When M&S asked us to share our school uniform stories, I didn’t have to think twice!
It feels like yesterday I gave birth to Wriggly, yet she’s off to school in September… How is that even possible? I vividly remember that warm June morning as if it were just a moment away. When my little man came upstairs after breakfast to put his uniform on, I had his baby sister in my arms, born just a few minutes before. What a surprise it was for him!
My fierce little girl was determined to make an appearance and my labour was so quick she was born in the bathroom! No need to put those suitcases in the car, no need to rush to hospital, no need for childcare for the older three. Instead, we had cuddles on the bathroom floor and rather than our local hospital, I fed my newborn baby on my own sofa and had tea in my favourite mug, two whole days before her due date!
Today, three-year-old Wriggly and I went for a bit of ‘first uniform’ shopping. Since it’s my last time buying the first uniform for one of my children, it was really special for me. We left the house, hand in hand, talking about the style of school dress she wanted to get for her first day of school in September. She didn’t hesitate for one second and shouted: “I want a rainbow unicorn dress and a pink vest.” She’d clearly not been paying much attention to what her sisters had been wearing to school.
She was beside herself when I announced her school dress would have to be grey rather than the ‘rainbow unicorn’ she was after. I had to explain to her that everyone at school would be wearing a uniform so that everyone looks the same and represents the school. She was puzzled and only said two words: “But why?” Once the crying (OK, full on meltdown) had subsided, she looked at me with tears in her eyes and asked, still sobbing: “Can I have a bow on my uniform dress?”
Right, we were moving in the right direction. Once we’d cleared the colour issue, things went a lot more smoothly and happy chatter resumed. We might even have galloped to M&S, where I’ve always bought my children’s first uniform.
Within seconds, my spirited unicorn lover had set her eyes on a simple grey slip-on dress with a bow.
She also picked a second dress, a cardigan, tights, underwear and white socks. We went a size up just because she’s likely to grow in the next three months, but we’ll wait until the end of August for her shoes, just to be on the safe side.
As soon as we got home, we labelled her new uniform and she insisted on wearing it. Why not, hey? Labelling uniform bits and pieces is always the first thing I do straight after coming back from the shops, because I have a ‘serial uniform loser’ in the house. My 5-year-old’s party trick is to lose school cardigans. Surely there must be a place where she hides them at school.
Every morning, I make sure she has a cardigan on, and most days there’s also one in her school bag. Guess what? Whenever she comes home, she has no cardigan on her or in her bag. I can never find any in the lost property box in her cloakroom. Last time a teaching assistant offered to have a search through the school, she found 9 of her cardigans. Nine! Check her little story, which is featured on the M&S website:
Life quite simply isn’t uniform, especially with young children! I love a good school uniform anecdote. Have you got any ‘life isn’t uniform’ stories? Did your little one ever bring other children’s clothes home? Have they used their brand new school cardigan to wash the car? I’d love you to share your stories with me!
Disclosure: This blog post is part of the ‘life isn’t uniform’ campaign by M&S but all photos and opinions are my own.