Busy Phillipps' Emotional Saga About Leaving Her Daughter's Favorite Teddy Bear Behind Is The Best Thing You Will Read All Day

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Pretty much every parent can relate.

It's been a rollercoaster of a week for actress Busy Phillipps. 

The 38-year-old mother of two returned home from a family vacation to Hawaii on Monday to discover that her 9-year-old daughter Birdie Leigh was missing two of her beloved teddy bears.

She noticed the stuffed animals were gone when she started unpacking her 4-year-old daughter Cricket Pearl's suitcase. 

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Busy took to Instagram to admit that she had made "a total parenting fail" by leaving Radar and Flat Bear behind. 

I know it’s just a mistake and these things happen but f— … it’s the worst when you’re a parent and it’s your responsibility to keep everything straight,” said Philipps.


“I just feel like such a bad mom,” she continued. “And now I have to pick up the mess I made when I opened all of our suitcases and tore through them like a f—ing lunatic.”

Busy explained to her followers that one of the bears, Radar, was especially valuable because he was Busy's teddy bear when she was a kid. 

After spending the entire week calling hotel staff, laundry attendants and even getting the assistance of friends who were still staying at the resort, Busy was ecstatic to report that Radar had been found. 

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“I just landed in New York and I got a picture — they found the teddy bear in Hawaii. Yes!” Busy joyfully announced on Tuesday while still aboard a plane. "They found Radar. Which is the bear we were most concerned about."

Busy's friends, who were still staying at the hotel, went and retrieved Radar from the laundry facility so they could bring him home on their return flight that same day. The pilot even took a photo holding the bear. 

“I’m actually DEAD. EXTRA SPECIAL Thank you to @norahweinstein and Sloane, Austin at the @fshualalai and Darmie at United Laundry in Kona for FINDING BIRDIE’S BEAR. Flat bear is still on the loose but at least we have a happy ending for Radar!” 

Fingers crossed for Flat Bear. We're all pulling for you. 

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