Where Pooh Bear?

by CountryFriedMama on October 18, 2010

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When Miss D. was a baby, a friend of my mom’s gave her a beautiful and unique teddy bear, which she has slept with every night since I gave up the fight to keep it out of her crib (those button eyes were scary for awhile there).

Miss D.’s Teddy is looking pretty rough lately.  I had to perform surgery on one of her ears, and her signature yellow dress has moved past its original shabby chic look into just plain shabby.  I fear the day Teddy finally falls apart.  I have no idea where to find another like her.

We smartened up by the time The Belle came along.  Her lovey is a mass-market, probably-made-in-a-toxic-factory-in-China, commercial, easily replaced Winnie the Pooh.  And he has no button eyes, so he really has been sleeping beside her almost from the beginning.

Where Pooh Bear? is a question I answer at least six times a day, but it causes me little concern.  If ever Pooh wanders off, I know I can find another, no matter where we are.  Disney’s monopoly on childhood sure is convenient.

A few months ago I saw a collage in Real Simple Magazine of someone’s child clutching the same doll in lots of different places, and I knew Pooh would make a good subject for a copycat version.  I finally got around to doing it now so I could play along with Inside the Frame, a photography blog hop that focused on red last week.

[The picture in the center of this collage was taken by Amy Saab, pre-school teacher, art instructor, photographer and all-around Rennaissance woman, who also happened to paint that red rocker up there for me.  I couldn’t resist including it, as Pooh even made it into our family portrait last year.  And Country-Fried Daddy took the shot on the bottom right at Miss D.’s birthday party.  The rest of these are mine.]

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Mary Montague Sikes – Monti October 18, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Absolutely precious and wonderful photos! I know exactly what those prized stuffed animals mean. I had to replace several myself when they reached a certain state!

Monti
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Jana@Attitude Adjustment
Twitter: janatude
October 18, 2010 at 6:08 pm

I bought my daughter a little bunny that makes music when you pull the string. It’s adorable, the song is precious, and I got it in Paris when I was pregnant with her. (I know, don’t I sound like a Jones?) Anyway, last week, the music part broke, and so did my heart. There is really no easy way to get her another one. You are onto something with the easy Pooh bear. (Luckily, Husband cut it open, performed surgery, and sewed it back up. Believe me, this is a rare show of initiative.)

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Trina October 18, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I will have to do the same with all our Pooh Bear pictures! My daughter is 9 and STILL sleeps with her Pooh. I try to sneak in and take a picture once a year of them snuggling in their sleep. We lost him at the store once when she was about 3 – spent an hour tracing our steps ’til we found him…. And I was the one crying about it! :-)

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Bubbe October 18, 2010 at 7:07 pm

oh so sweet. Beautiful collage of pictures.

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ck October 19, 2010 at 6:12 am

That is such a beautiful collage.

We made sure our daughter had a Grover as her lovey for the same reasons. And once she fell in love with it, we purchased three more. And it worked until she was 9 months old and could tell by testing Grover’s hands which was the One she wanted. So now we have 3 pristine Grovers, and one in shambles.

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My Kids Mom October 19, 2010 at 7:32 am

I planned ahead when they got attached to a stuffed animal “lovey” and bought a spare. I rotate them so both are equally worn out and they don’t notice the swap if the lovey just came from the washer/dryer anyway. And I’m so, so grateful they’re washable!

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Amy October 20, 2010 at 6:22 am

Sophie has Kitty. Kitty was picked up in a ‘Tuesday Morning’ eight years ago. She is so worn out that, even after being washed, close family hesitates to touch her. Kitty reminds me of the expression, “I love you, scars & all”….and nasty, bald patches, scratched eyes, fluff & stuff in all the wrong places. You know, the way we all end up looking, if we live that long.

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October 20, 2010 at 11:44 am

LOVE the photos! What a great collage. Interestingly, neither one of my kids has a lovey or is attached to any blanket. My cousin’s daughter has a special blanket…they have bought at least 3 of them so that they have plenty of back-ups!

Thanks for linking up with Inside the Frame! Looking forward to seeing more!

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