The Chirping Moms: A Very Loved "Lovey"

May 17, 2012

A Very Loved "Lovey"

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?????

10 comments:

  1. Aw. We went through the same thing early on and I immediately went out and bought 5 more just like her original one. They are all different "animals" but they are made by the same company and "feel" the same, so she's happy. She also discovered my hidden stash and now insists on having two at a time, but since she's older, it's restricted to bedtime only. I say let them have their lovey as long as they don't require it for school! I've read it's a healthy attachment and fosters loyalty and love in the long run (but with humans;).

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    1. I have to say that I love the concept of a "lovey"...I still have my stuffed bunny from when I was little!

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  2. You are so lucky you were able to find more! My son loves his blanket, but I can't find another one ANYWHERE! I should have ordered another one as soon as he was born and it was given to him. Now we can hardly get it washed without him crying

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    1. I've heard of this site, http://www.lostmylovey.com/, maybe you can find a back-up there! I hardly wash ours (I know it sounds gross) but it has to be in and out of the washer and dryer before naps or bedtime. Not easy to do, right?

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  3. New follower from the Mommy-Brain Mixer. What a cute story! We have two "flutterby" butterfly loveys for my daughter that is now 3-1/2. Around 18 months when she realized there were two on laundry day, she also wanted both of them for awhile! She was understanding when we explained that they both share time with her so she always has a clean one. They are so amazing!

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  4. Nope my son does not have anything he is particularly attached to. My two before him had nothing either. Hmm..Kind of strange considering I had something when I was a baby until I was 6 years old. A blanket. I carried it everywhere. Would not sleep without it. It was in rags. One of my parents friends had a baby and I gave up my blankie for the baby. (giving the blanket to the baby) I guess I was sweet back then too. LOL

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  5. Hi, I'm coming over from Cassie's bloghop which you are co-hosting! Such a sweet post! My older son has a polar bear soft toy and a blanket, that he still keeps on his bed (he's 8!) and my younger 4 yr old son cannot sleep without his Curious George soft toy!

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  6. Visiting from the blog hop. We have a blankie at our house that is a must for naptime and bedtime. I was at Walmart the other day and saw it on sale. Had to purchase it, because you never know when those lovies will get lost!!

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  7. So precious! My son has always had a few things at a time that he's attached too, and we love it! For some reason I adore that little floppy white stuffed puppy whose neck is flat because the stuffing has been hugged out of it! Thanks so much for co-hosting today! :)

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  8. Awe i love the idea of lovies... my daughter doesnt have one. She hasnt found that sort of attachment to anything yet.

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