Right before Olivia came home from the hospital Reid and I bought her a little pink blankie. We sort of agreed that we would prefer that none of our kids be super attached to any certain item because it can cause a lot of angst when that special something gets lost. And it always seems that the "extras" you might buy as replacements are never quite as good as the original. We have a few things that I think she really does like to snuggle with - the pink blankie square, a soft white blanket, a Jellycat pig, and an elephant lovey - but she's never shown any real attachment. She's never even been super attached to her paci (which she's used since before she was 30 weeks gestation). Then, yesterday she was fussy, fighting sleep, and I'd run out of options. I thought about what I wanted when I was little and had trouble falling asleep... My blanket by my face! So, I grabbed the little blankie and tucked it by her face and she immediately grasped it, calmed down, and fell asleep. I thought maybe it was a fluke, but she did it again today. Sweet girl!
At 2:00 am this morning, our sweet Mary Grace was welcomed to Heaven. We found out this afternoon that she had a large brain hemorrhage. Reid and I spent three precious hours holding our daughter tonight. The nurses wrapped a pink bow around her little head and we swaddled her in a soft pink elephant blanket. During those hours, we told Mary Grace how proud we were of her fight, how she fulfilled our dreams of one day having a daughter to call "Gracie," and we even took a little nap, snuggled together as a family. If we told her we loved her once, we told her a thousand times. We prayed over her and gave her back to the Lord. We miss her more than words can say. I feel like we were punched in the stomach today and left with the wind knocked out of our lungs. Its so hard to understand "why?" in all of this. Tonight when we left the hospital, Reid turned on this song by David Crowder Band and we listened to it on repeat the whole way home. Its the exact state of our
My little preemie does the same thing with her blankie by her face! So adorable!ReplyDelete
awww, what a sweetie pie!ReplyDelete
my son changed up his lovies and special-somethings as he grew, and now has settled on a stuffed animal as his BFF-soothe-all for over a year now. i think they need something to have with them. its a part of it- and if she needs to hold a soft something, so be it! paci's are another story- if she doesn't want it, that's great! thanks for the pics! she is beautiful :)
Oh my gosh, that is ADORABLE!!ReplyDelete
That is basically the cutest thing ever!!ReplyDelete
So precious!! Both of my children are extremely attached to their special blankets. It's a sweet thing. I'm sure she'll love that very blankie for many years to come! You're right though, the extras just aren't the same!ReplyDelete
So if you ever talk to anybody from Newport about me they will always include Pink Bee in the conversation! We were two peas in a pod and I did not go ANYWHERE without pink bee until I was about 8 years old. She is just a few threads now and is in Annabel's nursery on her sentimental wall. I even want A to be attached to something because it was such a huge part of me as a child, but I know first hand the angst that it caused, so I guess I'll be ok if she's not:). I just LOVE that Olivia cherishes her blankie though!!! I can't wait to get my hands on that sweet girl!ReplyDelete
What a sweetie! And that does look like a soft and comfy blanket. Good choice, Olivia!ReplyDelete
My daughter is turning two in a few weeks and you can't even get her near bed unless she has her blanket (and she has been like that since she was a tiny like Olivia) :)
I love it. Brayden was the same way with a blankie on his face. He now rubs his blankie under his nose (kinda gross) to put himself to sleep.ReplyDelete
She will get attached to it even if it's a blanket. The best way is to clean them often so that there is a turnover and the item does not get a particular smell.ReplyDelete
I say that because my "thing" was a cloth diaper (like they used to make them). Mine was washed 2 a week so I did not bond with the smell so much.