Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Recovery of Lovey

My son already has a best friend. His name is Lovey Dog, LD for short (or Love Doggie Dog* if Hubs and I are feeling especially gangsta). Quinn sleeps with Lovey Dog every night. As soon as I lay him in his crib, he rolls over and snuggles Lovey Dog until he falls asleep.

Q will toss and turn throughout the night, and every now and then he’ll whimper, cough or cry out a little. I watch him on the video monitor as he frantically searches around his bed for his beloved friend. As soon as Q's little hands wraps around Lovey Dog, he is instantly comforted and falls back asleep. Hubs and I then breathe a sigh of relief and fall back asleep as well.

We’re convinced that Lovey Dog is the only reason Q naps or sleeps through the night at all. After surviving life with a newborn, I discovered that my sanity hinges precariously upon at least a small amount of sleep, and if Q doesn’t sleep, nobody sleeps. Therefore, LD is a vital member of our family.

The immense love my son has for Lovey Dog has started to show. After a year of sleeping with Quinn (and periodic tumbles in the washing machine), LD began to unravel. Literally. 

Poor LD’s nose started to come off. Quinn would tug on the loose threads, look up at me inquisitively and ask “Dat?” multiple times as we read his bedtime story.

“Lovey Dog’s nose is coming off,” I would explain.

“Off,” Quinn would repeat. His brow would furrow with concern, he would hold LD up to my face and grunt Uhhhhhh!! all Master P style,** which I think was his way of saying “Fix it, Momma!”

So I did.

Ten-week old Q on his first family vacation
Well, that’s not entirely true. I have absolutely zero proficiency in this area. Luckily, I have several friends with mad sewing skills – ones who make baby clothes, knit scarves, create baby blankets and fashion toys from fabric. One dear friend knitted this little snow hat for Q when he was a baby. I know! So cute, right?

So I solicited my talented friends with the following email:

Hello my crafty friends,

As a non-crafty friend, I really need a favor. Quinn's best friend, Lovey Dog, has been loved a little too much. His poor little nose is coming unraveled, and I have no clue how to fix it. Lovey Dog is the reason Q sleeps at night (finally), and he doesn't sleep well without it. I've searched for a new one, but they don't make this kind of lovey anymore apparently. Ack! 

Do any of you know how to fix poor LD's nose? Is a sewing machine required? I have never used a sewing machine ever in my entire life. I can barely sew a button. (I know, it's pathetic. I should just turn in my ovaries right now.)

If any of you have the sewing skills to help me out, I would gladly repay you. In babysitting services? Bottles of wine? Hiding a body? (Just kidding about that last one. Sort of.) Anything you need, you just ask. (Unless it involves a needle and thread, obviously.) 

Thanks, friends. Quinn, Lovey Dog and I greatly appreciate your help!

~ Your friend that got a C- in Home Economics....

Shameless, I know.

A friend, whom I consider myself quite blessed to know***, took pity on LD’s unraveling sniffer and responded with this:

Finally my homeschool nerd skills can shine, haha.  I think I can fix it, and it doesn't require a sewing machine (although I do have one if necessary :P).

Yay! There was hope for Love Doggie Dog (and my sanity) after all! (And for the record, my friend is so NOT a nerd. She's humble, sweet and awesome.)

I dropped LD off at my friend’s house the next day. Quinn only had to sleep with Back-up Lovey (a lovey in elephant form, also blue with floppy ears and a close second to Lovey Dog) for one night.

SAHM’s know how important sleep can be, so my friend wasted no time getting that poor dog’s snout repaired. Her homeschool experience totally came to the rescue, and LD’s nose looks better now than it did when I first purchased him.

LD's repair in progress and the end result
Quinn, in his Elmo jammies, snuggling with his newly repaired friend. 

Quinn definitely noticed the difference when LD 2.0 returned to him. Several weeks later, he still tries to pull on the newly taut threads and asks “Off?”

“Lovey Dog’s nose is all better,” I tell him. “Don’t try to take his nose of anymore. Can you kiss his nose instead?”

Q then gives LD’s nose a big, open-mouth kiss (which is sometimes followed by a little nibble, which may be how the nose started to unravel in the first place) and says “Muah!”

That’s the sign of true love, people. Big, open-mouth, slobbery kisses and an unraveled nose. Q can unravel my nose any day.

Kauai vacation - 2012

*Don’t lie. You know you’re singing it in your head right now. “Love Doggie Daw-aw-aw-awg  (Love Dawg).”

** Now you’re singing “Uhhhhhh! Na na na na!”  You’re welcome.

***I’m not sure that statement is grammatically correct. If not, kindly correct me. Minor grammatical offenses don’t really bug me (it’s a BLOG for crying out loud), but this one seems right up there with confusing “specific” and “pacific” and saying “heighth” instead of “height.” Those two especially make my butthole jaw clench.


  1. i'm so glad your friend was able to do a repair of such quality for Q's little buddy. i highly recommend making that backup lovey stay around as much as possible for future emergencies. and it needs to be washed just as much as the good one so that there won't be a vast discrepancy between the raggediness of the two, should that need arise in the future where backup lovey has to come into play. as the years go by, it gets harder to switch them out and that can be a disaster. also, i think you can find everything imaginable online. my daughter ended up with 4 of her special love item before it was over & that saved us so many times!
    actually, she even blogged about it once. let me find that link for you.

    1. Back-up Lovey is already losing its appeal! Q had to sleep with it to wash LD a couple nights ago, and he was NOT happy. Cried and cried. Yikes! Must introduce more loveies to Q to love - STAT! So cute that Brooke wrote a blog post about her special toys! Thanks for sharing. Checking it out now!

  2. I can relate to this post. one time we left my daughters blanket somewhere, who knows where. it was a disaster. sobs, crying....none of us slept for a week. finally got another one she took to. after that incident, the rest of my kids had an extra lovey stashed in my closet.

    1. Ugh, that sounds awful! Good idea on the extra lovey. I have GOT to find another Lovey Dog! Trying to get Q attached to a couple others in the meantime... and failing miserably.

  3. Don't feel bad Melissa, I lack sewing skills as well. The simple act of threading a needle is beyond my comprehension. So glad Q has his doggy back and you can get some sleep. My daughter used to sleep with a talking Barney doll. In the middle of the night, over the monitor, we'd hear, "Find something purple" in that silly, deep Barney voice. Ah fun!
    PS - So sorry I don't keep up on a more daily basis, life gets getting in the way of blogging fun. Maybe I should follow your advice and read blogs while I pee

    1. Oh, that's hilarious! Barney's voice already haunts my sleep. :) And please don't apologize. I lurk around your blog almost daily, so I always appreciate your comments, no matter where you're sitting when you leave them. ;)

  4. Aw, thankfully you had Backup Lovey! We know aalllll about loveys around here, and how rough it is when they are temporarily lost (OMG!) or in the laundry (OMG!) or the puppy has it in her mouth (OMGOMG!). The only time in 7 years that we lost Brooke's blankie "Nanny," we were so glad that we cut "her" in half a while back just in case! "Other Fake Nanny" was not nearly good enough, but it had to be, because we couldn't find real nanny for a few weeks!! I knew it was in the house somewhere... I think it was around Easter and we offered a reward to whoever could find her. And they found her! She was in a toy bin in the basement, It was very exciting. Glad you were able to fix yours :)

    1. Wow, those must have been some hard weeks without Nanny! I don't know what Q would do without lovey for that long. Did Brooke know that Fake Nanny not the real Nanny?