Re: What are you doing for gifts?
posted at 11/11/2011 11:43 AM EST
Toy Kitchens are great. Last summer we remodeled our kitchen, and we were finishing moving into our new kitchen in time for DD's 2nd birthday, so she got a toy kitchen. (plastic, but thats because the colors match our real kitchen) There is a little nook that it sits in, across from the laundry room, so she can play in her kitchen while DH and I cook, so we are all in the kitchen together. IKEA has great play food, but we have a dog that sheds, and I am forever pulling dog hair off the soft food. Melissa and Doug make great wooden food, but the velcro (which lets you "cut" the food) also is a dog hair magnet. DD doesn't really care, but I hate being given a dog hairy piece of food that I am expected to pretend eat.
I hear you all on gifts, DD just had her 3rd birthday, and I arranged a party at her daycare, so she got gifts from about half the kids. They are all actually great, DD loves them, even if I would not have picked them out for her. But I saw how excited she got with opening 5-6 presents (daycare plus family sent stuff) and I worry about how zooy Christmas will be. We are going to visit family, and I have used the "car is only so big" excuse last year, but still wound up with a (Ok, its small and beautiful, but still!) rocking horse.
Lemon - I am also super excited to be playing with dolls again. One of the things DD got for her birthday was a Barbie, and she was sooooo excited to take off and put on the shoes. We warned her to be careful because the shoes are tiny, and might get lost, so she was very careful in selecting the spot to put it down, so she wouldn't lose the shoes. Now I want to run out and buy her a ton of Barbie stuff, becuase it was just so cute. (And I am intellectually opposed to Barbie's pink empire of girlyness, although I must admit she is a much better role model than the Bratz or Monster High dolls. Thankfully she hasn't seen those yet, but the Disney Princesses have gotten their beautifully manicured talons into her already.)