Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm...

Posted by Mandy at 8:02 AM

You may think you are looking at a picture of a shelf at Toys R Us, but I assure you that this is actually my 5 year old son's bed. As is this:

There is basically a stuffed animal or toy lining the entire right hand side of his bed. If you could see under the covers, you would discover that at his feet there is also another army of teddy bears keeping his toes safe as he sleeps.

I have never in my life seen a child sleep with so many things! If even one is missing, he will know it. And he will demand a search party be sent out until it is found and safely returned to its proper place. Be it by the pillow, at his feet, or by his side.

This all started about a year ago I suppose. It began with his favorite sleep partner: Tiger. You can see Tiger in the second picture - hanging out with Bear, other Bear, and Baby. (yes, he's a boy. He just names them based on what they actually are...)

His Nana bought Tiger for him a long time ago, and he started sleeping with him from day 1. Then came Baby. Next I believe was Lizard.. and on, and on. He could never give up one to sleep with another so he just kept adding to his collection. Randomly he'll have totally bizarre things thrown into the mix like a plastic snake or the pictured jellyfish type toy that feels super disgusting to the touch. Not exactly what I'd like to cuddle with all night long. When he was 2 he even went through a phase that he was totally in love with and attached to a bottle of mustard. Yes. Really.

I remember several fits as we passed the aisle in the grocery store that had all sorts of bottles and brands of mustard..

"My mustard! My mustard!"

My oh my.

It's things like this that make me wonder, "What on earth did I do to this child?"


Amanda on Wednesday, 24 February, 2010 said...

lol Sounds like my boys...both of them have stuffed animals everywhere, and they get so attached to them. It's so cute!

Confessions From A Working Mom on Wednesday, 24 February, 2010 said...

I was wondering what that yellow toy was-- a jellyfish, huh?? It does look gross!

My daughter already calls for her bear, "Myrtle", when we lay her down to sleep at night. I fear she's not far behind your son!

Confessions From A Working Mom

Reagan on Wednesday, 24 February, 2010 said...

My 4 year old can't sleep without: Sunshine Bear, Butterscotch Bear, Brown Bunny, Finnigan, pink blankie and her fav Bear Bear. Then every night she has a random sleep over with a koosh ball or toy cell phone. One night we had a knock-down drag out fight because I didn't think it was reasonable (or safe) to sleep with her kiddie chair! Where do they get it!?!

Mandy on Wednesday, 24 February, 2010 said...

LOL Reagan!!

We had a similar conversation about a HUGE Transformers "Bumblebee" helmet. It talks and makes all kinds of noise each time you move it or push the buttons on it. I have to put my foot down on stuff like that!

Shannon on Wednesday, 24 February, 2010 said...

That's so funny! Get this...when my son was about 18 months old, he wore a plastic ICE CREAM BUCKET as a hat! We still have photos, I think I might have put it in a blog once. He wore that HAT everywhere and I had to tell people...yes, that is an ice cream bucket, don't ask.

Sun-Kissed Scholars on Thursday, 25 February, 2010 said...

heh eheee My son has slept with trucks before. Trucks. But now his bed looks like the one above. :-)

Ann on Thursday, 25 February, 2010 said...

Looks like Steven's bed. His typicals are Harvey Puppy, Scruffy Puppy, Woody the Bear, Panda, Pooh, Brownie Bear, and an unnamed Valentine bear (notice a theme?). His "extras" alternate - cars, trucks, balls (Olivia even made him a fabric ball one Christmas so he could sleep with a soft ball instead of his hard plastic ones, but it didn't work!), and last night it was a flashlight. Not to turn on - just to have it in his bed. But, don't you dare let a stuffy he doesn't want in his bed - or a cat, for that matter! No sir! That is the end of the world! :-) Aren't boys fun?

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