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Pretty much every night now, 2 year-old Summer declares her intense desire to wear her princess gown to bed.

So I say no.

There is no way a kid can get a proper night’s rest with all those sequins and polyester and tulle. For gosh sakes, I can’t sleep if I’m wearing the wrong sweatpants or if I forget to put lotion on my feet.

But she gets so ridiculously despondent and I start to think, “Life is so darn short. If this girl wants to sleep on six layers of tulle, why should I be the princess-dream-crusher to get in her way?”


Now some of you might point out, “Hey Kelcey. Why don’t you just put her in those Tinkerbell pajamas she adores so much. Wouldn’t that be the easiest solution?”

Do you think this is my first ride on the Parental Express?

Of course, those Tinkerbell pajamas are on. Under her gown.

And like any good outfit, the princess dress works for night and day.


Man, what’s up with my sleepy kid?!

The thing about going the princess 24/7 route, is that (aside from it being very tiring) you end up with a lot of glitter. Everywhere.

On Summer’s face. In her crib. Throughout the apartment.

And glitter is very hard to eradicate. Kind of like having mice but much more magical and sparkly.

mama bird notes:

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44 Responses to your royal highness is resting

  • feener says:

    my frass who is 2 1/2 is in the same stage, she has to wear her minnie princess dress everywhere. the think is so darn dirty, but i don\\\’t give a rat\\\’s ass. when we were in disney she stayed in it for 48 hours straight. 

  • kristen says:

    mine was all about a sleeping beauty costume that smelled like maple syrup, all the breakfasts spent in that costume. i  miss those days, i really do.

  • Michelle says:

    You have to take her to the Princess breakfast in Cinderella’s Castle at Disney. Our Girls wore princess outfits for two days straight through every part of The Magic Kingdom, DIsney Studios and parts of Epcot! I wouldn’t have had it any other way! 🙂

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Like I said before, she’s a direct descendant of Princess Summerfall Winterspring; the beautiful Native American Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody Show. Google the name…you’ll see us old farts remember these things.

  • patois says:

    Ah, the glory glittery days of glittery years gone by! I love that you let her sleep in it. Really, who cares what they sleep in as long as they sleep? And she’s just too cute!

  • Jen says:

    glitter is EVERYWHERE in our apt. too…from dress up clothes and school projects–it is freakin’ annoying. i keep telling eric that only a new dyson can get rid of it (really i just want a new vacuum)–maybe i’ll try to invent the ultimate de-glittering device–i need something to do during this god awful recession!

  • Megan says:

    Summer looks adorable in her princess gown.  My little Claire would prefer to have no clothes on which presents a problem in the winter.  yesterday I had all four kids running around the house “pantsless” because Claire escaped during a diaper change and the rest of the gang thought it was a good idea to be half nude.  It was quite hilarious and it brightened my day to remember that these kids have no inhibitions and just do and wear what they like.        

  • Valerie says:

    I love Oz’s comment — how cool would it be to have an outfit so versitile?  Summer is adorable and I’m glad you let her sleep in her gown.  My boys sleep in football jerseys and batman capes all the time.  Luckily, there is less glitter involved!

  • MN Mama says:

    Glitter is so hard to get rid of… oh my who knew?  Mallory has very similar boots.  We don’t have the princess dresses but she loves the boots and wears them all the time.  They make the most boring day so much better!  Yippee!

  • I’ve seen the glitter show up in the baby’s poop.

    I just had to share that.

    I don’t know how she sleeps in that material either.  I need the lotion on my feet and matching socks.  If the socks don’t match, I cannot rest.

  • francine Kasen says:

    I remember your hilarious  encounter with the infamous  mouse! Summer looks cute in her princess sleepwear! I have the SAME outfit! 

  • Alright – now ya made me feel guilty! Next time my little girl asks to sleep in her princess frills and fancy’s I will let her… at least one time. 🙂  You have a great blog – I’m going to start following you. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dixie Chick says:

    My darling 3 yo Mallory wanted to pick flowers at the medical clinic (where my hubby has office hours some days) and  she proceeded to have the biggest meltdown with screaming across the whole first floor for 15 minutes (eternity).  It was mortifying.  I said don’t pick the flowers, and she ran back across the drop off area (dangerous) to get back at the flowers.  In hindsight, I didn’t know we were headed for one of the meltdowns of a three year old proportion, I would have just let her pick a flower.  It would have been easier but it was all downhill from there…
    Pick a flower, wear tulle to bed – sometimes it’s hard to pick the battle. 

  • mackbeth says:

    Aaaahhh!  Only to have had a daughter – I get to show off those same polyester pajamas only with “lightning mcqueen” sans glitter.  The streets of Denver are a bit less sparkly!

  • Aimee says:

    I could not help but have a little giggle about Summer in her princess wear! I am imagining this is what I am in for when my little girl comes! Rylan on the other hand–he doesn’t request outfits–just items! He must sleep with all 15 of his planes, his 3 buses, and his beloved stuffed friends!

    Although he has started a true love for Barney–Elmo can not be replaced by anyone! And he would certainly love to be in the drawing! (just so you know at the Dr’s office he had the choice of an Abby sticker or a Bert one–he choose Bert!!!)

  • tracey says:

    Hey, if I COULD wear a princess dress without being sent away, I WOULD.

    On second thought, a trip to a sanitarium sounds  a bit like a trip to a spa right now…

  • I went through something kinda similar when my 4-year-old wanted to wear a cape, grandma beads, fake Barbie Styling Head nails, and a tiara to a kindergarten open house. At first, I thought this would reflect poorly on me. Then, I thought killing her individuality would reflect poorly on her, so to the open house we did go with her full pastiche of whatever the hell it was she was wearing.

  • ella says:

    Well, you’re right, life’s too short and it’s no big deal to sleep in all that garb. On the other hand, now that my kids are 14, 13, and 8, I’d wishe’d I’d put up with a lot more squacking form them when they were little, cause the control stakes are WAY higher now. Just my thought.

  • OHmommy says:

    Oh I know.  I dropped my daughter off, before my tennis game, at the kid’s room in a princess gown that she had been wearing for THREE days.  LOL.

    Life is too short.  She will cherish those pictures,

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