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Little Miss P loves her ‘Gentle Giraffe’ by Cloud b.  I’d like to meet the toddler that isn’t obsessed with either him or the Sleep Sheep, actually.  They have a corner on the market for sleep crutches.  Because of this I kind of feel like they have an obligation to keep all well known appendages in tact.  But, alas:

 THE CASE OF THE MISSING APPENDAGE

 SLEEP SHEEP LINK

GIRAFFE LINK

For the first three months of her life we tied “Raffe” to the side of her crib and played it’s lullaby music.  When she hit 3 months and was finally unswaddled she loved to nestle her face up to it.  Around 5 months we untied it, took the hard speaker part out of it and let it loose in Miss P’s crib.  She learned that if she tickled it’s tail under her chin it felt nice and lulled her to sleep. We thought anything that helped avoid bouncing on an exercise ball and shushing in her ear for an hour was fine with us.  (PS: If you can get them to figure it out, self-soothing is where its at)  It’s pretty cute to watch the process happen.  We put Miss P. in her crib where she falls face first on “Raffe”, rolls over on her back with him in her arms and begins a strip search until she finds the tail.   She points her little chin up to the sky and tickles herself underneath it with his tail; her eyes rolling back in her head.

Since she’s done that for every nap and every night’s sleep for the last 10 months the tail is starting to wear thin.  Fearful that the thing would fall off  and totally over carrying it to daycare two days a week, I’m off to Target to buy another one.  I purchase Gentle Giraffe number 2 and without noticing anything, wash him and put him in her “Sleep Bag” for school.  When I picked her up from school last week she comes racing towards me, arms wide open.  (Best part of my day.)  After our celebratory hug and kiss she starts pointing over to her sleep bag with her arms up in the air, a “wtf” look on her face.  After realizing she’s trying to tell me something about Raffe, I grab him and proclaim “Same

Same

sweetie!”  But she’s on to me, pointing at his butt with her head cocked to one side and crooning “Whoa Nooooo Mama,” a worried look on her face now.  I looked down and my heart sunk: Raffe was tail-less.  How could that be? I quickly distract her and before she knows it we are in the car singing The Wheels on The Bus.  But I can’t stop thinking about the tail.  It didn’t look like it fell off it looked like it was never sewn on.  Confused, I head to Babies R Us the next day thinking I must have gotten a knock-off at Target.  There were 12 of them on the shelf.  I took one out of the package.  No tail.  An overly-friendly man in a purple Babies R Us shirt pops over and asks, “Can I help you with something M’am!?” Blushing I say, “A bit of a weird question Sir, but..” He interrupts me with a bounding “No weird questions at Babies R Us!” Mkay. “Thanks. Well, it seems as though the Gentle Giraffe’s tail is missing” holding the animal up for him to see.  (I’m thankful that the picture on the box shows him with a tail so I don’t feel like a total jackass).  We proceed to open all 12 boxes and find 12 tail-less “Raffes.”  Baffled he suggests I call the manufacturer and walks away from the scene.   I look the website up on the spot.  There is no number to call so I send an email from my iPhone:

From: Kristin

To:

cs@cloudb.com

Subject: Sleep Giraffe Question –  where is the tail??

Hi there,

My
daughter is obsessed with your sleep giraffe (isn’t every toddler?) 🙂
She especially loves tickling herself under the chin with the tail of it.  I went
to buy reinforcements at both Target and Babies R Us and can’t seem to find one with the tail on.  Am I losing my mind?  She
has the smaller version and we purchased it over a year ago. 

Signed,

Confused

I received an email back in no less than 5 minutes:

From:

Consumer Service <

cs@cloudb.com

>

To:

Kristin

Subject:

Re: Sleep Giraffe Question – where is the tail??

Good afternoon,

It was a design change in 2011 – no more tails on the Giraffe and none left in stock. Thank you – Cloudb, Inc.

From: Kristin

To:

cs@cloudb.com

Subject: Re: Sleep Giraffe Question – where is the tail??

Oh, dear. Cost reduction?  Crisis.  Does the larger version have one?

From:

Consumer Service <

cs@cloudb.com

>

To:

Kristin

Subject:

Re: Sleep Giraffe Question – where is the tail??

No to all….just a design change. Thank you – Cloudb, Inc.

ME:

Let me get this straight.  You chop a major appendage off of a giraffe and we’re just supposed to live with it? 

Thank God your not in the doll-making business.

Signed,

Tail-less (And Soon To Be Sleepless) in Boston

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