I fully admit, it was a moment of weakness. Vivian's hearing test went well, it was the holidays...
I'd never been in a Build-A-Bear Workshop before. We don't have one in Bozeman. The kids and I went in to check it out at Rimrock Mall in Billings while Mr. Yost was feeding Vivian her bottle after our lunch. We looked around a little and I thought I was going to be super tough. I had Mommy nerves of steel that would allow me to say "no" to any pleas for building a bear.
Then we watch other kids getting their chosen animals stuffed. The nice lady doing the stuffing has them pick out a heart to put into their animal. She tells them cute things like "rub it on your muscles to make your bunny strong" and "rub it on your belly so he'll feel better after all the doggy treats you'll feed him" and "close your eyes, hug it and make a wish for your new friend."
I was mush.
So, back to the front of the store we went to have them pick their animal. I honestly don't even remember if the kids asked for one. At that point I couldn't bear (no pun intended) leaving the store without one.
What is funny is that both kids picked animals that weren't bears. A dog for Stella and a bunny for Hudson.