When Teagan was about 9 months old, she was having trouble falling asleep on her own. A few people said that we should get her a lovey (ie. a toy/blanket that young children can bond with to make them feel more secure). We bought blankies, stuffed animals, Elmo etc. When these items were placed in her crib, she would promptly throw them away. Despite our attempts, neither of the girls had a lovey for two years.
|Gay Bear and Peanut
Gay Bear (pronouced Gee-Brrr by Quinn) is Quinn's lovey. Peanut (pronounced Me-Nut! by Teagan) is Teagan's lovey.
|Q cuddles with Gay Bear post-stitches
A few months ago, Quinn discovered Gay Bear in a box. Jenn had purchased it eight years ago on a business trip to San Fran. Quinn loved him immediately. He quickly became a staple in her crib. When all of the other animals and even her crib sheet got thrown out, Gay Bear remained. He has been to the park, the grocery store, the hospital...he travels in the car, the stroller and the wagon...he sits at the table waiting patiently for his beloved owner to finish meals...he even managed to work himself into our family photos on the weekend!
|Peanut (in T's right hand) rides the subway.
Peanut came from this toy. Given Peanut's small size, Jenn and I are often nervous about losing it. Lucky for us, the toy came with 3 Peanuts. Unfortunately, one of the dogs chewed one, so we are down to two. Teagan is arguably more attached to Peanut than Quinn is to Gay Bear. It could be because of its size. Teagan rarely does anything without "Me-Nut" in hand these days. Teagan climbs up the playground holding Peanut. She runs through the water park holding Peanut. He enjoys bath time, visits to the zoo and has even tasted my guacamole. Peanut remains in T's hand until she falls asleep. He somehow always manages to sleep right next to her face. Peanut is always in T's hand when I get her up in the morning. In the (tragic) event that he has fallen on the floor, I will loudly hear about it until I save the little guy.
I honestly thought that Gay Bear and Peanut would be a thing of the past by now, but it looks like they're sticking around!
Have your kids ever adopted an unusual lovey?