When NikkiZ transitioned to her big-girl bed, we started introducing some new nighttime rituals to get her interested or excited in going to bed. One of those things was to encourage her to pick out a friend to sleep with. (Hopefully she won’t follow this policy in college.) Since she didn’t sleep with any animals in her crib, this new development was very effective.
Of course, if I had thought this through, we may have tried to limit the selection to one animal. Especially since, as a kid, I often felt guilty for neglecting any of my stuffed animals. I remember trying to rotate who would get to visit my Mom’s house with me every other weekend so no one would get their feelings hurt. I should have known she’d have similar tendencies as she now has to sleep with every animal she owns. It’s the challenge every night to find room for her amidst the colony of plush.
I finally thought to take a picture of this trend this morning. For you to enjoy. And for her friends to laugh at later when they stumble upon this blog.