I showed it to my son who had a lot of fun practising his wave and then found if he put the stick sideways in his mouth he could also carry it round while he scurries on all fours. After letting him play for a while I sneaked it away to keep it safe for the big day.
I happened to mention I was hoping to get a flag about the size for a 1yr old to wave and possibly with the words 'Welcome home Daddy' across it. Less than a week later the postman struggles to push my mail through the door, (despite the fact my curtains are open and he can see me inside), and with a plop on the mat amidst the usual shower of junk was a packet with just such an item inside.
So I would like to say a big Thank You to Louise for her kindness and generosity. There really are some lovely people in the world.