Note on 9/26/09: Max has been adopted.
And, as for Chip (also known as Chiparoo to our girls), the girls were not ready to let me sell him either. I kept hearing pleas of, "But I might want him for Christmas!" However, now they have decided they would like me to make each one of them a larger bear for Christmas so that they can go buy baby clothes from the stores. Our youngest has been quite dismayed that all the new baby cousins in our family have been boys because she wants to be able to buy the "cute, little girl" clothes for them. She reckons that a cuddly big teddy bear should remedy this problem.
As for my secret bear project and my own teddy bear, I'll be posting sneak peeks tomorrow!