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Laurel goes to bed easier when I tuck her in with a few stuffed toys. Normally I think about which ones I choose to avoid particularly noisy ones like Tickle Me Elmo, but I didn't think about it tonight. Thos came back to bite me about an hour later, when I heard a line from Dora the Explorer... then another. I tiptoed over to her door and opened it to find the TV and DVD player were off and Laurel was sound asleep.

A few minutes later, I heard another Dora line again and opened the door a little wider this time, which led me to realize the obvious: one of the stuffed toys in her bed tonight is her talking Dora doll! Every time Laurel moved in her sleep, she was setting it off.

Ockham's Razor in action.


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Jan. 10th, 2005 12:42 pm (UTC)
No! You're wrong! It was demons! Demons!
Jan. 11th, 2005 05:15 am (UTC)
Elmo is a demon.
Dora is a cartoon girl with a pet monkey in galoshes.

Given the choice, I'll take Dora any day. She might fly up to the church roof at her funeral... or was that la Loca in So Far From God? I need to keep my weirdness straight.

Pleased to make your acquaintance. I'm not sure how you found me but your philosophical posts keep me on my toes and I'll be reading through your back posts in the next few weeks.
Jan. 10th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
I don't know... I'm thinkin' that Tickle Me Elmo's gonna take a dirt nap. LOL
Jan. 10th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
you got your sopranos action figures all ready? to give elmo concrete shoes? ventilate poor elmo? *giggles*
Jan. 11th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
You already stashed Tickle Me Elmo in the top of the linen closet by Laurel's bathroom. The Elmo you see around is the Build-A-Bear Workshop one, which is much less annoying -- no laughter and the only actuator is in its right hind.
Jan. 10th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
had the same thing happen with killi, she had a mermaid doll with THE most obnoxious song she played, plus a giggle puppy. now, that giggle was infectious, yes, but i did end up taking batteries right on out. yanked them out of his cute widdle guts. told killi that her puppy had lairengitus, however you spell that. which lead to a big round of checking stuff in medical books, a trip to the library, and deciding the correct treatment program for said puppy.
who said killi was easy to raise?
Jan. 10th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAH a giggle puppy.

"yes, but i did end up taking batteries right on out. yanked them out of his cute widdle guts. told killi that her puppy had lairengitus"

I did the same thing. but strept throat killed Emma's giggle puppy.
Jan. 10th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
honestly, have you ever known a kid who needed help making a racket?
i'm the horrid wretched mom who spent countless christmas eves taking noise makers out of toys. before the kids got their little hands on them.

so, lets start a new society. society of mothers emoting noise as pointless. some nap. so, lets all take naps, and leave the little darlings playing quietly in their cribs.

good news, they DO eventually grow up.
Jan. 10th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
not to mention EVERYTHING i seem to step on in this house either giggles, barks, or sings. Actually I think She has a burping doll somewhere that my mom got her.

I think a society of moms who deem emoting noise as pointless is a fantastic idea.

Let's see if i can describe this properly. She has this dog handpuppet that barks Jungle bells. But it barks each individual 'note' seperatly. so you have to keep making his mouth close to hear the whole song. Emma has decided it's easier to step on his head and jump to the song.
Jan. 10th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
*dies laughing*
ok, ok, ok, might i suggest ear plugs?
and an afternoon margarita? for you, not emma.

i have a kermit doll that sings i'm a caribbian amphibian, but when you shut his mouth he just hums it.....but then again, i'm old enough that my doll just sits on his shelf quitely. which is where he belongs.
(yeah, i like my men quiet and on the shelf...)
Jan. 10th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
hahahahaha. I have a Tommy doll from the first rug rats movie. And it sings " Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of YUM" he too stays on the shelf.
Jan. 10th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
oh, that's too rich.
when i first got back from the hospital, everyone was hovering around, being so careful about my physical health, and no one was really asking me how i felt emotionally. well, my 21 year old son helped me to the bathroom, and when i came back, he had made my bed,and set up all my stuffed animals in various sexual positions.....i liked to died laughing, they all spoke, and i honestly busted a stitch when he made tigger, with pooh behind him, say 'you're gonna squeeze the bounce right out of me! boing!' and everything he made them say was so sexual and innocently hilarious. course, that stitch busting hurt, but i knew then i was going to be ok.

so, imagine your tommy in on that....
Jan. 10th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
nothing, however is worse than the hobby horse in the living room. WD40 doesn't fix the squeeking springs.

so i frequently hear this traumatic squeezing noice accompanied by a 3 year old SCREAMING "GO FASTER HORSEY"
Jan. 10th, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC)
*laughs hard*
ok, ok, do you have a video camera?
cause the blackmail possibilities here are endless......
Jan. 10th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC)
I Do!
I have a picture somewhere of her in those groucho marx glasses, you know, with the moustache and the whole nine yards?
hahahaha and she's got a pull up in her hand, that right after i snapped the picture she threw across the room. it was not a dirty pull up for inquiring minds. however that has happened, too.
Jan. 10th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
cute. ah, imagine prom night...whipping out that pic.....
Jan. 10th, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
that's SO something my mother would have done. had she taken pictures. hahahahahahha
im using that. as soon as i can
Jan. 12th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
how long of a wait do you have?
my killi is 24 now....cute as a button, too.
here she is...darlin, isn't she?
Jan. 12th, 2005 01:23 am (UTC)
she's beauitful. she's older than me.
I have 15 years left.
Jan. 12th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC)
wowsers. heh, i got an early start my own self, married at 19, had her at 21, and then son at 24. see, i earned my gray hair fair and square. plus my, as my hubby insists we call them, laugh lines. so it's a fair trade, i think.
Jan. 11th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC)
I can tolerate Tickle Me Elmo, but Chicken Dance Elmo only lasted a week before I took the batteries out.

Killi sounds very inquisitive. I'd recommend The Merck Manual for someone interested in medical conditions. I have a print copy of the Home Edition, though admitting I own and read it lost me points toward being helped at the base clinic a few years ago -- they thought I was a hypochondriac because I was trying to find out what was wrong with me during the eight-week wait to see a doctor. I'm not sure they ever figured it out either.
Jan. 11th, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC)
she's 24 now, and we have tons of medical books laying about. she's still very inquisitive, yet fun to hang out with. she and her father tend to go into lecture mode. :D she's 2 years away from her science teacher's degree.
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