Since this is your baby book and I have never mentioned them, I have to tell you girls about your “lovies” and how they entered the family.
Before I do that I must post a word of caution to all new and expecting moms. You should allow yourself two rules to “lovies”, the first being that you only allow one per child. This is vitally important if you plan on following rule number two, which is to have multiple “lovies”.
Did you read that wrong? No. Here is what I mean. If you seem to notice a particular attachment to a certain soft object go buy two more of the identical object. Wash them several times and place one in the car and one in the diaper bag. Leave the other in the house. They should never leave their respective “homes.” They should all end up showing a good amount of care and love. This also means you will not be rocking a screaming toddler to sleep because they left their item at home while on vacation. You’ll note below, I did not follow my rules.
Now back to the girls and their lovies…
Morgan – you have two “lovies” a large Winnie the Pooh and a special purple blanket. You got your purple blanket from a lady at a store where mommy and daddy were working when we were pregnant with you. Everyone in the store kept seeing my tummy getting bigger. The bigger I got (and i got huge!) the more presents you got, cute outfits, toys and the purple blanket. It stayed near your crib until you were big enough to pull it in and then you began sleeping with it regularly.
As for your Pooh Bear, we took many trips to the mall during your first year of life and you loved the Disney Store. Every time we went into the store from when you began walking in June of 2008 until December you would run over and grab a Winnie the pooh from the enormous bin of stuffed characters. For Christmas we got you that Winnie the pooh and you haven’t slept a night without him since.
Em – you have four – ugh four! The first one is a funny story, it is a pink blanket with a Winnie the pooh character in the corner. It was bought by your Aunt Michelle for Morgan one vacation when we left her purple blanket at home. She wouldn’t use it because it wasn’t what she wanted and you stole it (you were three months old). The second blanket is pink with patchwork on one side and silk on the other, you found it in your room and called it the “pink bankie wif stwipes”. The third, Grammy hand-made and embroidered a pillow for your first birthday and you love sleeping on it every night. Your Winnie the Pooh came into the picture one late night at Walmart. Your Aunt Christine and I were shopping and we wanted to keep you and your cousin happy so we grabbed two off the shelf and handed them to each of you, you haven’t put it down since.
As much grief as it has caused us to lose the lovies or leave them behind, Daddy and I love that you have them. Having them preserves memories and keeps you little.
Do your kids have lovies? What are they? Ever lose them? Any advice to other parents?