In the last few months, Lucy has started to copy Katherine. She follows her big sister around the house a lot. If Katherine stops to play with a toy, she has to play with the EXACT SAME toy. If Katherine runs around on all fours, barking like a puppy, Lucy follows suit. If Katherine starts singing a song, or making silly sounds, Lucy tries to mimic them as best she can. Most of the time it’s very cute, and Katherine is pretty good about tolerating it. I think she even enjoys it some of the time.
A couple of days ago, Lucy decided that she needed her own peeps – someone who would follow her around and do what she was doing. A couple of plush dog toys seemed to fit the bill (that is, toys that are dogs, not toys for dogs).
When it was time for breakfast, the dogs each got his own Cheerio.
When it was time for her to get her shoes on, the dogs would sit next to her on the bench.
When it was snack time, the dogs each got his own piece of popcorn. (Of course, when the dogs didn’t eat those pieces of popcorn, Lucy ate them – can’t let good popcorn go to waste, you know!)
Thankfully, the dogs appear to be the base case in this episode of familial recursion.