Wednesday, June 14, 2006

What Would You Have Done?

(Updated Thursday, 6/15...scroll to bottom of post for Part Deux)

I don't think I ask for a lot from the Husband. I really don't.

I ask that he puts the toliet seat down so that if I have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, I won't fall into the toliet.

I ask that he helps me remember to keep hand towels in our bathroom, and that further, he picks up his boxer shorts after he showers so that we don't repeat the embarrasment of having a guest stoop down to the floor to pick up what they think is a towel, only to find out they are about to wipe their face with Husband's dirty shorts.

I ask that when I say to him, for the first time ever, "Honey, do you want to read one of my blog posts?", that he at least feigns interest rather than merely skimming it quickly and then saying, "Is THIS what you do all day?"

And finally, I ask that when I call him at home on his day off and ask him to bring Little Guy to my office so that I can introduce him to my co-workers, that he will dress our babe in attire fitting the occasion.

I expect this because I have clearly specified the type of outfit that I want Little Guy to wear--an outfit appropriately cute and fairly conservative....something fitting for a visit to a government office where he will meet his mother's co-workers for the first time ever and charm them with his dimples and chin rolls. I expect he will be wearing a plaid romper with a color-coordinated onesie underneath or maybe denim shortalls layered with a Baby Gap tee, or perhaps even his striped seersucker. I expect this because these are the outfits that I have offered as examples of how he should come dressed.
However, this is what he arrived wearing.

If you're wondering, that is the Virgin Mary on the front of his shirt. This is a Mexican outfit that my brother bought for my son on Olvera Street. It's a great outfit. A beautiful outfit. An outfit that shows off Little Guy's Mexican and religious heritage all at once! But not at all what I had pictured Little Guy wearing when I walked him through cubicleland to meet my co-workers. Call me a conformist, but I just wanted him to show up in a frickin plaid jumper with a pair of Robeez on, damnit!

So I ask you. What would you have done in this situation?

a) Tell Husband to take Little Guy home, change him into his plaid jumper, and bring him back to the office.

b) Take Little Guy through cubicleland with the Virgin Mary outfit on. Screw anyone who tries to make fun of him!

c) Kick Husband's ass.

d) A & C

e) Other (please describe)

You tell me what you would have done, and then I'll tell you what I did.

Edited to add: OK, so this is what happened...

When I saw what Little Guy was wearing, I was pretty peeved. The extent of my irritation almost made me implement Choice "A." However, I knew we didn't have time for that, which made me even MORE peeved. So peeved, in fact, that I immediately began implementing Choice "C".

But before I could get a really good kick in, Husband pulled a back-up outfit out of the diaper bag. Apparently, he knew I might get be reluctant to show Little Guy off in the Virgin Mary outfit...(again, great outfit, but wrong occasion) he packed away another outfit just in case.

I felt just a wee bit bad as I changed Little Guy into the cookie-cutter prepster jumper, but that's what I did.

The way I figure it: Little Guy is due for a visit to Husband's office real soon. And I have just the outfit for him to wear...


Blogger Catch said...

I would have just taken him around and showed him to everyone anyway because he is a beautiful little boy!!! we all know husbands have no clue about dressing kids. But your little boy is absolutely gorgeous, he would look like a doll in anything.

11:49 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

For a second, I thought your Husband dressed him up like Elvis, and then I would've definitely kicked his ass! But seriously, I agree with the first comment, most Daddy's haven't a fashion clue when it comes to kids clothes, and most Mommies know it!

Just make sure to bring him back on a day you have off, dressed in his cute khakis and polo onesie! :)

12:50 AM  
Blogger metro mama said...

I would do B & C.

Love the outfit!

3:39 AM  
Anonymous MOobs said...

B and C

5:07 AM  
Anonymous Rose said...

I would of said, hunny that is not what I asked you to put him in and then I would of taken him around and showed him off. He's a cutie and a "baby." If your co-worker care that much about what a baby is wearing than you must be working with some snobs.LOL

5:12 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

def. b & c.. that litle guy could pull off any outfit! He is super cute, and that smile could melt anyones heart!

5:37 AM  
Anonymous Binkytown said...

I would kick his ass for not following instructions, but I seriously love this outfit! He's beautiful!

6:34 AM  
Blogger bubandpie said...

The ever-popular B&C for me please.

But the "So THIS is what you do all day?" comment - a serious bout of (c) for that one! (and this from someone who has been obliquely inviting hubby to visit her blog for a few days now, with no result)

6:48 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Put me down for B&C as well please. I also agree that you should bring baby back in a really cute Mommy approved outfit one day! :) AND I'll bet you a $100, the amt of your last Target shopping trip, that nobody even noticed what baby was wearing. He is SOOOO sweet and cute that it probably didn't even register with your co-workers what he was wearing, just that a cutie pie was in their midst. Ya know? I stress about what my kids are wearing all the time too and if I mention it to somebody else later on they always go, "oh, I didn't even notice what he had ON. I just noticed his beautiful dimples or the fact that he told me that funny story". Then I think, oh, you mean you noticed his wit and personality, not his 3-year-old shorts that look like somebody used them to clean the car with?? COOL! You know what I mean!??! So, anyways, DON'T stress. And Little Guy is TOOOO cute for words, even if he was only in a diaper and 2 mismatched flip flops, which is what my husband use to dress our kids in as babies and I would be MORTIFIED. :)

7:28 AM  
Anonymous FatedHearts said...

awwwww he's so adorable in that outfit! and i would answer all of the above hehehehe.

I know what you mean about the part you ask him to at least feign interest to see what we created. But thankfully mine is not a problem.

I know your site from kidzoo. Hugs

7:41 AM  
Blogger Pendullum said...

B and as for the others...
Like C???
Do you think the hubby would listen??? Since he has not heard any of the other requests???
I think he your son that is so sooooooooo cute... that if the co workers noticed anything other that that killer smile and those dimples, they have something terribly, terribly,wrong with them...
And at least the clothes matched...
and he remembered the diaper bag...
and by the way...
I could not stop laughing...
At least, through your blog, I have learntthat I am not alone... And honey... aren't we just living the DREAM???

7:48 AM  
Blogger Prosecutor/Mommy said...

That outfit is hilarious. I would have taken him around the office, explaining to each and every person that my husband dressed him and it's not the outfit I would have chosen. But hey, at least your husband picked a shirt that matched the pants!

8:10 AM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Awwww. You guys are just too sweet! I am going to tell the Hubs that you liked the outfit. He will be happy. Maybe he will even decide to check out my blog. :)

8:13 AM  
Anonymous mamatulip said...

I am LMFAO, because this is exactly, and I mean EXACTLY what my husband would have done.

I would have paraded him around the office, using the opportunity to get as many jabs in at my husband's expense as humanly possible.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous mothergoosemouse said...

B. Totally. Who cares what the child is wearing when he is so darned cute?

Although I feel your pain. You should see some of the combos that Kyle thought were perfectly acceptable. I think your husband really tried to find something special for your little guy to wear. His heart was in the right place.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

I'm with the majority... B and C.
My God, babies don't get much cuter than Little Guy!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I would have shown him arround and when I got weird looks explain who it was that did the dressing. Totally let the husband take credit for the choice in attire.

I couldn't comment on your last post because you had so many frickin comments the page wouldn't fully load!!

The pool is so cute. You haaaaaad to get it. I got one from Target last year that blows up as an elephant and has a sprinkler in the tail. It is to die for.

I LOOOOOOOOVE Target. I easily drop $100 there every time.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Babaloo said...

e) I think I would have put a post-it note on Little Guy's shirt saying "Daddy dressed me today." Then? Proudly passed him around the office. The cuteness far outweighs the outfit.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Waya said...

OMG that was hilarious, your husband NOT your son.

He's adorable! Well, knowing my husband, who I have to pick out clothes for any special occasions,I'd put out clothes for all the kids, including their skivies.

But in your case, I'd show my son around any way (since he's so cute!) make fun of my husband to my co-workers, and then go home and kick his flat ass!

11:09 AM  
Blogger Marla said...

One more tick in the B&C column.

For the record, Steve once dressed Josie in two shirts. One of them worn correctly, the other as pants. The guy had spent the afternoon mystified as to what the extra hole in the crotch was for and why the waistband was so loose.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Suburban Turmoil said...

I would've taken him around and said very loudly 'My husband dressed him today, can you tell?"

12:00 PM  
Blogger Dirty Birdie said...

Tell them you enrolled your son in Mexican Kung Fu and this is his uniform.

3:11 PM  
Blogger jennster said...

LMFAO- who gave you that outfit?!

3:18 PM  
Blogger lildb said...

Sorry - can't answer questions - mind was blown by baby cute-ocity - levels at richter - must. eat. cookies. to counteract richter.

mmmmm. cute baby and cookies. my kinda post.

(okay, so there wasn't anything about cookies in your post. but that BABY. oooh. I need another cookie.)

3:37 PM  
Blogger Farm Girl said...

Oh my goodness, LOL. I have to say Little Guy looks kinda like a Christmas tree. The outfit doesn't look very fitting for, um, JUNE. Your husband is such a man! I would not have done any of those options, if I were really upset with how he dressed him I would have announced, to everyone that met Little Guy that Daddy was the one to dress him because anyone in their right mind wouldn't have picked that outfit for the office. I probably would have added some comment about garanimal tags that will be placed on all his existing clothing. No matter though Little Guy is a doll, I'm sure everyone loved him.

4:14 PM  
Anonymous sweatpantsmom said...

I would have taken him around anyways - I actually like the outfit, myself. (And I'm with Rose - screw the office snobs!)

Also, I'll bet your husband has been reading your blog all along but won't admit it. Try posting something juicy, like, "Does My Husband Know I'm Really A Stripper?" and see if he can contain himself.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Tasha said...

Definetly B&C. Because that is what I did when my hubs brought our youngest daughter to my work in her footy pjs in the middle of the day.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Definitely B and then C later.

But he really looks adorable in that outfit. I do get wanting something a little bit more... um... standard, but he could be wearing pink pajamas and still look great.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous wendy boucher said...

Put me in the who cares what he's wearing, camp. Just look at that face! Who is going to notice his clothes anyway?

8:25 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Just B. You can get your revenge later when you select your attire for Hubby's workplace holiday party.

Besides, I also work in a government office and in my experience those cubicle women could stand to shake up their clothing choices.

8:25 PM  
Anonymous PoopyDigs said...

OMG. Too funny. Our husband's could probably be twins, as I have fallen into the toilet one too many times, and I have picked up my daughter from the babysitter in outfits that are unbecoming a lady (it's his responsiblity to dress her in the morning).

My answer?

I wouldn't probably walked him around in what he had on. It's quite cute really. At first, I thought it might be an Elvis outfit Could've penciled in some side burns and given him your shades.

Love your blog.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

I am overwhelmed by the niceness of all your comments....I don't think a one of you said that I should simply have kicked the Hubster's ass. That is really kind. As, of course, were all the comments about Little Guy. You guys are so sweet!

9:44 PM  
Anonymous chelle said...

Ok really he looks so darn cute!!!! Really I would have had my husband carry him from place to place, while I chatted and beamed!

I never worry about what my husband dresses my daughter in anymore or how he does her hair. I KNOW the women that see them KNOW he did it himself and that counts for something!

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Wow, unexpected surprise ending! How fortuitous of your hubby. :-)

5:50 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I just gotta ask this. If he thought that the outfit might be a wrong choice, at least enough that he brought a spare, WHY DID HE DRESS THE KID IN THE FIRST ONE ANYWAY!?!?

5:54 AM  
Blogger Lotta said...

I thought he was dressed like Elvis too! But I have to say I get a kick out of crazy kids outfits. I don't mind if my son's hair sticks straight up and he's got punk clothes on. BUT mismatched outfits, dresses on BACKWARDS on my daughter. And I'm like "Did you even try?" to my husband.

I like your blog! Come by and visit sometime we can talk trash!

6:35 AM  
Blogger Dirty Birdie said...

He really is adorable, that smile is going to be big big trouble when he gets older.

I can't wait to see how my little munchkin turns out.

7:07 AM  
Blogger Petite Mom Blogger said...

This is something my husband would do. Seriously. And, he would not bring a back up. I'm glad I work at home. :)

BTW, I found your blog via another mom blog. Nice place you got here. :)

7:19 AM  
Blogger Pattie said...

I love it...great pictures! I would probably have a suit made just for him exactly the same as the little guy and make him wear it to one of his golf days out...just my opinion of course... :)

10:00 AM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Stephanie: yes, good question. Well, at first I thought he brought the spare outfit b/c he meant the whole thing as a joke, but when I asked him about it yesterday he said that he brought the spare outfit cuz he knew I would probably be mad that he didn't "follow my instructions" about how to dress him, and he didn't want his ass kicked. Sooooo, Husband appears to like to torture me just a little, but he also fears my wrath enough not to take it TOO far. I think that is very wise of him. VERY wise. he he

Lotta and Baby and Mom: thanks for visiting here. I will stop by your place to say hi. Cheers!

Domesticator: shouldn't you be sipping wine on the Tuscan countryside right now or are you back home?

10:18 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

If I had been working in your office I don't think I would have even noticed the outfit because of all the overwhelming, in your face, oh-my-GAWD!, cuteness.

You could always put him in a t-shirt that says "my mom digs chicks" and post it on your blog and then wait and see if your husband notices. That would be fun.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Mega Mom said...

That outfit was adorable.

I always ask my husband "would YOU go out of the house like THAT?"

Then he gives me the slow, understanding, ok-you're-right smile.

I love that he brought a back up outfit!

12:39 PM  
Blogger Kel said...

Cute little boy, wild outfit.

I agree that it's a bit Elvis inspiring, but hey....

I don't blame you at all for being upset with your husband. I'd kill mine too.

1:49 PM  
Blogger SUEB0B said...

Oh, hun, that boy is so cute that he could have been wearing a burlap sack and people would have loved him to pieces.

8:03 PM  
Blogger sunshine scribe said...

I would have done C too. But can I just say ... MAN he is so cute in that outfit!!

4:34 AM  
Blogger J's Mommy said...

The fact that he had a back-up outfit is pretty awesome. I don't think I could have stayed mad at that. I guess he knows you pretty well.

6:44 PM  
Blogger The Miller Family said...

omg, hahahaha, i couldn't stop laughing. so funny and totally a hubby thing to do. we've gotten to the point that my hubby asks me to pick out clothes first when they need to be changed because i ALWAYS change their clothes when he picks them out. they have cute stuff and they're not gonna fit in a few weeks/months. okay, i'm a control freak. there, i said it :)

9:16 AM  

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