Monday, April 7, 2008

Adventures in Dougland (The Gooka)

Meet Doug’s “gooka."


Doug has made it clear time and time again that no sleep will be occurring unless his beloved blanket is somewhere in the mix.

The gooka has been washed so many times that sleeping with steel wool would seem a comfortable alternative. This is of no consequence to Doug. He loves that gooka.

Grandma Aidy crocheted Doug a replacement gooka, identical in size and color, just infinitely softer. Doug was not fooled when we swapped blankets. Instead of snuggling with the imposter, he began eating it… strand by strand (I found little blue fluffs in his diaper for weeks).


“Why did he eat the blanket” you may ask. Well, I’ll tell you. For the very same reason he licked the television screen or combed peach yogurt through his hair: just because.

So we returned the only true gooka to its owner.


Before we go to bed each night, we tiptoe into Doug’s room to give the sleeping boy a goodnight kiss. For the last few weeks this is what we found in his bed:



Don’t be alarmed. It is not a headless toddler. Doug’s head is wrapped beneath layers and layers of gooka. Either Doug thinks he is a tootsie pop or the gooka has become a more advanced form of sleeping mask. Either way, we slowly unwrap Doug’s head and tuck the blanket in his arms. He can’t sleep without his gooka, after all.

6 comments:

Chris and Tara Mason said...

That is such a cute picture! Ben is a blanket boy also (Softy)! Daniel had a teddy bear named Gee-uh that he loves! We rarely ever let those precious items out of the house in fear that we will lose them! Our boys can't sleep without Softy and Gee-uh either! So cute!

adrienne said...

the gooka looks like a fishing net because grandma adie is a fisher of boys.

Kristy said...

Thomas and Douglas are kindred spirits. Thomas can't sleep without his "soft blankie" either. It used to be yellow and blue and white and now it's almost all white.

Heather & Trevor said...

I love that! We call it a "wubby". He is so cute!

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Rachel Evans said...

Doug must be a light sleeper to let you guys come in to kiss him good night and unwrap him. Both of my boys are pretty light sleepers and I am not quite sure why. Doug has so much personality. I love it!