Saturday, August 23, 2008

At home with his gnome


I had a meeting with my dissertation director on Tuesday afternoon, and my aunt very kindly agreed to babysit Bub and Little Bit (Baby Boy's new blog handle and around-the-house nickname for now) while I was gone. She not only showed up early but arrived with gifts. An adorable onesie, a romper, and these super soft little footsie things called "flipper slippers" for Little Bit. For the Bub, she brought a gnome.

This gnome is pretty impressive, NTB. When you squeeze his toe, you can record a message. Then, you press his chest to hear it played back to you in a gnome voice. My aunt and cousin initially set it up to say, "Bubby is cool." He seemed to like that. He and I played around with the gnome later in the day and tested out some other messages: "Bubby is a great big brother." "Mommy and Daddy love Bubby so much." "Bubby is amazing" ("amazing" is one of his favorite words).

His favorite message continues to be "Mommy and Daddy love Bubby so much." There must just be something about being reminded of your parents love by elfin creature with a squeaky voice. Anyway, the other night before bed, I re-recorded that message for him and he kept pressing the gnome's chest over and over to hear about how loved he was. What cracked me up though, was his response. The gnome would say his piece, and the Bub would smile and say, "Tank you hon." Just really cute. NTB.

To my aunt, giver of the gnome, I say: "Tank you hon."

9 comments:

CaraBee said...

As a now out of the closet gnome lover, I can say that I adore the little talking gnome. It must comforting to him to curl up at night hearing how much he is loved. Heck, I might do the same thing. Is hon what he calls the gnome or is it an endearment he hears around the house? Because as you might recall, "hon" is a Baltimore thing.

MEP said...

Carabee, I thought of you when Bub opened the gnome! "Hon" is a term we use around the house, as in "Just a sec, hon" and "Thanks hon" and "Love you hon." My hair does not qualify me, I suspect, to be a Baltimore hon!

PITA said...

Oh the bub is so cute! What a fabulous gift the gnome was. I can just hear the bub saying - tank you hon. I replay the times he said I was "really gorgegous," and it makes me smile from ear to ear. NTB

Anonymous said...

I love it!!! m

Debateur said...

What a great idea for a gift. My daughter would love that.

LAP said...

Kudos to Aunt P for taking a chance on a gnome. Sounds like it's been a hit. Pretty stinkin adorable with Bub's use of the word "hon" in there.

CaraBee said...

Hey MEP, I gave you an award!

Anonymous said...

Where can I get my own gnome? I might record... "You are a good mom!" I think it is adorable how the Bub said "Tank you hon." Hope he is still enjoying his new toy... BDavin

Sarah D said...

that is too cute! i love it, hon.

 
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