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Monday, May 23, 2011

Hang On, Bean!

Bean, Dulce's blanket, has had a rough life. Since she adopted her around 13 months, Bean has never left her side. I can't wash Bean without tantrums at bedtime for days afterward. Once we thought we'd lost her, and I saw my mommy life flash before my eyes. I gave her a replacement Bean as the original began to deteriorate. No dice. That Bean then became purple Bean, with original "pink" Bean still holding center stage.

Let's take a look at the evolution of Bean:

Bean, the first time she tore. Last August.

Bean helping with crucial potty needs. September.

Bean before bed. November.
Bean after nap. February.
Bean after her second major tear, secondary Bean featured. March.
Bean this morning. o.O
As you can see, Bean has been well loved. She's been worn down to a dirty little scrap of knots and nothing. She's had it. It's curtains for Bean. But how to break the news to Dulce?

I can't. I won't. I tremble in trepidation at the thought.

My only hope is for Bean to hold out until June when we see my mother with her snazzy new sewing machine. My idea is to sew old Bean (or a piece of her) onto new Bean. I know this will go over like a lead balloon. I know I'm still in for weeks of anguish. But it's something, right? I consider it quite the compromise. I mean, I can't keep letting her hang on to this old thing. Bean is so worn she's literally disappearing by the day. And we don't even take her outside. Consider me flabbergasted.

But I can't just strip her of her Bean, especially when Natalina's Bear is still going strong (after some minor repairs, of course.)

I love my babies, and they love their loveys. What's a mother to do?

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  1. My cousin was adopted, the only thing from her bio Mom she had was a blanket which became her lovey, which had an evolution similar to this, when she was 3 or 4 and starting preschool (which did not allow for loveys), my Aunt took the lovey and cut it into squares sewing a piece of it into a pocket of each pair of pants she owned so she could take her lovey to school with her, saving some for the inevitable growth spurts. I'm pretty sure it was sewn into pants for a few years.

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  3. What about turning it into a stuffed animal (or really just a stuffed lump of Bean)? Take the biggest piece and sew it to another piece of cloth, sew the ends together, stuff it with batting and then sew it closed. It would just be a big lump of nothing, but it may be more sturdy than a blanket... :)

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  5. I have another alternative similar to chesea. I can't say that I had a lovey as a kid, but I know I had a favorite blanket, it got tattered and my Mom took it and made it into another blanket. She said she used it as the batting inside the blanket. Since I knew the basics of the new blanket it was believable, however I doubt she actually did that lol. But maybe make a pillow or a quilt out of it



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