Bennett loves his stuffed animals, one in particular. His name is Big Bunny and Bennett takes him everywhere. If Big Bunny isn’t in bed with him there’s going to be a problem.
A few nights ago Big Bunny was in the three seasons room. I couldn’t find him anywhere. And for a horrifying five minutes, I imagined life if Big Bunny was actually lost for good. So I bought another bunny. Big Bunny Mark II. He’s the replacement guy but I’m not telling him that.
Finn was never into teddy bears or bunnies or blankies or any of the loveys that I tried to push on him for the first two years of his life. That boy is like a superhero. He’s independent and fierce and confident and he’s always done his own thing. But he also feels everything. He cares deeply about justice and gets involved in everyone’s business to settle disputes. Whether they want him to or not. He notices everything too. Always has. If there’s tension between Robbie and me he’s all over it, calling us out.
This week he had a fever. Finn having a fever is rare. In case you haven’t heard me talking about it all the time, Bennett is the fever guy. But this week they both had a fever. Finn had it later than Bennett, so there was a whole day when Finn had a fever and Bennett didn’t. Apart from actually being warm, Finn was fine. In fact, he was in heaven. Because Bennett gets all the attention when he’s sick. There’s always the fear that it’s going to be like the fevers that sent him to hospital last year. All day Finn was saying “Bennett’s not sick but I am, is that right mommy?” and when Bennett coughed Finn would say, “I think Bennett just had something in his throat mom, I don’t think he’s sick.” Heartbreak city over here.
So family goals for October: A) Give Finn a whole lot of attention, especially when Bennett is sick. B) Figure out a way to scuff up the replacement bunny.
PS – as you can see, Bennett found backup Big Bunny and is thrilled that he is now the owner of two Big Bunnies. I’ll figure it out in the morning.