Adeline has loved Elephant since she was a tiny baby. First she called him "Ant" and he cuddled with her when she had her bottle or if she was sad. Then she called him "Edewant" and he went to bed with her every night. Now Elephant's a girl and her name is mostly "Ellie" and just lately Adeline is needing her ALL THE TIME. Bedtime. Walking to school. Violin practice. Traveling in the car. Almost continually while she's playing. Watching her while she has a shower. Snuggling with her on the couch for increasingly large portions of the day. Everywhere and all the time. Adeline has even said that she wanted to leave fun places like the park because she was missing Elephant. Now if this had started after we told her about getting a sister and traveling to Vietnam I could understand it, but it actually started a few weeks before that. I thought nearly-five was an age when most kids were moving away from their lovies, not being more attached to them than ever. We're going with it, but do have some limits. Elephant can come in the car, but she can't go into stores or any other buildings. Elephant can walk with us to school, but I take her home with me. Elephant can watch violin lessons only if Adeline doesn't talk to her or want to hug her.
Of course Elephant is coming with us to Vietnam and it will be a HUGE DEAL if we lose her along the way.
My Mom and I took Adeline to the toy store to pick out a special stuffie for her sister and she REALLY wanted to choose an elephant just like hers. Adeline said that they are the cuddliest and the most special and she wanted her sister to have one. While I agreed that Elephant is the cuddliest (she really is!) I finally talked her into a giraffe, which is made by the same company as Ellie. It has the same squishy body and extra soft fabric and seems like it will make an excellent lovie...now hopefully her sister will like it. What finally sold Adeline on the giraffe was that it had a "twiddling tail" just exactly like Elephant. She is sure her sister will like to rub it between her fingers just like she does.