Bedtime Buddies

Each of my kids has at least one (maximum of two) bedtime buddies that they sleep with almost every night.  For my oldest, Bailey (8 1/2), it is Elmo and Chorizo.  She received Elmo when she was three, because like a lot of little ones that character caught her attention.  In 2006 when the Brewers add Chorizo to their line-up of Racing Sausages, she insisted on getting a little doll of him during our annual trip to Miller Park.  She has slept with them both every night since.

It was about six weeks after Katie was born when my husband and mother-in-law took Bailey and Piper (age 2 1/2 at the time) off to Miller Park without me.  My last injunction before they left was “Do not buy any stuffed animals!”  Therefore, my MIL had quite the guilty look when Piper arrived home clutching a dark brown teddy bear wearing a Brewers t-shirt.  She explained that Piper had seen him at the souvenir stand and started begging for him.  It was love at first sight.

His t-shirt disintegrated years ago, but “Cutie Pie Bear”, as she christened him, has been her best bedtime buddy since the day she brought him home.

I was pregnant with #4, and the husband and I were at Babies ‘R’ Us picking up a car seat and stroller when we came across a Cookie Monster doll.  Cookie Monster had been my favorite Sesame Street character as a kid (even though I though SS was way lame compared to The Muppet Show), and we wanted to avoid getting another Elmo doll (we already had two at home).  So, when we went to pick up the kids after our shopping was done, we presented Katie (then about 21 months) with Cookie Monster.  She immediately started hugging on him, and he’s inspired a few impromptu bedtime stories as he ransacked our house looking for cookies.

Recently it became apparent that Sabrina (16 months) was going to need her own bedtime buddy after repeatedly trying to steal Cookie Monster.  Since two out of the three girls had Sesame Street characters, my husband and I started brainstorming one for her.  We knew we wanted a classic character, no Elmo or Zoe, and my husband came up with the idea for Grover.  I did a little on-line search and within a week Sabrina had her very own bedtime buddy.  It’s only been a few days, but Sabrina appears to be taken with lovable, furry old Grover.

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