These twin baby dolls have inspired stories for me for many, many years...
They are primary motivators for all of my years of Doll collecting, learning, photo-taking, and family bonding.
I am sure caring for these babies as a child helped to develop the natural nurturing I felt as I cared for children. Thanks, babies!
Do you have childhood baby dolls?
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!")
More twin baby dolls, so cheerful!
Macdonald, a 12" Dianna Effner "You Deserve a Break Today" baby doll
Little toddler Blossom, hangs with the Children too.
Marie O's Rosebud, my Spice, so pretty
Smiling Berenguer baby, doctor check up.
My Sugar, another sweet Marie Osmond
Cute wigged Berenguer baby doll
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Hiya Dolly Stories
Meaningful, educational, or just for fun stories!
Check out my other sites (None of which get as much attention, at the moment, as Hiya Dolly.):
Inspire Us Kids ...for ideas, stories, links, and resources to inspire kids, or about inspired kids
Best Learning Strategies ...for the best strategies for learning at all ages, from general to specific
Meme Dreams ...for random good ideas that I have run across, or people, links, resources
AND check out sites I have set up for amazing friends:
Suzy Q's Quilts ...astonishing quilter and storyteller
Mischelle's Place ...a gifted life juggler (of people and experience and talents)
Jacalyn DeWolf ...an extraordinarily giving human and writer
I can't tell you yet the web address of my writer/partner's new website...he's still writing in notebooks and telling his stories to the air (catch them! quick! I'm trying I'm trying) I wish, at least, he'd record his cooking processes and recipes. At least...
And keep an eye out for future links to:
Daphne's, my gardener visionary friend and colleague
Keirstyn's, with her mission to find the kindest, cleanest, greenest products in the world
Carol's, who may be too busy learning bass guitar and performing in her retirement, to bother with a site about it all
Tasya's, my oldest daughter, immersed in learning still, and soon to share it (And her hilarious cat Lhasa)
Go to Lani's Adventures, my venturous photographer daughter's website of her first trip to Australia and Tasmania
Check out Sol's channel on You Tube, for my son's antics on his Limber, and his YT video favs
(I have dolls who choose to emulate several of these people, knowing they will amuse me. My dolls are good to me)
AND I love my subscribers. Really. I love you.