Sunday, September 02, 2012

A friend for bed

When H was little, we decided he should have a friend to sleep with. After all the SIDS friendly cribs are just so ... sterile and sad. We'd been given a blanket 'lovey', basically just a super soft square of blanket with a giraffe head attached, and every night we'd tuck it into the crook of his arm as we safely put him to sleep on his back. But try as we might, he just didn't really seem to care about lovey. We dutifully packed him in our bags every time we went away, but on the handful of times we were away from it H did not seem to notice.

Partly because the crib was still so barren, and partly because we just have so many stuffed animals for H, I had also placed a little Miyim stuffed frog in the corner of his crib, waaay far away from him so as not to make he crib less safe. Then H started moving, and I started to notice the froggy would often end up next to him by morning. It wasn't long before H would grab the frog as soon as he got into bed, wrap his arms around it and wave 'bye bye' to me. O-kay, momma can take a hint.

So when H started daycare a couple weeks ago I thought he should take his favourite stuffie with him for nap times. Well, what followed were some of the worst nights we have had in ages. I'm not really convinced it was because his froggy wasn't here, there were lots of other factors (lack of naps, possible teething, wanting to nurse all night after being away from mom) that might have contributed to this, but in the back of my mind I couldn't help but wonder 'is this because of the frog'? We tried offering many other cute and cuddly friends, including his lovey but nope, little man was just not interested.

In a perfect world maybe we could cart it back and forth from daycare, but really? That is not going to happen. So I started looking for a duplicate to keep at home and would you believe they don't make it anymore? Not in the same colour at least. Ours was yellow, but now they seem to understandably only make it in green. You know, frog. It didn't seem quite right, but figuring we could always give it away as a gift if it doesn't work out (obviously to someone who doesn't read this blog) we decided to go for it.

So tonight, I attempted to pull a fast one on H. I closed the blinds, turned off the lights, and laid him down next to the new froggy. Without missing a beat he rolled over, threw his arm around him, and started sucking his thumb. Whew. Now let's hope he doesn't wake up and think 'who the heck is in my bed'.

And H, if you are reading this in the future, mama is sorry for the deceit. No doubt this is a confusing time, but doesn't it make you feel better to realize that yes, they actually were different colours at home and daycare?


theRachel said...

I LOVE this post - hilarious! Has he figured out yet that there are 2 froggies?

Alyssa said...

If he has he is OK with it. And his sleep has gotten so much better (she says with fingers and toes crossed while knocking on wood).