Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Take a Deep Breath and Soothe That Baby!

I'll set the scene.

7:30 AM on Christmas morning. An excited little girl jumping up and down saying, "I want to try the Wii Babysitting Mama now!" Have you seen this toy? It's a Wii game that comes with a hands-on baby doll that needs the Wii mama's care and attention. Jillian begged for this toy. Since Jillian's favorite activity is playing mama, I thought that this game was right up her alley. Well...it turns out that the game is not that easy. This baby doll would not quiet down for Jillian so that she could get to the next level. Having logged in countless hours quieting babies in the past decade or so, I figured that I could turn into supermama for Jillian and make some progress in this game.

Picture me sitting on a tiny, plastic, yellow chair. Jillian thinks that I would have the best position to hold the baby on her special chair. She's right about the chair being just the right height for playing this game. I wish that it had a little cushion for my achy bottom.

I position my hands underneath the baby's head and bottom ever so gently. I try to follow the instructional mama's directions as she tells me what to do. She's way too perky in a condescending way. See how much this game is getting to me. I'm feeling antagonism towards a virtual character.

Fast forward one hour later. I could not get past level one (soothing, feeding, burping, rocking). I tried over and over again to get it right. So frustrating!!! I can still hear that Wii mama's admonition, "Don't shake the baby!" My constant response, "I'm NOT shaking the baby!"

Time for round two with this game. Jillian is calling me to the Wii now to take another shot. I wonder if a gorilla mama would be better at passing these levels. I hate when I get through 3 out of 4 stages and the Wii mama tells me that I'm "almost there." I think I'm almost losing my mind with this game! Maybe I can talk Jillian into playing Barbies with me. They don't criticize me on how I play :)

See you all soon. How was your Christmas battle with the toys? Cardboard, batteries, complicated instructions and confusing toy assembly with kids who want to play everything ASAP. Exhausting with some fun thrown in. I also have a husband who would say, "Why did you buy that annoying toy?" Grateful for all those Christmas cookies!

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29 comments:

shabby girl said...

Wii, I mean, we are using a wii in the motorhome & I absolutely agree about the voices on there. I just mute it. :)
Love the pictures on your sidebar too.

Mari said...

That Wii game sounds annoying - maybe she got a colicky baby!

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

Too bad that Wii game doesn't come with a pacifier. :-)
I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and I wish you a splendid New Year!

SwedishJenn said...

Oh my. I had to laugh heartily at this. My little 4-year old got the Leapster Explorer for Christmas. Geez and I thought I had it bad with all the iPhone games he plays. Good luck getting past Level 1. You can do it SuperMom!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Excellent write, I have a wii and love the bowling and the will keep fit, still trying to lose the extra pounds.

Have a Happy New Year and thanks for all the support.
Yvonne.

Judy Croome said...

haha - my sister got the Wii exercise and she made me do ski jumps! After a gazillion tries and a great huge FAILED sign flashing on the screen, I finally progressed to amateur. I was too exhausted to try more!! Hope you get that virtual mama to shut up!

And have a grea 2011!
Judy (South Africa)

Naqvee said...

There is just one thing I can recommend : the toy must be having a technical glitch. I once had this kind of stuff, later on I found it had a glitch, just replace it. lotsa love

Louisiana Belle said...

I was thinking about getting this for our little granddaughters, but I think not now. Thank you.

Valerie said...

It sounds awful, Kelly. Real babies are easier... surely lol...
Hope you get it sorted before it drives you mad.

Diane said...

Wow, so not a fun toy for mama or child. That would be quickly extracted from the house.... :O)

glnroz said...

my goodness, what will they think of next? Does it have an "off" button. lol

Kelly H-Y said...

No way ... that is hilarious (well, maybe not while you're in the midst of it ... but, it makes for a great story!).

Janna Qualman said...

How maddening! Sure seems like it wouldn't be impossible to make it to the next level, at least.

Memo to self: DON'T get this game. ;)

Kim said...

Someone needs to invent a special set of tools - I'm sure it exists but I refuse to buy it - to get the toys out of the boxes and open the battery portion of each toy. I'm going to enjoy this year or so when Deaglan still isn't asking for an expensive toy like the Wii. I'm sure it won't last too long with two boys.

Hope your Christmas was great. Now that it's over, I'm going through cookie withdrawal!

bel said...

HA! You made me laugh today!! (again...)

"I'm NOT shaking the baby!" Hahahaha!

Michelle said...

I feel your pain. I played that one at BlogHer and fared about as well. It was not an option for us for Christmas ;) BUT we did get the Xbox Kinect which is AWEsome!

The Write Girl said...

That sounds really frustrating. Some games can be down right awful...maybe they have tips online. I wish you the best of luck. Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

T Rex Mom said...

Now that is one interesting Wii game. Next she's going to be asking for the doll that gives birth and breastfeeds!

That is way too funny.

Vickie said...

Don't shake the baby!! Thanks for the laugh Kelly:) I am so glad we don't have a Wii but I guess Bill Gates will produce something for Kinects;) I would run, far far way from that game!! If a baby is going to cry it better be a real baby for me!!;)

Gerri said...

Haha!! Some times I do have regrets...like the Kazoo I got for Noah...!

Angela said...

Very funny, and frustrating! Our boys have annoying toys too, but they mostly come from others. I say it is a cruel, cruel joke they're playing on us. ;)

Debbie said...

I have to say that hearing about that game makes me think that is why guns were invented! I'd shoot that thing.
Wishing you all the best in 2011.

Teresha@MarlieandMe said...

Happy New Year Lady! You bring a lot of class to blogland. See you on the flip side!

Nature Lover said...

Wish You A Very Happy New Year.

Creativity!! said...

I Very Much Love Jillian & Her Words :) :)

Wish You & Your Family A Very Happy New Year :) :)

Ken Devine said...

You need experience with these things, Kelly:)

Jenners said...

That game sounds like a nightmare! Maybe you need to calibrate the controllers or something. You're a better mom than I would be doing that!

Happy New Year ... may it be prosperous, happy and healthy.

Susan Fobes said...

I am so glad I didn't see this toy-we have way too many annoying toys already. Maybe you should sort of "forget" where you put the game disk? LOL!

Hyacynth said...

There's REALLY a Wii game that has a toy plastic baby??? I'd pop that kid in a sling and be done with it. lol!