As some of you may recall, my children refer to their favorite blankets as their bippies. It is a tradition that goes back to Ryan's oldest brother and was carried through all of his siblings and the majority of the grandchildren thus far. I'm not totally sure of the whole story behind it, all I know is my children have bippies, and they are VERY attached to them. Beth is starting to ease up on that attachment a little, but they (she has two of them, they are almost identical, she is okay with just one of the two but perfers to have both) are essential for sleeping and after any major trauma. James, on the other hand, is at the peak of his attachment. He adores his blanket. He likes to chew on it, its kinda gross, but he loves it and it makes him happy, so i'm not gonna complain. I just have to pry it away every once and a while to wash it because it starts to smell rather funky pretty quickly. :) I have looked every where for another one so I have a backup during washing, but so far I have come up empty handed, except that there is another family in our ward that has one, and I am seriously considering paying them for it. I'm starting to get desperate here! Yesterday we lost it, briefly, but it was about a half hour of terror and tears (from me, James hadn't noticed it was missing yet, thank heavens). We went shopping at JC Penney and then out to lunch yesterday morning, as we were headed back to the car after lunch, I realized the bippy was gone, bad, bad, very bad. I frantically started thinking back and realized I hadn't seen it since Penney's so back we went. Nothing in the lost and found. Fear. Nothing in the baby clothes section. Terror. Nothing in the dress section. Panic. Nothing in the dressing room. Tears start to well. Then out of the corner of my eye I see a familiar yellow corner sticking out from underneath a table in the corner by where you hang up clothes you aren't going to buy. Remember James fascination with hiding things? Aparently even his bippy is not spared. I can't even tell you how relieved I was! I'm sure he would eventually survive without his blanket, i'm sure kids have done it before, but I don't really want to test those waters. So now I have a renewed desire to find a backup. I might have to cut it in half if I get desperate enough, but I'm not there yet (I'm not sure how James would handle that). So, to all of my wonderful cyber friends, keep your eyes open for this blanket:
(Please ignore the nastiness of the blanket, I washed it immediately after taking this picture and realizing how bad it was getting...)
It is made by Child of Mine by Carter's. Its kind of a thick cotton-knit or something, i'm no fabric expert. If I recall correctly I bought the original at Walmart (I think?) and it came in a two pack of blankets with a blue one of the same style, only it had balls and baseball gloves or something on the back (he pooped all over that one when he was tiny and it got ruined). If you find it, let me know where or buy it and I will pay you back plus tips!! I would be forever indebted.