Kids

When Pigs Fly

May 7, 2009

The other night as I was working on my post about removal companies in the UK, I was startled to hear my daughter crying, loudly. She had been in bed for about a half hour so the house was quiet and I thought she was asleep.

It was a real cry, not the kind of cry that means I don’t want to go to bed now, but a real ear splitting, something-is-terribly-wrong, cry. My first thought was that the tooth had finally let go and had fallen out.

I was excited and slightly giddy at the thought of the tooth finally releasing itself from my daughter’s mouth so I ran down the stairs and into her room with a smile on my face and asked if she had lost her tooth.

Alas, it was not to be. The tooth is still hanging on for dear life.

“What are you crying about?” I asked.

“I miss my pig blankie,” she said with tears streaming down her face and then through sobs “Can we look for it?”

When my daughter was born I was the designated stay at home parent. As any stay at home parent knows when they are first born they tend to sleep a lot. Not necessarily when you want them to but there are still hours and hours during the day when the kid is asleep. They will tell you to sleep when the baby sleeps but I had a hard time sleeping during the day. I didn’t feel productive and was running out of creative ways to convert leftovers into hot dish. So I did what many moms do and I started crafting.

I had a sewing machine and had learned how to sew so I figured I’d make some clothes for my daughter. After looking at the patterns and realizing that I didn’t have the patience to measure and pin and cut material, I decided to make my daughter a blanket instead. We went to the fabric store and picked out two patterns of flannel material. Sponge Bob and Patrick with a light green background was one and the other was a pattern of pink pigs with purple wings flying around on a background of pink sky. I bought two yards of each fabric and even got batting and trim. I remember thinking that I should get twice the amount of fabric so I could make two of each.

My son had two, white knit, blankies when he was a toddler and became severely attached to them. Of course he did not realize there were two of them. He took The White Blankie, as it was named, everywhere with him and if it was forgotten or misplaced there was hell to pay. He carried The White Blankie around until he was about five years old. The poor thing was really just a tangled mess of dirty off white yarn but it still gave him comfort. One day as we were getting in the car he dropped it in the mud and that was the end of The White Blankie. He knew, even at such a young and innocent age, that it would not make it through another washing. When we arrived home he threw it in the trash and never mentioned it again.

My daughter’s blankets were easy to make but looked like something someone made. They were not perfect by any stretch of the imagination and were quiet stiff actually. I washed them a few times and used them as blankets for her crib. She did not become attached to them until several months later when her dad and I divorced and I had to put her in daycare so I could work.

At first she carried one of them, it didn’t matter which, where ever she went but as she got older the blankies were used only at nap time or night time. In those few years the blankies lost their stiffness and became rather worn. The pig blankie was in considerably worse shape and last year after washing it for the 4892 time it died. I pulled out a mess of fabric from the washing machine. There was no sewing it back together, I had been doing that for about a year already. There was no way to repair it. Since she was safely out of the house at daycare with her Sponge Bob blankie I threw the remains of the pig blankie in the trash. The outside trash in case she threw something away when she got home.

That was over a year ago. Occasionally she has asked if I had seen her pig blankie but she never bothered to look for it herself. I didn’t seem like a big deal especially since she still had the Sponge Bob Blankie.

I never told her I threw it away.

Which means she thinks it is somewhere in our house or at dad’s house. It’s not. I threw the damn thing away and now I feel like shit for not telling her back then. I am a horrible mother. I have lied to my daughter and now I am going to get busted unless I can pin it on her father or somehow suggest that she lost it on her own.

Worse than the deception is that now, since it clearly is not in the house and not at dad’s house, she wants to go to the fabric store to find the same fabric and make another one. They don’t have it I already checked last year.

We are going to the fabric store today after school. I promised. I even wrote it down on a post it note so I wouldn’t forget (at her insistence). I was almost done with the blankies. Sponge Bob is on his last legs now and I am too afraid to wash it. It smells to high heaven like sour milk but I can’t wash it and I certainly can’t throw it away.

I do not want to start another blankie cycle. If anyone has flannel fabric with pink pigs on it would you please email me?

(I don’t even have a picture of the pigs. This is the back side of the pig blankie)

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  • Reply Judy May 7, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Would you believe my daughter (age 47) still has her “Pinkie Stinkie” blankie packed away in one of her dresser drawers. She put it away when she was about 10, and even when she was in college, occasionally, she’d get it out of the drawer and sleep with it when she was home on a weekend. That blanket now is only a 12 inch square. I wonder if she ever gets it out and just sniffs of it. 47 and still has her blankie–funny.

  • Reply Jen May 7, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Judy, you are scaring me.

  • Reply Pricilla May 7, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I wonder if she wants her blankie
    ’cause her tooth is falling out?
    I am sorry I can’t help you with the material…

  • Reply The Mother May 7, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I wish I could help, but I think my comment will scare you as much as Judy’s.

    My 13 yo has a quilt I made for his older brother. It’s so ratty that I think it’s held together only with love.

    I have taken him to the fabric store. We have made new ones. He still keeps the old ratty thing.

    Worse, my older son? When I threw away his ratty blankie at age 12, he threw a hissy fit and has NEVER forgiven me.

    No outs. Not on this one. Sorry.

  • Reply Jen May 7, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Pricilla, It probably does have to do with her losing her tooth or that she just lies in bed thinking of ways to torment me. What’s worse is that this is exactly what my mother did to me. She hasn’t admitted it yet but I know she threw my green blankie away. She said we lost it when we moved but I don’t buy that.

    Mother, I really thought that you of all people would have words of wisdom for me. I know if I fess up she will spend years telling and paying some stranger with a phd behind her name that I was a horrible mother. If I let it ride I fear the same thing will happen. there is no way out of this mess and I know that making a new one will not solve the problem.

  • Reply Lola May 7, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I just sent you an email with a link for ebay.

  • Reply Jen May 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Lola, thank you so much but it is not the same. The pigs were more cartoony and rounder and they had wings. That is so sweet of you to look.

  • Reply Collette May 7, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    If you really have to make another blankie, tell her she has to help with it. She can help pick the fabric & you can help her to sew a little. Eventually, she'll either get tired of it or really learn how to sew by herself.

  • Reply SofaChip.com May 7, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Awww. Don’t feel so guilty! You’re being a good Mom.

  • Reply Candice May 7, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Aww, your little redhead is adorable.

    My daughter still has her “teddy” that she’s had since she was 1.

    We spent quite a bit of coin shipping teddy off to a special lady that would refurbish him and make him look new again. That was a few yrs ago and it’s time to do it again..

    My daughter is almost 10 by the way.

    I hope you made a few pig blankies. 🙂

  • Reply Kathy May 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I can’t help you in the pig blanket department, but I just wanted to say I cannot believe your kid’s tooth hasn’t fallen out yet. It feels like an eternity! Oh, and she has a lovely head of hair. So curly and pretty!

  • Reply BONNIE K May 7, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    I was gonna say the same thing Kathy said…

  • Reply Shawn May 7, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Fresh out, I’m afraid. My girlfriend, though, still has her childhood blanket on her bed. She’s 30.

  • Reply Winky Twinky May 7, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Ooohhh, the all important blankie.. I have three grandkids now, and they’re all different! The oldest used to have a pink blankie she loved, but at 8 I think she’s pretty much outgrown it. The 2 year old will take almost any kids blankie. BUT, the 5 year old definitely likes to have his blankie..although, luckily it can be one of a couple or so…. HOWEVER, my 29 year old son is another story (sorry, I know you don’t wanna hear this)… When very young he went through a couple that had to be pitched and replaced… but round about 1984 (he was about 4), his grandmother made him a blue He-Man blankie that he loved. I was recently surprised to find out (yes, even as a father of three), he still sleeps with that blanket over his head at night… Ya just can never know the power of the “blankie!” Maybe if she helps you make another one, she will be happy with the new one…

  • Reply Bill May 8, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Sorry…I’m still using my pink-piggy blankie.

  • Reply Chris Casey May 8, 2009 at 6:02 am

    OMG, your daughter is a little angel. Lucky you!

    Okay, so maybe at times she’s a Hell’s Angel, but still, she’s adorable.

    I will ask Mrs C what is in her vast collection of material. the Pig motif looks familiar to me.

    P.S. I never had a blankie, I had a stuffed dog named Boo Boo. I’m 47 now. Boo Boo is in a tub in the basement. maybe I should go look for him.

  • Reply Mary@Holy Mackerel May 8, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I found my pink blankie at my dad’s when we were going through his stuff. Some things seem to become a part of you…

    Here’s hoping you find some more piggies…

  • Reply heat May 9, 2009 at 11:17 am

    My daughter is 13 still has “Bear” (a 1994 Ty Pillow Pal Pink Bear – retired). She’s had Bear since she was 2 months old. She slept with it every it night and it was perfect for helping hold her bottles when she got hungry on a long drive.
    She blew out her birthday cake candles, Bear had to help, which resulted in his little white nose having a black Hitler-ish mustache. He was washed so many times he’s barely pink any longer, more off-white with a dusting of pink. A few months ago she spent the night with a friend who has several smaller siblings. Someone hid/took Bear and no one could find him. Every night she’d ask if I had heard from this friend’s mom, and how could Bear just disappear when he never left the house. I tried to find a stunt bear on ebay, but since this one was retired in ’94, they aren’t very plentiful. Finally the Bear-knappers “spring” cleaned and found her baby. Every night, he’s in bed with her and even though she’ll be 14 this year and travelling without me overseas (first plane flight too!) I am sure Bear will tag along.
    And yes, I kept looking on eBay till I found one. Got a “new” mint condition one to keep for $17, and found one that couldn’t be called new because it was missing the Ty tag for $0.99. Life is good.

    Good luck with the fabric, I’ve looked online around here, and will keep my eye out for it around town. I swear I’ve seen some lately because it came to mind when you described it.

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