Having been a girl all my life, it's not hard for me to imagine creating "families" amongst your toys, because I'm sure I did it with my dolls and stuffed animals when I was a kid.
The other day I had a meeting where Ben and Charlie were playing while the meeting took place and there were little girls there setting up families with the baby dolls, so the practice is not outdated. What I didn't expect was that boys like to do the same thing, but not with the same "players," so to speak.
We've been talking a lot about families because ours will be expanding soon and so it's natural for the boys to want to talk about it, and I guess act it out. Are you wondering what they are using since obviously they're not using dollies? Cars. On the coffee table currently there are all these "families" set up with a mommy, a daddy, and kids. Some families have five kids, others have three. There really isn't a rhyme or reason to why the cars get to be in a family (i.e. all red cars, for instance), but they know who belongs to which family. It's a very scientific process, apparently.
Lou and Ben have been coming up with names for the baby because we can't decide on them ourselves. Currently, Ben likes "Spot," but we haven't figured out what to do because the stuffed dog he sleeps with is named Spot and that could get very confusing. Louie has come up with "Thumpy." I'm not sure where he got that.
Louie must be into rhyming words these days because he said that when he is a daddy he will have five kids and they will be called "Lumpy," "Bumpy," "Dumpy," "Umpy," and "Ubby." Will they be dwarfs?
Ben claims that he will not be a daddy. Not an uncle. Not a brother. (Don't try to tell him he already is a brother.) He just wants to be grown up.