While some other moms might be choosing to share a story of their children hugging the new Big Hugs Elmo as it came out of the box, my story is about me and the impact that his first hug had on me. It comes as no surprise that I have literally every Elmo and that he is important to me, because of how important he was to Zack. Since Zack died, it's almost as if Elmo embodies everything that was real and beautiful about my son. That might seem strange, but the truth is, it's so amazing that for me and for our family (especially Ty and Jayden), we have something tangible on earth to remind us. I will never forget hugging the REAL Elmo at Sesame Place and sobbing in his arms.
When Big Hugs Elmo arrived, I hadn't seen it, but knew that it was bigger and more interactive than any other Elmo. I had no idea that when I opened the box and held Elmo, wrapped his arms around my neck and hugged him, that it would feel as if my son was back in my arms. I captured the moment on camera to share that incredibly raw and meaning moment.
Since that moment, I have had many times when I just needed a hug- just to remember Zack and his own beautiful arms around me- so I grab my Big Hug Elmo and squeeze.
|Jayden and I in the "Hugging Booth" with Elmo!|
|Meeting Elmo at Beaches in Jamaica. Another memorable hug.|
I'm so thrilled to be giving away a Big Hugs Elmo on this blog!
Big Hugs Elmo loves getting hugs, but he really loves giving them! After getting a hug from Elmo, little ones can pretend along with him, and even dance, sing, nap, and cuddle with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street pal!
Hug your Big Hugs Elmo toy and he really hugs back! Dance and sing with Elmo! Move Elmo around and see how he responds! Pretend with 4 fun imagination scenarios about astronauts, rabbits, frogs and horses! Lay Elmo down and he gets sleepy and sings a lullaby!
Please comment below with a time when a hug really helped you get through a tough time and you could win (include your email addy or link to your personal FB page so I can contact you!)!
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Contest ends October 21st, 2013.
Disclaimer: I'm so thrilled to share my love of Elmo as one of the Big Hugs Elmo Ambassadors with PTPA. I've been compensated for writing this post, but the truth is....I would have done it for nothing!