“That’s not a dog, that’s your brother!”

The Munchkin has:
1) been watching too much “Lilo and Stitch”
2) been playing with my parents’ dog Rusty too often (or not enough)
3) an over-active imagination

Take your pick. Her most recent thing is to insist that Baby Boy is her dog. She will try and call him to her: “Come here, boy, come here!” She tries to pet him. She insists on calling him “Stitch” (and guess who is Lilo in her little mind??).

She’s tried to convince us. “Mommy, this my dog. His name Stitch,” she says confidently.

“No, that’s your little brother, Baby Boy,” I remind her.

“No, dat’s a dog and his name Stitch,” she insists.

This all started about a week or so ago, but accelerated when she earned her most recent “special treat” from potty-training (we’re now up to 25 or more stickers to earn a treat). I had just been to the Disney Store and had found a Lilo T-shirt on clearance for $5, and I got it in a XXS. It’s still a little big on her, but she can wear it right now. When we gave her that shirt, she insisted on wearing it immediately to bed and all day the next day. I think that she has decided that she is Lilo, and although she has a stuffed animal of Stitch, she needs a live “dog” to play that role.

Enter Baby Boy.

The poor kid actually had a stick that he was playing with taken away from him tonight by his sister (they were in the backyard). She tossed it and told him “go fetch!”

The problem is, I was planning on having them be Lilo and Stitch for Halloween. Baby Boy was going to wear the Munchkin’s old Stitch costume, and she was going to be Lilo, dressed as a hula dancer. Now I’m not so sure this is a good idea.

Maybe we should just get a real dog and name it Stitch. Well, that’s not happening until she can help clean up after a dog (the Webmaster is not hot on the idea of a dog, period, but he’s going to lose this one eventually).

Bottom line, no one’s watching Mulan in this house until she outgrows this phase. Why? Mulan has a pet dog… named “Little Brother”.

2 Responses to ““That’s not a dog, that’s your brother!””

  1. Dozeymagz
    July 25th, 2006 04:38

    Oh dear! Just think of all those future therapy bills Baby Boy will have trying to explain his need to chase after sticks!!!!

  2. Little Cousin's Mommy
    July 25th, 2006 05:44

    I say let the Munchkin watch “Mulan” a lot! That way, when she starts to call Baby Boy “Little Brother” it won’t look odd in public. But be warned: “Mulan” has other risks. Remember the time a young Auntie cut her hair to copy her favorite movie?