Just like everybody else, I have a little bit of crazy in me. When Sophia was little and we discovered that "Pig Bear" (Gund Snuffles bear) was going to be her favorite, I went a little *tiny bit* overboard (depending on who you ask, I lost it completely) and ordered a couple of the small pink bears, which are ultimately her favorite (and we had 3 at one time; we are currently down to 1 which makes me a tad bit nervous) and also branched out into ordering other Pig Bears, like a large light pink one, a large dark pink one, a blue one, a mustache one...etc. They even have a Kiss (like the band) one and a hot pink leopard print one. The fun never stops. My original idea in purchasing a second one (...and more) was so that they were interchangeable; so if anything ever happened to one we didn't have a crisis on our hands. This thinking goes back to when I lost my Bear Bear when I was 9 or 10 years old in the airport in Arizona and never found him again. I think I cried myself to sleep for a week. I was hoping to avoid this with the girls.
So when Heidi's favorite Pooh Bear was established, I searched for a second to buy as a back-up. I had to promise Chris that I wouldn't go crazy (of course, 'crazy' is open to interpretation). Well, I come to find out that her particular Pooh Bear, which Oma and Papa got for her at DisneyWorld, is a Disney Parks ONLY product. Of course. So I start scouring Ebay. The problem with Ebay is that you are paying for a used stuffed animal which people on Ebay are valuing far too highly (one person was charging over $10 plus money for shipping! Come on, people!).
Well, at our gym I noticed one day when we were leaving (I believe Heidi was around 9 months old) that there was her EXACT Pooh Bear in the 'lost and found' pile that they were hoping to get back to the owner. I watched that bear like a hawk. Nobody claimed it, and over two months went by. Here is the crazy part of me. I approached the child care center manager and asked her about it. She informed me that they donated their lost and found to Goodwill after a certain amount of time, a time which was approaching for my Pooh Bear friend. I managed to snag it from the Goodwill pile (saving me multiple trips to the Goodwill store to track it down) and Voila! We have a second Pooh Bear! When I told Chris about it he said to me, "Do they know we're related?"
Yes... mock away... but I have a back-up!
|Go for a ride on Daddy, Pooh Bears!|
|Playing at the Disney Store|
|I want all the Pooh Bears!!!|