At least that’s what my almost-3-year-old niece, Laney, thinks.
We are naming our son-to-be Thomas. You can see how this may be a little confusing to a cute little almost-3-year-old considering one of the most famous trains known to toddlers everywhere is also named Thomas.
I don’t think any of us realized how completely confusing this was for her until a couple weeks ago when she blurted out to me:
“I want Thomas to come out so I can ride him!”
I had no idea what she was talking about, of course. I needed her mommy/interpreter to tell me that Laney maybe thinks I am having a Thomas the Train. We laughed and laughed because she is the cutest little person you could ever meet and I pretty much laugh and smile no matter what she does.
This weekend I was with her again and she was full of more exciting and interesting plans for my baby. They included the following:
Laney: You can have Thomas right now. Right here (points to living room floor.)
Me: I think I’d rather have Thomas in your bed instead. Would that be OK?
(A few minutes later, she tried to bribe the baby.)
Laney: If Thomas comes out now I will give him a toy.
(Then she actually did place a toy under my shirt for Thomas.)
Later she told me she had a Percy in her belly. Of course, I thought she was saying a purse, which I didn’t at all understand but I pretended to. Then her mom/interpreter told me that Percy is Thomas the Train’s best friend.
I really think she might be slightly disappointed once baby Thomas actually arrives. I may need to go ahead and buy a Thomas the train and wrap it in a blanket to trick her. (I mean…ease the pain for her.)