This is Elefunk. Elefunk is one of two identical teddies that we made for Isobel in Build a Bear the day before her funeral. One Elefunk is beside my sleeping beauty Isobel, keeping her company. The other Elefunk is for us to hold, a poor substitute for Isobel, but a much loved and squeezed teddy. 

The reason we chose an elephant to be Isobel’s chum is because we decided that elephants are Isobel’s favourite animal. We went to Thailand for our honeymoon where elephants and elephant symbols are everywhere. I spent weeks 10-14 of the pregnancy there. We spent a day with a family of elephants in a sanctuary in the jungle. We washed and fed the elephants, and played in a waterfall with the baby elephant. We will always treasure those memories knowing our baby girl was experiencing our happiness too. 

Isobel’s room was to have a jungle theme, we had a jungle wall sticker with a special elephant ready to stick on her wall. Her bouncer has little elephants on it. Many of the gender neutral clothes we bought had elephants on them. When we were choosing Isobel’s first and unfortunately her only outfit, we decided to dress her in a beautiful white outfit with elephants and rabbits on her top and her hat. I now wear an elephant Pandora charm everywhere I go. 

Elephants will forever remind us of our gorgeous girl and an Elefunk never forgets 🐘

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