Thanks for all the sweet comments on my DD and the dress. I do love the extra memories tied into it.
MistressT--I think you are right about letting little ones wear costumes for other occasions besides Hallowen and parties. I had DD try on the dress the same morning of the birthday party to finish the hem. We still had to run a few errands before going and she insisted on wearing it out. I decided to let her and she got so many comments while walking around in Target. It was too cute!
We have our whole lives to be "appropriate", live with dress codes, to feel all the pressures of appearance, etc. so to have those first few years to dress like a day dream or mix colors unconventionally is a gift it seems crazy to deny them to me. One of my honorary nieces went through a phase were she liked to wear a hoodie, diapers and snow boots around the house. Why not?