a boy and his blankie.

When I was little, I had a yellow “blanky”. It had silk around the edges, and I rubbed the silk to my nose each night as I fell asleep.  I carried the thing everywhere, and my mom tells me that she often tried to hide it to keep me from having it, but I always managed to find it.

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.

When he came home from the NICU, the blanky matched his outfit, so of course, we covered him in the carseat with it!
When the 24/7 screaming (reflux) started, sometimes the blue blanky could calm him down, when nothing else could.
As he grew, the blue blanky was never very far away. Even when we went on trips, the blanket was packed as a “necessity”.

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…

…during chilly winter nights (yes, it does get cold here in the winter, believe it or not!)…
…when he outgrew the carseat that once made him look like a tiny, orange peanut…
…when he woke up grouchy and disoriented from his tubes surgery…
…through nights of teething and many milestones (where we may or may not have used it as bribery to get him to walk :)).
Sure, we have tried to find a replacement. After all, the blanky does need to be washed fairly frequently, and my blanket is visible proof of the wear that will come when a blanky is used day in and day out for years…we’ve bought other blankets that have some version of the minky dot/silk combo (and “loveys” as I’m sure you have seen in my pictures!), and he will sleep with those, carry them around, and snuggle with them sometimes, but nothing like he does with the blue blanky.

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. :)

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Comments

  1. 1

    He’s so cute. CJ has a blankie just like that. I used to put him in our bed while I got ready for work and cover him up with it, and he would rub the silky side with his hand as he fell back asleep. It was so adorable. He loves that blankie still!

  2. 2

    I still have my yellow blanky. It’s in my memory box.

  3. 3

    Oh, this is such a sweet post!

  4. 4

    becca what a wonderful post! to be honest, i STILL sleep with my blankie everynight!! The hubs used to make fun of me until we went on a trip and i literally didnt sleep the entire time. Now he knows my need for it. :) Jax is sooooo adorable!

  5. 5

    what a great series of photos! those last few expressions are just too much… what a cutie!

  6. 6

    I still have all my special blankies from growing up. And this post made me teary!!

  7. 7

    Such a sweet post. I think its sweet when a child is attached to something special like that.

  8. 8

    I’m not sure why, but this post made me tear up a little. I never knew you had a blog until Grandma Paro (Bonnie) told me about it. I’m glad she did. It’s nice to be able to see Jax grow up even though I’ve never met the two of you.

  9. 9

    That is adorable. My daughter Kate has a pink blankie just like that and I hope she loves it as much as I loved my blankie.

  10. 10

    This is so cute, and great that you had so many photos like this to do a post!!! GREAT!!

  11. 11

    I love this post!! I have to admit I still have my bear Peaches from when I was little:)

  12. 12

    I love this post!! I have to admit I still have my bear Peaches from when I was little:)

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