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{Real Life} glasses for kiddo…

When I was 4, I got my first pair of glasses (it was actually the day my brother was born). Back in 1975, there wasn’t much of a choice in what glasses I could choose from & I knew only a handful of kids that had them. But, I wanted glasses. I thought they would make me look older & smarter – I was excited to get them. However, there were drawbacks to wearing glasses….enough that I was fearful for Sayer to have to get them. When I started noticing Sayer’s eyes turning in quite often, I started to sort of mildly panic. A few months ago, at his yearly exam, he was referred to a “strabismus” eye specialist but due to this doctor’s reputation & local availability, we had to wait 2 months for an appointment. During this time, I started to collect books about eyes/glasses along with collecting & noting characters in Sayer’s books, favorite shows & movies, that had glasses. I wanted to be prepared in case Sayer needed to get them. Because Sayer is 3, we haven’t introduced him to Harry Potter yet, but he does know who he is.
{In order – left to right}

The experience at the eye doctor last week was a bit overwhelming to say the least. Sayer & I were there for about 3 hours & in that time, he had to have his eyes dilated. Not an ideal situation or activity for a toddler. Nonetheless, we powered through it to find that he did need to get glasses to help correct his condition. The tricky thing, is that they are to help with his eyes crossing more than his actual vision. He may not notice a change when he wears them – he just won’t have to work as hard to see, as I understand it. So, the next hurdle was getting Sayer to want glasses or even try them on. He has been pretty adamant (as a 3yr old can be) about not wanting to try them on. But, I started slowly working on him- sneaking in glasses books at story time & pointing out glasses in his shows that he likes. I’ve been reading “Spectacles” every day since his appointment & now he at least points out his favorite glasses in the line-up (bottom row- middle). But this kid of mine is smart & is able to read right through me most of the time. I showed him a picture of Violet Affleck (Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner’s daughter) who has been pictured a lot in new glasses (& is a few years older than Sayer). I asked Sayer if he thought she looked nice & like she would be a good friend. He said yes. I asked him why he thought that & he told me it was definitely not because she wore glasses. I guess I needed to be more subtle…

Sayer adores Jack Black (because of School of Rock) & Yo Gabba Gabba. We recently watched his favorite episode of Gabba where Jack Black dresses as DJ Lance. Sayer noticed their glasses right away & said that he didn’t want black ones. Progress… 

To keep that progress rolling, I later that day, made him a new “Gunk” slug lovey. I had him pick out the fabrics & told him that it was time for another one, now that he was 3 (he got one when he was 6months & when he was 2). When I was finished, I presented him with his new buddy. I wasn’t sure the reaction I would get from him but was pleasantly surprised. This is “Eye Gunk” (which actually sounds like a whole different eye condition)- he is now part of the slug gang that goes everywhere with Sayer. 
We all went on a major glasses hunt yesterday & it was exhausting. Getting this little dude to sit still & try glasses on took every creative & patient bone in my body. The glasses that he wanted to try were usually hot pink, large, cat eye, sunglasses. He also liked to try 2 on at a time because his grandma wears her sunglasses on top of her regular glasses.   However, we had some luck in Seattle at the place I get my glasses. They were great & we have a pair of glasses on order. They aren’t the ones in the picture above – but they are made by the same company called Swiss Flex Eyewear (which I was really impressed with). His are rectangular & blue with green sides- which met all of his criteria. We’ll have to go back next week to pick them up & then that’s when the real fun begins. I told Sayer last night that he looks very smart & handsome in his glasses, he agreed with a nod- & I mentioned that he will be all ready for pre-school in the fall. His response was that he still didn’t need them, but he would take them to school in lunch box- but not the one he will take his lunch in- a different one. 

So, that’s what we have been up to -what about you?

8 Comments

  1. jek-a-go-go
    22 June 2011

    oh my goodness! I had Open Your eyes. LOVE the pics. I wish I still had it. Love the memories that just stirred up. Thank you for this post and sharing. Lovely.

  2. jek-a-go-go
    22 June 2011

    oh my goodness! I had Open Your eyes. LOVE the pics. I wish I still had it. Love the memories that just stirred up. Thank you for this post and sharing. Lovely.

  3. Makeminemidcentury
    23 June 2011

    Phew! That's a lot of hard work. I expect at least one of mine will need glasses at some point. Good for you for getting in top of it early. It'll help him with school.

    Can't wait to see him show off his new specs!

  4. Makeminemidcentury
    23 June 2011

    Phew! That's a lot of hard work. I expect at least one of mine will need glasses at some point. Good for you for getting in top of it early. It'll help him with school.

    Can't wait to see him show off his new specs!

  5. Daria
    23 June 2011

    I really enjoyed reading this Kristin πŸ™‚ Lot of work indeed… and you're so wonderfully patient!
    You made me remember that my brother Lorenzo wore glass from age 4-8 for the same reason and now he's the only one in the family that doesn't wear any πŸ™‚
    I'm looking forward to see the pictures!

  6. Daria
    23 June 2011

    I really enjoyed reading this Kristin πŸ™‚ Lot of work indeed… and you're so wonderfully patient!
    You made me remember that my brother Lorenzo wore glass from age 4-8 for the same reason and now he's the only one in the family that doesn't wear any πŸ™‚
    I'm looking forward to see the pictures!

  7. ChantaleP
    23 June 2011

    That is quite the adventure! I like what Daria wrote at the end.. that's quite positive and something that might happen for Sayer too! OMG look at all these coolio peeps wearing glasses, esp Jack Black! You are seriously one of the coolest and caring moms I know Kristin. Taking all this time, showing Sayer all the photos and even getting him involved with his new slug lovey.. The glasses you both chose is awesome although the hot pink cateye glasses would've been super too. ;p hehe.. That is one super loved kiddo!

  8. ChantaleP
    23 June 2011

    That is quite the adventure! I like what Daria wrote at the end.. that's quite positive and something that might happen for Sayer too! OMG look at all these coolio peeps wearing glasses, esp Jack Black! You are seriously one of the coolest and caring moms I know Kristin. Taking all this time, showing Sayer all the photos and even getting him involved with his new slug lovey.. The glasses you both chose is awesome although the hot pink cateye glasses would've been super too. ;p hehe.. That is one super loved kiddo!

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