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We originally ordered this doll for Alex when we were taking the plunge with toilet training… Since then, “Paul” the anatomically correct peeing doll (complete with potty) has been camping out in various toy storage containers around the house…Every once in awhile Alex digs him up, strips him naked, and then drops the doll on it’s head.
(Alex is an only child, this form of playing does help reinforce that decision)…
But he also reads to him (and Emily, who was my babydoll when I was Alex’s age..She now wears Alex’s old monkey print pajamas and hangs out in the toy chest)…
And talks to him.
And makes a cozy bed for him and tucks him in with kisses. This is one of the upsides to having a kid who marches to the beat of a different drummer. The sweetness and the love of ideas rather than logos and mass merchandised characters is always a joy. He’s the kind of kid who collects random things and names them and catches kisses when I blow them to him (and falls asleep with one cupped in his hands, hands tucked under his head like one of those big-head precious moments figurines…Only Alex is not creepy…)
Anyway, he is also very curious about Paul’s plumbing- the waterworks inside, rather than the doll anatomically correctness…. Alex’s latest obsession is actual plumbing, specifically toilets. I think he had hopes that Paul’s little potty could somehow flush (it doesn’t)… I actually was really dreading that realization as kiddo tends to fixate and not sway…Reality is not necessarily an acceptable version for him… (Yes I have been searching high and low for a miniature toilet model complete with siphon mechanism.)
This round of play we realized we no longer have Paul’s bottle, so we used some disposable graduated pipettes (which I just happen to have in our home)… But we hit a snag…
Paul’s plumbing wasn’t working. Paul’s plumbing was clogged!
My response? I warned Alex that people do not have removable heads, and he should never try to prove that fact, and I popped Paul’s head off.
There was a wee kink in the tube in his head, but it was a great exercise in problem solving and plumbing, and doll construction….
It was also a reminder of how freaking creepy decapitated baby dolls really are.
(by the way- peeing boy doll was helpful when first starting the potty training thing, but peeing boy dolls also do not have the most effective seal against leaks….I think Paul taught Alex a few unintentional bladder control faux pas… Maybe with a less literal, less rule based kid this could be effective… We also had that potty-savvy Elmo, it didn’t really put anything in the potty so Alex would not accept it and I think he thought that Elmo was wearing a pullup under his red fur suit and that it was rapidly reaching critical mass…. To my non parenting inclined blog readers, I swear I will not go further into the potty training thing than this…and rarely… promise. really.)