So I had all sorts of ideals about how I was going to keep my kids from getting to attached to commercialized characters, and that was going really well until Elizabeth was about 9 months old and suddenly, out of nowhere, she knew who Elmo was, and well, the infatuation had begun. It didn't matter that she'd never seen sesame street or read a sesame street book nor did she own an Elmo ANYTHING....she saw him, she knew him and she loved him.
Well, Elmo is still her first love, but now Dora is her best friend.
And now that I'm living in a 20x10 room with her 24 hours a day, for 10 days, Dora has become MY best friend too. And just to make sure those ideals are dead where they fall, at least for now, Elizabeth's grandparents are feeding the habit. :)
We've gotten some wonderful treats from them over the past two days and it's saved our sanity.
We take Balloon Dora and our new Backpack out for walks & eat breakfast with her (Matt discovered that if Dora was sitting across from her encouraging her to eat, she'd gobble down meals like a champ!). We've decided that our Quinceanera shoes are for indoors only, but we spend hours taking out map and compass and the telescope to decide where to go, and how best to get there.
Let it be known, Elizabeth is feeling great and is so ready to go home. Everyone say a prayer for Monday!