I love zipped up footed pajamas. Its so much easier to zip and unzip rather than fumbling with buttons in the middle of the night but its hard to find zipped pajamas. After searching in boys sections for weeks a salesclerk pointed me to the girl’s section filled with pink and purple zipped pajamas. Now I’m not saying my boy can only play with footballs and GI Joes but I can’t exactly see myself sticking him in a princess pajama even if he doesn’t know the difference. What about the frog one? She said lifting a green and white frog print. It seemed neutral enough I thought. When I showed it to K he shook his head I don’t know about that one. I didn’t get it. Just looks girly he said. Its gender neutral I insisted. Plus they zipped- making my nighttime wakings easier by a mile.
I woke this morning to a sick little guy. Fever. Cough. Fussy. Rushing him to the doctor we took the first appointment with the first available doctor. It was a new doctor but he seemed nice enough [Looking past the huge “Obamacare will kill the country” poster on his office door]. Still, I raised an eyebrow when he leaned his stethoscope in and said okay sweetheart lets listen to your lungs, and then hi beautiful, lets look at the throat wondering, does he think Waleed is a girl? But then all doubt erased when he said, she has a viral infection give her pain relievers, it will pass by Saturday.
Now I understand Waleed is not Joe, Barney or Bartholomew so it might be misconstrued as female or at best unclear. And I get he’s a busy doctor who didn’t check the chart for gender but I’m just surprised. He seems so boyish to me. I thought back to the one other time that someone mistook him for a girl and realized a common theme in both incidents. The outfit: