God's Child, Our Joy

An adoptive family's journey in faith and life



My brother asked recently if Eva has a favorite character. I thought to myself “She’s too young to have a favorite character!” I’ve had a version of this thought many times in the past few weeks, as she continues to grow and develop. She’s too young to have so much personality! She’s too young to have attitude! She’s too young to figure out that if she moves her ottoman, she can step on it to climb over the barrier to Quinton’s food!

Well, she’s not too young for those things, and she’s not too young for a favorite character. Our long fought stance against TV for the children fell mercilessly to the realities of an infant who needs attention and a toddler who is working on testing barriers. Sometimes when you just don’t have that free hand to keep one out of danger, suddenly Sesame Street on Netflix is the greatest thing ever.


Initially it was ignored, and generally Eva will still ignore the TV when it is on. However, the two big exceptions are when there is music playing that can be danced to, and Elmo’s World. No doubt, some of your brains just started playing the theme song in your head.

La la la la
La la la la
Elmo’s World

I’m not sure what it is about Elmo that is so gosh darn addictive, but Eva goes a little crazy when Elmo’s World comes on. Check out this video for Eva’s reaction when she hears the music.

She loves Elmo, and thank God that it’s Sesame Street that has caught her fancy as opposed to something much more annoying like Barney. Wait, is Barney still a thing anymore? Sponge Bob? I have no clue. Anyway, of course it may have been because the only TV she watches is either baseball or Sesame Street, so it’s kind of hard to love what you don’t see. No, she doesn’t love baseball. By now, she probably thinks that the normal response to watching baseball is to bang your head on the wall as the Twins lose once again. I digress.

Does anyone else’s kids have Elmoitis? How long does it last?


3 thoughts on “Elmo

  1. You really don’t want to know how much TV Little Man watches. He loves Elmo but isn’t a big fan of Sesame Street. His favorite shows include Pingu, Pocoyo, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time, Curious George, Big Bang Theory, and Doctor Who. He also loves Monsters Vs. Aliens, Shrek, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Wallace & Gromit and the Curse of the Ware-Rabbit, and Star Wars.

    Clearly I’m raising a geek. I’m okay with that. Also, all those TV shows are available on Netflix Streaming….

  2. My mother-in-law has tapes of a bunch of old Barney episodes, so that’s on pretty much all the time when we visit them. She wanted to buy a Barney stuffed animal but couldn’t find one at the store (probably because Barney isn’t, in fact, a thing anymore, so little kids wouldn’t recognize the merchandise and beg their parents to buy it)…

  3. Now Scott…are you forgetting almost 12 years ago when you bought that ELMO chair for miss Katrina for her first birthday? Yes Elmotitis is clearly the it thing for a one year old LOL. She loved the stuffing out of that chair literally. I am glad that Eva found the same love! Also glad that you are tortured with the same theme song stuck in your head like I was whenever anyone says Elmo LOL!

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