When Ethan began daycare at 11 months, they told us to bring a small stuffed toy from home that would make him feel comfortable. Well... no one explained to us that the animal we chose to bring with him, would be the animal that he would then no longer be able to live without.
Meet Little Bear.
(Now I know what Ryan does on Monday's when we are at school/work. He did a photo shoot with the bears. So now the bears can add modeling to their resume along with comforter and friend.)
Aiden's bear is named Mo (aka Monroe).
I was determined that Aiden would not have a stuffed animal that had to tag along with us everywhere we went. However, when Aiden was one year old he had to go into the hospital for about a week. During that time, we brought Mo from home to help comfort him. Of course, now Mo is a permanent fixture in the family. (so... not only did we add a bear, but look how big Mo is. Why didn't we look for another small animal??) Mo attends most activities and has been lost numerous times as well and like Teddy, always seems to find his way home. We thought Mo would be a little easier to replace if necessary since he is a Build a Bear but Aiden did not take well to "New" Mo (original name... don't you think??) and he is now lost in Ethan's colleciton of 200+ stuffed animals.
So... this is the story of our bears. I am sure that there will be plenty more stories to share in the future!