Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tribute to Elmo - the orginal gateway drug for babies

I swore we would have nothing to do with Elmo.

Then, my aunt sent me some DVDs her boys outgrew. When I saw the Elmo video, I paused for a moment as I envisioned driving down the interstate doing 75 and chucking it out the window with a blissful smile on my face.

But, logic took over. I decided I better hang on to it. Kaylee might want to watch it someday. Maybe she'd wake up and decide she was just too cool for the Veggie Tales. One never knows about these things, so I put it with the rest of our DVDs, and hoped it stayed right there. In the DVD box. With the lid on. Never to come out. Ever.

Now, I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure it was my husband who eventually dug it out, popped it in the DVD player, and introduced Kaylee to the gateway drug known as Elmo. I fear that this may lead to other even more powerful and annoying baby addictions such as the Wiggles. God help me...

Anyway, Elmo now runs through her veins. I can hardly tell her no when she looks at me with her pleading puppy dog eyes, a hopeful look on her face and utters the cutest little, "Ewmow???" you ever heard in your whole life.

Her face lights up, her smile becomes a mile wide, and she claps like a fool as soon as the movie starts.

And now, as we've been at home for 2 days giving her breathing treatments for the beast called bronchitis, Ewmow (in combination with a pacifier) is about the only thing that can get her to calm down.

Stupid Ewmow has also caused me to cave in ways I never thought I would. As we waited for her prescription at the pharmacy yesterday, we strolled down the baby aisle and found the thing I am ashamed to admit that I've been looking for - a stuffed Elmo that does. not. make. NOISE.

Oh, sweet miracle from Jesus.

She got the stuffed Elmo.

And this morning, when I drove to Wal-Mart at 6:30 in the morning to get a temporal lobe thermometer so I didn't have to hold the old fashioned one under her armpit for 87 minutes, I also got her a new Elmo DVD and a Sesame Street songs DVD.

Dang frickin' helium-filled Elmo got inside my head, too. I've already watched his DVD five - count 'em - FIVE times today, and I'm already getting jittery and sweaty, just jonesin' for another episode. I hope I can resist the temptation until Kaylee wakes back up from her nap.

So, you little crazy-eyed monster, this week, my tribute is to you. Not because I think you're even the slightest bit funny, cute, or entertaining (even though you look totally bad ass in your rapper costume when you sing hip hop songs)...

...but because you make my baby so happy. And for that, I'm grateful.

Head on over to Angie's 7 Clown Circus to read about what other bloggers are paying tribute to this week.


Allyson said...

Awwww too cute! You fell in love with Elmo too! Awwww

It's bound to happen eventually, right? He is too dang cute to resist! :)

blueviolet said...

I don't know how you managed to resist his allure until now!

Molly said...

I will make a note to stay clear of him! Cooper is stuck on Shreck right now. Not very age appropriate, but he dug it out of our DVD cabinet and life hasn't been the same since.

Kelly said...

Tay went through her Elmo phase. He went EVERYWHERE with her. Even tailgating for an LSU football game. how I long for Elmo days *sigh*. We have moved on to the more annoying Dora and her equally annoying cousin Diego.

Deb said...

oh dear... it's how it always starts. i've seen it way too many times. so, i'll forgive you, as i know all too well the power of elmo. but if i so much as hear a hint of anything barney, i am never speaking to you again. i've been clean for too many years. i can't go back.

BreAnne said...

Don't worry love of Elmo does not lead to the Wiggles - my son now 4 still loves Elmo but thinks the Wiggles are just weird. He doesn't get it and will not watch them.

But I have to admit I couldn't wait for him to watch Elmo whom I love, as well as all the Sesame Street gang. I even have an Elmo Potty Training DVD

shortmama said...

Its amazing how those dang things just take a hold of our kids and us too! The sacrifices we make for our kids!

Jenners said...

This is classic! And I find myself actually enjoying "Transformers Animated Series" ... who knew. Whatever works for the kid, works for me. And Elmo does kind of grow on you...kind of.