Tuesday, September 26, 2006

6 Month Celebration - Part II: Building a Bear for Hannah!

After leaving Julie's (see Part I), Norma, Shirley and I headed to Vaughan Mills Shopping Mall. Following the theme of the day, I enjoyed a lunch of Chinese food purchased at 'New Wok, New Wok.' :o) Started with chopsticks and lasted ummm...about 3 mins. If I hadn't switched to a fork we'd still have been there 2 hours later! Note to self: Work on chopstick skills prior to China!

The main event of the afternoon was building a bear for Hannah! I purchased an Asian dress for a bear last spring and was waiting for the perfect time to Build a Bear. What better day then 6 month celebration day?!!!

Norma, Shirley and I took our job very seriously! There were so many styles of bears to choose from and after trying the dress on no less than 5 colours/styles we knew that this bear was perfect for Hannah! It already looks well loved...just like Hannah is!

After selecting the bear I got in line with the rest of the adults kids and prepared to fill bear with stuffing and love! My favourite part of this step was choosing a heart for bear, giving it a big 'ol kiss for Hannah, and then placing it in the bear. Yup...it's official! My baby girl has stolen my heart already!

After she was stuffed with love, it was time for fluffing and Bear's very first 'bath!' Wanting to share the fun with Norma and Shirley they helped out with her first bath. Norma will be helping out for real when we go to China so figured there's no time like the present to start preparing ourselves. Hmmm...wonder how she is with dirty diapers? I'm sure I'll need help with those!

The final step before officially being boxed up ready to go home was at the Birth Certificate stop. Bear was officially named, 'China Doll' by Mommy. Yah...not very original! So glad I've had much longer then 2 mins. to name Hannah or you never know what I might have come up with!

When it was time to check out it was neat because the girl cashing me out was born in China! She shared about how her mother helped her name her son and daughter when they were born, ensuring both their Chinese and Canadian names had meanings they liked. It will be exciting to learn Hannah's Chinese names someday and learn what their meanings are in English. Such an important part of her beginnings!

Here is Hannah's beautiful bear posing in the yard at John and Norma's. Too cute! It will be the very first bear that is placed in Hannah's crib waiting for her to come home!

So there you have it. A day at Build a Bear. We had fun, laughed and yes, I teared up a little too. It's just a bear but, it's Hannah's bear and that makes all the difference!


  1. Love it! My mom just ordered the build-a-bear panda online for Jadyn. You can't find the panda in the stores but nothin' stops my mama!

    I can't wait to see how the bear turns out. She'll have a recorded message from grandma inside. Too cool :0)

  2. Very fun!! It looks like you all had a great time and I'm sure that building the bear for Hannah held a very special meaning for you. She will love it!

  3. Cute! Hannah will fall in love with that little bear. Guaranteed. :-)

  4. How fun! Looks like you had a good time. That's a great way to spend a six month LID anniversary. We are also going to build a bear for our little one but we're going to wait for our referral to see if it's a girl or a boy. I know the chances are very slim to get a boy, but you just never know - we didn't specify.

    Don't forget to post a picture of "China Doll" waiting for Hannah in her crib. :)


  5. What a lovely way to commemorate the 6 month mark! Adorable and huggy..just like Hannah will be!

    Keep smilin!

  6. What a great idea! I loved that you got to kiss the heart and give her your love. A special bear for a special girl!

    Janet T.

  7. Your China Doll is toooo cute!!

    Wasn't it fun to make something so special for Hannah??!!!

    I can't wait to give Annaliese her bear filled with "6" hearts!!!

    Love ya!


  8. What a wonderful day...I think putting so much effort and thought into something like this makes you feel closer to your Hannah!

  9. Isn't Build-a -Bear the best! We made one for Naomi when we visited NY City in the spring. then I found out we have one here in Quebec ... !!

    Very cute bear! I'm sure Hannah will love it!


  10. The idea to Build a Bear actually came when Dawn and her boys built one for Annaliese. I thought it would be something fun to do during the wait and the 6month mark ended up being the day.

    Thanks for the great idea Dawn! Annaliese will be one blessed littel girl when she receives her bear with 6 hearts in it!


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