Pachi was a gift to Emma from a dear friend of Robert's. We were given Pachi at a "Meet Emma Shower" that was given for us by the folks at the plant. This shower was the first official time that anyone outside of my sister had met our daughter, so it really was a very big deal for all three of us! For almost 6 months after Emma came home, it was just the three of us. We didn't go out much, except maybe to the park for walks or to play in the yard. The agency that helped us adopt Emma suggested that for the first few months that we be the only 'care-takers' of Emma so that we could bond as a family...i took these instructions very seriously, so for most of the time, it was just me and Emma as Robert worked and traveled.
Pachi and Mr. Moo were Emma's constant friends. Slowly, Mr. Moo faded to the side and Pachi took front and center as Emma's go-to friend. Emma named this pink elephant "Pachi"....we aren't sure where this name came from, but Emma babbled it out one morning and the name stuck like glue. Pachi has been there for crawling, standing, walking, running, rides in the stroller, first trips and vacations...you name it, Pachi has been there for Emma.
After five years of love, slobber, and being carried around by her ear, well, a stuffed pink elephant takes a beating. One elephant ear was barely hanging on, the tail, well, was also just hanging on and Pachi's stuffing wasn't so 'fluffy' anymore. And of course, somewhere along the line, Pachi started looking like a grey elephant instead of the pink elephant he was.
Action was required!
On Friday, after dropping Emma off at school, i decided to try and 'freshen' up our well-loved friend. First, i had to 're-stuff' Pachi. Luckily, there was a hole already near his barely hanging on ear, so i stuffed him through that hole. After i finished stuffing my patient, i then had to sew his ear back on. I come from a very long line of excellent seemstresses, but too bad for me that this skill seemed to skip over me totally. I do think, however, that i did a pretty good job with Pachi's ear.
The next task was to wash Pachi....because Pachi was starting to smell just like elephant dung.
I threw Pachi in the washer with some oxi-soap stuff and did a super-wash on him.
When the washer stopped, i was a little hesitant to open the washer door. What if i didn't do the stuffing right? What if his ear totally came off in the 'super' wash setting? Emma would be crushed if anything ever happened to Pachi...
I peeked in the washer, and there was a FLUFFY AND VERY PINK PACHI!
In fact, Pachi looked like he had gained a little bit of weight....
Into the dryer Pachi went....and when he was finished drying, it was already time for me to pick up Emma from school. And of course, that's when i really started to worry. What if she hated fluffy, pink Pachi and wanted old, raggy Pachi back? Then what would i do?
Emma climbed into the back seat and instantly saw Pachi sitting in her sear with a snack. She snatched him up...and squeaks "PACHI!! YOU SMELL SOOOO GOOD!! MOMMY, YOU DID A GOOD JOB!! I LOBE HIM!!"
Melt my heart....
All the way home, Emma is chatting to Pachi.
I am secretly thrilled that my poor sewing skills and my make-over of Pachi is a huge success.
Pachi seems to have many years ahead of him of being Emma's best buddy....and he is now in much better shape (even if i did stuff him a bit too much!) to take on that job!