Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I Think We Need a Backup

Last year I bought Andrew a stuffed duck toy from Kohls when I was out shopping.  I figured what the heck - it's only $5 and it's really cute.  He liked it ok at first since it's brightly colored and nice and soft (this kid loooooooves soft stuff), but he didn't seem overly attached.

Yeah, that has all changed in recent days.

When we walk in the house as soon as he sees him he smiles and begins chanting "Dut, dut, dut..." until he gets his little hands on him.  He sleeps with Dut  (I decided that is his name for now) and there have been many mornings when we walk in to get him when the munchkin sits up in his crib and holds Dut in the air.  If Dut gets left behind in the crib while Andrew is getting his diaper changed as soon as he's on the ground he walks over to the crib and reaches through the bars to get him.  Dut is too puffy to fit through the bars so I have to pick him up and hand him over.  Andrew toddles around the house holding Dut and happily chants "dut dut dut".  It's one of the cutest/funniest things I've ever seen.


Some days Dut goes with us in the car on the way to daycare.  Half the time he also gets carried into daycare since I can't pry him out of Andrew's fingers. Then I have to distract him long enough to get a hold of Dut so he can go with me for the day.  I'll tell Andrew that Dut has to come with mommy so I'm not lonely during the day.



I'm glad he loves Dut and the look of joy on his face when he spots him is enough to melt my heart.  There's only one problem.  He also likes Dut to hang out when he's eating so he can snuggle him which leads to Dut getting kinda grimy.  Last night's guacamole left Dut a little worse for the wear. I scrubbed him down and was able to get him presentable, but he was not able to be a bedtime companion. Andrew didn't freak out about not getting to sleep with him, so that was good, but as soon as he saw him this morning he yelled for him.

He insisted on having a breakfast buddy, so now Dut is also nicely smeared with peanut butter.



I'm fairly certain he is washable since he is just a stuffed toy so he will be getting his own bath tonight. This makes me think that I need to go back to Kohls and pray that they still have him in stock so I can get a backup (or two) since something tells me that very soon Andrew WILL freak out about not getting to sleep with him.  I'm hoping maybe we can keep one somewhat clean for bedtime. Or at least have one that's clean and ready for snuggles while the other one gets a much needed bath. I only hope he doesn't notice the difference.

Anyone else's kid have a favorite fluffy companion?  Do you have a spare laying around?  If so, does it work or does your little one know the difference??

25 comments:

  1. that is so cute! i'm trying to give isla something to cuddle at night so i can get rid of her pacifier because it bugs me that she is using it at night still!

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    1. Andrew has no shortage of things to cuddle in his crib (Dut, a tigger, a cow pillow pet, a snoopy lovey, a bear lovey, his taggie blanket, and his snoopy blanket), but he's never been interested in a paci. I'm happy about that now since we don't have to break the habit, but damn I wish he would've taken one when he was younger and wouldn't stop crying!

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  2. Dylan cuddles with a lovie blanket. He's got 4 or 5 so there's alway one laying around. He sleeps with it and when he's tired, he walks around the house with it. It's cute when he snuggles it and sucks his thumb :)

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    1. Andrew has a couple lovies, but he isn't super interested in them. That must be so cute to watch him snuggle his lovie and suck his little thumb :)

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  3. aww this made me laugh so hard. dut dut dut haha! Please film it?
    we have a dut at our house that liam held all through kohls but hasn't paid attention to since. I'd be happy to send him your way as backup when the day comes :)

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    1. meant to say that you're lucky.. liam is semi-attached to a $100 dry clean only neiman marcus blanket (a present from a coworker), but we've left it in his crib because the thing is the softest blanket you'd ever felt. i'd be attached too.
      not as cute as dut though ;)

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    2. I keep trying to get it on video, but of course he stops as soon as I hit record. I'll keep trying though :)

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  4. Elisabeth has a purple Hippo named Po. He lives in the bottom corner of her crib. She doesn't like him to move. She regularly will go into her room and make sure he's in his spot. Yeah my kid has OCD.

    We have a Kohl's Dut. If you can't find any we'll mail you ours. E barely notices he's there or ever plays with him.

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    1. That's so funny that she wants him to stay in the same spot! Andrew doesn't leave anything where it is for long :)

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  5. Evie has a stuffed dog named Rufus. (as in Rufus says "ruuuuf! ruuuuf!") He was a present from our friends and I think we are going to need a back up soon. I hope the store still has them...

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  6. OMG, "Dut" is adorable and so are these photos. I love the high chair one especially, haha. Too cute! Ethan has a little teddy bear who sleeps in his crib with him, but he's super serious about the bear never leaving the crib, haha.

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    1. Thanks :)
      That's funny how Ethan doesn't want his bear to leave the crib - Andrew seems to always want to take everything with him.

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  7. Thankfully Leland has to have a swaddle blanket but he doesn't care which one, so we have several and switch them out often to clean one. Try looking at this website http://plushmemories.com/ for an extra Dut.

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    1. Thank you! I will have to check that out!

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  8. we have many favorite companions, and thank goodness for washing machines because we don't have "spares". :) He is way too cute with his Dut!

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    1. He has several other buddies in his crib that he'll cuddle, but Dut is definitely the favorite :)

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  9. The boys have little elephants that they love to cuddle with! They mostly stay in their cribs, but they love to walk around with them, too!

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    1. Isn't it so funny to watch them walk around carrying things? It cracks me up every time :)

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  10. My daughter has never stuck with one lovie. She keeps changing. It was a blankie for a long time (A+A kind, and luckily she didn't care specifically which one.) Now she has to sleep with that, and her seahorse, and a sippy cup. Yep, she has to cuddle the cup. I just leave an empty one in there for her. It's so strange.

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    1. Ha! That is so funny about the sippy cup! That must be so cute to see :)

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