Last night I stayed up late and fixed Cow.
Who is Cow? That would be the Tiny Dark Lord's long-term lovey. It's a Blankie Buddy that came with a pair of pajamas he received as a baby gift. They've slept together every night since he was about 2 months old, with the exception of one awful night last summer when Cow accidentally got left in the garden and we didn't find him until the next day.
Theirs is a pure love.
Cow is wonderful. Cow has also been loved to death. Discolored, threadbare death. I've scoured the Internet looking for a replacement. (And I no longer mock the desperate parents on eBay who will pay any amount of money to replace a lovey and OH MY GOSH FINALLY GET SOME PEACE.) But my hunch is that the cow was already discontinued when TDL received him. You can get other animals, even in a 2-pack (brilliant) but no cow. I did one day cave and pay a ridiculous amount for a Bear Blankie Buddy that seemed really similar, but of course that didn't fly. I've also learned what The People recommend for loveys--have two and swap them out occasionally. That way they will both wear at about the same pace and will feel and smell "right."
Or, you know, you could be smart and not encourage the whole lovey thing. I'm just saying. I was the one who kept putting the thing in the baby's crib, like an idiot.
Anyway, Cow was dying. Blankie body shredding to bits, coming detached at the head, all of it. I went through TDL's old baby clothes in preparation for the new baby and found the pajamas that Cow came with. And after much procrastination I finally cut up the pants (which were the same fabric as Cow's body used to be), created a new body (now that I'm not as terrified of the sewing machine), and then hand-sewed Cow's head and arms on. Since I'm not a seamstress, it looks totally wonky.
But it used to look like this:
And now it looks like this:
In the morning I went in and asked about Cow, half afraid he would reject it like those sheep mothers who aren't fooled when they're given an orphaned lamb with their baby's skin on top.
TDL: Cow has pajamas!
No lie, he thought it was the most delightful thing. He insisted on carrying Cow everywhere this morning, and would randomly pick him up, give him a hug and a kiss, and say, "I love Cow."
Epic, epic win by me.
And this way he'll still have something to comfort him this December when, as a birthday present, I take away his binkies.
Feel free to share lovey stories in the comments, would love to hear them! Maybe the person with the oddest story will win an imaginary prize or something.