Sarah had Fluffy Blanket, but there hasn't been another kid with a favorite blanket since then.
Blankie has a backstory.
In 2009, Scott had a car accident in which the car was seriously injured and thankfully, he was not. He still won a trip to the hospital in an ambulance, and the ambulance crew had to cut his jeans off him, so he arrived at the hospital (and came home) covered by a loosely-woven hospital blanket stained with his own blood.
Flash-forward to 2013 - Philip is born in August, and during a shopping trip in those early months, in the baby department at Target, I saw a gauze baby blanket for upwards of $20. $20 FOR GAUZE!!! It doesn't even keep a baby warm, but it's supposed to reduce the risk of suffocation.
I remembered that blood-stained blanket that I'd been hanging onto, and thought I could do something with it. I cut out the stains to make it into a large rectangle, and sewed a blue satin border around the edge with pastel rainbow thread.
|This was taken December 2013, when he was 3 months old.|
I don't remember exactly how old he was when we realized that he was grabbing for it eagerly at naptime or bedtime, but it was definitely a faithful companion by the time he was crawling. It was when he started to walk, however, that Blankie became a liability. He tried to toddle around with Blankie dragging under his feet, tripping him up.
By that time, he had become so attached to it that I was fearful we'd lose it somewhere and he'd be inconsolable. It was then that I sub-divided Blankie into one large, one medium, and three "Traveling Buddies."
|Philip, 11 months, and a Traveling Buddy on the return trip from Illinois last July.|
Sometimes we can find all five, sometimes only two or three. One Traveling Buddy is permanently stationed in his car seat, and he knows that "Big Blankie" lives in the "kib." (crib) The rest are dragged (and lost) everywhere on a daily basis. He even came proudly into the kitchen today, pushing a doll stroller with Blankie in the seat, exclaiming, "Blankie - roller!"
|July 2015, 23 months old|