Do my girls only wear dresses?
For Sadie the answer is, for the most part, yes.
Now before anyone says: "That's just wrong!" I'll elaborate. I don't make Sadie wear dresses. But I have stopped buying her pants. The reason is simple: she won't wear them. She demands dresses.
A few times, when I tried to force the pants issue, she dissolved in tears while sobbing something about "princesses."
When it's cold she will agree to wearing her stretch pants under her dress. However I have to pick my battles and I'm not going to force my daughter to wear something I wouldn't want to wear... Although sometimes I do have to put my foot down and say "No, you are not going to wear THAT princess dress for the third day in a row. We need to wash it!"
Then there are the snoods. So far, if I let her (or even left her snood lying around) she'd wear it everyday. She calls it her "hat." After a few hours she does get bored with it and take it off, but she can also be quite passionate about keeping it on (we had near tears when she wanted to wear it to Mass one day and I wasn't getting it on her head fast enough...).
What it basically comes down to is this: She still wants to be like Mommy. And Mommy wears dresses. I know the day is coming when being like Mommy won't be cool, but I'll enjoy it while it lasts.
And I definitely won't discourage it.
The issue of modesty was also part of the question (that it's more difficult for little ones to be modest when they're wearing dresses). I haven't really found this to be the case. I'd be telling Sadie to sit like a lady in pants or a dress (we're definitely old enough to learn not to sprawl on a pew during Mass!). We haven't had problems with her pulling her dress up or anything like that, so for us the "modesty" aspect has really been a non-issue.
With Mae Bae it's a bit trickier. She's wearing 3T outfits now (yeah... I know... we have huge babies... She's almost 13 months old...). The problem with 3T's is that they aren't really designed for diaper-wearers. Getting a 3T over a bulky diaper is a battle that often ends in tears. Slipping a dress over her head is easy and quick. And she's actually been walking much more steadily and frequently (pretty much all the time now) since she's been wearing more dresses (the fact that I have to find a matching shirt and shorts combo also means more time spent that I really don't have, whereas grabbing a dress involves... putting my hand in the closet and pulling out a dress and is pretty quick).
If Mae wants to wear pants she can (and if Sadie wants too she can too!). But I have a feeling she may just follow in her big sister's footsteps. She wants to do everything that Sadie does... and as long as Sadie is wearing dresses, I have a feeling Mae will want to wear dresses too!