Out of nowhere a week or two ago I noticed my son walking around with one of Lil’ J’s stuffed animals. An ugly orange cat she got as a part of her birthday party package a couple of years ago. She has hoards of stuffed animals on her bed, so she wasn’t missing one less.
I first noticed my son was growing attached when he carried it with him while we were getting in the car, as if he wanted to bring it along. I thought it was one of the sweetest, most endearing things I’d seen him do, so I let him hang on to his friend.
He’s never seemed attached to anything enough to walk around with it. Even my extremely sensitive and affectionate daughter has never carried around a lovie of any kind, at least nothing consistently.
There was one day where he must have wanted a stuffed animal and I guess couldn’t find his usual, so he grabbed one of Lil’ J’s My Little Pony toys from Build a Bear and brought her along.
“Cat” is the simple name we’ve gone with for now. He hasn’t gotten to where he’ll ask for it if he doesn’t have him for a nap or something, but if he’s nearby he definitely prefers to sleep with him, and it seems to help him nap longer.
Big T, my little boy who loves to send cars, trains and random toys flying down his roller coaster track; My son who would rather use a doll as a bat than a person; My son who is terrified of singing baby dolls with eyes that open and close, now loves a little stuffed animal of his own.
“Oh, he can have it,” my sweet 4-year-old daughter said when she realized how much her brother loved Cat.
I’ll admit I do grab it if he’s seem to forgotten about his fluffy friend. He’ll always smile and give him a welcoming hug.
The funny thing is he’s had other stuffed animals in his bed for months, but I guess he just didn’t find them as cuddly. His giraffes, bears and Mickey Mouse he can live without, or toss them out of his bed, but this guy, at least for now, seems to be here to stay.
Do any of your kids have an attachment to a stuffed animal or toy?