Tuesday, September 06, 2011

My Carleigh Bear

If you are a member of this babylost community then it is very likely you have heard of a ministry called Molly Bears. In short, this ministry provides families with a bear weighted to the exact weight that their baby was. (To read the entire Molly Bear story CLICK HERE.) What a wonderful thing to provide for families. It is a great comfort to be able to hold something that was the exact same weight as your baby.
A while ago I put my name on the Molly Bear waiting list and I was #591. I decided just recently to ask about getting my own bear weighted. My friend Tamberly sent me a message saying if I sent my bear to her she would do it for me.
I sent my bear off on August 26th. The bear is just a simple bear I got from Walmart. It actually came with a tshirt but I took it off. This is the same kind of bear I donated to our hospital on Carleigh’s 2nd birthday and Kyndra and Lainey each have one to snuggle too. The bear is about 12 1/2 inches and so it’s about the length of what Carleigh was as she was 13 1/2 inches. Along with the bear I sent some yarn that is the same yarn that Carleigh’s blanket is made out of and also a heart with her name on it to go inside the bear. The heart is actually from Lea and it came with wings but the wings were too big to fit in the bear well so I had to take them off.
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On September 3rd, I got my Carleigh Bear from Tamberly. What a wonderful surprise it was! Tamberly was able to weight my bear exactly as she wasn’t sure if she could fit all the weight in since the bear was so small, but she made it work and that made me quite happy! She put a purple flower and purple buttons on my bear and also a bow from the yarn I sent. Thank you Tamberly! I just love my bear!
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It was so odd holding 3 lbs 15 oz in my arms again. It seemed so much heavier than I remember but the bear sure fit perfectly on my shoulder just like I used to hold Carleigh. I could’ve carried that bear around all day just like that.
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Next I showed the bear to my girls. Kyndra thought it was pretty neat and I explained to her that the bear weighed just as much as Carleigh when she was born.
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Lainey just loves teddy bears so she was all about snuggling with it but she couldn’t hold it by herself because she would fall over.
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My bear was funded in honor of Reese. Many thanks! I hope to donate in the future to be able to provide bears for others.

21 comments:

Kristin said...

What a beautiful gift! That picture of you and Carleigh is absolutely beautiful too.....such a precious baby!

Sarah said...

What a neat idea. I had no idea this even existed! I am going to look into it! I am so happy you do all of these wonderful things in Carleigh's memory....you and she help me now just like you did when I was carrying Connor!

Linda said...

A weighted bear!...That is an awesome way to fill a mother's empty arms after the loss of a baby.

I agree with Sarah's comment...you do wonderful things in Carleigh's memory...

Love, Linda

Mary said...

quel idée sympa...
j'adore cette photo de vous tenant carleigh, elle est seulement "parfaite".

Lissa Lane said...

Gorgeous wee bear. I donate weighted bears to the hospitals. :)

Jenny said...

My bear was funded by Reese as well :) but i was number 359 or some darn thing. Its strange isn't how they feel? Megan was 20lbs. I have a 20lb bear. Its so heavy, but when I pick it up and I put it on my hip it feels exactly right. Its exactly how she would sit, its just neat. If I had it do over again though, I think I wouldve went with a ligthter bear.

Caroline said...

So So beautiful. I love it.
I love all the pics but I especially remember that pic of Carleigh & you. So much love there. Carleigh is so beautiful.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your Carleigh bear is so pretty. I love Molly Bears and I have sent donations.

Elainna said...

Love the Carleigh Bear! So cute!

Lisette said...

Beautiful, I love Carleigh bear!!!

Laura said...

Love it!! BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL,, BEAUTIFUL!!! <3

Sarita Boyette said...

Love your Carleigh bear! I have a Meredith bear and it feels so heavy! It's supposed to be 4lbs, 6ozs, but I really think they got the numbers transposed and it is 6lbs, 4ozs, because it feels heavier than a 5 lb bag of sugar. Anyway, it is beautiful and I am thankful for it.

brigette said...

I love this! What a beautiful gift I am so glad you got it!!

Lori said...

Oh Holly...that picture just totally chokes me up. So, so beautiful. What a precious, precious little bear and way to share with the girls.

Lots of love!
xoxoxoxo

Jenn - aka honey or mom said...

So sweet! Oh to hold them again.

Amy von Oven said...

I'm not sure I would EVER put the bear down....what a great idea.

Jill said...

I love the bear and would probably always want to hold it!

Veronika said...

Ohh goodness, this bear is so pretty! That is so special that she weights the same as Carleigh and the purple bow from the blanket is awesome! That picture of you and Carleigh brought tears to my eyes, it is beyond beautiful! You are doing such a great job in keeping Carleighs memory alive. I think that is wonderful. You are an amazing person, Holly!

Trennia said...

such a beautiful gift!..love the pictures too!

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

That is so special and amazing. I love it...the purple embellishments are so perfect!! =) What a precious gift!

Rebekah said...

I hadn't heard of the Molly Bear project but I love the idea. It was special to me that Madalyn was the same birth weight as Levi- it would be nice having something permanent to hold.

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