We took Esme to Jackson (an hour drive each way) yesterday for the first time. She did so well! She started making loud noises in the bookstore, but other than that she was alert and watching all the strange things for the whole trip. Luckily I fed her before we left so she didn't start getting hungry until the drive back home.
I'm not sure if any of you remember Mr. Mousebear that was made before Esme was born. At the time I didn't think much of him and had ended up putting him away with a few other unused things. About a month ago I pulled him out and gave him to Esme with the other toys I'd made. Since then he has become her ABSOLUTE favorite toy. She chews on him, pulls on his ears, tosses him about... it is so cute to watch. I really thought he was a mediocre or even subpar experiment until now. I'm sure it helps that I encourage her to chew on him (he's all cotton, so no fluff to get in her mouth). I think she's getting ready to teethe soon. He's also small enough I now let her have him at night in her bassinet and take him along in the car seat.
Yesterday in Jackson I bought some various fabrics for cloning Mr.Bear. This is the first one. He has the same long middle, 9 inch high size and squishable arms and legs. I showed him and original Mr.Bear to Esme last night and she stared quizzically at the new one but didn't choose between them. I gave her back her own Mr.Bear and she hugged him tightly ;)