same outfit anyone? (I especially like it when the colours are all very similar but not actually matching so it looks a bit like a colour run washing mishap). hmm It's the fact that he puts both DC in totally season inappropriate clothing. DS (3yo) is often in just a short sleeved t-shirt at the moment and DD (7mo) will often be sporting a beautiful thin cotton short legged romper (the sort designed to be worn on it's own in really hot weather) with tights and a thick cardi.

Last night he put DD to bed in a long sleeved vest and dungarees. Apparently it was my fault because I accidentally put the dungarees in the drawer with her sleepsuits. Not his for being an absolute fool.

CookieB Wed 06-Nov-13 21:44:06

Strumpetron grin. That is actually quite clever.

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