(or How to spend $50 in under 5 minutes)
This morning was Alison's 4-year and Emily's 4-month checkup. They both received 3 shots and screamed like crazies. I discussed the screaming with Alison before we went and told her that since she's 4 now, she should try to maintain a little dignity and be tough. We could be sad, because shots do if fact hurt, but it wouldn't be necessary to make a scene. If we managed to not make a scene I promised to take her to Build-A-Bear Workshop.
No scene was made, although that kid can scream like a crazy. Emily too. But they quickly settled back down and declared themselves ready for the mall.
If the shots were the only tricky part of the visit, we would have fared better. But I was exhausted by the time we left from the 10 trips to the potty to pee in the cup. Why do they make 4 year olds pee in cups?? It's just plain Mommy torture.
I didn't get any pics of the bear assembling due to the fact that I have worked up a pretty decent cold and I was just trying to stay awake to fend off any offers of $14 bear shoes or $6 bear noises. Those people are tricky, they don't even make eye contact with adults, they just offer everything to your child and let you break their hearts if necessary.
Alison and I had a long talk on the way there about setting a spending limit and not going too crazy. She reasoned that if we spent too much money today, we wouldn't have any left for Christmas. I figured that if that was how she would understand it, I'd go along with it. We were further helped out by a gift card she'd received from a friend for her birthday in September.
The actual bear assembling doesn't take very long and before you know it you're standing there with a fluffy animal that you now have to dress. Alison picked out an outfit designed by the Limited Too and as I was putting it on her Hello Kitty, I realized that this doll is roughly the size of Emily. That means that we don't have to go buy more clothes, she can have Emily's hand-me-downs. :)
In the end we had fun, we are the proud owners of a Hello Kitty named Fluffy who meows when you squeeze her paw, and I'm off to take a nap, hoping to stave off a full blown cold.