She is still around? Yep! Lulu is going stronger than ever to be honest. As a matter of fact, Sophia cried when we left her behind today. This hadn't happened in a while. I can attribute the renewed tears to a few things. We foisted another doll on her recently as Lulu's threads grow weaker, and I literally (yes, I mean literally) could be sewing a new hole each day. There are also the aforementioned transitions happening around her, and I can only assume that she is being ridiculously loyal to Lulu as overcompensation for that.
Regardless, it was a major trauma to leave Lulu behind, even though she got to bring the new doll with her. She was crying and insisting she'd miss her the whole time. So I offered a solution. I'd take a picture of Lulu and another picture of Sophia. We'd have them printed, and each of the best friends could keep the other close even during absences. Sigh. Do other parents work this hard to meet seemingly ridiculous needs? Never mind. Don't answer that.
So here's the picture she chose of Lulu. As you can see, it's only a matter of time before she disintigrates before our very eyes.
And here's the picture Lulu will hold while we're gone.
So we'll see how this works out. I'll be reporting continuously as the situation unfolds...as does Lulu.