Some little ones find a lovie that they hang on to and insist on carrying every where, and some little ones don't.
We've always encouraged our children to have one. I think it helps with the bedtime routine and helps our kiddos from hard places transition and feel safe in the world.
Jude still has Conrad.
I had one too, and his name was Big Spot. (I think there are actually a couple of you reading here who "know" Big Spot from his glory days. Can I get an amen?") In a season of my childhood when there were very few toys, Big Spot lived with us in the van down by the river. He was big. He had spots. Ya, I was a real original name giver as a child.
Papa had one too. His name was Winnie the Pooh... because he is... well... Winnie the Pooh.
Winnie the Pooh and Big Spot, both rubbed thread bare, now sit in our bedroom, on the top shelf of a book case together. I know it's cheesy. But I don't think I could ever get rid of them.
And now Mimi has Arf. She's the one that chose the name. To make up for my lack of originality, I would have chosen a name like Henrietta, or Loretta Swit, or Frida Kahlo. But Arf is what she started calling it, so Arf it is.
I'm not really a pink & white stuffed animal kind of gal. There's an awesome zebra I had intended to be loved on. Or a horse that is so very soft. But Mimi has glommed on to Arf and with surprising accuracy continues to throw the zebra or horse at my head if I try other wise.
Did I mention coincidentally she has the same exact dog in brown and white? It's a a no go.
On this day, Mimi insisted that Arf go on a walk with us.
Mimi hollers at us each night or nap time if we forget Arf.
Arf NOW! Arf NOW!
She's quite demanding that way.
Needless to say, Arf needs to get bathed frequently.
After only a month of this symbiotic relationship, Arf is already showing some wear.
I'm thinking I should go out and find a couple more Arfs before a crisis arises.
PS - Spell check doesn't like Arf, Arfs, Swit, Frieda, Kahlo, or glommed.
Sorry spell check.
But I'm crazy.
PPS - I so want a dog named Loretta Swit. Or a cat.