For Andrew’s first Christmas (one month after he was born), he was gifted this adorable, funky dog lovey called baby Nonos made by the company Les Deglingos (can be purchased on Amazon):
My first child, Aiden, never got attached to anything when he was a baby. But like most moms, I placed all such lovies in Andrew’s crib once he got old enough because what else do you do with them? Little did I know how much Andrew would grow to love this animal, now named Dog Dog. He sleeps with it, asks for it throughout the day, and it’s his best buddy (besides his older brother).
A few weeks ago, I went to put Andrew down for his nap and could not find “Dog Dog” anywhere. I tried to put him down without it, but he cried…and cried…and cried. (Which never happens, he has always been a great napper!) Nothing worked to comfort him-he threw out any other possible lovies given to him and just cried even harder. I looked everywhere-through couch cushions, dug through all the toys, and even put the kids in the car to retrace the running route that I did with our jogger thinking that he may have been holding it and dropped it during the run. No luck and one very unhappy child. Finally after some complete exhaustion set it, I got him to fall asleep in my arms on my bed in the late afternoon.
Knowing that bedtime was going to be that much harder, I did the only thing I knew how and started calling toy stores in the area. Now this adorable lovey is NOT easy to find. I found one store in driving distance that sold Les Deglingos, but after a quick phone call, I quickly discovered not the one we needed. Since my husband works in the city, I started to call any toy store in Manhattan that may possibly carry this item and once again, not one store had this beloved creature. While I was on the phone scrambling to find any possible replacement, my husband had already put our Amazon Prime membership to use by placing an order for not one, but two more to arrive within the next two days.
But still, what was I going to do about bedtime?!?! Our evening went by with not one glance of Dog Dog and no luck of finding a replacement. Well, what do you know, but right when I was heading up the stairs for our bedtime, there out of the corner of my eye, I see Dog Dog’s ear just barely hanging out the side of one of our craft baskets!!!! The reunion of Dog Dog and Andrew was one of the happiest moments in my baby boy’s life, and his mommy’s too!
Fast forward a month or so later…
The extra lovies were stashed in one of Andrew’s back drawers behind his diapers, not easy to find! Grandma and Grandpa were out to visit for an extended weekend. Chris, my husband, and I headed into the NYC for a couple days while leaving the boys behind with their grandparents. We arrived back home to our sweet little boy hanging on to TWO of his Dog Dogs. He somehow discovered the extra lovey (thankfully just one of them!) and couldn’t let it go. And ever since, he has to have twin Dog Dogs wherever he goes.
I don’t know how long this love will continue, but I have to say that I think it is so cute and I hope he loves his Dog Dogs for a long time. Does your child have a lovey? How long will this attachment continue? Have you ever lost a lovey? Any other lovey advice for this mama?????