Lambchop is not a 'dolly' girl. In fact, I suspect she thinks she's a well-dressed boy who just happens to adore shoes. Up until the two weeks before Christmas, she showed exactly zero interest in dolls. So, when asked by relatives what she might like for Christmas, I discouraged dolls and pointed them in other directions.
And then there were the Christmas pageants at BooBaaa's nursery; at one of her playgroups; and at Ramekin's school. All the toddlers, especially the little girls, would eye up the Baby Jesus dolls in the manger at the front of the rooms/on the stage. They wanted those Baby Jesus dolls; it was written all over their little faces. But they all resisted the urge to steal them ... they listened to their mothers ... except for Lambchop.
Yep. Lambchop seemed to realize that the Baby Jesus dolls were the coveted items during the Christmas pageant season, so she took them. All of them. She would march up to the mangers, pick up the designated Baby Jesus doll from under the watchful, desperate eyes of the other hovering little girls, remove its swaddling cloth, then run off with the naked doll.
So embarassing. And yet, so typical of my terribly cheeky little girl.
And yet she still showed zero interest in any other dolls. The Baby Jesus dolls she'd parade around with, knowing they were highly coveted; indeed, a little trail of toddler girls would follow her about post-pageants hoping she'd relinquish the Baby Jesus. She'd ignore them and hold onto the doll until she decided she'd had enough, then the poor naked Baby Jesus doll would be dumped unceremoniously on the floor and she'd continue on her merry way without so much as a backwards glance.
So no dolls for Christmas.
But she did get a little Jellycat bunny. A soft adorable Jellycat bunny. A bunny with its own cute little outfit and matching shoes which I thought might appeal to her. (Seriously. We should have called her Imelda, the way she covets and adores shoes.)
And, sure enough, we had immediate Lambchop bunny love:
Upper Left: Lambchop excitedly hugs her new bunny she's just unwrapped.
Upper Right: Lambchop thoroughly inspects and pats and cuddles her new bunny.
Lower Left: Lambchop puts bunny up on her shoulder like a baby and cuddles her some more.
Lower Right: Lambchop immediately takes bunny for a ride on her new Scuttlebug.*
I hope everyone found a little something to love under the tree at Christmas.
Happy New Year.
*Her new scuttlebug was also a huge hit. Lambchop now scuttles everywhere around the house and won't let the boys near it; highly recommended.