Saturday, May 21, 2011

Strange Bedfellows: Audrey's Girl Cave

Remember the days when, for safety reasons, the place that your kid slept was supposed to be clear of all toys, blankets, and pillows?  Me neither.  The only thing missing from Audrey's bed is canned goods and she could probably survive today's predicted Rapture with no problem.

She's not really a hoarder in any other sense...just in the sense that she loves to squirrel things away in her bed.  In this picture we see a box of Kleenex (always), some miscellaneous social stories (light bedtime reading), and our cordless phone handset (co-sleeping with electro-magnetic fields will not meet Dad's approval).

Not too bad, right?

Business on top...

But then you lift up the pillow, and oh what's this?

...party underneath

2 headbands, a cupcake soap, emery boards (which she calls her popsicle sticks), an empty tube of Carmex, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Things that used to be there that have been removed:  two sets of swim goggles (prized birthday gifts, but perhaps a choking hazard), a cotton-candy-scented Smencil (waking-up-with-a-lead-pencil-embedded-in-an-artery hazard), and full tubes of Carmex and toothpaste (obv).

I'm not quite sure what all of these items mean to Audrey.  I understand some of them, but others...not so much.  Hopefully, these are all things that, for whatever reason, she loves and treasures.  And hopefully that will always be her criteria for having things in bed with her.

24 comments:

  1. Well, I am sure you saw my hoarding post about Katie. I would LOVE if she just hoarded a little. We have all that crap (including a cupcake soap) and then some! My son is a more "normal" hoarder? His bed is filled with stuff, too, but at least it's toys. He fills up whatever box/container he can find with toys and lines his bead with them. And god forbid you touch something...he just might murder me in my sleep.

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  2. hahahaaa this makes me laugh! My DAUGHTER was like this at that age!!!!! (she's the typical one!) She took EVERYTHING to bed with her. EVERY beloved build-a-bear, books, purses full of CRAP! coloring books (i guess to re-visit her art).. the stuff i'd find in her bed used to make me laugh. She STILL does this. She's 14. hmm, i'll take pics of her nightstand. you'll get a kick out of it.

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  3. We just have to deal with a ton of stuffed animals in my daughter's bed. Most sleep at the foot of the bed, but about 4 lucky ones sleep by her pillows!

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  4. That's actually looking pretty good. I get large toy cars, a lightning McQueen toy computer, lots of crumbs, socks, etc. I'm hoping my son's criteria change for what he wants in bed with him!! ;)

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  5. Hell, I'd settle for ONE proper "thing" in my bed.

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  6. Can I borrow Audrey's Smencil? I need to draft another letter to the school district, and I want them to know I mean business.

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  7. She's like a ferret.

    Btw, what's cupcake soap? Have they found a way to bathe in cupcakes and no one told me?

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  8. My son is the same, it's so cute. Until I find about 10 paper rolls hoarded under the sofa.

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  9. Mine has dozens of little stuffed animals and blankets in her crib. But she doesn't play with them. She piles them up and sleeps on them. If you try to put something in there you think belongs in there she tosses it out like it's on fire. Audrey's stuff has a purpose for her and that's cool.

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  10. Have you checked your phone bill lately? I'd hate for you to see a charge for a call made to Yugoslavia or something,.

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  11. That looks familiar: one of mine is always stuffing random things under his pillow, too. Usually keepsakes of a place he's enjoyed visiting. Plus Lego. Plus about twenty other toys, cards and scraps of paper.

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  12. Mine is my 6 year old "normie". Last week, I cleaned out 56 books, 47 stuffed animals, 5 dolls, a box of Kleenex, 5 pillows, a sleeping bag and two comforters, markers and a flashlight. I'm amazed that there is room for her in there, too!

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  13. Bad bad mommy has a big big bed for her normie. Ours basically takes a book, then takes off his pants and diaper. That is, until we started duct-taping the diaper instead of using those cheesy, weak diaper straps.

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  14. I love the cupcake soap. I love that she keeps her special items under the pillow. So sweet.

    Haven't visited in a while - hope you are well!

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  15. Take Audrey's bed, and imagine an entire apartment that way, and that is where I live. Everytime I move I find rocks, bottles, and other things that were important to me at various times. I kind of like the fact that I'm still childlike in that way, but man...I need to sort through this stuff before I move again!

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  16. @ryoko861: That's always my husband's big fear, but so far no calls to China. I say if she figures that out, it's worth the cost. Her goal is actually to get the "please hang up and dial again" recording because she loves that...if someone Yugoslavian picked up, she'd be highly agitated.

    @movie: We are...I see you've been busy!

    @All: A couple of you mentioned blankets, and I didn't even go into that. What I had to pull back to even take the pictures...one quilt, one down comforter, a few baby blankets, one sleeping bag, an afghan, and a fleece throw. None of which somehow are ever actually covering her.

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  17. My son hoards food; he keeps snacks in his dresser drawers.

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  18. Little Miss is also a hoarder. We keep her room closed off with a baby gate -- otherwise, I suspect we would have much more than... wadded up tissues (used), chewy tube, McDonalds Happy Meal toy doll, stuffed animals (lost count), books (also lost count), socks (no other clothes.. just socks), the plastic top to the nightlight... well you get the idea ;-)

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  19. Thankfully, we have no hoarding issues at this time. However, AJ has developed a very deep relationship with poker chips. He always has one or two stuffed in his "hockets". I always have to frisk him before school. The other day, though, he totally tricked me: he had put them under his ball cap on top of his head. Moral is, if you go to school with AJ and lose your lunch money...not my fault!

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  20. My normie is the random hoarder. I've sent him to preschool (unknowingly) with pockets of AA batteries, coins, vitamins, tiny toys, and once (and never again) a tampon.

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  21. Corbin is very much like that. I'm always asking him how he can sleep in his bed- he has books, Bakugans, and his latest purchase- shark teeth. Yeah beat that.

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  22. Chip clip. Combination lock. DVD cases. The miniature potty from her doll house, with the opening lid that she uses as a musical clacker.

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