DD has two imaginary friends: Alex who goes to school and waters plants and the elephant who has no name but eats gravel

(38 Posts)
ShowOfHands Tue 16-Jun-09 10:40:40

I was not prepared for this. I thought we had a couple of years grace before I had to start taking an extra banana with us for the elephant that lives in the bloody apple tree.

Alex, who is at school atm gets very tired and needs to go out for a walk after dinner. I have to hold his hand fgs.

How far do I allow this to go? I had to prevent dh from sitting on Alex this morning and put out an extra chair at the table.

Is Alex staying around for long? Somebody tell me that imaginary friends go off to boarding school eventually.

I'm just glad the elephant's too big to fit through the door.

OracleInaCoracle Tue 16-Jun-09 10:46:35

pmsl how old is dd? ds's imaginary friend is called Ben. (oddly, the dog is called benji and at least 2 if his toys are also called ben) i have to hold ben's hand, tell him off if he messes about near the road, stop people sitting on him and kiss him goodnight.

CMOTdibbler Tue 16-Jun-09 10:48:50

LOL. DS apparently has twin babies in his tummy, and woe betide you should you squeeze them. The babies also seem to need specific foods - strawberries for instance.

ShowOfHands Tue 16-Jun-09 10:53:39

She turned 2 last month. She told the hv all about Alex at her 2 year check. Said hv looked at us like we were feeding dd hallucinogenics.

Alex, thankfully, like peas and carrots best. I don't expect this to last.

OracleInaCoracle Tue 16-Jun-09 11:05:35

lol ben likes chocolate milk and sausages best. ds also got v upset on sun when i didnt get ben an icecream. wicked mummy!

llareggub Tue 16-Jun-09 11:08:34

They are funny, aren't they? My DS has a pink, tiny dragon that he blames for all manner of things. My nephew insists that he has a ghost friend called George that he found in a skip.

Jazzicatz Tue 16-Jun-09 11:09:22

My ds is 4.5 and still has his imaginary friend. Woogy is his name and he lives in ds's tummy hmm, if ds does something naughty, he always blames Woogy. I have to now tell Woogy and ds off at the same time!

LilRedWG Tue 16-Jun-09 21:12:43

Ah, DD has THREE, yes three of the buggers. There is Peppa, Dora and Baby.

- Peppa, I am fairly confident is a pig.

- Dora, I think, comes from me calling DD/DH/anyone 'Dopey Dora'.

- Baby - I guess she just couldn't be bothered to name the baby.

Whenever we go out in the car at least two of them come with us and DD unfastens seatbelts, lifts them into their seats and refastens the seat belts. Cute the first half dozen times, now bloody annoying. I guess I should be glad that she is safety concious. hmm

LilRedWG Tue 16-Jun-09 21:13:03

DD is just three btw.

nigglewiggle Tue 16-Jun-09 21:16:30

They sound fab!

largeginandtonic Tue 16-Jun-09 21:20:10

grin

I think it is incredibly sweet, i have NO experience of it though. Mine clearly have no need for imaginary friends, in fact they probably wish for some to vanish grin

I can't wait to see her next month. I am hoping she can teach B to have some of his own and perhaps they will teach him to SLEEP.

Have you seen Drop Dead Fred? wink grin

ShowOfHands Thu 18-Jun-09 16:52:24

Sorry, brief pause to visit ageing relative.

Took Alex to a softplay hell place today. DD lost him in the balls. Mummy had to stumble ungracefully through said plastic spheres calling out to the invisible child.

lg&t, I had two imaginary friends as a child and took them everywhere for far longer than was healthy.

Drop Dread Fred is one of my favourite films.

"ooh lovely, you look like a big bruise"

"dog poo, dog poo, lovely, lovely dog poo"

I wonder where dd gets it from...

Bucharest Thu 18-Jun-09 16:56:32

Well, we had Donald, the female train, who was always responsible for bad behaviour in the house.....and came out with us too....dd would turn round (in company) and remonstrate with Donald and "her" behaviour...This went on from about 3-4...(she's 5.5 now) So, you might have to take the extra buns for a while yet, but this too shall pass......

mistlethrush Fri 19-Jun-09 12:34:33

Ds has Baby Jack - who has changed sex since he/she first arrived (spookily, about the time of edd of mc post ds) - we don't hear as much of him as we used to now (ds 4.2) but he still occasionally comes along in the car, for a day out or on holiday - and of course still gets used as an excuse (Baby Jack did it) - we never had to feed him or save a chair though.

However, we have been through the park, me pushing the buggy, ds (then 2.6?) walking beside me, holding my hand, clearly holding someone else's hand the other (it was Freddie, one of his friendly monsters) and apparently Baby Jack was sitting in the buggy and holding Jessie's hand (you guessed it, another friendly monster!)

wuglet Fri 19-Jun-09 15:48:25

DD (3 next week) has five imaginary friends - the main protagonists are two girls called Anky and Chicken. Sometimes these are her children and sometimes they are her big sisters.

Anky and Chicken are sometimes joined by Abigail and Ada - they are collectively called "the little ones" or "the crew" hmm - usually when we are trying to get somewhere in a rush we have to wait for all the little ones to catch us up.

A less regular visitor is "Ginormous Fibber" - we are not really sure as to the age gender or species of this one! He (it) is often playing in our garden so DD has to go out there too so he doesn't get lonely.

80Furr Fri 19-Jun-09 21:53:29

My DS used to have the terrifying Crank the Cat, who he was frightened of, and would see everywhere, especially at night. We had to teach DS to scare him away. I know a little girl who has two called Sheila and Tubs, they work with her Grandad in his shed. They are always at the doctors too because (so she says) they are hypochondriacs! She's only 3 so its very amusing to hear her say this!

tsom Fri 19-Jun-09 22:08:53

DS2 has Invisible Sushi Man, gets blamed for things but sadly has yet to make any sushi

SparkyFartDust Fri 19-Jun-09 22:22:04

my eldest (4) has 2 imaginary friends, 'Child' and 'Baby.'

Basically she just likes to shout at them and beat them in scooter races.

When DD just turned 3 she had 7 imaginary giraffes who walked around with her. She stretched her arms out as far as they'd go at either side to encompass them all. They lived on the landing half-way up our stairs and if she got to bed without them she'd cry "I forgot my giraffes!" have to rush back to the landing and come back up the stairs with her arms outstretched to herd them all up to bed. They only stuck around for a couple of weeks thankfully.

StewieGriffinsMom Sat 20-Jun-09 12:50:15

DD1 is 12 and has had a number over the years.

Her first was a 6 foot long dragon called Dragon who we took everywhere with us. He slept in a tree in the front yard when he became too big for her bedroom. He also had a special roof rack on the car. He got stepped on frequently, was left behind everywhere and caused no end of trouble for nearly 2 years

Eventually, Harry moved in with us. Harry was far less irritating than the dragon. He was around for 3 years but Hermione joined him eventually. [Guess what the inspiration for this was?]

Then DD1, age 7, saw Buffy for the first time. Spike the vampire moved into our storage cupboard with Harry and Hermione. Spike wasn't too irritating as he never left the house but was around for another 2 years. He wasn't a classic imaginary friend but complemented DD1s interest in Wicca and magic. He coincided with a brief period where DD1 decided she was a witch and wrote many many stories staring her and Spike.

Thankfully she has outgrown this. Unfortunately, DD2, now 2, has an imaginary dragon for a friend. This one is definitely encouraged by DD1 who thinks its funny. The dragon lives in the storage cupboard with Spike, Harry and Hermione.

I am convinced the cupboard is actually the Tardis and Dr Who is living large in there.

zanz1bar Sat 20-Jun-09 15:08:51

We have a leopard called lucky, he has to go to school and sleeps by the door till home time. DS age 4.

AttillaTheHan Sat 20-Jun-09 20:21:42

DS 5 has had a few over the last couple of years. The oddest was his imaginary 'uncle' whose house DS apparently used to go to and inevitably would allow ds to do all the stuff we wouldn't do at home. However it did get a bit embarrassing when in earshot of nursery worker or teacher he would say " My uncle lets me jump up and down on his bed when I'm naked" hmm blush

panicpants Sat 20-Jun-09 20:28:36

We have a naughty badger...who is reponsible for anything which goes wrong in the house..or if we lose something etc...as in:

Ds 'I can't find my tiger..the naughty badger must have taken it'

But clever ds, has only just cottoned on to blaming the naughty badger for things he has done!

Occassionally we have a nice badger too.

Not sure why we have a badger though hmm

We have a fox and a turtle that live in the airing cupboard. We are frequently late for nursery becasue we have to wait for fox to do a poo hmm There are also four elephants that live under the bath, fortunately they are well behaved (mostly...)

frasersmummy Sat 20-Jun-09 20:47:45

we have michael the monster. Ds was 2.5 when he appeared. He was around constantly for a few months, seabelt on in the car, dont sit there, you just shut michael out etc

Then michael went back to his own house and only came back for playdates.

apparently he lived in the flats around the corner from us.

We heard less and less of michael and then a few weeks ago at 4 years old he told us he was building an extension out the back for Michael

snigger Sat 20-Jun-09 22:12:45

DD1 had Sulia Julia, an orange-faced moralist, and Meeta Hulee Meatlock, her boyfriend.

DD2 had Granny Moses, who hated her and threatened to lock her in the attic hmm

TinyPawz Sat 20-Jun-09 22:38:43

I had a friend when I was a child called Lisa. We did everything together or so my mother told me.

Just months before I was born, my mums cousin Lisa died. My mum was petrified to ask me what my 'Lisa' looked like.....

Story still gets told to all and sundry

AnarchyAunt Sat 20-Jun-09 22:41:01

DD had an imaginary friend called Skobsker (sp?) from when she was about 3. He had birthdays at least once a week and often got younger hmm

Then one day 'he died'.

Now she has an imaginary collie puppy called Jess.

Saltire Sat 20-Jun-09 23:11:52

My neice has an imaginary pet dog. Its black with green feethmm. I'm not posting it's name because the whole town where they live know about this dog. However, when Dneice goes into fridge and eats something she blames the "dog". She pooed on the floor once and blamed the "dog" "That x has shit again" she said to her dad when he found it.
Another time she tipped out all her toys into bedroom floor - "that bloody dog he wanted my dolly".
I don't knw what worries me more - the imaginary dog or the swearing!

Saltire Sat 20-Jun-09 23:15:20

However, we actually have an invisible person in out house as well. he's called Nobody.and poor soul he gets blamed for everyhting.
"who put sweet wrappers down the side of the sofa"
"nobody"
or
"who went out and left the tv switched on?"
Ds1 "it wasn't me"
DS2 "It wasn't me"
Me "well who was it then? Nobody"
DSes "must have been him"

toddlerama Sat 20-Jun-09 23:51:14

Does no-one else think it's a bit, well, creepy? I'll be scared if my DD's start chatting to people I can't see! Is it just something they all go through?

StewieGriffinsMom Sun 21-Jun-09 07:32:52

Its not creepy. Its actually a pretty common developmental stage.

totalmisfit Sun 21-Jun-09 08:50:44

dd had Joni and Johnny. i used to wonder if they were folk/country singers sometimes.... Joni was always coming round for parties and Johnny's presence was always threatened 'he's outside... he's coming in now...' slightly creepy at times, esp if it was just the 2 of us in the house. Also, she used to have unintelligable conversations with a specific lampost down our road. i kind of miss the weirdness now she's 3.3.

worley Sun 21-Jun-09 09:03:30

when we were little my older cousin (40 in aug!) used to have a friend who lived in the bathroom, my cousin would spend hours sitting on the loo and talking to her. my auntie and mum used to stand at the door and listen to the "conversations". lol
neither of my two have had imaginary friends but funnily enough we did watch drop dead fred yesterday. love rik mayall

Servalan Sun 21-Jun-09 10:36:28

No imaginary friends in our house. I'm kinda envious - they sound fab grin

MrsGJB Sun 21-Jun-09 10:47:33

DD1 used to have two imaginary friends - Mr. Dorchar and Mr Bollocks (who she introduced very clearly to the local vicar!!!).

toolly Tue 23-Jun-09 20:46:52

For posterity.
DD age 3 has three friends of indetermintate gender, Mannah, Sugar and Foxy. My sister thinks they are brilliant names for strippers. DS has five, Mornay, Aki, Shola, Dee Dee and Maxi. I really don't know where he heard the names from.

junkcollector Tue 23-Jun-09 23:28:33

I had 2 when I was little- Dingly and Duddy. They wore striped jumpers and came everywhere with me and I bossed them around quite a bit I remember. Duddy died (Not sure how ) and Dingly left home when my sister was born......He could still be out there somewhere, wandering, in his little stripy jumper...

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