Have you all read 'Wemberly Worried'? If not, you should - it's such a sweet story.**
There is an illustration in that book where the little mouse, Wemberly is sitting next to the washing machine while her doll, Petal, is being washed. She says 'I'll wait for you, Petal!'
We had to wash Lumpy (the heffalump).
Thomas has been taking him everywhere for the past few weeks. I usually try to get him to take smaller toys if he wants to take something, but Lumpy is by far his favorite toy right now. I think Lumpy helps calm Thomas. He's come with us to church and speech, and I think it's helped. His trunk is useful at speech - Thomas will use it to point to cards instead of pointing himself sometimes. Also good to chew on. We forgot Lumpy once last week and when Thomas got frustrated he started saying (pitifully) "I want Lumpy." Lumpy is Thomas' rock.
So I snuck him in the washer, thinking that maybe, just maybe, I could wash and dry Lumpy before he was missed.
That was just dumb.
Poor Thomas wouldn't leave the washer for quite a while. He just kept saying 'I want Lumpy' in a very sad, teary voice. When the washer was done, he ran and grabbed Lumpy and tried to sneak off with him, still wet. Very upset about the dryer. Poor guy.
But here he is, all fresh and clean and dry.
Thomas says 'Lumpy, you are so soft.'
**Speaking of Kevin Henkes, we just ordered this from Amazon. I've been looking for audiobooks for Thomas - when he won't take a nap, he stays in his room and listens to Curious George on CD. I wanted a collection of books, not just one book (too short), and these are some of our favorites plus an amazing price.