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Little People Prepare For Baby

Apparently this is what’s going to happen when Violet is born. Ever since we found Baby Rose/Violet, Lily has been demonstrating this play sequence with her Little People over and over and over again.

Everyone including my parents will be sleeping at our house. Although the baby is still in my stomach, she already sleeps in a cradle in Little People World. Although my parents live 3.5 hours away, they somehow are visiting us when I go into labor. That WOULD be convenient, but probably won’t happen unless I am induced. I’ve gone into labor 1-2 weeks early naturally, so we probably will be scrambling to find a caretaker for the girls when this baby comes. I have a list of about 10 different local families we could call and I’m STILL nervous we won’t be able to find someone! Last time the four families we had lined up were busy when I went into labor!

Lily, Rose, Mommy, Daddy and Violet load into the back of the car while Poppy drives and Nonni rides on the roof rack. This is exactly how we all go places in real life. It’s totally safe to clown car it everywhere.

Before we go to the hospital for Little People Mommy to have the baby, we drive 3.5 hours away to visit my grandparents, Nana and Pa. They live in a yellow plastic box. This scenario will not be happening and not just because of the plastic box. I will not be driving more than 30 minutes away from this house until the baby comes out.

Everyone “visits” at Nana and Pa’s for a while. No talking occurs. We just have to wait for everyone to finish “visiting” silently inside the yellow plastic box before further play can continue.

And then everyone but Nana and Pa load in the car again to go to the hospital.

This upside-down purple jack-o-lantern is the hospital. Obviously.

Inside the hospital, everyone circles around the new baby to “look at her”.

And then everyone gets in the car to go home again. Over and over and over again.

I hope Lily’s not disappointed when this is not how things really play out when I go into labor. Chances are she will be hanging out with a family she barely knows while my mom gets her affairs in order 3.5 hours away and then drives here. My dad won’t come for a couple of days. We won’t all ride in the same car or see my grandparents. And the baby HOPEFULLY won’t be out of my belly until we get to the hospital, though I suppose that remains to be determined. I really don’t want an accidental homebirth, so let’s wait to come out until we get to the hospital, ok Violet?


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Return of Baby Rose

This is Baby Rose as a Little People figurine.

For two years, this little doll represented Rose in Lily’s Little People universe. Around the time Rose turned 2 years old, this baby in a basket didn’t seem appropriate for her anymore. We bought a new “big girl Rose” to replace Baby Rose.

Baby Rose immediately disappeared. I don’t know what happened, but we couldn’t find her for the life of us. Lily wanted to play with BOTH Rose dolls at once, but no matter how many times I completely tore apart the playroom, Baby Rose wasn’t turning up. It was bizarre because Lily is VERY anal about her Little People. They all represent extended family members and live in their own houses in specific places around the playroom. Their houses represent how far away from us they live. They have to load into the car to visit each other at each other’s houses. She notices right away and gets upset if someone isn’t in their proper house or goes missing. We usually find them pretty quickly. For Baby Rose to go completely missing was truly a mystery.

Baby Rose had been missing for more than 6 months. We had all given up on her. Then last week I was reorganizing the playroom, which I do periodically. This was not the first time in the last six months. In fact, it was not the first time in the last month, which is why it was an utter miracle AND mystery that Baby Rose turned up when I moved aside a puzzle box. How on earth had she been hiding behind the same puzzle box for six months? Surely it’s been moved within that time period.

I shouted for joy and Lily and Rose came running over. Everyone was SUPER excited to see Baby Rose again. As you can see, Baby Rose and Big Girl Rose look exactly the same.

Lily declared that Baby Rose was now Baby Violet, even though we have other baby Little People. I’m sure half Asian/half Ashkenazi Jew Violet will have blonde hair just like her big sisters… don’t.

Anyway, the doll’s timing in reappearing was impeccable. The baby will be here in the next 4 weeks. We needed a Baby Violet SOON!

Stay tuned tomorrow to see the complex play that developed when Baby Violet got added into the family mix.



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Like Mother Like Tiger

This tiger has a secret.

Not only is she a purse, but she is carrying a little tiger inside her.

Lily put the little tiger there because the “Mommy tiger has a baby in her tummy.”

I like that the clear ball that surrounds the “baby tiger” resembles an amniotic sac. It’s very realistic, though I doubt Lily had any idea of the significance.

I wonder if the “mommy tiger” is due to give birth at the same time as I am?


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