So I haven't done of these posts, one of these if you have a kid like Gabe, you need to own these sort of posts, in awhile. And now that Gabe has full fledged interests and whatnot, these things are basically essential to living with him. Most are vital to optimum Gabe-happiness, a few are bonuses and a few are just necessary. Recently, Gabe has gotten over whatever little funk-phase he was going through, or who knows maybe I just got used to him. He's literally fun to be around and for the most part, isn't throwing too many tantrums. As long as I'm prepared with any of the above (and snacks. Always snacks), we get along just fine. I always love seeing other tot recommendations so if you've got any for me, let me know! We're also starting to think about second birthday ideas, so if you've got any sure-fire toys, hook us up!
and FYI, I've recently signed up to be an Amazon affiliate, because let's face it, mama needs some spending money. So if I link things up to purchase, it'll probably be through Amazon. That's cool, right? Awesome.
Ok, so first up is the Fisher-Price Bubble Mower. Every day, we go outside and throw open the garage. We face the little car, the wagon, an airplane and a water table. Gabe chooses the mower every.single.time. He will push that thing around our property for hours. And it's really cute when John mows the lawn and Gabe follows after him with his own little mower. Parent fail: I've yet to put the actual bubbles in the mower. One thing at a time, geez.
#2 is actually a new addition to our repertoire, courtesy of his Gigi. It's called a Scramble Bug 360 Degree Toddler Ride on - Red and Orange Bug. But according to Gabe, it's his "cycle". It's basically a starter trike, without any wheels and it turns easily in every direction. It also folds up flat, which is unlike any other toy in this house.
I have my friend Kate to thank for #3) Hot Wheels Cars. When she came down to visit for Craft Day, she hooked Gabe up with a couple of little cars. She was a big fan of them for her son Colin since they're cheap, small and easily stored. I wasn't sure how I had come this far without giving my son any Hot Wheels so thank God for Kate. They're now a part of our Target routine. We enter, head back to the toy dept, pick out a car, unwrap it and proceed to have a pleasant shopping experience.
We've had the Melissa & Doug Noah's Ark Shape Sorter for awhile and it's helped Gabe learn not only his animals but to match them up (because there's two of every animal on the ark, donchaknow) and now that he like sorting things and putting them in different containers, this thing works wonders.
I picked #5, the Little Tikes Classic Table and Chairs Set up at the thrift store for 7 bucks. And I probably would have paid more. Just giving Gabe his own little table and chairs has gotten him to do things he wouldn't before...like eat breakfast. Yeah, it sits in our living room and that's probably not great but hey, if it works, it works.
I'm also starting to relinquish control of my chalkboard wall to Gabe. I included #6, some Egg Shape Chalk
in his Easter basket and am glad I did. He attacks the chalkboard wall like a little Piccaso, mostly drawing O's (read: bubbles) and the shape of the egg chalk makes it so easy for him to hold. They also make for excellent trajectories. And other children.
Again, I have Kate to thank for Gabe's favorite book, # 7, the Little Blue Truck Book. Like Colin, Gabe is obsessed with cars & trucks, and the story line for this one isn't annoying, the rhymes are fun and Gabe can't get enough. There's also a sequel which is even better. Go buy them!
If you have to buy a garden hose through a recommendation from me, I'm not sure how you've managed to get through life thus far. But if you need one, here get this Garden Hose. Hours of entertainment on a hot day. Minutes of mama-shrieking on a not-so-hot day when you aim it at her feet.
And finally, #9, we'd be lost without our Resolve Carpet Stain Remover.
We're not the strictest parents around (hello eating breakfast in the living room) so cleaning up messes is a normal thing. A quick shot of the ol' Resolve gets out yogurt, jello, 8 to 1 mix of juice and water and well...poop. True story.
So that's my life right now. How bout you guys?