My sister gave us a gift card to Build A Bear and with it a little white circular thing. I was pretty confused when I opened it up, and then started crying as she explained it and I realized the gift. It was a recorder for us to take to our next doctor’s appointment to record Gabriel’s heartbeat. Then we would put the recorder in the bear we were going to build so that we will always have Gabriel’s heartbeat to listen to. Sisters are the best, aren’t they? She definitely knows my heart.
So we took the recorder to our next doctor’s appointment and recorded Gabriel’s heartbeat. That strong, powerful heartbeat. And then we went as a family to Build a Bear and built our Gabriel bear. Of course, we picked out the dog bear – that’s only fitting for our family. And of course, I didn’t take any pictures of the process. It was a fun time for our family. Jack warmed up pretty quickly there; he even gave a random 5 year old girl an unprompted hug. He didn’t want to participate in the bear stuffing and making activities until after we had finished them, and then he was pretty obsessed with the stuffing and the hearts. That sounds about right for these toddler days.
So we got our bear all made, got the recorder in his hand, made his birth certificate and brought him home. I knew I loved the idea when Lindsay told me about it, but I had no idea how much we’d love it. Jack has been hugging on our Gabriel doggy. He has been asking for it. In fact, the first night he wanted to sleep with it [he never asks to sleep with anything like that]. He is obsessed with listening to Gabriel’s heartbeat. He dances EVERY TIME we play his heartbeat. It is the most joyful, touching thing I’ve ever seen. It makes our hearts so happy to see Jack delighting in a piece of his baby brother. We know it’s a gift from God.
So every day I find myself longing to listen to that heartbeat and hug on that doggy-bear. None of us can get enough of it. Jack’s even giving the doggy-bear eskimo kisses.