The Changeling Banes are still doing their job, standing guard. We've moved to a new house, and the little figures came right along with the kids. It's funny: I let the kids choose their spirit themselves, and my daughter chose the older, bearded, male spirit, while my son chose the female spirit.
There's been a nifty change, though, in the way that the kids interact with them, just in the past week or two: now, the kids understand that these figures are home to spirits that protect them.
My kids love the movie "Song of the Sea," but it turns out that the owls in the flim are a bit scary for them at their current, tender age of two-and-a-half. We were having some trouble putting them to sleep, so my wife showed them the spirits who were still in their window (and who have been with them since they were taken out of the delivery room), and told them about how the spirits were there to protect them.
Now, my daughter has to give her spirit a hug and a kiss each night, just like she gives to me, and then her spirit goes back up into the window to guard the room. My son asks for his spirit to sleep with him, and he clutches her all night, and occasionally converses with her in the dark, and I have to hug and kiss both him and the spirit before bed.
It's amazing, the kinds of little things that we don't really expect to have a lasting impression, but do.
I mostly made these Changeling Banes for my own piece of mind, to control the uncontrolable, to keep curious things out in the world full of spirits that I live in. My half-rational, half-religious mind is split down the middle on their function: I have a deep belief that the Spirits are there for me and my psychological well-being, and also a deep belief that they're protecting the kids from things that might go "bump" in the night ("Ghoulies and Ghosties and Long-Leggity Beasties," if you will). It's a strange place, but I'm in love with the fact that the kids have given these little spirit figures a real, deep life my rational mind resists giving them... and that makes their reality all that much more deep for me, too.