Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Christmas, Part 5: Mrs. B

We have a wonderful and generous family that gave such wonderful gifts to Elias this year!  However, for the first time, there was definitely one gift that stood out far above the rest to him...
A small beanie cat given to him by his Aunt Nicole and Uncle David.  Seriously, home run here, folks.  Elias has recently seemed to be very fond of cats, and he didn't have any cat toys.  So when Aunt Nicole asked what to get him, I suggested a stuffed cat.  So they got him this one, and he fell in LOVE.  Immediately.  As soon as he opened up the present, he just lay on the couch and cuddled her.
Seriously, he didn't move for at least 15 minutes.  Just kicking his legs and cuddling his kitty.

So we asked him what her name was, and he immediately said, "Mrs. B."  This is hilarious because it's the name of the cat in one of his favorite songs by Steve Songs: "And the Dog Says."  The name is only mentioned in passing, and we've never talked about it.  I didn't even know he remembered what the cat's name in that song was!  But now she has a namesake.

So she has been pretty much a constant companion ever since.  We don't let him sleep with her, but she does come with us to the store or wherever.  He carries her around and sometimes incorporates her into playing with his other toys.  She rides on Thomas or watches movies with him.  At Nana's house, there is a toy shopping cart, and he put her in the front and pushed her around like she was his baby!  How hilarious is this?!
Full disclosure: He laid her in the seat, and I sat her up so her hind legs were sticking through the holes - I thought it was hilarious!

But I've never seen Elias attach to a toy like this.  Some days he seems more attached to her than others.  Yesterday was definitely a Mrs. B day - she barely ever left his side.  And he in fact cried when he had to tell her goodnight and go to bed.  Parting is such sweet sorrow!

Note: I'm going on about how much Elias loves this cat, but I hope the rest of you who got him gifts don't think that diminishes how much he enjoys the rest of your gifts!  We love and play with them ALL!  Thanks to all of our generous family!


Anonymous said...

I'm so glad he likes it. It was amazing how hard it was to find a stuffed cat that I thought was just the right size and softness. When I saw this one, I somehow knew it was perfect. I was relieved when Joshua seemed happy to give it to Elias and didn't want to keep it for himself. He likes cats too. :) It also reminded me of our own gray cat, our sweet Silver kitty who is no longer with us. I'm glad Mrs. B. can bring joy from our house to yours!

Aunt Nicole

Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

Just out of curiosity - is there a particular reason you won't let him sleep with Mrs. B at night? Just wondering.

Joni said...

Jenn, he's just such a good sleeper, we don't want to start an unnecessary habit that we'd regret later... He doesn't sleep with any blankies or toys now, and someday when Mrs. B wears out or gets lost, we don't want his ability to sleep to be dependent on having her with him. We actually considered letting him sleep with her - the first day he got her and loved her so much, we let him take her for his nap. And he was too excited she was there to settle down and sleep at all. Soooo, we decided to just opt out.

Jenn-Jenn, the Mother Hen said...

Gotcha! Makes sense.