Just in time for Mother's Day, we've got a new mother at our house and her name is "Puffy". She is about 2 feet tall and apparently comes and goes as she pleases. She joins the new dad we have had for about 6 months now. He is named "Yellow Haired Dad".
Sawyer doesn't mess around and created not one, but two imaginary friends for himself. And parents no less. When it was just Yellow Haired Dad, I thought it was pretty funny. I'll admit, my ego isn't as fond of his second mom.
Puffy and Yellow Haired Dad follow in a long tradition of imaginary friends. The first to join our house was "Mr. Nobody". Mr. Nobody was Riley's buddy. Riley was quite enamored with Mr. Nobody. That is, until Bridget claimed Mr. Nobody as her friend and determined that he was no longer Riley's friend. Older sisters can be very persuasive (and sometimes ruthless). Undeterred, Riley then discovered "Mrs. Nobody" and all was well at our house.
A couple of years later, we added "Little Guy" to the mix. I believe Little Guy was a sibling group creation for Connor's enjoyment. Little Guy was some sort of fairy or sprite, or Tom Thumb kind of character. One of the older children would see Little Guy on a flower or ceiling fan and try to direct Connor with where to look. Sometimes he found Little Guy, sometimes he was tearful that he was the only one who couldn't seem to see him. Eventually, Connor claimed full rights to Little Guy and was fortunately able to find him wherever he was hiding.
Several months ago, Yellow Haired Dad joined the family. Sawyer loves to tell us about all the adventures that he has had. Apparently, Sawyer flew his own plane to the North Pole and petted a giant tiger at the zoo with Yellow Haired Dad.
And now, enter Puffy, his other mom. Puffy is not related to her appearance, although I can't help but imagine her in a down-filled vest. I admit to feeling slightly jealous of Puffy's ability to take Sawyer on adventures around the world without my being invited.
Last I heard, Puffy took Sawyer on a Fire Truck ride all the way to Grandma and Grandpa's house three hours away. She had the siren on for the whole trip. Actually, I think I will let Puffy have the noisy adventures with Sawyer. She hasn't claimed bedtime reading yet, and I'm willing to fight her for that.