Russell was born with monkey toes. Big, long, prehensile, he-still-grabs-us-with-them monkey toes.
Add to that a long-standing joke in our household about the "Birthday Hug Monkey" and we have ourselves a guaranteed baby nickname.
Russell is our Hug Monkey.
Which, of course, means that many of the toys we have gotten him have had monkeys on them. Like jungle mat:
A better pic of Monkey.
Even early on, monkey was a favorite (this one is from August)
and then there is the classic photo which will probably get shown to his prom dates: "When Monkeys Attack"
We have hundreds of photos of our Hug Monkey with his monkey
I suspect monkey will be loved for a while.
I know our Hug Monkey is.