Her First Teddy Bear

I grabbed the first bear I got her from her display shelf in her room. I took it down and pushed his hand and the sound of a heartbeat filled the room. Her heart beat. I remember the day I recorded it when I was very pregnant and eager to meet my little princess.

biracial baby and her bear

I picked this bear because it reminded me of the one I had when I was a little girl. I named him Teddy Jr. After my Teddy.

I left him naked thinking someday my little girl can pick out clothes for him–If she chooses. I sorta like the look of naked bears.

Though she has a growing slew of stuffed animals and baby dolls, it appears she has a sweet spot for Teddy Jr. I secretly hope she’ll keep a special place in her heart for him a very long time, just as I did for mine.

And every time she pushes his hand to hear the thumping of it’s heart, I’ll smile and remember what that sound meant to me.


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  1. I always want to remember carrying my son. From the time I thought I might be pregnant to now, my love for him is constant and grows. I want to always remember that feeling!

  2. I will never forget the night when I laid Addy down to sleep and she asked for her Bear. She never had done that before and she has tons of bears so I grabbed on and gave it to her. Now she can’t sleep without him! πŸ™‚

  3. I hope I always remember the little things: her looking up at me as she nurses, the way she smiles big, the way she shakes her head “no”, … all that little stuff that is so DARN CUTE!

  4. I never want to forget the little things: morning hair, shy smiles, funny things they say, and definitely seeing big brother and baby sister together when I’m not loking. I keep a running Word document of random things I don’t want to forget about each one and each year I make a 100 page scrapbook through Shutterfly of all the good stuff so hopefully they can relive their childhood again and again when they are grown!

  5. I have a dog with my son’s heartbeat in it that I got at my 3D ultrasound. I couldn’t bear to part with it, so it sits on my dresser. My son has his own ratty dog though, that we got a thrift store for 50c. πŸ™‚

  6. My husband and I still have our childhood stuffed animal. My son has a “teddy” and my daughter has a “kitty”. She has expressed interest in having a “teddy” like her brother. I’d love to get her one like your daughters.

  7. I want to remember the sheer sweetness of my girl. I know it won’t last forever, but it will melt my heart forever.

    I had a bear I loved from the time I was three. Recently, I discovered my mom still has the bear! I’m trying to convince (bribe) her into sending it for my daughter.

  8. From my childhood I like to remember things that I did with my dad. He passed away when I was a young adult (early 20’s), so all of my memories of him are from my childhood/teenage years. I need to save those memories so that they don’t fade.

  9. Oh, thank you Jenn. I see it now.

    When I was little, my grandma made me a silky blanky that I adored! My mom says that getting me to go to bed was easy…because I got to be with my blanket πŸ™‚

    I got my son a handmade little lovey on etsy. It’s silky on one side and nubby on the other with his name and a cute little whale embroidered. He likes it, but it doesn’t compete with his My Pal Scout (which knows his name and sings and giggles.)

  10. I want to remember how much she adores me now. I know that as she grows older we will bump heads and disagree but I always want to hold on to those tight hugs and big kisses she gives me every day and how she seems to think I am Super Woman who can make everything better!

  11. That’s adorable that you got a bear like the one you had when you were little. It’s always fun to pass down things like that to children. My siblings and I each got a bear or a cabbage patch.

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