When I saw how cute Allie was cuddled up with her stuffed animals the other night, it got me thinking. All of their "must haves" when going to bed come from somewhere special. Allie loves to sleep with Cougar Alice from Grandma Marbles (Cougar Alice actually rotates between Allie and Detmer). Grandpa Eggy bought the I Love New York bear for her when she was probably only a couple months old (that dang thing goes with her everywhere, but at least it's tiny). The Winnie the Pooh blanket was made for me by my Young Women shortly after Allie was born. The "star blanky" (as Allie calls it) was made for my mom by one of her friends. It was when she had to go to the hospital three times a week for several hours at a time and she hated how cold and yucky it was and her friend made that blanket for her to take.
The quilt Detmer uses was made by my aunt, Holly, when Allie was born. Detmer refuses to fall asleep without his Cougar blanket. Even if he is 99% asleep he says "I need my cougar blankey..." I remember the day I got it. My friends had a baby shower for me about a week before Detmer was born. I was so excited and surprised and amazed at how generous they were. I loved everything I got for Detmer. One of my friends that came, Heidi, forgot her gift that night, so she brought it by the next day. She told me she had bought Detmer a little outfit (which was so cute) and said after she saw how much I got from the other girl's, she felt silly she only got me an outfit, so she ran to the store that morning and got the BYU material and made the blanket (plus another blanket that he also sleeps with, half the time I have to go in after he's asleep and take off one of the three blankets). I would have never thought twice if she "just" gave me an outfit, but I sure am glad she had that extra inspiration, because Detmer loves his Cougar blanket! The rabbit ear poking out is attached to a rabbit that Grandpa Eggy gave Detmer for his first Easter when he was just over two months.
When I had Detmer my cute friend Monica bought a swaddle for him. A swaddle is one of those things I did not think was necessary, but now I recommend it to everyone!!! (Dave and I call it her straight jacket). I have especially loved it for my two winter babies, but I also love that it takes all the trouble out of trying to get a right size, right thickness blanket to try and swaddle them in. Anyways, Kendall loves this swaddle. Want proof? Check out that smile. Kendall has been smiling for awhile now, but was a huge stinker with letting me get it on camera. I guess the swaddle did the trick. (Incidentally, all the pictures I have of Kendall smiling, she is in her jammies. The girl likes to be comfy.) I dread the day she outgrows this thing. Kendall has been an awesome sleeper and I give the swaddle all the credit. It is pretty hilarious when we take her out of it in the morning. She automatically stretches both of her arms high above her head. Kendall sleeps in her carseat, which is in her crib. The blanket on the bottom is one Grandma Marbles bought for Detmer (so as you can see none of my kids are especially concerned with whether or not the item was meant for them). The blanket on top of her was made for Allie when Tammy was born. The blanket in the corner was made by "Aunt" Linda. She is actually an aunt of my cousins, but has always been so thoughtful towards me and my siblings as well, and she also happens to be super creative. For the record, she gave me that blanket when Detmer was born! I hope everyone is as impressed with this amazing discovery as I was:)
I know some people think it is crazy how I remember who got me everything (I'm sure there is other useful information that I could input to that part of my brain), but it just goes to show that I think all the gifts I get are so special!!!