Elvie and Lamby: A Valentine Love Story

When we knew that Elvie would be joining our family, Zinashi and I took a trip to Kansas City to see friends and family, knowing that it would be quite awhile before we’d be able to do it again. While our primary purpose was to see people we love, I had a secondary purpose: baby shopping in the spots I know best. While San Francisco has a lot to offer, and I could surely find anything I wanted in my new city, with just four months there, I hadn’t yet figured out the best spots to get what I want. In Kansas City, I have a favorite toy store, where they sell toys for kids big and small, and also have a nice selection of little things for tiny babies. It was there that I spied Lamby for the first time and had a hunch that he’d be just right. His little body is soft but nubbly, so it can take a lot of wear and still look good, and he’s got velvet feet and silky bits inside his ears and tail. We introduced Elvie to him on our very first meeting, and it didn’t take long for her to fall in love. The photos that follow tell the story of their enduring bond.

  • The Day They Met

    The Day They Met

    Sure, Elvie had eyes for another guy that day, but Lamby could wait. He just looked on patiently.

  • He Makes a Fine Pillow

    He Makes a Fine Pillow

    Once Elvie left the care center, she really needed to relax and get stronger. Lamby could help with that!

  • Finally, She Really Noticed Him, Looked at His Face and Liked Him

    Finally, She Really Noticed Him, Looked at His Face and Liked Him

    The insides of his ears are so silky. He knew she wouldn’t be able to resist for long.

  • When She Traveled to Her New Home in the USA, He Was By Her Side

    When She Traveled to Her New Home in the USA, He Was By Her Side

    He was so comforting, and she wanted to hold him all the time. She loved him; it was clear.

  • When She Checked Into the Hospital, He Was There

    When She Checked Into the Hospital, He Was There

    Always with a cheery smile to give, Lamby was a bright spot in dreary hospital days.

  • He Made Her So Happy

    He Made Her So Happy

    She always has a hug and a smile for her Lamby.

  • It Became Obvious That Their Favorite Thing to Do Was Nap Together

    It Became Obvious That Their Favorite Thing to Do Was Nap Together

    They’re both so snuggly. It only makes sense.

  • When a Cat Joined Their Naps, Lamby Didn't Even Flinch

    When a Cat Joined Their Naps, Lamby Didn’t Even Flinch

    He’s such a brave lamb. He will stay by Elvie’s side even when things get frightening.

  • When She Went Back to the Hospital, He Comforted Her

    When She Went Back to the Hospital, He Comforted Her

    Even though she couldn’t hold him with both hands, they were still together.

  • Elvie + Lamby = Joy

    Elvie + Lamby = Joy

    Just look at that grin! Lamby is the best!

  • Looking Deep Into His Eyes

    Looking Deep Into His Eyes

    And thinking about licking his nose. It’s just so pink and perfect!

  • When She Rode in the Big Girl Carrier for the First Time, Lamby Came Along

    When She Rode in the Big Girl Carrier for the First Time, Lamby Came Along

    She couldn’t leave Lamby out of the most important and exciting parts of her life.

  • They Love to Goof Off Together

    They Love to Goof Off Together

    This is Lamby’s saucy face. Elvie was already asserting that she was the goof in the relationship.

  • All Dressed Up and Ready to Attend a Party Together

    All Dressed Up and Ready to Attend a Party Together

    Lamby is always fancy enough or casual enough for any occasion. He’s the best party date a baby could ask for.

  • When She Needs Shade, Lamby Can Help With That

    When She Needs Shade, Lamby Can Help With That

    What a guy! He never lets her down.

  • As She Grew, Lamby Was a Constant in Her Life

    As She Grew, Lamby Was a Constant in Her Life

    He was her biggest supporter, cheering her on to get bigger and stronger.

  • Elvie Always Reaches for Lamby First

    Elvie Always Reaches for Lamby First

    Even when there are many more exciting toys around, he is her favorite.

  • When She Needs to Nap Face Down, Lamby Can Help

    When She Needs to Nap Face Down, Lamby Can Help

    He props her head up just enough so that she can breathe.

  • After Her Big Surgery, Lamby Was the First to Snuggle Up to Her

    After Her Big Surgery, Lamby Was the First to Snuggle Up to Her

    If he could talk, he would have said, “It’s all right. I’m here now.”

  • In Sunshine and Shade, Lamby is the One

    In Sunshine and Shade, Lamby is the One

    What would she do without Lamby? We don’t want to find out.

  • When She Needs Extra Comfort, Lamby Duplicates Himself

    When She Needs Extra Comfort, Lamby Duplicates Himself

    Lamby is magic like that.

  • He's the Best Peek-a-Boo Partner

    He’s the Best Peek-a-Boo Partner

    Where’s Elvie? Who knows? All we can see is that adorable guy, Lamby.

  • Lamby Even Likes to Shop With Her

    Lamby Even Likes to Shop With Her

    From a catalog or in a store, Lamby is there to help her decide what will look best.

  • So Happy Together

    So Happy Together

    Lamby has been a good friend and is the very best Valentine Elvie could hope for. This Valentine’s Day, they will surely celebrate together, snuggled up and cozy.

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