In our house they are called "nite-nites". The crocheted blankets that were given to the kids as babies, hand made by Eric's Aunt Tommie. They have loved those things and sucked their thumbs with those...yes...all three kids...until they are literally falling apart.
The thought of taking them away was heartbreaking at times...as if I'd be taking away their best friend.
Until someone told me about the fairy who could come one night...similar to the tooth fairy...and exchange nite-nite for a gift. And that's what we did.
We have talked about it all summer. Everytime we are in a store the item they want changes. I devised a plan that my Aunt Pat would play the voice of the fairy and so one night a couple of weeks ago we called her.
She knew which child had which color and talked about how brave they are to give it up and asked what they wanted in return. My favorite part was when Tyler asked how big she was...we pretend she's little because she can't carry big-ticket items...like the motorized cars at Toys R Us.
Finally the night before last...on Saturday night...she visited. She sprinkled glitter confetti all over the floor, laid the gifts out to be found. And let me tell you....trying to sneak a nite-nite out of a sleeping kiddos hands is not as easy as sneaking a tooth out from under the pillow!
Amber was the first to come wake me up in the middle of the night because she couldn't find her nite-nite. So when I walked her back into her room she saw what the fairy had left! Her eyes were wide...as wide as they could be at 2:30 in the morning. But I told her she had to wait until morning to open them. She was fine with that.
A short time later, Tyler brought me his B.u.z.z. L.i.g.h.t.y.e.a.r giftbag that she had left for him. This was the beginning of the next hour. It was like Christmas at 3:00 in the morning. At one point...as much as I tried to keep them quietly in bed until the morning...they were all up at one point, ooing and aahhing. All the lights were on, they were in each others rooms. They were asking about the sparkles and where they came from. The girls took their unicorn stick horses to bed and I finally gave in and let Tyler get his toy out so he could go back to sleep.
Tyler was the most excited. He would randomly throw his arms around my neck and squeeze tight...then gaze at his toy like he was in love. It was really funny.
And as I type this....recounting the night's festivities...I realize...I should have just woke up early that morning and did it before they woke up...instead of before I went to bed. Oh well...it's done!
And the first night without the nite-nites actually pretty simple. A little sadness from Amber, but they all went to sleep quickly and slept all night.
The Nite-Nite chapter of life has closed.