Are all toddlers this odd?

by Jodifur on August 9, 2007

For about a year now, Michael will only go to sleep if he is holding a burp cloth. And not just any burp cloth, his BCAUSE, as he calls it. It is a burp cloth from Target that has a little flower on it and I have never been able to find another one. We are so paranoid about losing this thing because if we do, he will never sleep again. I never let him bring it out of the house, one because I HATE toddlers dragging their "loveys" around but more importantly because if he losses it I will shoot myself in the head. Doug almost left it at a Starbucks in Breezewood,PA and I almost killed him, which I think is an even trade for a toddler who won't sleep. And we were on the way to leave him with Doug's parents who would have been so grateful for a non-sleeping screaming Michael.
Recently, this obsession has been transferred to a "lil lion" his grandparents gave him that he named Alex for the lion in Madagascar. (Every lion is named Alex, Hippo is Oria (Gloria), etc, etc. All animals get Madagascar names.) Last night we spent an hour looking for Alex so he would go to sleep. He had is burp cloth, but that was not enough. We offered him other animals, a sting ray, his big lion, his big giraffe, but no. Screaming from the crib for an hour. And then Doug left to have dinner with a friend. I eventually found the lion stuffed behind the cushions of the couch, and I gave it to him. When I tried to remove his menagerie of animals from his crib he protested, big time.
Why do I think we have created a monster? We have gone from an innocent (yet weird) burp cloth sleeping obsession and added 2 lions, a sting ray, and a giraffe. All we have missing is lots of water and an ark.
We are going to need a whole extra suitcase for Michael's sleeping needs when we go to Sesame Place this weekend.

{ 28 comments }

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/03933260775407897696" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 4:18 am

Oh yes! I remember having to bring a trunk load of things that had their special place in Ethan’s bed when he was that age! Traveling was a nightmare!! And you know how interrupting a kid’s sleep pattern is…we didn’t dare mess with it.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/03933260775407897696" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 4:18 am

Oh yes! I remember having to bring a trunk load of things that had their special place in Ethan’s bed when he was that age! Traveling was a nightmare!! And you know how interrupting a kid’s sleep pattern is…we didn’t dare mess with it.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/03933260775407897696" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 4:18 am

Oh yes! I remember having to bring a trunk load of things that had their special place in Ethan’s bed when he was that age! Traveling was a nightmare!! And you know how interrupting a kid’s sleep pattern is…we didn’t dare mess with it.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/03933260775407897696" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 4:18 am

Oh yes! I remember having to bring a trunk load of things that had their special place in Ethan’s bed when he was that age! Traveling was a nightmare!! And you know how interrupting a kid’s sleep pattern is…we didn’t dare mess with it.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/00139191935886860839" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 5:01 am

“I almost killed him, which I think is an even trade for a toddler who won’t sleep.” I agree….

Maybe your little one will grow up to be the next Steve Irwin or Jack Hanna!

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/00139191935886860839" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 5:01 am

“I almost killed him, which I think is an even trade for a toddler who won’t sleep.” I agree….

Maybe your little one will grow up to be the next Steve Irwin or Jack Hanna!

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/00139191935886860839" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 5:01 am

“I almost killed him, which I think is an even trade for a toddler who won’t sleep.” I agree….

Maybe your little one will grow up to be the next Steve Irwin or Jack Hanna!

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/00139191935886860839" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 5:01 am

“I almost killed him, which I think is an even trade for a toddler who won’t sleep.” I agree….

Maybe your little one will grow up to be the next Steve Irwin or Jack Hanna!

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/15779961065417497337" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 5:07 am

I recently read an awesome piece about helping a kid say goodbye to a lost lovey. I’ll have to track it down for you. It wasn’t on one of my “regular” sites.

But some kids really need those things. My kids have loveys but they aren’t too attached to them. It has been a blessing.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/15779961065417497337" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 5:07 am

I recently read an awesome piece about helping a kid say goodbye to a lost lovey. I’ll have to track it down for you. It wasn’t on one of my “regular” sites.

But some kids really need those things. My kids have loveys but they aren’t too attached to them. It has been a blessing.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/15779961065417497337" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 5:07 am

I recently read an awesome piece about helping a kid say goodbye to a lost lovey. I’ll have to track it down for you. It wasn’t on one of my “regular” sites.

But some kids really need those things. My kids have loveys but they aren’t too attached to them. It has been a blessing.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/15779961065417497337" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 5:07 am

I recently read an awesome piece about helping a kid say goodbye to a lost lovey. I’ll have to track it down for you. It wasn’t on one of my “regular” sites.

But some kids really need those things. My kids have loveys but they aren’t too attached to them. It has been a blessing.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/16326983167964936939" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 6:35 am

I literally laughed out loud on “All we have missing is lots of water and an ark.”

The only solution I can offer: Give him a glass of scotch. That’ll knock him right out.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/16326983167964936939" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 6:35 am

I literally laughed out loud on “All we have missing is lots of water and an ark.”

The only solution I can offer: Give him a glass of scotch. That’ll knock him right out.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/16326983167964936939" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 6:35 am

I literally laughed out loud on “All we have missing is lots of water and an ark.”

The only solution I can offer: Give him a glass of scotch. That’ll knock him right out.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/16326983167964936939" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 6:35 am

I literally laughed out loud on “All we have missing is lots of water and an ark.”

The only solution I can offer: Give him a glass of scotch. That’ll knock him right out.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/08611806187828172442" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 3:01 pm

I still have my blankie. In a box tucked away. A bit shredded but clean. Don’t need it to sleep but it is one of the few childhood possessions I’ve kept all these years.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/08611806187828172442" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 3:01 pm

I still have my blankie. In a box tucked away. A bit shredded but clean. Don’t need it to sleep but it is one of the few childhood possessions I’ve kept all these years.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/08611806187828172442" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 3:01 pm

I still have my blankie. In a box tucked away. A bit shredded but clean. Don’t need it to sleep but it is one of the few childhood possessions I’ve kept all these years.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/08611806187828172442" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 3:01 pm

I still have my blankie. In a box tucked away. A bit shredded but clean. Don’t need it to sleep but it is one of the few childhood possessions I’ve kept all these years.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/10873698815704306017" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 5:14 pm

Well if he’s weird, than Isabella is even more weird… She also has the burp cloth obession( I think Ive talked about it with you before) its so gross, and I have to sneak it to wash it every few days….. We have 2 luckily though that I switch back and forth.. She also has an entarouge that goes to sleep with her .. DUMBO, ARIEl and Elmo stuffed animals…. And god help us if they are not all lined up in bed everynight!

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/10873698815704306017" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 5:14 pm

Well if he’s weird, than Isabella is even more weird… She also has the burp cloth obession( I think Ive talked about it with you before) its so gross, and I have to sneak it to wash it every few days….. We have 2 luckily though that I switch back and forth.. She also has an entarouge that goes to sleep with her .. DUMBO, ARIEl and Elmo stuffed animals…. And god help us if they are not all lined up in bed everynight!

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/10873698815704306017" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 5:14 pm

Well if he’s weird, than Isabella is even more weird… She also has the burp cloth obession( I think Ive talked about it with you before) its so gross, and I have to sneak it to wash it every few days….. We have 2 luckily though that I switch back and forth.. She also has an entarouge that goes to sleep with her .. DUMBO, ARIEl and Elmo stuffed animals…. And god help us if they are not all lined up in bed everynight!

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/10873698815704306017" rel="nofollow August 10, 2007 at 5:14 pm

Well if he’s weird, than Isabella is even more weird… She also has the burp cloth obession( I think Ive talked about it with you before) its so gross, and I have to sneak it to wash it every few days….. We have 2 luckily though that I switch back and forth.. She also has an entarouge that goes to sleep with her .. DUMBO, ARIEl and Elmo stuffed animals…. And god help us if they are not all lined up in bed everynight!

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/00557198807136105825" rel="nofollow August 11, 2007 at 5:16 pm

We have Pooh, Mickey, and blankie along with 15 binks and a sippy of water. I’m amazed the kid fits in the bed. God forbid if you are missing one of these pieces.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/00557198807136105825" rel="nofollow August 11, 2007 at 5:16 pm

We have Pooh, Mickey, and blankie along with 15 binks and a sippy of water. I’m amazed the kid fits in the bed. God forbid if you are missing one of these pieces.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/00557198807136105825" rel="nofollow August 11, 2007 at 5:16 pm

We have Pooh, Mickey, and blankie along with 15 binks and a sippy of water. I’m amazed the kid fits in the bed. God forbid if you are missing one of these pieces.

 <a href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/00557198807136105825" rel="nofollow August 11, 2007 at 5:16 pm

We have Pooh, Mickey, and blankie along with 15 binks and a sippy of water. I’m amazed the kid fits in the bed. God forbid if you are missing one of these pieces.

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