Elma Family Kitty Living Arrows Photography Pip

Living Arrows 2015: 14/52


When Kitty was a very tiny new little baby we didn’t have many baby toys. Newborn babies don’t really need toys, I suspect they’re mostly for the parents at that point and we were still getting our heads around the whole actual real life baby thing.  But every now and then as she got bigger and bigger we’d head out for the day and come across something that we thought was cute, and she seemed to love and because we were new parents and spoiling the baby was the best thing ever, these little bits and bobs used to come home with us (actually spoiling the baby is still a lot of fun it’s just that space and the bank balance render us a little more selective).

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Emily was one of the first of our baby toys.  She’s a very popular Lamaze toy so we’re far from the only ones with an Emily, but ours is special to us because she was Kitty’s first dolly. And then she was Elma’s first dolly. and now she is Pip’s.

Kitty thought she was first and foremost a chew toy, we used to wave Emily’s hand to say hello to Kitty, Kit would reach straight out, grab her and munch (poor Emily), but she got her fair share of cuddles too.  Elma was all about the cuddles, although as soon as Emily appeared back on the scene, I seem to remember she ended back up in Kitty’s bed a fair few times before Kitty realised that cuddling and sleeping with something that is very noisy and has lumpy bits of plastic on her isn’t actually that fun and she was passed down to baby Elma with her blessing. And now it’s Pip’s turn to chew on the plastic rings, to rub his fingers on her shoes and make them crinkle and to drop her to the floor with that inimitable rattle and swish.

The girls have gone on to have a vast collection of dollies, princesses and teddies, all of which are dearly loved and I don’t doubt that Pip will too in his time, although maybe fewer princesses unless he really wants one.  I know it might have been sweet if they’d each had their own first dolly, but actually I love that they’ve shared Dolly Emily, that they will all look back and remember her fondly.

And she’s holding up pretty well; her face might be a bit smudgy and her hands well chewed but she’s still smiling.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

She’s a crazy little girl in a pink dress with the most amazing stripy tights, and she’s a part of all of my children’s babyhood.


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  • juie 06/04/2015 at 2:08 pm

    cute dolly one for you to keep when they have all outgrown her. We have a similar one my 4 year old still plays with that has a rattle in that will end up hopefully as a granny toy in many years to come. I like the idea of keepsakes that when they are all grown up and hopefully littlies of there own they can see them played with again.

    • Hayley at Shutterflies 06/04/2015 at 9:25 pm

      What a lovely thought that is! I love reading an old book of mine to my kids. I really wish that I had some of my old toys for them to play with *makes a mental note for future grandchildren*

      • Carie 10/04/2015 at 7:41 am

        You definitely have to save some – I love the box of our old toys that my Mum kept and the kids think it’s fantastic!

    • Carie 10/04/2015 at 7:44 am

      I love that your four year old still keeps dolly safe and well loved, that’s so sweet and it should definitely become a granny toy!

  • hena tayeb 06/04/2015 at 7:48 pm

    cute. we too bought so many little toys when we were having our first one.. by the second time around you know that babies don’t really need toys.

    • Carie 10/04/2015 at 7:43 am

      True – but the fun of shopping for them is part of that first baby experience isn’t it!

  • Kim 06/04/2015 at 8:54 pm

    What a sweet first doll, for both of them, and now Pip. I bet she will be one of the toys you tuck away to keep 🙂

    • Carie 10/04/2015 at 7:42 am

      I think she really ought to be!

  • Hayley at Shutterflies 06/04/2015 at 9:30 pm

    I love the stories behind your children’s toys, Carie. Thanks for sharing x

    • Carie 10/04/2015 at 7:41 am

      You’re welcome x

  • Mackenzie Glanville (reflectionsfromme.com) 07/04/2015 at 6:20 am

    Very sweet

    • Carie 10/04/2015 at 7:40 am

      thank you 🙂

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 08/04/2015 at 12:00 am

    Awww… I’m impressed by the condition she’s in!! Well loved, but still in one piece. Lovely that they will all share memories of her.xx

    • Carie 10/04/2015 at 7:38 am

      I think it’s because she’s a baby toy she hasn’t had too much rough handling – the same cannot be said for some of their later stuffies alas!

  • Donna 08/04/2015 at 10:24 pm

    I love how your Emily has been loved by all three. We had one for LP and she was very much loved, a great toy x

    • Carie 10/04/2015 at 7:35 am

      They are great aren’t they!

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog 09/04/2015 at 1:09 pm

    We have that little toy! wow that brings back memories to when my Yve’s was tiny! xx

    • Carie 10/04/2015 at 7:32 am

      I think everyone has one somewhere – they’re so cute!

  • sally 14/04/2015 at 11:01 am

    She does look very smart still, definitely impressive.

    • Carie 15/04/2015 at 11:40 pm

      thank you 🙂