Busy Philipps has been left heartbroken after suffering from a mishap many parents might be familiar with: leaving her daughter’s cherished teddy bears behind during a frantic packing session at the end of a family vacation.
The actress, 38, took to Instagram Stories late on Sunday night to detail the incident, after spending the past few days relaxing in Hawaii with her husband, screenwriter Marc Silverstein, 46, and their two daughters Birdie, nine, and Cricket, four.
But after what looked like an idyllic vacation, Busy was promptly brought back to reality when she opened the family’s luggage and realized Birdie’s two beloved bears were missing.
Heartbroken: Busy Philipps, 38, took to Instagram Stories late on Sunday night to explain her nine-year-old daughter’s favorite stuffed bears were left behind at a Hawaii hotel
Sorrow: The actress was distressed over the mishap, saying it left her feeling like ‘a bad mom and a failure’
‘Guys I ended our wonderful family vacation with a total parental fail. Birdie’s favorite bear, Radar, and her other bear Flat Bear were left,’ she said with tears in her voice in the first of 12 short videos chronicling the incident.
‘I called and housekeeping haven’t found them, so I think they were really tangled up in the sheets and they just went to the place where they wash the sheets and so hopefully tomorrow they’ll find them.
‘But it doesn’t make anything better and of course all of Cricket’s animals made it back. I feel like such an a**hole.’
There was ‘a lot of confusion’ during packing, Busy explained, because the family’s vacation ended on Easter, and Cricket wanted to go do an Easter egg hunt.
As a result, Busy packed half of the belongings, then left while Marc was doing the other half, leading to the mishap.
Mishap: Birdie’s favorite bear, Radar, and her other bear Flat Bear were left,’ Busy said with tears in her voice in the first of 12 short videos chronicling the incident
Retracing her steps: The mother now believes the bears were tangled up in bed sheets and hopes they will turn up soon
Back to reality: Busy spent the past few days relaxing in Hawaii with her husband, screenwriter Marc Silverstein, 46, and their two daughters, Birdie, nine, and Cricket, four
Happier times: Before the heartbreaking incident, the actress shared several joyful snaps of her family vacation in Hawaii
Vacation: Just two days ago, Busy posted a photo of Birdie pulling a face at the breakfast table, with a bowl of cereal in front of her
‘And I know it’s just a mistake and these things happen, but it’s the worst when you’re a parent and it’s your responsibility to keep everything straight and…’ Busy added in her tearful update.
‘[Birdie] was just so heartbroken, and I was, like, I knew it as soon as I opened up the suitcases to get Cricket’s stuff out for bed, I was like I didn’t see Radar and Flat Bear, I was like f**k f**k f**k.’
Busy is now waiting to find out whether the bears can be recovered, and said the hotel has agreed to call the laundry service providers in the morning to inquire about the bears.
‘Just keep your fingers crossed that they find these f***ing bears,’ she said.
The actress then explained the ordeal has brought her ‘back to reality’, adding: ‘I feel like such a bad mom.
‘And now I have to pick up the mess I made when I opened all our suitcases and tore through them like a f***ing lunatic. Look.’
She then pointed her camera towards the piles of clothing left from her desperate search for the bears.
Enjoying herself: The actress shared this bikini snap taken during her Hawaii trip
Trip: She and her family clearly had a great time exploring Hawaii and its gorgeous beaches
Cheers! Busy also made a point to chronicle her love of Mai Tais, and shared several snaps of herself sipping cocktails during the relaxing stay
Adventure: She and Marc went on what Busy called a ‘field trip’, and took this happy picture
Going out: The family’s vacation also included a bit of partying
Outfit: Busy shared this photo of Marc and joked that he is committed to ‘wearing male rompers’ while on vacation
Drinks: She also posted this snap of herself with writer Simran Baidwan, explaining they had decided to get ‘Mai Tais that were roughly the size of [their heads’
Enjoy! Busy also posted this shot of her daughter Cricket tucking into ice cream at 9:30 in the morning, writing that ‘no one does vacation’ quite like her youngest
‘I understand there’s, like, perspective and I get it, but it’s just one of those things where I feel like a bad mom and a failure,’ Busy added.
To make matters worse, Radar was her own bear when Busy was a child, and Birdie had just written a text as part of her English class explaining the bear was her ‘most prized possession’, precisely because it once belonged to her mother.
‘Look, I get it,’ Busy said. Half laughing, half crying, she added: ‘We’re all healthy, made it back in one piece. They’re just stuffed animals. She’ll recover. She’s resilient. I don’t know if I will.’
Before the heartbreaking incident, the actress shared several joyful snaps of her family vacation in Hawaii, chronicling her love of Mai Tais and rainbow snow cones.
She shared photos of herself happily posing in giant sunglasses, on one occasion with a lei around her neck, at times with gorgeous beaches as her background.
Just two days ago, Busy posted a photo of Birdie pulling a face at the breakfast table, with a bowl of cereal in front of her, and wrote in the caption: ‘On vacation, Birdie is deeply committed to Fruit Loops from the breakfast buffet and giving me faces when I try to take her picture.’