Dr. Emily [The Ordinary Days]

Imagination is something that should be treasured, something that I believe should be encouraged in every child, and something adults should fight to keep. Without an imagination the world seems like an even more scary and frightful place. Imagination is the door to possibilities, its where creativity, and thinking outside the box begin for child development. Imaging, trying new ways of doing things and experimenting help develop critical thinking in children. Which is why I strongly encourage role play and any kind of imaginative play in Emily.

Recently our weeks have been full of doctors appointments, ultrasounds, midwife checkups and consultant meetings in preparation for the baby arriving. Something I thought would bore Emily - but she really has proved me wrong. She has absolutely loved coming along to the appointments and is eager to tell any medical professional that will listen that her baby sissy sounds like a horsey. She is, of course, refering to her sister's heartbeat.

A few weeks ago, her new found fascination became the stethoscope. Every time we went to see the midwife, she asked if she could use it, and the midwife politely told her no - much to Emily's disappointment although she did take it like an absolute champ. That all changed last week, the midwife said she could have ago. Emily was absolutely delighted, I think the midwife got to the point where she realised Emily wouldn't stop asking until she got to see what it was all about. I figured that as soon as you let Emily have it she would refuse and change her mind, but that didn't happen. She let the midwife show her what to do, and then the midwife placed the stethoscope on my belly, and Emily's face lite up. The pure innocence and amazement on her face is something that I will never forget. Ever since then she has been talking about having her own stethoscope.

I figured it would be something that she would forget about, just another fascination that would wear off, but I was wrong. All the imaginative play and role play lately has been about doctors. I found her sat on her bedroom floor, with my headphones that she had grabbed off the side. She popped them in her ears and used the plugin part to pretend to listen to her baby Annabelle's belly. When I asked her what she was doing, she told me it was her stethoscope and that she was making her baby better because she is 'Doctor Emily'. 

I knew in that moment that I needed to buy her a stethoscope of her own, and I wasn't wrong in my choice. I managed to pick her up one from Amazon for just under £5 - even better it was purple! Emily's favourite colour. It even works properly meaning she can actually hear anyone's heartbeat through it. Since it came through the door she has listened to everyone's heartbeat, including every single one of her soft toys. She found herself an old sun hat (apparently that is her doctor's hat) and has declared that everyone needs a check up.

I knew that it wouldn't be long before I was the one being harassed, and I wasn't wrong. She has been checking my heartbeat, and her sissy's several times a day. I often get 'mummy, lay down, I need to check baby sissy' and if I don't play along I do get a stern telling off.

Watching her imagination blossom and her interest grow has amazed me, I didn't expect her to get half of what is going on at just two years old. She really is wise beyond her years and I'm so proud of her. I can't wait to see if she grows up to have an interest and/or a career in medicine. One thing is for sure, I will be proud of her no matter what she does, I just hope she always has the confidence and faith in her own abilities.


  1. Ah how lovely that's she's so enthusiastic about meeting her new sibling, and so so cute that she has such an interest in listening to the heartbeat. Love her stethoscope! Thanks for linking up with me lovely, adore this post. Kaye xo

  2. This is so sweet! I often worried about my eldest when I had my second child, not feeling included etc. But with things like this they can totally feel like part of it all x

  3. Bless her, it's the little things isn't it! I bet she can't wait for her baby sister to arrive now x

  4. Oh she is the cutest!! What a gorgeous little girl you have and you're right - imagination should really be treasured x

  5. This is just the cutest thing ever. I love how involved she is and how excited too.

    Kids amaze us, the things we think would bore them just fascinate them so much

  6. I just love children's imaginations. They are so wonderful. This is just adorable. So sweet. X

  7. Oh bless her Stephanie she looks so cute playing doctors. She is so sweet. xx

  8. Bless her! My youngest adores playing doctor too.


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