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Jo Dee Messina is a Grammy-nominated country music star and mother to two young boys. She lives her life on the road, constantly traveling to and performing at shows, and brings her kids along for the ride. As a full-time mother and performer, Jo Dee offers a unique perspective on parenting, which she shares in her Babble Voices blog, Backstage with the Fumbling Mom.

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Life As A Lovey

By Jo Dee Messina |

When I was pregnant with my first son I received this “thing” as a gift. I wasn’t a stuffed animal and it wasn’t a blanket. I thought it was strange. What purpose did this thing serve? It couldn’t cover the baby and you couldn’t stand it up as a decoration. It just lay there. This head on a blanket.

When my son was born he became very attached to this thing. Why? I don’t know. But “Monkey” as we call it is a crucial part of bedtime. My son WILL NOT sleep without it. There was an unfortunate evening when my son was almost two when we couldn’t find Monkey. I didn’t think much of it until I put our son to bed and he asked for it. After a moment he became distraught and began asking for Monkey over and over.

Before I knew it, my husband and I were frantically scouring the house looking for this thing.  I remembered that I had received two “Monkeys” as baby gifts. When we were unsuccessful in our search, I went into my son’s closet and got the new Monkey out. When I handed it to him he started rubbing the tag, something he did every night. He realized the tag wasn’t worn the way he was used to and stated that this was not his monkey. No, it wasn’t. It DID, however, serve its purpose and got him through the night. Later that evening I found the original Monkey, and since then I have kept close track of where Monkey is at all times.

I learned recently that this thing is called a “Lovey.” The makers of it are brilliant. The profit margin must be huge on these little creatures. After all, it’s only HALF a stuffed animal. Nevertheless, it is a part of everyday.  In my next life I may actually want to come back as a “Lovey.” It goes everywhere. It sees things most people don’t get to see in a lifetime. This “Lovey” lives the high life and has not a care in the world. I wanted to share with you all that “Monkey” gets to do in just one week. Check it out. You too will want to come back as a “Lovey.”

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