This is 'Orange Raff', you may have met him before as he's been around for a good couple of years now.He has spent almost any many nights in the cot as Leo and he's always been there when it seems the world is ending. 'Orange Raff was once just plain Raff, or 'Mr G.Raff' if we're being a bit more formal. Named by Aaron and placed by Leo's head in his cot when he was a couple of weeks old it wasn't too long before he started to play a bigger role.
For many months it seemed as Leo would never notice him, every morning he was left to laze around in bed while Leo got up and faced each day. One morning though a long time ago now, Leo picked him up as he was lifted out the cot and gradually he became an extension of Leo's hand.
As Leo began to talk and started learning colours he would name the colour of everything he said. He struggled for a while with being able to pronounce 'orange' so at first it was actually 'Offinge Raff' but soon he figured it out and the name just stuck.
Orange Raff would often go AWOL resulting in a mad search of the apartment just before bedtime, or would have to sneak off to be washed and dried before anyone would notice. This prompted me to think about getting a stand in, just in case of emergencies.
|Spot the difference?|
Now it seems that Leo is not daft, he spotted straight away that something was not right and there was an imposter in our midst. I tried washing, squashing and even sleeping with the new Raff under my pillow but nothing but many months of love and cuddles (and ear chewing) was going to get us anywhere close, so we gave up and introduced 'Big Orange Raff' to the family.
The two Raff's now live happily side by side with Leo, Big Raff is welcomed but it will always be the little one that gets the most attention!
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