And speaking of Loveys, Owen did his first “big brother duty” by helping me choose a lovey for the new babe.
I learned a few lessons with Owen and his gross Lovey-sucking habits:
- Don’t get the kind that have big “feet” (fabric after the knot), which essentially makes a cloth pacifier
- Don’t get any with a looped tag that you will eventually want to cut and break your child’s heart
- Don’t get any that are white or partially white — they will not be white for very long
- Get 4 – we currently have 3, and sometimes have emergencies where the “laundry” one hasn’t been washed and the others are looking grody
With that in mind, I opted for the ubiquitous Angel Dear loveys. Everyone seems to have them and there must be a reason why. They come in a billion and one different designs, so if you choose a less-popular one, your kid hopefully won’t have to “share” at daycare (wouldn’t that be disconcerting, to see another kid cuddling YOUR Lovey?).
I have a few favorites (the spotted dog, zebra and raccoon, even though two of those three break my “no white” rule) but decided that this was a perfect job for the new big brother to feel like he was helping and picking something very special for his little bro. I gave Owen the choice between 3 different animals and he chose the gray raccoon. Without a doubt.
So the unborn is now the proud owner of 4 little gray raccoons, currently keeping his crib warm until he arrives.
On Mother’s Day Benjamin and I were putting together a new glider for the nursery and Owen was “helping”. I opened the Amazon box with the Loveys in it and Owen was immediately smitten. He quickly made them all kiss each other and then lifted up my shirt so they could kiss my belly/the baby. He talked in this sweet sing-songy voice and said, “These are your loveys, baby! I will give them to you when you cry!”. My eyes were welling up with tears as he gently, gently laid them down on the new ottoman, covered them with a blanket and shhhed us while he pretended to put them to sleep. He said he would do the same to the baby when he arrives.
That was worth every penny. I look forward to many more sweet moments with the new baby and his Lovey!