The day that Bunny went missing…

Jasmine’s favourite toy is small, pink Jellycat rabbit.

We refer to him as ‘Bunny’. And we call him a ‘him’ because I don’t want to reinforce stereotypical views that pink is ‘only a girls colour’. But that’s a subject for another day.

Jasmine has had Bunny since she was only a few days old, he was chosen for her by a friend of our family’s young son.

When I lay Jasmine down in her cot at night, the first thing she does is reach out for him, before her head and body has even touched the mattress.

Bunny has brought Jasmine comfort when she’s been ill or teething.

Bunny is often soggy from where Jasmine sucks his ears and bites his nose. And, depending on how long ago he was washed, he generally doesn’t smell too fresh either.

Despite my best efforts to convince Jasmine to leave bunny at home when we go out, she grips onto him tightly and alas, he goes everywhere we go. And up until now, it’s been fine.

But on Saturday the 25th April 2015 – Bunny went missing.

I think every parent goes through the ‘Oh sh*t, we’ve lost our kid’s favourite toy’ stage at some point. I didn’t think it would happen to us quite so soon. Some people get lucky, and thanks to social media, often get their children’s much loved, tired-looking toy back. Some find replacements easily. And sometimes it’s not that much of a big deal.

It was an average Saturday, the sun was shining and our town centre was buzzing. There’s always lots of people around on Market Day. We’d only been in town a couple of minutes and headed into Debhenhams to find Stephen some clothes to wear for a wedding we have coming up. It had been no more than 10 minutes since we left the car park and we’d only walked a few hundred metres.

As Stephen browsed the shirts, I pushed Jasmine around in the pushchair behind him. I glanced down to see her small, empty hands. Bunny had gone.

“Stephen!”

“What?”

“Bunny!”

“Eh?”

“Bunny’s gone!” I said, pointing towards Jasmine’s lap.

He glanced down and spotted the same pair of empty hands that I had. No more words were needed. We zoomed around that men’s department 5, 6, 7 times! We frantically brushed aside any obstructions – people, fallen garments, hanging rails. My heart was beating a million miles an hour. I had to find that damn rabbit. After several panicked minutes we came to the conclusion that Jasmine must’ve dropped Bunny before we had entered the shop. The last known sighting was in the lift at the multi-strorey car park – where I had specifically instructed Jasmine to ‘hold on tight to Bunny’. *sigh*

Back to the car park we headed, carefully re-tracing our steps as we went. We argued about whether or not we had walked to the right or the left of the hot dog van. We were wasting precious time. There were people everywhere. I glanced at the children we passed, ready to snatch Bunny back from anyone who may have picked him up. We looked on walls and pillars but there was no sign of him. We’d made it back the car park and we ere empty handed. Bunny was gone. Lost. Never to be seen again.

“Well, this does not look good.” I said to Stephen, feeling extremely downbeat. “The first 24 hours are the most critical, if we’re ever going to find him.”

Stephen laughed. I laughed – even though I was being semi-serious. I realised how ridiculous this all was.

Jasmine hadn’t quite worked out what all the fuss was about but we knew she would notice Bunny had gone eventually. I knew things wouldn’t be the same without him.

SM3

We immediately went and bought another small, pink Jellycat rabbit. An exact duplicate. As I placed it next to the till, Jasmine put her arms up to reach out for it… “Uh! Uh! Uh!” – the noise she makes when she is desperate to hold Bunny – and I felt a bit sad. Because this wasn’t the Bunny she knew and loved.

His fur was clean and soft. He didn’t smell like Bunny. He wasn’t the Bunny from all the photos we have from her first year on this earth. He wasn’t the bunny that was chosen for her when she was a few days old.

But she didn’t know any different.

I passed him over to her and she immediately nibbled his nose (just like she always does) and then hugged him tight.

I know I’ve a terrible habit of anthropomorphising things (remember Jeffery?). But I can’t help it.

My daughter lost her favourite toy and I was more upset than she was.

And I can’t help but wonder where he ended up?

I just hope Bunny is making someone as happy as he made Jasmine.

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  1. Avatar April 30, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    We literally had this happen to us when we were in bluewater a few months ago – you should have seen us racing around to find bunny haha. Luckily she was found but I still dread to think what would happen if we lost her. Indies obsessed and won't take her back up one :s xx

    • Avatar May 1, 2015 / 4:31 pm

      Oh God, you were very lucky to find it in Bluewater! I'm starting to think we should get an extra bunny and alternate them so that if we ever lose one again then we already have another that's 'Jasminefied'. xx

  2. Avatar May 1, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    This haven to us with Geoffrey giraffe, we were so upset ha ha, thank goodness you were able to find a replacement and I love love love picture number 3 its brill ,so cute xx

    • Avatar May 1, 2015 / 4:32 pm

      Oh no, poor Geoffery the Giraffe? It is upsetting, isn't it? Glad it's not just me. I'm so glad she took to the new one. Might not be so lucky next time.

      Heh, thanks – Jasmine was only 10 weeks old in the astronaut photo. xx

  3. Avatar May 1, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    DH was in charge of the pushchair when we lost our jellycat bunny, with dummy attached to the ear. I still haven't forgiven him for missing the fact that it went missing on his watch. The Girls (now five and six) still tell the story to remind him. That Astronaut image is awesome!

    • Avatar May 2, 2015 / 4:31 pm

      Oh no!! I wish I could blame my OH but Bunny was definitely under my watch at the time. I am KICKING myself!

      Heh, thank you – one of my fave photos of my girl (and Bunny) ever. :) xx

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      May 2, 2015 / 6:26 pm

      Makes me think of the Emily Brown story, when the Queen steals Stanley. Only chewed, tatty, imperfect toys have that 'special quality', because they have been properly loved to bits (literally!). We bought a spare 'standby' Room on the Broom witch, when we had a 'near miss', but the grubby, bobbly one is the one our daughter has loved so much. We'll save the new one for our second (baby) daughter.

    • Avatar May 2, 2015 / 8:48 pm

      I'm not familiar with that story but I can see what you mean. Tatty toys definitely have a 'special quality'. Hurrah for grubby, bobbly toys that make our children happy. :) xx

  4. Avatar May 2, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    So upset for you right now! Could cry! Would feel the same if Lottie or Harry lost their beloved teddies! Bring back Bunny! Bless her (and you) xx

    • Avatar May 2, 2015 / 8:45 pm

      Is it sad that we went into town today and still ended up looking for him? I think we will for quite a while. We really are quite sad about it. You never know, he might turn up – the dirty stop out! xx

  5. Avatar May 2, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    Bunny clearly thought it was time for a brand new adventure and one day he will come back and tell you and Jasmine all about it <3 xxxxxxx

    • Avatar May 2, 2015 / 8:47 pm

      Aw, that's a great way of looking at it. A new adventure for Bunny. :) xx

  6. Avatar May 3, 2015 / 8:51 am

    We have through this lots, my eldest had a teddy, George we called him, he still has him in bed now, but he is George the 3rd as 2 of them went on adventures somewhere else. A has a comfort blanket teddy that he loves, it was only cheap from Card Factory but he loves it and they have stopped selling it, queue panic if I think I've lost it. I'm glad she was happy with her new one though, its not the same but at least it saves the upset. x

    • Avatar May 4, 2015 / 7:29 pm

      Haha, I cannot believe you're on your 3rd George teddy?! Madness! It is real if the item has been discontinued. I'm glad Jasmine's is a Jellycat as they're fairly easy to get hold of. I'm glad she took to it too, I would've hate to have seen her upset over it. xx

  7. Avatar May 3, 2015 / 9:31 am

    Oh, I'm awful about anthropomorphising things – especially stuffed toys. I'm tearing up for YOU (and Jasmine, but mostly you, lol!) Perhaps you should call this one Bunny II in memory of Bunny?

    • Avatar May 4, 2015 / 7:30 pm

      I'm glad it's not just me who does it. Seriously, even our dog has a voice. *cough* Haha, we have called it Bunny II but only when Jasmine's not in earshot! ;) x

  8. Avatar May 3, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    Aw we lost my sons blankie once luckily we found it but I had some panic first! I'm glad little doesn't seem to notice but I know what you mean we've had teddies go and I've found lost toys too that were never claimed, one sits on my daughters bed, owner never found! But she's well looked after so I hope bunny is sat on someone else's bed in a house like mine :) x

    • Avatar May 4, 2015 / 7:32 pm

      Aw, I'm glad you found your son's blankie! That does make me feel a lot better, the thought of Bunny sat at the end of another child's bed being well looked after. Fingers crossed that's what happened to him! xx

  9. Avatar May 4, 2015 / 12:00 am

    Aww I am glad you managed to get a replacement though! My little one is obsessed with his blanket, a blanket that is now tattered and torn and holes all over the place and we cannot find the same blanket anywhere!!!

    • Avatar May 4, 2015 / 7:36 pm

      Me too, fortunately the Jelly Cat rabbits are relatively easy to find! I was obsessed with a blanket when I was a child. I sucked on it so much that it eventually disappeared. x

  10. Avatar May 5, 2015 / 5:53 pm

    Oh this made me a little sad, I'm far to soppy about teddies to read things like this! I'm glad she didn't know any different and you were able to replace him, that photo of her as if she is in space is adorable! My eldest has a cat that belonged to my brother and we are so careful as he really cannot be replaced but the twins have £3 rabbits from Ikea…I have back ups already just in case!! xx

    • Avatar May 5, 2015 / 10:24 pm

      I'm glad I'm not the only soppy person when it comes to teddies. You would've thought we would've grown out of it by now, eh?! I'm really pleased that Jasmine took to the new Bunny too but I can't help feeling sad that it's not the same one that she's had all this time. It's silly but it doesn't feel the same knowing it's a new jellycat toy. Let's hope we will be more careful with this one. £3 ikea rabbis are a wise choice – Jellycats are ruddy expensive to keep replacing! xx

  11. Avatar May 5, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Aww! This is so sad!
    My eldest is the same with his sock dog 'Darry' he goes everywhere with him and he's currently getting to the point where most people would declare him not worthy.. but he's been a part of our family for over 4 years and whilst yes his stuffing is all lumpy and it makes him look like he's terribly obese and all floppy up top but he's been there so long that even I've become a little attached to him haha!
    We call him the family dog and I felt so sad reading this because once we lost Darry in Morrisons and we couldn't find him – I think I was more heartbroken than my boy! Luckily a member of staff found him whilst cleaning up under shelves.. he was back in time for bed – Freddie? none the wiser!
    X

    • Avatar May 5, 2015 / 10:27 pm

      My heart actually hurts reading about Darry the Dog – seriously, I have such a soft spot for tattered old toys that it's ridiculous. After 4 years I can see why you'd also be quite attached to him! I'm so glad you got him back after losing him in Morrisons. We left our number with the staff at Debenhams but never heard anything back so I guess we're not going to be so lucky. :( xx

  12. Avatar May 6, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Oh this is so sad!! Lovely post Jenna – I've missed you. I've not been feeling 'myself' for a quite a while now but am trying to reconnect with other bloggers. Well done on being featured on the front page! Nicki @ ON THE CHANGING MAT xx

    • Avatar May 6, 2015 / 10:21 pm

      Thank you, Nicki. :)

      Aw, I've missed you too – I noticed you've been quiet. Hope all is OK and that you start feeling yourself again soon. It doesn't take very long to feel out of the loop when it comes to blogging but it doesn't take long to get back into it again either. Just remember why you started, enjoy what you do and it'll come. :) xx

  13. Avatar May 8, 2015 / 7:51 pm

    Ah yes, the lost toy dilemma! We lost "Puppy" on the plane in LA! Luckily I "found" puppy in an airport shop. haha. Love, love, LOVE your little space photo!!! I wish I did that with my boys. xx 2littlefaces

    • Avatar May 8, 2015 / 10:24 pm

      Hahaha, well thank goodness for that! ;)

      Aw thank you, it's my favourite photo ever! xx

  14. Avatar May 9, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    Oh love! We have Flopsy Bunny (a bigger, honey-coloured version of Bunny) and Busby dropped her on a station platform a few months ago… I leapt off the train (just as it was about to leave) to get the bl**dy rabbit, and the train almost went without me; luckily the train conductor saw me acting like a woman demented for a toy rabbit and let me in her cab! I know exactly what you went through there!!!! Lucky you managed to find a Bunny replacement – but I know what you mean, it's not the same!

    Thanks for linking up to #TWTWC xxx

    • Avatar May 9, 2015 / 9:07 pm

      Ha, do you know what? I think I remember reading about that incident on your blog. The things we do! I'm glad you managed to retrieve Flopsy Bunny though – what a close call! I think I may get an extra Bunny and start rotating them around in case we lose one again because I think Jasmine will become harder to fool as she gets older! And no, it's definitely not the same. :( xx

  15. Avatar May 10, 2015 / 7:13 am

    My LO has 'Pelle' the elephant which was given to him by one of my best friend's mum. It's a Jellycat called 'Bashful Blue Ellie Comforter'. Google it, you will NOT find it.
    I know this, because that's just what I had to do when the nursery lost it. After a night of poor baby lying in my bed on my tummy whipering and his hands searching for Pelle in his sleep, the Google search was extended and Jellycat Ellie was located. A seller on Amazon USA had some in stock! More than one!
    So off goes the order. Let's get TWO, just so this never happens again. £12 for the toy, express delivery (we need to minimise sleepless whimpering nights) and of course, the import duty and courier handling fees that Amazon US now insist of charging.
    £50 and 2 days later, I return home from work after having picked up little one from nursery. Where, guess what, Pelle was found! Just as my neighbour approaches me with a parcel the DHL guy had left with him to sign for.
    Well, I guess 3 is better than none, right?

    • Avatar May 10, 2015 / 4:19 pm

      Haha, oh no!! Typical!

      I'm now terrified that Jelly Cat might discontinue their pink rabbits and suddenly have the urge to go out and panic buy about 10 of them. I'm glad you managed to track 'Pelle' down… even if you did end up with 3 of them! ;) x

  16. Avatar May 10, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    This is my worst nightmare! Both of our kids are obsessed with their individual jellycat favourites- I've always thought they would be easy to replace but I've never considerd how that might make me feel. Our children are 3.5 and 5 and I still can't imagine life without wonky donks and a The Rats!

    • Avatar May 10, 2015 / 10:07 pm

      Yes, I felt the exact same way "Oh at least her favourite toy is a Jellycat, can buy it any old where!" BUT I am truly sad that we lost THE bunny. The one that she had for the first year of her life. It's been over a fortnight and I'm still really sad. Don't make the same mistake I did! :) xx

  17. Avatar May 13, 2015 / 11:25 am

    This is SUCH a great post. We've all been there haven't we (judging by the comments above!). Our first daughter who is now no longer with us, lost her bunny in Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast. I raced about looking EVERYWHERE. I finally, luckily found 'bun' lying forlornly at the foot of an escalator. SO glad we found her, for so many reasons.

    • Avatar May 14, 2015 / 11:57 am

      Thanks so much, Nick! :)
      It would seem a lost toy is a common occurrence, indeed!
      I'm so pleased you found 'Bun'. x

  18. Avatar August 5, 2015 / 7:50 am

    This post made me really sad. Poor Bunny! Little Miss H dropped her Rosie rabbit when we were out shopping a few months ago. I got really emotional and was in a real panic. Luckily, after retracing my steps for half an hour we found her. I never thought I would be so relieved to find a small white rabbit. A brilliant post lovely. And I’m so glad that Jasmine loves Bunny 2. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • Jenna October 2, 2015 / 9:46 am

      Phew, I’m glad you found Rosie rabbit. I didn’t think I’d be that upset about losing her bunny but it had so many memories attached to it. Bunny No.2 is look pretty worse for wear these days and now you’d never know the difference! xx

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