We’ve been so lucky not to lose B’s Duck. There have been a handful of times that we’ve left Duck at home because “She doesn’t need it,” or “She’s a big girl,” and paid the price…
Flashback to a couple weeks ago when Kyle & I decided it’d be nice to go out on the nearby lake with the fishing boat. We decided, (correction, I decided,) that it wasn’t worth going upstairs to find Duck after B was already in her car seat. (Note: I’m very close to hitting the mark of “third trimester” with Baby #2 and, after all, she’s a big girl… right?)
That. was. a. terrible. decision.
Huge tears! “My Duckie! My Duckie!”
Screams! “Duck!” “Where Duck go?!”
Bigger, huger tears!
6-7ish miles later, she saw the lake and decided that she’d temporarily forget about her our betrayal, and focused on going to ride the boat. Phew.
Either this story makes you chuckle and remember a time when your own kids had a dear, stuffed friend, or you’re thinking, “Nah, we won’t do that to our kid.”
Just wait– it will happen to you.
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems is so relatable. Sweet Trixie is off with her Dad through their neighborhood to do their laundry while Mom sits on their steps and waves goodbye. She has a good book in hand, and a big smile on her face (I totally understand, Trixie’s Mom.)
Dad & Trixie are having such a good ol’ time at the laundromat that Dad doesn’t notice he snags Knuffle Bunny and puts him in the washing machine (let’s face it, Knuffle Bunny could probably use a good washing anyway…)
After experiencing one gargantuan toddler tantrum, Dad & Trixie get home and Mom immediately notices that their friend Knuffle Bunny has gone missing.
Never fear, Mom, Dad AND Trixie end up having a better day– after a race through their neighborhood, of course.
See? Totally relatable.
This Caldecott Honor book is filled with photographs of Booklyn, New York, where Trixie’s funny cartoon family lives.
Hyperion Books for Children