Thursday, March 13, 2014

Partners in Crime

If you follow me on instagram, you probably have noticed a few things recently.

One.
We are in jammies all. the. time. #sorryimnotsorry


Two. 
Cami.



You might remember when we brought Kenley home from the hospital we also brought home Cami. Cami was Ashlynn's "big sister" present.  Being that Ashlynn was 19 months old, she probably would have been fine without any ceremonious gift.  As long as we continued to divide our attention and make her transition smooth, she surely didn't need a material possession to make her proud to be a sister or know that mommy and daddy still loved her as much as the new baby.

However, I still wanted to do something special for her.  I actually longed to get her a Bitty Baby, but when it came down to it, didn't want to add that expense to all the things we already had to buy for the baby.  I knew Ashlynn would think a doll is a doll whether $80 or $12.

So we brought home a Little Mommy doll in her own carseat, just like we did Kenley.  And then we named her Cami (Cameron).  The name that we almost gave Kenley.  Ashlynn loved her immediately, just like her sister, but there were some periods of time where she would pass over her in favor of Mickey, Minnie, Annie, or Baby Alive (who still needs a name other than Baby).


Lately though, she's totally back in her little mommy phase and really into all of her dolls, especially Cami.  Cami has become her baby and in true toddler fashion, she mimics all I do with Kenley on Cami.  Which was the point from the beginning.


I had hoped I could keep her occupied during diaper changes or feeding sessions by asking her to change Cami or give Cami a bottle.  And she does.  She also always follows with burping  ("pat pat") and using her sleeve to wipe any spit up - a true testament to copying her mother.



She's taken it a step further and lets Cami get tummy time, bumbo time, boppy time, and even makes Kenley take turns with her in the bouncer and swing.  And of course, daily walks around the house in her toy stroller.




She's been found strapped in the high chair, the booster, and even the car seat. Oh, and she even potty trains on occasion.

She's been diapered and dressed, in Ashlynn's old preemie clothes no less, and even gets her bink at bed time.  She truly has become part of the family.  And while she's no Bunny (Ashlynn's lovey), she's  Kenley's shadow.  Wherever Kenley is, we know we can find Cami not too far behind!



22 comments:

  1. so sweet!! love how she moms that baby :)

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  2. Aww... she is so sweet! I can't wait for that phase with Odette :)

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  3. Oh my gosh, this is just the cutest thing ever!!!! She is such a good little mommy!

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  4. Precious!! Love that she wipes the spit up with her sleeve! :)

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  5. Have you read the book, Baby Dear, about the mom bringing home baby and her older daughter wants to do everything that she does? I love that book and this totally reminds me of it! http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Dear-Little-Golden-Book/dp/B002CRXYKC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394724436&sr=8-2&keywords=baby+dear

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  6. This is the cutest!! We were just talking last night about giving Harper a new doll when we bring baby girl home from the hospital & maybe a toy camera or something. Looks like Ashlynn is such a great big sis!!! :)

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  7. Totally going to have to look for this book! ;)

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  8. Oh my gosh, this is hysterical! I love that she gets tummy time, Boppy time and even gets strapped into the car seat!! Too funny!

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  9. What a great idea to make the adjustment from single childhood to sibling hood! And how cute are your kiddos???

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  10. I haven't read the book, but will definitely look for it! Sounds like a perfect fit for her :)

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  11. Oh camera would be such a good idea, Ashlynn already plays with my ipod like it's an iphone... and it's the mini. The Twig Creative cameras are super cute, maybe we'll add that to her b-day list :) I'm sure Harper will love being a big sis!

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  12. I know when I saw her do it the first time I died, like I guess I do that too much huh!

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  13. I love this post! We were thinking about getting Mac a baby when Mim comes home too. I love the idea. Glad to see/hear that it's working out for you guys. I think we'll give it a shot! What a great big sister she is!

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  14. This is the cutest thing! And such a great idea. You're so clever. We're major pajama dayers in this house and we don't have a newborn to take care of!

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  15. What a sweetheart she is! She has a great mommy as a role model :)

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  16. We did the exact same thing and it seemed to make the transition sooo much easier! I love that Ashlynn has Cami do everything that sister is doing! Melts my mama heart!

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  17. How cute will Mac be with a doll, so sweet! He's going to be a great big brother!

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  18. Well if that isn't the cutest thing ever I don't know what is!

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  19. This is great because I was actually just thinking of doing the same thing in a few months for my daughter! She'll be 21 months old when her baby sister gets here, so I thought it'd be great to get her a baby doll (since she doesn't even have any) as a special gift. Thanks for sharing how it's worked out with Ashlynn! :)

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  20. This is so sweet. How wonderful that she is enjoying being a "mama" too. I especially love that you're practicing safe swinging and buckling cami into the swing!!!

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  21. This is seriously the sweetest thing! I especially love the picture of her feeding Cami her bottle. She looks like such a little mommy! I love it!

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