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 With Halloween right around the corner, we took pictures of  Madison in her costume like we did last year (we're starting a tradition, I suppose).  It's a mini, informal photo shoot before the actual trick-or-treating night just in case she were to mess up the costume in some way, we have pictures prior to.  Last year she was a duck... although a lot of people thought she was a chick for some reason, the actual costume said duck so we went with it.  We purchased the costume from Carter's and they have it again this year, too.  Although now it comes with the long-sleeved white shirt to go underneath; that wasn't included when we purchased it so we just threw a long-sleeved white onesie underneath instead.  The striped tights are included, as well.
This year we wanted something equally as squeezable so we went after the costume we really wanted last year, but couldn't find anywhere because it sold out.  FAST.  It's Tom Arma's white tiger costume that both my wife and I fell in love with from the first time we saw it and knew that it was going to be Madison's costume at some point... and we were hoping for sooner rather than later.
We started our hunt in late August thinking we had plenty of time to find the costume, but we still were having trouble.  After some research we discovered that Tom Arma only makes a limited number of his costumes and once they've sold there's no guarantee that they'll be available again! We then took our search to the one place where everything pre-owned eventually finds its way to live...
...and there were a couple listings for the white tiger, but not in the size we needed.  We stalked the listings everyday until finally the size we needed was there, but it turned into a bidding war that we lost.  We.  Were.  Pissed. Upset.  But that's how it goes sometimes so we were back to stalking and at this point had started to discuss backup costumes, even though it wasn't even mid-September yet.  (What's wrong with us?)  Days went by and we were ready to give up when the exact size we needed appeared and, to our surprise, it was a "buy now" and not up for bidding so we snatched it up immediately.  Persistence does pay off. 

Although going forward, we'll have the power to veto any costume that seems out-of-this-world ridiculous we want her to have all the fun in picking out her own costumes so this year was our last chance to pick one out all by ourselves without any real input from her.  I imagine next year will be a whole new ballgame.
Image sources:  Carter's, Tom Arma, Ebay.


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