ian and i have stumbled through early parenthood as all of us do. we pat ourselves on the back for some of our parenting techniques and we cuss (usually quietly) at others. one of the things that we've done that i LOVE: we've given each of our children a very "special friend". koruna's special friend is drake. rooster slept with us until she was 4 months old. when we moved her to her own bed, drake slept with her. the cool thing about drake was that drake ONLY slept with her - he never left the bed. so koruna WANTED to take a nap - she WANTED to get in bed so she could be with drake. brilliant, right? runa is almost 3 years old now and their relationship is as strong as ever.
it turns out drake is more special than even ian and i knew. rooster recently told us that drake is: 1. a girl 2. chinese 3. is not currently living at her house in china. she now lives in an apartment over on congress. 4. has 5 of EVERYTHING that runa does not have. 5! 5. gets to do EVERYTHING that koruna does not get to do.
she's quite a gal, that drake. we love 'er.
now marvel has louie.
we chose louie for his obvious personality and his many chewable, suckable parts. mars also has brother love, a puffin given to us by michael norris, our tattoo artist and friend. mars is already totally attached to both.
i think these friends sorta helped my children learn to love. ya know, like friends do.
(we have 2 backup drakes, 1 backup louie and zero backup brother loves.)