"What are you doing for Ada's birthday?" (December 19th)
"Do you have a Christmas list for her yet?" (Christmas isn't until December 25th mind you)
Talk about getting a head start on the holidays.
To humor all of the generous people who enjoy spoiling my child, here is what I've come up with as a suggested list of interests and possible gift ideas:
*Rick and I have a parental preference for things that:
- don't contain lead (crazy I know)
- don't have small parts she can choke on
- are wooden or from Oompa Toys
- don't say "some assembly required" (come on, I have to put that out there)
- won't cost us a monthly/annual upkeep fee
- don't have annoying buttons that she can hit over and over and over to drive me insane(Like the pink pony that says --"I'm a magical unicorn, rainbow colors and glowing horn. We'll have so much fun today, when you come with me and play." --she really likes it but it sure does test my sanity some days!)
- won't cause massive bodily harm to our feet when we step on them while barefoot
- are safe to be chewed on (everything goes into her mouth at some point)
- encourage her to use the potty (will the diaper stage ever end?)
- fit in her room (preferably in a nice, neat little space like her storage bins, dresser, or closet)
- won't leave permanent marks on my floors, walls or the front of my dishwasher
- are educational
- increase the value of her college fund
- are durable enough to be passed on
- are good for the environment
- can fit in our car so we can get them home
- will entertain her for more than just the day she opens them
- aren't all pink
- are musical - Most parents would be against toys that make a lot of noise. Ada has such a strong interest in music that I can't deprive her of that joy and therefore I kindly request that any musical instruments are accompanied by earplugs for Rick and I. And don't anyone go crazy and think I mean a full size drum set or piano. It won't fit in her room. She's not going to be backup drummer for any rock band that I know of anytime soon. Give it a couple of years. Drum, Flute, Maracas, Piano, Tambourine, Xylophone, etc.
- encourage her to dance. - Music with a beat (along the lines of, but not suggesting, Beyonce/Britney/Miley Cyrus.) Classes at Old Town School of Music. Gymnastics falls under this interest too maybe?
- can be pulled or pushed - a doll stroller, a train on a string (she has a shopping cart--and loves it. In fact, she got it from DD already as a Christmas gift, albeit a little early)
- transport stuff. - Trucks, Cars, Trains, Planes, Buses
- get us out of the house. - Tickets to museums, play places.
- encourage play - Wooden Kitchen set, puppets, building blocks for her architect of a dad, bath toys (she only has a rubber duck right now),
- encourage sport and exercise. - balls, basket ball and hoop, bowling set,
- teach her how to swim. - Swim lessons, water wings, etc.
- involve fruit. She eats a banana a day so I wouldn't be opposed to a fruit-of-the-month-club for her. It really would be the gift that keeps on giving.
- go to charity.
Like I said, these are suggestions, ideas, areas of interest to be used as inspiration.
Moral of the story: All she needs is love, food, shelter and clean diapers --which she has plenty of. There are so many people, places and things out there in need. Please be generous in their direction this holiday season.