In just over two short years I had become that mom. You know, the one who would stop at nothing to get her hands on the hottest of the hottest toys on every kid’s Christmas wishlist. In my case, it came in the form of a little doll named Dottie.
Yep, that’s her!
Dottie “Doc” McStuffins is a Disney character who plays doctor and “fixes” toys. She also teaches viewers about eating healthy and has become one of the most popular TV shows among young children. Cute, I know. And popular, too. So popular that I couldn’t find her anywhere on Cyber Monday. Oh yeah, except on Ebay — for $75!!! Curious (and a little frustrated,) I sought help on Facebook. ”Apparently this Doc McStuffins toy is a hot item. Does anyone know where I can find one?” Within minutes friends from all over the state were on the hunt for little Dottie. I couldn’t believe it. I truly felt touched. I hadn’t expected a response. And I really didn’t imagine that people would be dialing up their local toy stores on the hunt for the item of my Mommy Dreams, because my baby is really too young to know what she wants for Christmas. (Like I said… that mom.) Later that evening, a friend in another city had purchased the doll and promised to send her to us by the end of the week. I was blown away! When I returned to Facebook to express my gratitude for the help, I received the response, “It takes a village to make Christmas wishes come true.”
Just when you think you’re alone or that being a great Mommy rests solely in your shoulders, you’re reminded that it truly does take a village. And I wouldn’t want to belong to any other.
Merry Christmas, everyone.
Rea and I embarked on an underwater adventure over the weekend and I must say it was a blast! We’ve passed the Aquarium several times and though I’ve been twice I didn’t remember that it was so much fun. It was something like a trip to the fair. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day.
Merry-go-round (How do you like the shirt my baby picked out for me?)
Yes, I’m a big kid!
Horse and carriage ride
Rea and I had a great weekend, which began with a nice Saturday brunch.
We ate at Escalante’s and shared chicken quesadillas and Mexican rice.
For the most part, Rea just played in her food. But it was still a nice day.
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Ice Cream + Water = One great Sunday. We spent a little mommy-daughter time with a trip to Swirll.
Say cheese! (She still refused to look into the camera, though)
Like her hair? I did it.
Time for a mini-dip.
My sweetie and me
Our Friday night consisted of eating seafood then feeding the fish outside the restaurant.
Rea really enjoyed dropping crackers down to the fishies and watching them fight for the food. In fact, she talked about it all night.
A nice, peaceful way to kick off the weekend. What did you do this weekend?
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Swim classes are over. I’m one proud mama.
“I don’t like being wet.”
That’s what she told me but does she really mean it? Eight months after Rea began sitting on the potty she still wets (and soils) her pamper like nobody’s business. We’ve tried a few approaches and still, she’s one pamper-wearing two-year-old.
I bought some stickers. Every time she’d use the potty she got a sticker. She was happy for a while, then the novelty faded. Still not potty trained.
We stayed in for a few weekends. Didn’t go anywhere. Put her in training pants and let her wet herself if she chose not to ask to use the potty. Still using it on herself. Still not potty trained.
Most recently, the two of us made a chart. Every time she used the potty a sticker would go on the chart. Five stickers in, she was rewarded with ice cream! Still, watching Caillou was more important than using the toilet. STILL. NOT. POTTY. TRAINED!
I’m being patient. I really am. But I feel like this thing is taking forever. The only thing that gives me solace– the fact that I’ve never seen a 30-year-old walking around in a diaper. So she’ll get it one day. Until then, any suggestions? I’m all ears.
Remember this list? Well, Rea and I managed to cross off item #1. Enjoy the pics.
Rea put her artistic skills to use this weekend. The impending rain gave us a break from the sky-high temperatures we’ve been seeing in our area, so the two of us threw on some “play clothes,” scurried outside and got busy on the street outside our house.
Rea enjoyed rushing out the door and kept screaming, “Hurry! Rain coming!”
We managed to spend about 30 minutes outside drawing shapes, numbers and alphabets on the ground.
And because the rain began minutes after we finished, there was no clean-up job after it was over. Can’t beat that!