I was vacillating between writing about Jesse Helms and writing about Alden and toys. And as tempting as it is to give an unrepentant racist some head space, I think I’ll go with the baby.

I had a revelation the other day, and it was that I can buy toys from stores. I know, I’m not sure how I missed that.

We have a darling collection of toys that Alden has gotten as gifts — stuffed animals, plastic fun things, balls, blocks. They came primarily from my baby shower and a few hand-me-downs from friends, but also from a generous Grammy who likes to do things like send him 4-month birthday presents. Until just a few days ago it never, honestly never, entered my mind to buy him a toy myself. We seemed to have quite a few lying around. But then a few nights ago I realized that some of his current favorites are:
— seltzer bottled filled 1/4 of the way with water
— a plastic container from Costco that once held yogurt raisins, now filled with a few jangly cat toys
— wet washcloth
— diaper bag filled with soft books, plastic keys, onesies, diapers, whatever
— cat
— mail

I think all the above are reasonable toys (except maybe the mail). But I also had to recognize that I do have a job and probably could go ahead and purchase my son a few things. I decided to try to satisfy his desire to push buttons so I got him a baby cell phone and a baby laptop. So far he likes to turn the laptop over and lick the bottom. It’s his toy, so whatever. But now whole vistas are opening before me. What toys do your babies love?

In other news, Damon wants to try to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for visiting every subway station in the MTA system in under 24 hours. He is wondering if I would be able to plot out a route for him. But he’s wondering up the wrong tree, because my brain doesn’t do math that way. Oh, and he wants to take Alden along. That means I’d get the bed to myself for a whole night so I say GO FOR IT!

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48 responses to this post.

  1. Infant son and husband riding the MTA all night and you think you’re gonna get any sleep?

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  2. Infant son and husband riding the MTA all night and you think you’re gonna get any sleep?

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  3. Infant son and husband riding the MTA all night and you think you’re gonna get any sleep?

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  4. Infant son and husband riding the MTA all night and you think you’re gonna get any sleep?

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  5. Infant son and husband riding the MTA all night and you think you’re gonna get any sleep?

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  6. Infant son and husband riding the MTA all night and you think you’re gonna get any sleep?

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  7. There’s something about the wet washcloth being on the list that makes me cackle. Oh the fond memories he will have later in life….

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  8. There’s something about the wet washcloth being on the list that makes me cackle. Oh the fond memories he will have later in life….

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  9. There’s something about the wet washcloth being on the list that makes me cackle. Oh the fond memories he will have later in life….

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  10. There’s something about the wet washcloth being on the list that makes me cackle. Oh the fond memories he will have later in life….

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  11. There’s something about the wet washcloth being on the list that makes me cackle. Oh the fond memories he will have later in life….

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  12. There’s something about the wet washcloth being on the list that makes me cackle. Oh the fond memories he will have later in life….

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  13. Babies love boxes.

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  14. Babies love boxes.

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    • I can’t believe I forgot to list boxes. We’ve just discovered that sweet potatoes are more delicious if eaten while sitting in a cardboard box.

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    • I can’t believe I forgot to list boxes. We’ve just discovered that sweet potatoes are more delicious if eaten while sitting in a cardboard box.

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    • I can’t believe I forgot to list boxes. We’ve just discovered that sweet potatoes are more delicious if eaten while sitting in a cardboard box.

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    • I can’t believe I forgot to list boxes. We’ve just discovered that sweet potatoes are more delicious if eaten while sitting in a cardboard box.

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    • I can’t believe I forgot to list boxes. We’ve just discovered that sweet potatoes are more delicious if eaten while sitting in a cardboard box.

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  15. Babies love boxes.

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  16. Babies love boxes.

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  17. Babies love boxes.

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  18. Babies love boxes.

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  19. Spread eagle, baby.
    Okay, you might have me on this one.

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  20. You should see him in action with that thing. It’s hilarious.

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  21. I can’t believe I forgot to list boxes. We’ve just discovered that sweet potatoes are more delicious if eaten while sitting in a cardboard box.

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  22. We never bought any toys for Penelope until she was old enough to ask for them. She didn’t want for toys, mind you, because of gifts from others, but she seemed to prefer the kinds of things in your list.
    We got Sabrina a few toys right away, mostly at Penelope’s insistence. We would give them to Penelope to switch out with Sabrina when Sabrina had grabbed one of Penelope’s toys. This did not work past age one, but it kept things peaceful for a little while.
    I bet Alden is getting to the age where he likes taking things out and putting things in. You should get him some sort of box with a lid and show him how to put things into it and take things out of it. Hours of entertainment. Just be sure to start keeping the toilet lids down.

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  23. We never bought any toys for Penelope until she was old enough to ask for them. She didn’t want for toys, mind you, because of gifts from others, but she seemed to prefer the kinds of things in your list.
    We got Sabrina a few toys right away, mostly at Penelope’s insistence. We would give them to Penelope to switch out with Sabrina when Sabrina had grabbed one of Penelope’s toys. This did not work past age one, but it kept things peaceful for a little while.
    I bet Alden is getting to the age where he likes taking things out and putting things in. You should get him some sort of box with a lid and show him how to put things into it and take things out of it. Hours of entertainment. Just be sure to start keeping the toilet lids down.

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    • Excellent point. He does love to unpack his diaper bag. I should expand his options to other things he can pack and unpack.
      I am in a race against time as far as things like toilet seats. He isn’t crawling… yet. He’s getting close, though. I’m still desperately hoping that we sell and move before I have to go through round two of baby proofing here.

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    • Excellent point. He does love to unpack his diaper bag. I should expand his options to other things he can pack and unpack.
      I am in a race against time as far as things like toilet seats. He isn’t crawling… yet. He’s getting close, though. I’m still desperately hoping that we sell and move before I have to go through round two of baby proofing here.

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    • Excellent point. He does love to unpack his diaper bag. I should expand his options to other things he can pack and unpack.
      I am in a race against time as far as things like toilet seats. He isn’t crawling… yet. He’s getting close, though. I’m still desperately hoping that we sell and move before I have to go through round two of baby proofing here.

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    • Excellent point. He does love to unpack his diaper bag. I should expand his options to other things he can pack and unpack.
      I am in a race against time as far as things like toilet seats. He isn’t crawling… yet. He’s getting close, though. I’m still desperately hoping that we sell and move before I have to go through round two of baby proofing here.

      Reply

    • Excellent point. He does love to unpack his diaper bag. I should expand his options to other things he can pack and unpack.
      I am in a race against time as far as things like toilet seats. He isn’t crawling… yet. He’s getting close, though. I’m still desperately hoping that we sell and move before I have to go through round two of baby proofing here.

      Reply

  24. We never bought any toys for Penelope until she was old enough to ask for them. She didn’t want for toys, mind you, because of gifts from others, but she seemed to prefer the kinds of things in your list.
    We got Sabrina a few toys right away, mostly at Penelope’s insistence. We would give them to Penelope to switch out with Sabrina when Sabrina had grabbed one of Penelope’s toys. This did not work past age one, but it kept things peaceful for a little while.
    I bet Alden is getting to the age where he likes taking things out and putting things in. You should get him some sort of box with a lid and show him how to put things into it and take things out of it. Hours of entertainment. Just be sure to start keeping the toilet lids down.

    Reply

  25. We never bought any toys for Penelope until she was old enough to ask for them. She didn’t want for toys, mind you, because of gifts from others, but she seemed to prefer the kinds of things in your list.
    We got Sabrina a few toys right away, mostly at Penelope’s insistence. We would give them to Penelope to switch out with Sabrina when Sabrina had grabbed one of Penelope’s toys. This did not work past age one, but it kept things peaceful for a little while.
    I bet Alden is getting to the age where he likes taking things out and putting things in. You should get him some sort of box with a lid and show him how to put things into it and take things out of it. Hours of entertainment. Just be sure to start keeping the toilet lids down.

    Reply

  26. We never bought any toys for Penelope until she was old enough to ask for them. She didn’t want for toys, mind you, because of gifts from others, but she seemed to prefer the kinds of things in your list.
    We got Sabrina a few toys right away, mostly at Penelope’s insistence. We would give them to Penelope to switch out with Sabrina when Sabrina had grabbed one of Penelope’s toys. This did not work past age one, but it kept things peaceful for a little while.
    I bet Alden is getting to the age where he likes taking things out and putting things in. You should get him some sort of box with a lid and show him how to put things into it and take things out of it. Hours of entertainment. Just be sure to start keeping the toilet lids down.

    Reply

  27. We never bought any toys for Penelope until she was old enough to ask for them. She didn’t want for toys, mind you, because of gifts from others, but she seemed to prefer the kinds of things in your list.
    We got Sabrina a few toys right away, mostly at Penelope’s insistence. We would give them to Penelope to switch out with Sabrina when Sabrina had grabbed one of Penelope’s toys. This did not work past age one, but it kept things peaceful for a little while.
    I bet Alden is getting to the age where he likes taking things out and putting things in. You should get him some sort of box with a lid and show him how to put things into it and take things out of it. Hours of entertainment. Just be sure to start keeping the toilet lids down.

    Reply

  28. Excellent point. He does love to unpack his diaper bag. I should expand his options to other things he can pack and unpack.
    I am in a race against time as far as things like toilet seats. He isn’t crawling… yet. He’s getting close, though. I’m still desperately hoping that we sell and move before I have to go through round two of baby proofing here.

    Reply

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