But sometimes, particularly when I go to other people's houses for play dates, I think that maybe we are too minimal. I know, I know. Toys schmoys. But it has started messing with me a little bit, the fact that our basement has two hand me down swings, a set of Megablocks, flashcards, a broken toy piano, and... well, that's about it. Is Anna perfectly fine with her Megablocks?
Why yes, she is. But her birthday is coming up, and that means that Christmas is around the corner, and I just got the Toys R Us Great Big Book of Everything Your Child Could Ever Desire, and it has gotten me thinking about getting her something nice for both occasions.
That's right. Two 'nice' things. One for her birthday, one for Christmas. That's it. Shouldn't be that hard. Right?
Apparently it is. A woman in her thirties should be able to look through a stupid catalogue and pick out a couple of gifts for her children. I was thinking maybe a kitchen play set for her birthday, and a dollhouse for Christmas. Maybe a couple Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood toys, if they have them, since Anna is obsessed with that show. I was thinking this would take ten minutes, tops.
Here's where I've run in to trouble:
That is the first eight of all NINETY-THREE items that pop up when you search for a kitchen set on the Toys R Us website. A woman in her thirties knows a little something about herself, and what I know about myself is that I am overwhelmed easily. My heart started palpitating, so I searched again, this time for a dollhouse:
A wooden dollhouse is different than an actual dollhouse? The accessories are extra? Furniture is not an 'accessory'? Wha?
Thinking I was in the wrong place, I checked out a couple of different websites for kids. One Step Ahead is a favorite. But the same thing happened when I searched for toys: Panic. Sweat. The desire to get up and do some dishes or... gulp... dust. Ugh.
As a full-time educator on hiatus and part-time worry-wart, I know that the decisions I make in the next few years as a Mom will have a major impact on my kids' lives. I also know that I'm way, way, waaaaay over thinking this.
Suggestions for gifts for a two year old's birthday? Ideas for places to shop that don't make me dizzy? Wine, in case I get thirsty? I'll take a little of each.