I took Lula on an outing the other day.
I had to get art supplies, which should have interested her, but Lula was completely distracted by what is coming...
Lula's doppelganger and favorite auntie, Lani, is having a baby...soon!
Lula traveled to Australia with Lani last year, and stayed for months, experiencing adventures in the hot and windy country.
Lula brought back seven New Zealand baby dollies.
And now she is excited that Lani is going to have a baby of her very own. With the bub daddy, of course.
So, when we headed out to look for paint canvases at the Dollarama, Lula took off looking for baby stuff.
How can I tell her it costs more to send a baby toy than to buy it?
High economics for a little girl intent on pleasing a tiny baby!
Notice the Dollorama surround. It's a lot like those hot and windy places Lula experienced on her trip!
We stop for a moment to play, on a red fire hydrant outside the shop. Lula loves red...
"Can I look at the toys?"
"Can we get the bub a doll?"
"Maybe a boy doll, for a boy bub?"
"Maybe a shooting gun? It's foam!"
"The bub would like a big ball!"
"How about garden shoes?"
"Look, baby socks!"
"Lots of socks, to grow into!"
"White for boy bub, pink for girl bub."
"Baby bub oil. It's dry there in Australia!"
"Look! Tiny baby spoons!"
"An Elmo bottle! Every baby needs a bottle!"
"Every bub should have a puppy!"
"We used to have these!"
"Bub daddy could catch bugs for the bub!"
"Soft bub candy! No?"
I had to get Lula out of the store. I didn't want to deal with a tantrum.
(I'm kidding. Dolls don't throw tantrums...that other people can hear, anyway.)
"No baby stuff? Why not!"
"The bub is all the way across the world..."
It was tough, but Lula got it. She had endured the long trip herself, mostly from the depths of a camera bag.
So she understood what those toys would have to go through...
To nip that hint of sadness in the bud, I decided it was time for lunch! Just the two of us!
"This is a good idea!"
"I can have anything I want?"
"What does "within reason" mean?"
"Lala let me drink these, on our trip."
"Fine. I'll have this chocolate cake then..."
"Yes? I'll share!"
Thanks, Lula dear!
One of the best tips I can pass on to a new mom? Distraction works!
Sometimes one has to resort to chocolate cake...
(Okay, okay...so maybe not sweets. But you know what I mean!")