I even took the thing with me to college! A couple decades later, it no longer resembles a blanky, but thankfully, Travis didn’t seem to be bothered by the yellow rag that I insisted on keeping. Confession: I still have it. Until last night, I hadn’t slept with it in months, and it’s not like I need it, but I do love the thing, and have no intentions of ever getting rid of it. We found it during the move, and believe it or not, I think it helped me get to sleep last night. My apologies if I have crushed your ideas that I am a mature adult. I assure you, I am not, as I still need my blanky sometimes. :)
When I was pregnant, Tina (Trav’s mom) got Jax a light blue half silky, half minky dot, blanket. It was so soft and sweet and I could just picture my soon-to-be-baby-boy snuggled up in it. I just knew it would be his “blanky”. When he arrived, it wasn’t under the circumstances that we’d hoped for, but one of the first days that we were allowed to hold him, we snuggled him up in that soft blue blanket, (almost) just like I’d envisioned. Look how precious.
I truly think it helped him learn to sleep through the night around his half birthday.
The blue blanky was with him every single night on our month-long trip away from Daddy in Illinois this past August.
It has seen him through many days of teething, when big crocodile tears came, and the blanky made the best tissue for them.
It has helped him sleep in the car through countless road trips.
The blue blanky was there for him when he was vomiting in the ER…
And so today, when I opened the dryer and started loading the clothes into the laundry basket, Jax spotted the blue blanky from all the way across the room. His face lit up with a huge smile and he “ran”/toddled over as fast as he could, and attempted to pull it through the slats of the basket from the bottom of the pile. I gave it to him and he immediately snuggled his face up to it.
I love that he has something that brings him so much comfort and familiarity, even when his world has been turned upside down with this move and I’m sure most of his surroundings are still “new” to him.
So I am not sure if he will take it to college with him, or need it to sleep at night when he is married someday, but for now, he’s pretty much in love with it, and I’m okay with that. :)