Monday, November 26, 2007

the blankie-otomy

Today I performed surgery on a blanket. Something had to be done. If you have seen Lilly's blanket face-to-face, you will understand completely. I don't know why my daughter chose to become completely obsessed with a hand-knit Amy Coe blanket that I registered for at Target, but she did. Once I realized she was hopelessly attached to it I tried in vain to find a back-up. Of course they had just discontinued it at Target, and I was never able to find another on ebay, so it is truly irreplaceable. She never took a pacifier--just her pink blanket. She has been sucking on it to fall asleep since I can remember and has only had to take a nap one time without it in almost three years (it was a HORRIBLE experience). She crams as much of it as she possibly can into her mouth and sucks on it. Yes, it is completely disgusting, but she loves it. I have to go into her room as soon as she falls asleep and pull it all out of her mouth so she won't choke to death while she sleeps. There is only one side she likes to suck on, and it is brown. Not brown-ish, but brown. It looks like it is harboring some type of horrible disease and like it has never been washed although I wash it faithfully almost every single day. I also feel the need to tell anyone that may see Lilly's blanket that I do wash it and it really IS clean, despite the way it looks. When people have to touch it, they usually pick it up with two fingers like they are going to catch something from it. That being said, all the washing and love are about to make her blankie meet its end. It had a huge unraveling run going through it that was about to split it in two. So after much trimming and zig-zagging on the sewing machine, we now have two blankies that look a little bit less pitiful. Lilly was actually so excited--I couldn't believe it.
Hooray! Now I have TWO blankies!

I love to cram my blanket in my mouth. It is soooo good!


The blanket--pre-operation


Some of what I trimmed off during the blanket "surgery"



The new and improved "two blankies" (it's all relative--I know they still look pretty pitiful)

12 comments:

Kelly said...

That is hilarious! I literally laughed out loud. Congrats to Lilly on now having TWO blankies instead of just one:)

Charlie & Jennifer Senn said...

Way to go Lyla for saving Lilly's blanket. I was always comforted w/a blanket too. Maybe it will make it a few more years now...My grandmother made me three blankets. Two I used as a child and now the third blanket Sophie uses, sadly my mother reminds me. If/when we ever decide to have a baby, I think it will still be in good shape.

Congrats Kim on the baby!

Sallie said...

I also laughed out loud! the things we do for our kids! the blankets look great and i'm so impressed that you made two blankets out of one! now you can play the old switcher-oo and maybe they'll last twice as long! hilarious!!!

Courtney said...

I am laughing so loud right now, I might wake up Will...That is so funny - she is PROUD of those blankies. I have to admit I may have been one of those two finger pickup people...:) Funny post!

Elizabeth Byerly said...

Hilarious! I had to zoom in on one of the pictures because we have a pink amy coe blanket that we aren't using! I would have gladly passed it on if it made lilly happy! Ours is different though! Glad the surgery was successful!

Laura Beth said...

That is so sweet! What we will do to keep our babies happy with loveys/passies, etc. I'm glad you were able to save it!

chesley said...

I am so impressed with your surgery skills. I don't think I could've done that well. I'm glad Lilly was happy with the end result!

April said...

She is so cute!! You can tell she is so full of personality just from her pictures! Lately, Mckinley has been grasping at her clothes, the burp cloth, my clothes, so I just started giving her a little lovey that someone gave her to hold onto and she's been chewing on it already! So I may be in for some serious blankie issues of my own!!

thesemanchiks said...

ok - now that was too funny Lyla! I know I have said it before, but you have got to be the best story teller ever! Lauryn uses a paci and "lovie" at naps and nighttime. Don't know what I will do to ever break her of the paci habit!?!?!

thesemanchiks said...

ok - now that was too funny Lyla! I know I have said it before, but you have got to be the best story teller ever! Lauryn uses a paci and "lovie" at naps and nighttime. Don't know what I will do to ever break her of the paci habit!?!?!

the robertsons said...

BEST POST EVER!! It's been crazy around here and I apologize for my lack of commenting. I'm calling you today. Lilly is so cute, and I'm glad she took the "procedure" well. The girl has got such a BIG personality, and I love it!
Do you remember my blanky? My Mom cut mine in half so I could have one for daycare and one for home. I will never forget that day-- It was a tragedy. My Dad said, "Here's your blanket and here's your blanket."
Let's just say Lilly took it WAY better than I did. Love you.

Congrats Kim!

Pinky said...

I came across your blog after doing a google search for a discontinued amy coe baby blanket! Yikes! Looks like we may have to perform blankie surgery in our house just to have two instead of one...it's a desperate feeling.
Loved the post. Nice to meet you!