The other night, I can't stand the dirty Patrick anymore and I knew, I just got to wash it immediately. I have been postponing the washing job and left Patrick to look so dirty and yucky for a toddler to hug and smell.
While I was doing my laundry, I told Baby XJ that I HAVE to wash her Patrick NOW. Immediately, she protested with her 'manja' voice and said "NO".
Then, I told her " See, it is VERY dirty. Eeeewwwwww" by pointing all over Patrick.
She stared at the point I pointed and seems to agree with me. Then, she obliged by handing her Patrick to me.
Before I tossed it into the washing machine, I reconfirmed with Baby again just in case she changed her mind. I reminded her that she will not be able to cuddle Patrick to sleep that night, not be able to smell and touch the tail. True enough, she changed her mind and grab the Patrick away from me.
Then, I do that "Eeeewwwww dirty" again, and to my amused, she handed her Patrick back to me. haha
Once I put it into the washing machine, I carried and showed her that Patrick is now VERY WET. After washing, I will have to hang it dry before she is able to cuddle Patrick again. She nodded and we left the laundry area.
In the middle of the night...........
She woke up TWICE. Once at 12.30am and another at 3.30 am to SEARCH FOR HER PATRICK. She whine (eyes shut) with her hand touching left and right searching for her red darling. I quickly gave her another soft toy to cuddle, but she just can't find that 'shiok' feeling like what she got from Patrick. LOL ! She try to search for the tail (that soft toy also got a tail), and she knew it is different in texture and sizes. haha.....
meow meow as an alternative
Meow meow with tail
I whispered "Remember, Patrick is dirty and we washed it?" Hug meow meow and sleep now.
To my surprised, it worked ! That reminder quieted her down and she went to her dreamland instantly. I did the same to the 2nd time she woke up in search of her Patrick.
However, in future I will try not to wash her Patrick at night anymore. Else, she will be waking up in the middle of the night and disturbing my sleep !
Baby XJ and Patrick are just inseparable !