Friday, January 25, 2008
The Lambie infatuation began innocently enough. Always fond of her critters, we piled a few blankie-type friends in bed with Phoebe for naps and bedtime. I thought for sure that Friendly Frog would be her favorite, but I was mistaken. I'm not sure when it actually happened, but Lambie quickly emerged as Phoebe's absolute favorite critter.
And by favorite, I mean the only way to get Phoebe to sleep.
The other night at bedtime, Phoebs had a ginormous spit-up all over Lambie. I mean, Lambie was soaked. I immediately thought to chunk her in the washing machine (the lamb, not Phoebe), but decided to wait. I temporarily held Lambie hostage to see if we could achieve sleep without her. After fifteen minutes of sad, sad restlessness in Phoebe's crib, I decided to return the soaking wet critter to her owner.
Phoebe was asleep thirty seconds later.
Phoebe takes tremendous comfort in her little Lambie. When she's falling asleep, she rubs Lambie's ears, ribbon, and face. She does this adorable nuzzle into Lambie as soon as she sees her. And when Phoebe isn't feeling well, Lambie is just the thing to calm her down.
Lambie is a tangible thing in which Phoebe takes comfort. She doesn't flirt with other toys, Lambie is it. What a valuable lesson she has to teach her Mommy!
As I was reading Psalm 121 today, I was reminded that I have a Lamb, too, in Whom I can take comfort. He is my Comforter, and my Keeper. He will watch over me and protect me, now and forever. When times are difficult, when I need a rest, He is there. He never sleeps, He's never missing... I only have to call His name.
Phoebe probably won't take Lambie to college with her, though I joke that she might... but it's my prayer that as Lambie loses her importance to Phoebe that the Lamb becomes her true comforter.
Posted by Sarah Rose at 7:00 AM