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A Tale of Three Ernies

When Levi was around ten months old, we took him to Sesame Street Live. He got to pick out a toy and he chose a little stuffed Ernie. Not long after that, he really took to him and had to sleep with him every night. Before Ernie, Levi never had any sort of attachment to a stuffed animal or blanket. It was so cute seeing him curled up in his crib with his pal Ernie and every night before bed he would say, "a packy Ernie! a packy Ernie!", and we would give him his pacifier and Ernie and he was out like a light. So precious.


Here is his beloved Ernie today.


He's looking a little worn and tattered due to his numerous cycles through the wash and countless nights slung about in bed. But he remains a faithful little pal. And Levi loves him.

Last year, when we had Levi's Sesame Street Birthday Party, we picked up a new Ernie as part of the decor, since his real Ernie wasn't in the best shape. We keep this Ernie in our room now for the times Levi crawls in bed with us or if the real Ernie is misplaced and it's time for bed. Listen to me - the REAL Ernie. Oh dears. What have I become?

The other day, Levi picked him up and said, "this isn't regular Ernie, this is Steve Ernie." I bursted into a fit of laughter and asked him why he calls him Steve Ernie, and he replied, "because that's his name."

Meet Steve Ernie.


It makes me laugh how different these Ernie's look. Steve Ernie is much more fresh, but regular Ernie is more cuddly. And it looks like regular Ernie has had a haircut or two in his day. Believe it or not, regular Ernie had a bountiful head of hair in his day. Bless his stuffed little cotton heart. Such a trooper, that Ernie.


The other day, we were perusing the aisles of Target and Levi spotted a little something special. "A baby Ernie! A baby Ernie for baby Ezra! Can we get that for him, Mommy?" How could I resist my eager little angel, and yet another Ernie in our home?


Obviously, I couldn't. Levi is beyond excited to give Ezra his Ernie, and it's just the sweetest thing!

So as you can see, Ernie has a special place in our hearts and our home. All three of them: Regular Ernie, Steve Ernie and Baby Ernie.


I am a modern day homemaker with a passion for family, cooking, celebrating, decorating, travel, and memory making! The Lord has blessed me with the desires of my heart in my husband and our two sons. We recently built our dream home and cultivating a loving and happy haven for my family is where I find so much joy.


  1. How sweet! Levi is already a great big brother.

  2. Aww! He is going to be awesome.. and I love how he named him Steve!! Too sweet.

  3. This post reminds me of my brother when we were kids. He absolutely LOVED Ernie! We had Ernies all over the house. In fact, my mother even gifted him a ceramic Ernie Christmas ornament and he loved it. She still puts Ernie up on the tree every year! Ernie is so cute!

  4. That is just too cute! My oldest (who turned 3 in Febraury) also has a love for Ernie and also had a Sesame Street 2nd birthday party, but a few weeks ago we were going through his stuffed toys/animals (because his bed was almost overflowing with them) and Ernie was one of the ones he was willing to let go of. Ernie is now put away waiting on baby brother to pull him out. =)

  5. How adorable! I love that he picked out an Ernie for Ezra. What a little sweetheart!

  6. This is just the most precious thing! My daughter is 9 months and has yet to show attachment to any lovey or stuffed animal--maybe soon :)

  7. I LOVE it!! Baby Ernie is the cutest thing, but that Levi wants to give it to Ezra? Even cuter!!! What a sweet precious boy!

  8. New reader to your blog! I think you and your family are just adorable. Love the 3 Ernies!

  9. My son has an Ernie attachment, it was my brothers from the late seventies! I love the way he says Ernie too.
    I saw those baby Sesame Street characters, so cute!
    Lovely that you've documented the arrival of baby Ernie to tell the boys when they're older. We mommas tend to forget some details :)
    And so true about "real" Ernie, fun stuff.

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  11. Hello :) I found your blog a few months ago and have been following it ever since. My husband is a 2nd year resident (Louisville, KY) and if I understood correctly, you are the wife of a resident too!? :) I enjoy reading about your little one. Thanks for a good blog :)


  12. Awww! I love it! I can't wait to see what Wyatt pics out for his cuddle buddy. I hope it's something cute! Like Steve Ernie! :-)


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