So "B" has been with us since Katie was born. Gradually we have seen 'her' fall apart piece by piece. Katie sleeps with it over her ear every night. During the day she chews on it.....which hasn't helped it's life span. When we wash "B", it is only by the grace of a tightly knotted pillow case that it survives. We think we are in the final week or two of "B's" 5 + years with us. I'm not sure if it will be harder for me or Katie when we actually have to throw it away. The three pictures of "B" are in the various stages of its life.