Hmm, this week's topic is Explore. To be honest, the first thing that comes to my mind right now is this:
All three of my girls have been (in their own turn) huge Dora the Explorer fans. In the spirit of keeping up with (if not out-doing) her big sisters, Becca is a little Dora-holic right now.
She is finally getting over the 'separation anxiety' phase and hasn't been crying or clinging when I leave her at daycare or in the toddler room at church. She is starting to be brave enough to go out a little and explore on her own. Well, a little bit anyway - as long as Mommy is still in sight.
However, yesterday morning when I came to pick her up from the toddler room at church, she had discovered and was clutching a Dora board book. She was all ready to go home, as long as the book was in her little hands. The minute I tried taking it away, her feet were planted and she wasn't about to go anywhere without it.
Have you ever tried to convince a one-year-old to leave one of their favorite toys behind? Yeah, I thought so. You can probably imagine how the conversation went. Something like this:
Me - "Becca, sweetie, the book has to stay here. You can see it again when we come to church on Wednesday."
Becca - "NO!" while clutching said book to her chest with both arms.
Me - "Come on, sweetie, please leave the book here. It's not our book - it belongs to church."
Becca - "NO!" holding the book even tighter and turning away from my grasping hands trying to tug the book away from her.
Me (a bit sterner) - "Becca, I know you love this Dora book. But we have lots of other Dora books at home! You can look at them when we get home, but this book needs to stay here."
Becca (wailing) - "Nooooooo!" and trying to run away from me still clutching the book.
I did finally get her out of there without the book but it required a bit of brute force on my end to pry her hands off of it and entailed a lot of tears and squirming on her end, trying to convince me that her world would end if she had to leave the building without the Dora book.
However, by the time we got in the car and I put our Dora CD on for them to listen to on the way home, she seemed to have gotten over it. Hannah and Abby are beyond wanting to listen to Dora in the van but lately it's either been that or listening to Becca wail, "Dooorrraaa!" during the entire drive.
Yes, my child's name is Becca and she is obsessed with Dora the Explorer.
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