The Comfort of Dolls

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When Owen’s really upset, Sophie will find his favorite baby doll (it’s hers, she shares) and he’ll hug the doll to him and say “aww.” And now, when he stumbles upon a baby bottle, he’ll find one of Sophie’s dolls and gently feed it. Of course, the dolls are sometimes thrown across the room but mostly, for now, the boys handle them gently and with love, which I love.

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James enjoys feeding Sophie’s dolls, too, although he doesn’t quite get the bottle-to-the-mouth aspect yet.

“Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child’s loss of a doll and a king’s loss of a crown are events of the same size.” —Mark Twain