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...
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.
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?!
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!