Kayla has a small collection of Shoulder Buddies. I think it's a sensory thing with the hair. She doesn't wear them on her shoulders with the circle coin-like magnet that comes with it, but instead she mostly just sleeps with them under her pillow. While we read books before bed, and as she's falling asleep, she'll 'brush' the hair across the palms of her hands, or just plays with the hair in general.
I let her take one with her to the first overnight camp she went to this summer. It didn't come home with her. I should've known better. I thought because she didn't carry it around with her every where she goes, and that it stays under her pillow, it would be ok. I called the camp and they looked in/around the bed, the shelves where they luggage/clothes were, the laundry room since bedding was already brought there, but I never heard anything back. They said no one remembers seeing it and it wasn't on the inventory sheet when they checked in her luggage. Which is strange because I put it it in the zippered part where her toiletries were kept. But she didn't come home with a pair of leggings either and they were on her inventory sheet.
It happens, I know. Things get lost at camp or end up going home with someone else.
She was really sad for awhile. Every night at bedtime she would say she wanted Fetti back. Unfortunately I haven't found it at any of the stores around here.
So Lucas got the idea to make her a replacement one. He tried drawing out the shape from looking at one of her other buddies, but then said he couldn't remember exact what it looked like. They each have their own logo on their bodies. So I pulled it up on the computer - it was listed on here, but is no longer - and then I told him I could just print out the picture for him.
I printed it out, he cut it out and then traced and cut out the outline for the back. He taped them together at the top and the bottom so the middle could open and have a sort of 3-D effect.
As my mom would say, "Bless his heart!" He can be so thoughtful and considerate sometimes! He surprised Kayla with his version of "Flat" Fetti. While she was surprised and thankful I know it's just not the same for her. She doesn't sleep with it under her pillow like she does with the rest (and Lucas even asked me why she doesn't). I think it's because she can't get the sensory feedback of the hair!
But I think this one is special because it was thought of and made with love from her brother.