For the last few months, Daniel has been obsessed with Thomas. Not just Thomas, but all of the characters from Thomas the Tank Engine. We have a cheap wooden train set from Kmart that came with a generic black train which he has dubbed Hiro after one of favourite characters on Thomas. Then he decided to name all of the other generic trains after Thomas characters too.
We gave him a Percy train a few weeks ago, which he carries around with him pretty much everywhere he goes. He asked for a Percy birthday cake, and he has a Thomas and Percy shirt that he refuses to wear because he’d rather carry it around and hug it. I tried putting it on him a couple times which resulted in much screaming and attempts to rip the shirt right off.
Needless to say, getting him all things Thomas for his birthday was a pretty good bet. Even Grandma and YaYa got him Thomas stuff. Good idea, right?
In theory. His little face lit up as he opened his first present, his very own Spencer. But then he opened his battery powered Thomas that chuffs around the tracks all by itself and that’s when things started to go pear shaped. Not for Daniel, he was in Thomas heaven, but for us. Battery powered Thomas was amazing. Hannah wanted to play with him, Daniel wanted to play with him, and Daniel didn’t want to open any more presents.
Daniel screamed when I wouldn’t let him touch his Thomas with porridge laden hands at the breakfast table. He refused to eat any more of his breakfast, instead preferring to have his hands washed so he could continue playing with his beloved Thomas.
He screamed when we wouldn’t let him take Thomas to bed. We usually let him take trains to bed, and does every night, but He likes to have Thomas turned on, and we don’t really wish to replace Thomas’ batteries each morning. He also takes a sippy cup of water to bed, which obviously doesn’t mix well with battery operated toys.
He cried when I wouldn’t let him take Thomas in the bath. He made other kids cry at playgroup when he got to play with Thomas and they didn’t. Thomas is carried around every where we go. He sits next to Daniel when he eats, he comes to the gym, the playgroup, to school inspections (we’re looking at schools for Hannah), and last night, he even came to a bonfire. He got lost in the grass a couple of times, but he’s still here, being carried around by Daniel right now.
I’m just hoping he’ll chill out about Thomas soon, maybe leave Thomas at home when we go somewhere, or at least let Hannah have a turn without screaming like he’s about to die.
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