Stuff G Likes: Holiday Toddler List 2012. (not listed: G likes to also drive me insane)

Good Mary Jesus Britney Beiber, am I tired. I forgot how hard this part is. And doing it with a toddler is like not possible. I take back what I said before, I think I AM in fact the first person to have 2 kids. Because if people went through this, they would TALK about it. A LOT. And no one told me how hard this would be. I’m looking at you.

G is acting out. Like 2 year old on meth acting out. And I know it’s for attention and I know this is all crazy to him. But dudes, there is no time out big enough for what is happening here right now. And I’m talking time out for me. G can run shit for all I care. I just want a time out.

So what do you do with a kid who is being a crazy person? Buy them a ton of toys. It’s America. Here’s my heavily researched Christmas list for the Toddler of 2012. Also, handcuffs.

G is about to move to his big boy room. We didn’t want to rush the transition with the new baby. But few things terrify me more than poltergeists living in my fridge and cockroaches. But the thought of G running free reign without a virtual crib jail around him during precious sleep hours, is one of them. This however is genius. It’s a little clock for kids that you set to the time that is “ok” for them to get up (i.e. 11am-ish). When it hits that time the clock turns a different color. They get balls excited and run around screaming about it. But it’s a good way to attempt to keep your sanity.

This gift will be coming from grandparents and thank jesus for it. I don’t know what it is about train tables but toddlers die for them. G could spend an hour at a Barnes and Noble stealing the trains from the other kids. He’s going to die when he has his own and I hope to god it gives me 20 minutes of  non screaming/throwing time to just nurse the baby. I’ll take whatever I can get right now. We did some research and this table fits all those stupid Thomas trains that your kids shit themselves over. It also has a drawer to hold all the crap.

This brand of trucks is awesome. They really work and do stuff. They aren’t the cheapest but if you’re kid is obsessed with blue collar work like mine is, he’ll love this. When we see a “mixer” on the road, it’s like we’ve spotted the pope-mobile. I think one very cool truck is a necessity for any future construction worker.

Ok apparently the Leap Pad 2 is THE “it” toy for the toddler. If your kid picks his butt and rubs it all over your ipad too, this is for you. It’s a kid ipad that has apps and all that jazz. I don’t know if G will actually be getting this but it’s a great gift. Especially if you’re looking for that one special distraction gift to give them while you (again) try to nurse your new baby). I swear these kids know that when you’re nursing they can break windows and there is nothing you can do about it.

Do you know about Busy Books? I didn’t either. It’s for parents to teach their kids that books are a SNOOZE fest and you really need some cool shit to go along with your book to make it at all worth while. And do you know what? I don’t care. Because if it gives G something to do for a minute, I’m in. He has the Thomas one and it comes with mini trains and a mat for the trains to drive on. Every busy book has a little activity to go along with it. They really are very cute.

Party is over kid. You’re downgraded to the flo’. When we travel, G has slept in the pack n’ play. He’s way too big for that now and his sister needs it. So he will sleep on the floor like every other 2nd class kid in america. But we’ll make it seem cool with this man eating Melissa and Doug sleeping bag. That won’t give him nightmares or anything.

It’s mandatory in this family to sleep with a sound machine. We just all do. B snores and G wakes up when I scratch my head. So sound machines it is for all. Ruby needs one as soon as she peaces out of our room. (i.e. soon). This one is great. We’ve tried THEM ALL and sent THEM ALL back. This one is the best and loudest and awesomest.

Lots of you have asked about our monitor choice. We went with the Motorola. We’re happy with it. It does the job. It even plays creepy circus music in the room for the times you want to scare the shit out of your kid. You KNOW those times. But really, it’s simple to use, and it works. That’s really all I care about. I need a 2nd camera to spy on both kids at once.

And for when G finally does move into that big boy room, these are the bumpers that will go on his bed. And man can’t you see the excitement on Christmas morning when he opens these bad boys? But they are great because they fit UNDER the fitted sheet and aren’t super big and ugly like most guard rails. Cheap too. Love it.

Yeah, Santa bought this one already. I know, he’s an asshole. But G is one of those kids that needs to get energy out or he will stab his dolls in his sleep. I dread the frigid northeast winter where we can’t go outside. I hope that he can burn some toddler energy on this bad boy. Oh by the way, my house looks like a clown asylum. Truth.

 

G is obsessed with our phones and cameras. He wants to take pictures all the time. Mostly of himself. With the baby here and picture mania, we thought that he’d love his own toddler camera. This one actually has a memory card so I can save his pictures of his feet and the wall forever. It’s cheap too. He’ll probably throw it in the toilet anyway.

There you have it. The toddler hot list 2012. One thing that we think is important is teaching G and Ruby to help kids who aren’t as lucky as them. So we’ll be picking out toys of their own to put under the tree the night before Christmas that Santa can bring to other boys and girls who need them. This also gives me back 30% of my house. But mostly helping the kids and me…

And on that note, we WILL be doing Operation Wana. Hang tight….

And please share any good toddler gifts in the comments that I missed.

xoxo

MODG

 

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The toddler hot list was brought to you by Abby who runs the Etsy Shop Sunny With a Chance. You can see her ad above mentioning Tee shirt quilts and fixing your husband’s wardrobe (because this is my dream come true). She takes a bunch of your old t shirts and turns them into an awesome blanket. How cool is that?I would DIE to throw in B’s disgusting Blink182 shirts and his other mildly offensive collection of shirts to make a blanket. But here’s the best part, she is giving one away to our readers?? I WISH I could enter. But that’s against some sort of rule or something. Here’s what you have to do (and don’t think I won’t check) to win a throw size quilt with 10-20 shirts, you must go to her Etsy shop and favorite the shop or the item. Then you must leave a comment here about the post. Winner will be picked by next post. YOU’RE WELCOME.

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{ 151 comments }

Katia December 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm

You are absolutely right. Having two kids is unnatural, impossible and you get transported into some sort of a parallel universe when that happens. You and your cabbage leaf stuffed bra. But the good news is you come back after about 3 months.

Thank you for the useful advice I was actuall contemplating the first item on the list for a while but I don’t know if our son has the temperament to wait it out. Let us know how it works for you! Also the child swallowing frog looks right up 3 year old’s alley. Thanks again for the hilarious review!

JulieR December 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

If Santa (aka grandparents) ever bring my kids a train table, he better bring me a bigger house! Those are huge, but my kids love them too! I like the idea of the shirt quilt. All my hubs frat shirts are usin up valuable closet space…

Lisa December 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm

We gave my son that train table for his second birthday back in August and he LOVES it! Best purchase ever, plus he still gets excited over other train tables when we see them other places. One tip: label the pieces on the bottom and save the directions for how it goes back together, because there is really only one way for it to be set up and have all the pieces function.

Also, I’m pregnant with my second and I am terrified of having a two-year-old and newborn. Please update once you learn the trick of nursing one while keeping the other occupied!

Rachel December 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

i also have friends who hot glue all the pieces together. bc if you’re a psycho like me, it will drive you absolutely nuts when you have a playdate and a bunch of boys literally climb on top of the train table and destroy the tracks and you have to pull out the instructions and put the whole thing back together again.

Pickle December 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

My daughter has the safari version of this puzzle: http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Doug-Wooden-Chunky-Puzzle/dp/B000EOEAW6/ref=gl_it_dp_o_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1PAUXD4KOOFRJ&coliid=I3AX593R2N5B74

She LOVES it. She loves putting them in the puzzle, but they also stand up by themselves so she has fun playing with them and learning what sounds they make. Debating getting her another different one.

Tori December 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Love the t-shirt blanket idea!!! I’ve been saving so many t-shirts for just such a possibility. Thanks for the awesome recommendation!

Michelle December 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

This post made me LOL! Oh, and I really want a T-shirt quilt :) that’s all.

Pickle December 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Oh, also…my toddler was 2 weeks past her 2nd birthday when her sister was born. There was major acting out for around 2 weeks or so, and then it eased up. Now she loves on her sister like no one’s business. But I definitely feel you on those first couple weeks. Hang in there. It is rough.

Katerina December 7, 2012 at 2:50 am

I second this comment! My daughter was 2 weeks before her 2nd birthday – she loved the baby from the first second she saw him, but acted out with US horribly for just a few weeks. Baby is now 4.5 months old and they just adore each other and my toddler acts out now only if for some reason we are giving baby “too much” attention and not paying attention to her (cranky/sick/teething and needing soothing).

Tia December 8, 2012 at 9:42 am

My second daughter came when my oldest was 20 months…and they really do know that you’re nursing and can’t do a damn thing about anything. My toddler climbed stuff like it was her job. A friend of mine suggested that if we have a TV in our bedroom, to nurse in there, and keep a handful of activities in there (puzzles, books, blocks, etc) to use with the toddler, while you’re nursing the baby while laying down. You have a free hand, and can have a “special” time. I of course don’t have a TV in my bedroom.

Tia December 8, 2012 at 9:42 am

Let me clarify…have the TV going. :)

Carly December 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

My sister made herself a t-shirt quilt and I’ve been trying to get her to make me one for years! This would be awesome. Not like I’m currently getting a lot of use out of my old soccer jerseys and 8,3487 Dave Matthews tour tshirts 

Melissa December 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I have a 16 month old and am dying to get him this! Bike rides are now awesome!

http://www.amazon.com/iBert-Safe-T-Seat-Front-Child-38-Pounds/dp/B0048MB82A

Melissa December 7, 2012 at 11:56 am

Shop and item has been favorited. Fingers crossed I win!

Amy @ drivethirtythree December 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

the train table is awesome but if you think you live in a clown asylum now..just wait. your house is officially turned into a toy box wtih that bad boy. it takes up just so much flippin room. we are finally passing ours along and trading it in for a much smaller lego table (aka ikea storage thingy). i too had my kids go through their toys so that we could give some to kids that don’t have any. to this day my 4 year old still says “mommy, i want that toy we brought to the yard sale (salvation army). they don’t forget anything..

Gini December 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I JUST bought the Dohm sound machine literally last week, for my babycakes boy who hears every sip I take out of my wine glass past bedtime. Totally would’ve tried yours, it’s cheaper too. But the Dohm does work like a dream so far.

AWESOME idea for teaching the little ones to give! I’m totally using that when my son is old enough!

Merry Christmas, MODG Family!

Dee December 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I have about a BAZILLION shirts from college at Penn State (WE ARE!) that I’m too sentimental to toss, but take up entirely too much space in my tiny NYC apartment. T-SHIRT QUILT ME!

Elizabeth December 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I know you have like a gazillion followers…but I told you two was hard. My house is insane, no other way to describe it. Slightly better now that #2 is 7 months, but #1 is still a punk. He as adjusted to “Mattchew eating the boobies”, but I still don’t think he is happy about it. My only saving grace in the beginning was that I enrolled #1 in a daycare 3 days a week 9-3…ridiculously expensive daycare or “school” as we call it, but it was worth every penny. Gave me a minute to be with the new baby. Even though I cried and felt uber guilty in the beginning when I sent him, it was wonderful for him. His vocabulary & social skills have improved immensely. It also gave him something that was his that he didn’t have to share with his enemy. Best part, he came home exhausted. & I got that mixer truck, I can’t wait to see his face when he opens it! Boner city.

Amanda Griffin December 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm

We’ve been thinking about a noise machine and I think you’ve convinced me to get one. Excited about the giveaway!

Stephanie December 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Love this post!!! I have no kids of my own, but I nanny a 16 month old, and I may be making some “suggestions” to her parents. I think they hate me, because she only has a few toys, which usually means she ends up hiding my keys/digging through my backpack/trying to go downstairs “all by herself”. It’s maddening! :)

Also, that t-shirt quilt is pretty awesome!! i have SO many old t-shirts, and I even sew, so i should just make one for myself, but who has time for that?

Melissa V. December 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm

You are freakin hilarious. Love your sense of humor and the toddler stuff.

Nicola December 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Forget about the bumpers for the bed and just buy some pool noodles and tuck them under the fitted sheet – cheap and they can play with them when they are bigger.
I have a 7 month old and an almost 3 year old who STILL plays up when I am breastfeeding her little brother – she is FINALLY sitting still with a DVD for long enough for me to feed him and put him to bed but it was a LOOONG time coming! Hang in there though – it does get easier :P
We found that we had to get out of the house in the mornings for her to burn some energy – an annual pass to the zoo was the best gift we ever received for her – she can run around like crazy and I just follow with a coffee and the stroller, then she sleeps for a couple of hours (bliss!).

Amanda December 7, 2012 at 11:02 am

I tried the pool noodle trick and it didn’t work for us. My son rolled right over top of them onto the floor. Multiple times. Once he was used to his big boy bed for a few weeks they worked better, but I wouldn’t recommend the pool noodles right out of the gate.

Holly December 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Two is hard. My first (2.5 when the baby girl was born) was a total shit for about 4 months after. It was super stressful. It’s quieted down and now it’s fun to see how much older he seems :)

I second the getting out in the morning. Once our baby was a few months old, I would try to get her second nap started after our son went down for his nap. The double nap is the best part of the day.

Megan December 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I am so glad your toddler edition came out- I have been waiting for this so I can tell my family what my 18 month old wants! I also researched prior stuff I want lists, so you would prob be sufficiently creeped out if you came to my house and saw all your suggestions strewn about! Also, I have been looking at those t-shirt quilts and NEED one so bad in my life- my husband still wears shirts from high school (he is almost 30), and it’s really just embarrassing. Please allow me to get rid of these shirts, but also keep my hoarding husband happy! Love the posts, can’t wait to read more about your infant/toddler adventures. I am basing when I have my next kid on how well this works out for you, so let us know!

Gini December 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Wait, OMG, I didn’t see the tee-shirt blanket stuff! That is BALLS AWESOME because I have been hoarding outgrown/ruined clothes for freaking YEARS with the intent of turning it all into a memory quilt one day. I probably should learn how to sew or get a sewing machine first….or I could win this giveaway. I pick winning!!

Melissa December 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Also, instead of expensive under the sheet bumpers, try swimming pool noodles. Rediculously cheap yet just as effective.

Andrea December 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I love how each one of these items buys you some non-crazy time with two children under your feet and boobs. Having two children with no live-in help is not natural and I agree, why didn’t everyone warn me about this?

I love Abby’s etsy shop and hope to win the drawing despite the fact that I just donated at least 20 T-shirts to make space for the new clothes that Santa will be bringing my children for Christmas.

Maybe my T-shirt-obsessed husband will get this awesome gift; it’ll give me a good excuse to weed out his collection.

Christi M. December 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

We are looking for a (cheap) gift to give a cousin who is about the same age as G. He is into trains. What kind of trains do you have? Any cheap ones? My grandma made my dad one of these quilts with his Harley t-shirts. I wish she was still a live to make one for my daughter.

kpa December 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Ikea has cheap ones that go with the other more expensive tracks. They come in a pack with 4 trains and some track.

Leah December 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

My son got the LeapPad2 for his 3rd birthday, and he LOVES it. It’s seriously the only thing that can hold his attention for more than 2 minutes.

And, yeah, having two kids is crazy. I think it’s because the older one suddenly starts acting out in the amount of any 3 kids, so it feels like you have way more of them than you do. I swear, other than the absence of pea soup projectile vomiting, I often feel as though my son is possessed by a demon. During his tantrums, I swear I can see his head spinning around. Or maybe that’s just my exhaustion talking.

Kelly December 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I love the t-shirt quilt! I have nothing else witty to say.

Anna December 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Great list! I will definitely be putting some of these ideas away for when my 16 month old is a bit bigger.

Love love love the tee shirt quilt! Between my old sorority tees and my husband’s fraternity tees, we have enough for about 5 quilts.

sarah December 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Camera, trains, ipad, you nailed it. i lurve the Graco sound machine too. and i need a tshirt quilt

Jamie December 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I don’t have kids yet, (we’re getting there…) But I do have lots of kids around to buy gifts for! I always love to see your lists, you have great taste.

Also, the t-shirt quilt is a super cool idea, and I’d love to have one, my husband actually has some great old t-shirts that would look neat.

Erin December 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm

My 3 year old has that camera. Durable as shit. He even has his own blog ; )
http://ahaphotographs.blogspot.com/

And for a noise machine we use a good old box fan.

Nice list.

Jennifer December 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Two kids are very hard. Mine are 16 months apart. Those first few months are rough, but then they become kids instead of babies and they actually play together and keep each other busy (until one touches the other). But it is good stuff! Soak up baby smells—they are gone far too fast! Also, I have all of my little ones baby gowns, onesie things just for this t-shirt quilt that I am certain I am going to win.

Erica December 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

My son just turned 2 and my daughter is 4 months old. So we are in the same boat. I also have a 5 year old step-son just to add in a little more chaos! It’s hard. I became a stay home mom after my daughter was born, and some days I want to beg for my old job back. Going to work was much easier. That being said- my son got the LeapPad 2 when his sister was born. Invest in this you. And the rubber case for it. When he gets tired of the apps, I find something new to download & it’s a new you again! We also have a Lego table instead of the trains. I chose it instead because I think it will get a lot more use over the years. It works for Duplo & Lego’s. right now I keep a box of “special” toys that are only to play with during the times I’m nursing. Lots of paper/crayons/stickers/Aquadoodle/his soccer ball (what ever interestes him. I change it up every few days to keep it interesting.
Good luck… It does get easier, I promise. He loves to “help” by bringing me a diaper for her & throwing away the old one. Little things that make him feel like a “big boy”.

Erica December 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I almost forgot. He got his big boy bed a 2 week after she was born because he became Houdini & wouldn’t stay in the crib any longer. Not the plan I had in mind… But it had to happen. It took 2 weeks of a very grumpy toddler & mommy before we both got used to it. Much harder than having a newborn in my opinion. But now we’re used to it & he usually stays in there once I lay him down. Patience is the only advice I have. It took lots, and I’m generally a very patient person!

Ashley C December 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I have a 2 year old little boy and a 4 month old little girl. He got for his birthday/will be getting for Christmas/a grandparent has spoiled him with practically every item on your list. I agree with every.single.one! I am going to look into that sound machine for my daughter! And we opted out of a video monitor…although once we make the switch to a big boy room, I might need it.

I feel like everyone lied to me too about having a toddler and a newborn. We live a thousand miles from family and friends and so the first few months were rough. Now that my daughter can be semi-entertained under a mat or with a toy, I can focus more of my time on my son and it’s not just endless hours sitting on the couch nursing while my son takes sharpies to the fridge and floor (true story).

Karen December 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I feel for you and the two kids situation. I’m home with a four month old and still adjusting, but I’m past the newborn stage so I’m not garnering any sympathy and no one is bringing me food anymore which is sad. I love the name Ruby, by the way. When I was little my mom read me a story about a girl named Ruby Pearl and we decided that I was going to name my daughter that one day. After I read about your Ruby being born, I remembered that and ran the name by my husband, who hates all names I like, and he thought it was cute!

Melissa December 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I want a train table for the toddler but seriously, where am I going to put it?
I want the trampoline for me.
My husband needs that t-shirt quilt so I can have one of my dresser drawers back.
If Santa knows what is good for him, my almost 2 year old will be getting a play kitchen – imaginary chex mix for everyone.

Tamar December 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I like the “It’s my birthday” T shirt : ) pick me!!

Christine December 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Did the favoriting thing for the quilt – I actually cut out 12″x12″ squares from the front of t-shirts like TEN YEARS AGO that had sentimental significance but weren’t getting worn anymore… intending to do this. And I have not. 10 years later. So I’ve already got plenty of raw materials for this bad boy.

jessica December 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I’ve been hoarding old shirts but have been too scared to make the cuts to attempt a quilt myself. That would be awesome!

My husband is really ready to try for #2. You are good birth control my friend. Thanks for telling us how it is because I was giving all my friends the side eye when they said “oh DO IT! It’s the most wonderful thing!” Bitches.

Stephanie December 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I’m sorry I didn’t tell it would be hard. I was sure you’d be tired of hearing that. Mine are 23 months and 4 months (tomorrow!). I’m just now coming up for air.

Natalie December 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Really? A t-shirt quilt? You don’t want to look at those things on your husband but you want to put them together and get all snuggly under them?! No offense to the chick who makes them, I’m sure she is great! Also, #2 is on the way and I am terrifiiiiiiied. They will only be 18 mo apart so I think I am just going to buy another crib to continue the jail-like benefits. One day, when he is 5 we will move on to the big boy bed.

Wendy L December 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm

You should check out this toddler bike. Genius! We got one for our son for Christmas but couldn’t wait that long to give it to him. It’s just too bad he’s still a little short for it.

http://www.stridersports.com/

Robyn December 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I dont want to enter to win the quilt but wanted to comment on this strider bike busines… I got this for my son for his 3rd bday and he hated it. Still hates it – and he about to be 4. Either this bike is a joke, or I should be wondering what is wrong with my child.

Sara December 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

1) Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!
2) I honestly thought my 2 year old (at the time) had turned into the devil when we brought new baby boy home. And I hate to tell you this, but it lasts for awhile. Like a loooooong while. And the 3’s are worse than the 2’s. No one told me that and I was pissed. Just stock up on wine. It helps.
3) Train table is coming to our house too. I’m hoping it will occupy the boys for hours and hours on end.
4) We bought this clock when we moved our oldest to his big boy room and it’s awesome. He still acts like a jerk and gets out of bed before it turns yellow though. But maybe some kids will actually follow the rules.

http://www.mytotclock.com/home.php?osCsid=50afaf737096f5e88d4286d6ea89b961

Natalie Thompson December 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I’m definitely saving this post for when I have toddlers.

And I’d love to win a t-shirt quilt!

Greta December 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

My husband has a crap-ton of old Hooters t-shirts aaaaand he’s a hoarder so I think a t-shirt quilt could be the perfect solution! Also…is it too much to ask for there to be an OK to Wake Alarm Clock for my 8 month old?

Tiffany December 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Thanks for keepin it real about brining home #2. I’m due mid January and I’m terrified about how my son will handle becoming a big brother and having to share mom.

We went with the Innotab 2 instead of the Leap Pad because its cheaper, has wifi and a slot for a memory card. I’m praying that will help entertain #1 long enough for me to nurse or whatev.

And I need to tshirt quilt! Between hubs and I, we have no fewer than 37754227 shirts from college.

Hope the craziness doesn’t last too long!

Maryanne December 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Thanks for the gift list- my kids are 2 & 4 and Santa is bringing them a see saw for the backyard! Remember those??
Love the t-shirt quilts – I favorite-d her shop on etsy – thanks!!!

Harbormom December 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm

The t-shirt blankets are awesome, but, hands down, Daddy’s Shirt Dress Upcycled is my FAVORITE! i HEARTED IT!

Stacey December 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Love the T-Shirt quilt idea! Favorited and hope to win. Also, trampline idea – so need to get one for my house. We have the LeapPad1 and my MIL is upgrading both my girls to the LeapPad2 this year awesome gift! They really are great and its fun learning things. You can load it to your computer and see your childs progress.

Kari78 December 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I have a ton of old race shirts that would be perfect for one of those blankets! Also, my husband got me the Motorola monitor as part of my Christmas present. Loving it so far!

Susan December 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Many years ago when I had my 2nd baby girl and had a 2 1/2 year old …My friends and family said I repeated many times to anyone who would listen….”How do people with more than 2 children do it?” I was as overwhelmed as you. My potty-trained daughter had “accidents”….usually when I was nursing the baby. I wasn’t depressed (who had time???) , but I remember feeling like IT was out of control and NOBODY understood HOW out of control except ME! I can tell you, it does get better…but it will be a while!

Leslie [MsMagpieWrites] December 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I heard Heidi Klum talk about the colored alarm clocks once, so obviously they are for brilliant sexy people.

ang December 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

i have nothing to add to this blog topic for- i don’t know jack squat about kids or their toys.

i really want this quit though.

honesty rules!

:)

Shelley December 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

We have a sixteen month old and are having our second in June. I really wanted to hear, “that second kid doesn’t really add THAT much more work!” hahahaha

Rach December 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Dear Baby Jesus, all I want for Christmas is a t-shirt blanket… because the BF and I just bought a house and I’LL BE DAMNED if all his superhero/video game/etc t-shirts are making the move with us in their current form. Please, in the interest of domestic harmony, let me win this thing! Love, Rach

PS: Is anyone else not seeing links to the favorites? I can’t get links or pics to load! Boo! Although I do love these suggestions… I have two nieces around G’s age and I am pretty much sealing the deal on the “favorite aunt” title with these!

My Etsy account is tied to my gmail address… you know, for when I win… :)

Candice December 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I gave over the central space in my living room for my son’s train table and it was the best thing I ever did. The first day he had it (his 2nd bday), he played at it FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF STRAIGHT. The kid doesn’t stand in one room for one and a half minutes, much less an hour and a half. He has an original LeapPad (hand-me-down) and also adores that. It’s usually what he does when I’m in the shower. If you get those two things, you should gain an immense amount of nursing/baby time! (I hope!)

Kelsi December 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I loved this list! I got my toddler a power wheels jeep, because the kid wants to non stop drive his grandpa’s polaris ranger…this way he can drive himself around in something and i don’t have to stand around and make sure he doesn’t Humpty Dumpty out the side.

I hope i win the t-shirt throw! I have a bag of t-shirts just waiting on the money fairy to be able tho afford to buy one!!!

B just got like 2 million cool points for his old blink-182 shirts. I think we could be bffs.

Magic bananas!

Danielle Vincent December 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm

My little Girl turns two tomorrow! (What?!) anyways we just bought her the leap pad 2. It is pretty awesome! It keeps her occupied for a good while. Also? Want to know a trick? Pool noodle unless the sheet. Cheap and frugal :) thank you Pinterest!

Erin December 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Dude, having multiple children is no joke. I have THREE under two. Yeah, you read that right. My twins juuuuuust turned two last week and I have a six week old. And it’s INSANELY hard. I wish I had a maid and a cook. That would be awesome.

And I headed on over to that etsy shop and that girl’s got some cute stuff! I would totally buy stuff from her, but instead I’m buying DIAPERS FOR THREE. The big/lil bro/sis shirts are adorable and I wish I made or bought some like that for a silly picture with the three littles. But I would totally love one of those blankets because my husband’s old volleyball shirts that say “Chicks dig us cause we bang” and “Volleyball…the second best way to get floor burns” is not acceptable clothing for a father of three and quite frankly that’s how we got in this mess in the first place. So yeah, I need that blanket.

Jamie December 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I made their shop a favorite and can’t wait to win a quilt! ;)

Great list! I hate to say this, but my two are 3 and 1 and it’s still crazy as shit round here.

Kari December 6, 2012 at 4:52 pm

It gets better. I swear. My first two are 18 months apart (now age 2 & 3.5), and baby #3 will be here in 6 weeks. But just to be safe, you better add this to your shit you need to have list:
http://www.beersweatshirts.com/products/coors-light-grey-beer-holder-sweatshirt

Love the tshirt quilt. I’d have a hard time choosing WHO in my family gets one!

em December 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm

entered. and every one of your blog posts are the BEST.

ElsMom December 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I so badly need a tee shirt blanket for my husband! Not only does he have drawers full of tees, he has them color coded. All Gamecock tees so we have a drawer for black, a drawer for Garnet (don’t call it red!), a drawer for gray and one for white. I recently found out that he has also taken over all 6 drawers of our guest room, and…he is storing some in suit cases! He has shirts that he doesn’t even know he has!

Best 2 year old present ever, according to my daughter is…a refrigerator box!

Heather December 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm

My parents got my then 2-and-a-half year old son this last Christmas in lieu of an official “train table.”

http://www.landofnod.com/kids-play-tables/kids-furniture/activity-table-espresso/f3822

It is a beautiful play table with two small drawers. And for underneath I bought cheapo but 6 very nice looking bins from Amazon that fit PERFECTLY. And the best part? They also got the “tall” legs so that it will turn into a beautiful desk for homework when he is older! I love it and it has LOTS of room for Thomas trains, and HE loves it just as much.

S. Calvin December 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm

MODG, eventually it gets better, they get used to each other, you strike a balance its all sunshine and unicorns… except for when its not. I have a 2.5 yr old and a 10 month old, and for the past two weeks the balance has been broken! First there was a cold then made laps around the family, then my husband god love him (who works second shift so, i’m on my onesies for bed time) took some time off and totally ballsed up the bed time routine. So here I am running on caffeine, kids that have been up since 4:30 am and have flat out refused naps. So yes its better, except for when its not. And i’m totally taking the sound machine idea up.

micah December 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

I fav her shop and she IS a fav :) Would love a t-shirt blanket for my new house!

julia December 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm

my husband needs the t-shirt blanket so badly. he has so many heavy metal shirts that are from high school that are like 2 sizes to big for him because he liked them that way. help me get them out of my closet.

i love that clock too, so cute/genius.

Alicia December 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I faved her shop. This is an awesome idea!

Leslie December 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm

http://www.amazon.com/Good-Nite-Lite-900-381/dp/B002N4IN0U/ref=wl_it_dp_o_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=HCZSWFMMK43B&coliid=I2I4OHTP445Q3D

This is like your night light, but instead of changing colors it projects a moon when it is sleepy time and a sun when you can break free from the room. We got one, but they sell out quickly. They only come in for short periods at a time. It is magic though! I have a friend whose 6 and 8 year olds still obey the nite lite :)

Andrea December 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I need this quilt! My husband and I have a giant Rubbermaid container full of tshirts that we can’t part with.

Kristen S December 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm

So even after reading this, I still want another baby! God knows why. My 14 month old has been perfect so far, but I am just waiting for the other shoe to drop and with my luck will be around the same time we have another kid. She is too little for a lot of these suggestions, but I do have 8, yes 8, nieces and nephews who would love some of these!!! And I would love that t-shirt quilt!

Mikia December 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm

We got the Leap Pads for 3 and 2 year old boys. Hoping they’re a huge hit and DON’T land in the toilet on day 1. BTW, they also have a built in camera. Count your blessings that the train table is coming from grandparents and NOT Santa. Santa spent 6 (admittedly intoxicated) hours building that beast on Christmas Eve 2 years ago. On the plus side, the kids still love it and the drawers hold tons of crap. Hang in there with 2 kiddos. Mine are 14 months apart. It stops being impossible by week 8, and starts to be actually hugely enjoyable around month 8.

Shan December 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

holy awesome giveaway! I love the stitched shirts she has (along with the quilts, duh).

I need that toddler time clock, and another sound machine– asap. Thanks for the ideas.

Courtney December 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm

MODG! Two kids is wicked (yes, I use this word often) hard. My two are 26 months and 3 months. Ugh. So. Damn. Hard. Since I haven’t finished my birth announcements, thank you cards, or Christmas cards yet, I’m not the person you want advice from. I’m deep in the trenches with you!

Sign me up for that quilt! Loving it!!

Krista December 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm

It’s so convenient for me that G is only a few months older than my son. :-) That alarm clock was already on my list! And so was a mini trampoline but I heard it’s better to get the ones that are meant for adults to exercise on, because they are better built?

If I won the quilt I would use it on myself. I have a ton of sports t-shirts from high school and college (dork sports: swimming and running, don’t hate). Yes, I’m a pack rat, help me out and PICK ME, PICK ME!!!

Anne December 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I SWEAR to you it gets easier. I remember being majorly overwhelmed and stocking up on all kids of random things to entertain my toddler so I could nurse baby sister and get her to sleep. My best advice would be to realize that crying and waiting for 5 minutes for something will not hurt either child. Also you only have this problem with 2 kids, with 3+ the older ones entertain each other. My oldest turned 3 a month before my youngest was born, and middle being 17 months old, and I didn’t even worry about it that round!

I’ve been meaning to make our old sorority and fraternity t-shirts into a quilt. By making, I mean paying someone to make it for me. So pick me, randomizer that picks the winner!!

cassidy December 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm

we got the leap pad 1 for our daughter last year because she LOVED my ipod touch and she loves the leap pad (still), it is a great gift and games go on sale pretty often..not that they’re SUPER expensive but it’s always nice to save a few bucks.

Elizabeth December 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Thanks, the grandparents were just asking for a list and this helps! Oh and I would love to banish my husbands frat shirts forever, but a quilt may be a nice compromise. Thanks!

jamie December 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I’ve been looking for a white noise machine since the commercials on Pandora wake my 4 month old up! Thanks for the recommendation!
also -great idea with the tee shirt blanket – my husband’s obnoxious beer t’s maaay look better as a blanket, anything to get them off his body

Taylor December 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Totally bookmarking this list for my little one! And I’ve always wanted to make a t-shirt quilt :)

It’s t-shiiiiiiirt tiiiiiiiiiiime! (a la Pauly D)

Monique December 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I had to go over to her etsy shop and favorite it.

We have a 6 drawer dresser where I have only 1 drawer for my socks/panties/bras and the other 5 are filled with my husband’s tshirts. I am not kidding. It would be nice to empty a drawer or 2 out.

Barb December 6, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I love these lists because I will be able to refer back to them for my baby boy who is due in a month.

I favorited the shop because my husband NEEDS a tshirt quilt.

Windi December 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm

My husband never wanted kid, but obvs fell head over heels for our now 1 year old daughter and already wants another and I’m all, slow down cowboy. Thank you for confirming this.

Ruby is gorg. Love that pic of her justborned with the pouty lip.

Need that t-shirt quilt so I quit accidentally wearing my Phi Mu shirts to breastfeeding group (Breastfeeding USA REPRESENT!) and losing all my hippie cred. Favorited her shop, which is an issue because I feel in love with the upcycled Daddy’s shirt dress.

Tales of a Tree Hugging (Almost) Attorney December 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I am intrigued about scaring the shit out of kids by blaring clown music at them via monitor.
I don’t even have kids yet and I want one.
Thank you for that.

Denise December 6, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I would LOVE to get rid of all of my husband’s old t-shirts…then he can have his own blanket too and not steal mine! Thanks for all of the toddler christmas advice! I love those bumpers for the bed. So much better looking that way!

Megan December 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm

My boys are 9 months old and I hope I have time to convince them that playing with junk mail and dog hair more fun than that train table. YIKES! Where will I put my mid-day cocktail? At the train station?! Loving the t-shirt quilt. Always looking for more ways to snuggle up in cotton!

Melissa December 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I would love a t shirt blanket!! Also, I got this for my son because he’s obsessed with opening things. I’m afraid that he’ll get too good at locks and stuff though and lock me out of my own house or something….http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Doug-Deluxe-Latches-Board/dp/B000NVBE1A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354842417&sr=8-1&keywords=melissa+and+doug+locks+and+latches

Abbey December 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I need to win the t shirt quilt, because if my husband tries to put on his Blink 182 or other crappy punk rock band shirt and tell me ‘ it’s just a little tight, it’ll stretch.” one more time I’m going to lose it. These shirts have got to go!
As for Christmas, the trampoline is an AMAZING idea. Thank you!!
Good luck in the quest for sanity while mothering two children, I’m two years in now and it still doesn’t seem possible. Um… That didn’t make you feel better did it??

Rachael December 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Amanda, I’m due next month with my 2nd son (it’ll also be my 2nd c-section), and my first one will be 22-months-old then. I, too, and nervous/dreading the balance of attention between my two little loves, and I know it sure wont be easy. Thank you for making your stress so entertaining. It’ll help me to remember that even when I’m on the verge of a breakdown from not being able to do it all, there’s still humor in it all and that it’ll be okay, even if my toddler turns into demon spawn momentarily.

Heather B. December 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm

I want one of those cameras for my son, he’s always trying to take pictures with mine.

Becky December 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Oh MODG, you are going to love the train table. My twin boys were not quite three when my youngest was born. I think I almost died from exhaustion/frustration at not being able to stop the big ones from doing bad stuff while I was nursing the little one. But I DO remember that once the train table arrived, I was suddenly able to love my life again. My boys played with that thing ENDLESSLY. Eventually the table became too limiting for them and they started just building their trains all over the floor but in the beginning (when I really really really needed it) it gave me some blessed peace to nurse the new one. Good luck!
Becky :)

Shoppingmoma December 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm

MODG welcome to the world of having 2 kids! That is the happiest crap about it for now, no Splenda coating here…My 2 are half-asian so my 3 year old can not only get his fork stabbing on, but chopsticks up the nose at the same time…Seriously though, when there both adults and working you can guilt two people to buy you stuff from J Crew…Hope you get your good sleep on soon!

Love me some “Dad’s shirt dress, up cycled” from Sunny with a Chance

From the Mom who dies for her Cappucino kids!

Kelly December 6, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Very interested in the color changing clock in a year or two. Love the t-shirt quilt idea! Thanks for the contest!

Leyna December 6, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I know you might think I’m crazy, but have you considered getting a refurbished iPod Touch (and awesome protective case like the Griffin Survivor..and headphones) instead of the LeapPad thing and toddler camera? I ask because my 2 kids (now 3 & 6) have had both the LeapPads and kid cameras, and they always still asked for my iPhone and its apps. I did not get near the quiet time I was hoping for with those other purchases. It’s like they KNOW the kid stuff isn’t “real”. My MIL sprang for iPod Touches last year for both of them (then 2 &5) which seemed RIDICULOUS at the time, but it has been magical for the past year. MAGICAL, I tell you. Plus, the Touches have more staying power than the others since they can be updated with new age-appropriate apps as often as you want, from the comfort of your own home (like, while you’re nursing), and for much, much less moola than new LeapPad games.

Rachel December 6, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Bruder trucks are THE BEST! Mom Tip: don’t spend the crazy Amazon money on them… They’re always in the toy section of Home Goods/Marshall’s/TJ Maxx for, like, twenty-five bucks. My 2-year-old son has four of them & Santa’s bringing two more. They are currently being staffed by his Avenger action figures… Wouldn’t it be nice if your garbage man actually looked like Chris Hemsworth?

arlene E December 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I love those t-shirt blankets. What a clever idea. My 3 and 6 year old got the leap pads last year. They both love them. You didn’t mention the Vtech Innotab BABY whcih is for 12 mos and up. PERFECT baby gift. Our 14 month old got one for Christmas. He is always trying to play with the girls’ leap pads and my hubs Ipad so it made sense that he had his own, right? It comes with a silicon sleeve to protect it. I can’t wait. So excited for him to get into technology.

Alexandra Tijerina December 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm

She is a very good friend but still doesn’t give them away! I love her quilts and will do anything to support what she does! :) ps g is adorable!!

Rebecca December 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I’m giving you a pass because you have mommy brain and I love you every other time, but I am underwhelmed by this list. I have an 18 month old and I was really hoping for some awesome toy ideas. I don’t have room for or desire huge train tables and trampolines in my house, and I am too cheap to buy myself an Ipad, let alone my toddler. Isn’t there anything awesome that is cheap, smallish and educational or something? Or am I delusional? I bought and wish listed everything on your airplane toy list, but nothing stands out here. Please help me because I already have the other stuff and we’re taking our first plane ride this Christmas!!

Carrie December 6, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Great post, as usual. Loving the toddler alarm clock idea…and the noise machine. I currently use an ipod hooked up to a speaker but would like something more permanent. Also, would love a t-shirt quilt. I definitely neeeeeed to immortalize me sorority t-shirts before I get so old I don’t remember my sorority days. :)

amanda December 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm

That alarm clock changed our lives. HOLY CRAPS I sleep until 7. It’s amazeballs.

Nikki V December 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm

See I spent 6 years!! waiting and waiting for the moment that my husband said we could try for baby #2, it was torture AND THEN I had baby #2 and realized that there was no way in HELL I could have done it if I had a toddler too. You will survive and your kids will be great friends. Oh and the bumpers for G’s bed…you can use the large pool noodles, they work just as well and are super cheap!

Paige Stephens December 6, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Love the alarm clock! I wonder when I can start training my son to use that?
Anyway I would love to win the t-shirt quilt.. My husband has a bunch of old soccer shirts I have been dying to get rid of but he won’t let me. This would be perfect for those!

Sarah W December 7, 2012 at 1:21 am

the alarm clock is soo brilliant!! my boy is a little young for the list this year, but totally bookmarking it for next Christmas!
Thank you for posting even though you live in a crazy clown house right now! Ruby is such a cute little lady!

love love love T-shirt quilts…every time I get rid of t-shirts, I find another box. or get another road race shirt. I need to make some drawer space!!

B.K. Steadham December 7, 2012 at 1:38 am

I was just sitting here thinking how awesome it would be if I had a quilt made out of some of my favorite baby clothes from my girl. What a lovely idea!

Alison December 7, 2012 at 5:58 am

I added Sunny with a Chance to my Etsy favorites!

Thank you for the monitor and white noise suggestions!

I have seen the Leap Frog/Leap pads/whatever they’re called around and thought about getting one for Rowan so I could have my iPad back. My husband pointed out that we see about 3-4 of those A DAY in barely/gently used condition on this area’s classifieds websites – which, in a way, points to them not being so great. I would love to know if you get one of those for your son and how it turns out!

Alex @ ifs ands & Butts December 7, 2012 at 7:08 am

Whoa have ALWAYS wanted a tshirt quilt. I favorited her shop: http://www.etsy.com/people/abuttsy?ref=si_pr

Jasmine December 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

I was impressed with her prices as I got quotes from people in my area and they wouldn’t do it for less than $200. So her prices are very reasonable.

Ginger December 7, 2012 at 9:21 am

I favorited her shop. My husband wants one of these quilts so bad!

I am planning on keeping my daughter in her crib a loooong time. She loves her crib. Lucky me!

Jasmine December 7, 2012 at 9:23 am

My friend and I made my son a tshirt blanket out of his old t shirts. I highly reccomend that you do this for your husband and kids. Wether you get crafty or in my case lucky that you have a really crafty friend and do it your self or have someone make it for you, do it! They are so cool and a great keepsake! I saved all of my son’s little league jerseys, favorite toddler shirts and other significant shirts. He loves it and we love to sit and look at it. I plan on doing one for upper elementary and middle school and high school. If he gets lucky enough to play sports in college I will do one for then as well. I told him when you grow up and get married and your wife doesn’t appreciate your t-shirt blankets they have to come back to mom. So I can sit and look at them and remember!!

ashlie December 7, 2012 at 9:53 am

I love seeing people do things with old T-shirts – I have a bunch I’ve been meaning to turn into pillows for years – maybe a quilt would be better!

My two year old (born the same day as G) is getting a kitchen for Christmas. I screwed things up by not getting her one last year for Christmas, so she gets it this year instead of the train table that seems to be the requisite 2 year old Christmas present! I’m clearly a terrible parent.

Jessica December 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

i admire you. i can’t freaking imagine 2. let alone 4 like my mom did. yikes. my life is so much easier once my baby is asleep. i can’t imagine fighting 2 to sleep. frick. although i had a dream last night that i had a baby on a beach. and she was delivered by kathie lee gifford. and she was born with a braid in her hair. and her father was james van der beek. my husband wasn’t so happy about that. but she was awesome and i wish she was real.

Sarah Macon December 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

#1. That is why I don’t have 2 kids.
#2. We have that alarm clock and it is awesome. She is bed bound until 8am.
#3. Train tables are awesome but we have no room left in our house due to kid shit taking over.
#4. I need to win. I favorited that bad ass t-shirt quilt.
That is all. :)

Tanyad07 December 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

I made some cushions out of my husband’s old tshirts. Wouldn’t mind making a blanket with a few more!

Jamie December 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

Right there with you! I had my little man via c section(I think we may be kindred spirits because our irth stories of #1 and #2 are pretty darned similar) last week. My 3.5 yo toddler girl has been, shall we say, interesting. She overly loves her little brother but is desperately trying to figure out where she fits in now. And although she has had a big girl room for quite some time, she as not slept in it since little man came home. Snuggling on the couch – because that is where I have planted myself – trying to nurse a newborn and fight for space, blankets, and pillows with a squirmy snoring 3yo who has to sleep with a minimum of 44 stuffed animals and 3 baby dolls is not my idea of a good time.
I came to the conclusion that 1 child is great, 2 is happens because you don’t know any better, and 3 or more equals a clinical diagnosis of insanity. Maybe China was on to something with their 1 child rule.

Allyson December 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

I want I want I want!! Pleeeease pick me!

Katie @ mommy brain blog December 7, 2012 at 11:08 am

I kind of want to get my kid the toy ipad, but I’ve tried this trick before with a toy phone, but kids are wicked smart and they know the real stuff from the fake stuff. I’ll probably buy this, and it’ll sit in his pile of toys while he obsesses over the iPad and talks to Elmo on our iPhones. The truck looks like a fantastic gift suggestion for grandma and grandpa. Thanks! Also, I’d love a t-shirt quilt! I am actually the t-shirt hoarder in my household, so it would be my college t-shirts (and high school t-shirts…and elementary t-shirts…shameful, I know!) that would bet quilted not my husband’s, though we could throw in a couple of his hockey Ts, the ones that feature inappropriate phrases and half naked ladies. Going to check out the t-shirt quilt etsy shop now! :)

Leyna December 10, 2012 at 10:38 pm

iPod Touch all the way. The “kid” cameras & tablets were sniffed out as duds and left to get dusty. Touches have lasted a year (a YEAR!) and are still going strong.

Wendi Kilbride December 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

for keeping the toddler from roaming the house while you sleep? Time for a baby gate at his bedroom door, then he can still stand there and scream at you but not roam the house. Be warned, it only takes a day or two before they figure out how to pile stuff on top of each other to climb up and scale the gate. You’ll have to remove all potential climbing blocks….I also put Christmas bells on the doorknob, I’ll be sticking with this because when I hear the bells, I can scream “GET BACK IN THAT BED!” and for now it works. That would wake up your sweet Ruby, so go with the gate for now.

Teresa December 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm

We put a latch on the outside of our son’s door so he couldn’t get out. Sounds bad, but he would try to get out a few times every night and then give up and either go to bed or play in the dark. I found him sleeping on the floor surrounded by all his stuffed animals a few times, but he usually made it to bed. I always unlocked the door before I went to bed because I wanted him to be able to get up and find us if he needed to. We’d also unscrew the bulb from his lamp, because one he figured out how to turn that on it was an all-night party in there. He’s 4 now and sleeps in his own bed in his own room like a champ. Still an early riser, though . . .

Wendi Kilbride December 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

OH, and by day 2 he’ll throw that cute light up clock over the gate into the hallway :) Anything round will be thrown, toddler rule #243

Krista December 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

I’m convinced that having another kid is a million times harder when the older one is a boy. I had my second when my daughter was 22 months and it was hard, but not because she was driving me crazy. I had my third when my son was 18 months and he gets a look in his eye every time I sit down to nurse the baby. He knew IMMEDIATELY that he could get away with murder because I wasn’t going to get up and stop him. Boys are more difficult as toddlers. Fact.

The t-shirt blankets are awesome. Things like that are why I wish I could sew. I told my husband I wanted to learn how and he said, good. Now you can make me stuff. Um yeah, like curtains. Having someone else make something great out of his crap is a much better idea.

Ginger December 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I favorited on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/people/grb059!!!

That glow alarm clock is genius. I’m going to get one for my husband.

Emily December 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

We bought my son the LeapPad last year for Christmas. He was 3 1/2 at the time. I’m sorry but I have to say it is the most over rated lame toy ever. It comes with like 2 games and then you have to buy the rest. And they aren’t like$1 apps. They are between $7-$30. And it is so behind with all of the other pads that are out there. Luckily we bought the warranty so when it broke after owning it for a few months we could take it back. We bought the kid a bike with the money and I let him use my Kindle Fire.

Tarah December 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Thanks for the list of fun things. I always love your posts and I think I’m ordering that trampoline. I’m scared of this winter when we can’t go outside. Also, I’m loving the giveaway! I have a bag full of sorority/college shirts that I have been dying to turn into a quilt but haven’t been able to part with the money to do so yet!

Jenalee December 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Get past the first month and you will be fine. It’s just hard when the baby doesn’t nurse fast or easily. The toddler knows it and acts crazy. Basically you let them run across the couch, climb the bookcase, and draw on the walls because you know once you get that breastfeeding under control, mamas gonna regulate! Hang in there! Also, I love the t shirt quilts!

Emily December 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Hang in there, I’m rooting for you! And a t-shirt quilt. Rooting for that too. I guess that’s what it took to get me out of lurkerdom . . .

Natalie December 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I want a quilt made out of my baby’s clothes! Love this!

Bethany December 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Added her shop to my faves! I so need that quilt. My husband has the worst t shirts. “Grab your balls, we’re going bowling”, “Tap Water, warm, kinda filtered, free” (In Evian logo), “Grill Sergeant” and my personal least favorite- “I F*#$%d the Olsen Twins before they were famous”. Actually that one’s in the garbage and he doesn’t know it.

Thanks for the newest list. My little guy will be a big brother someday and currently enjoys chasing my poor dogs around. He needs some of these things.

Janet December 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I’m so scared of same predicament–toddler plus newborn scheduled to drop in early March. Too late to reconsider second?

Devin December 7, 2012 at 10:32 pm

We have a similar trampoline and love it. Kid jumping on the couch? Not in this house – take thee to the trampoline if you want to jump. Getting close to bedtime? Don’t you want to jump for a minute? Tired kids are often a must for close-to-sane parents :). Also, my mom would love you if I won a tshirt quilt bc then I might remove my box of old college tshirts from the closet at her house!

Teresa December 8, 2012 at 3:58 pm

When you kiddos can hang out/play together (like when they’re 1 & 3 til forever) it makes for great at-home time. But it makes for AWFUL outings, especially when you have a rambunctious son who has no fear of the tall shit at the playground and a willful younger daughter who will stop at nothing to follow her brother’s lead. The mere thought of leaving the house with my almost-2 and almost-4 year-old exhausts me.
Anyway, both kiddos love our little trampoline, so you know it will entertain for years. And my son has that sleeping bag and the train table, which was a hand-me-down from my nephews. Side note: my mother owns the local toy store and loves to order shit for her grand kids; I don’t complain. That clock looks cool, but my son would have completely ignored it. But I have no secrets for keeping my kids in bed — they both wake up at 6 and know exactly where to find our cozy selves.
My 2 year-old loves Sesame Street, so she’s having a Sesame Christmas thanks to her Nana & Grandpa. My house will be overrun with talking Elmo crap. But if she lets me go to the bathroom without throwing herself against the door, I’m in. Happy Holidays, all!

Michelle December 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

good stuff!! Congrats!!! I entered to win! ;)

Wesley YesImAGirl December 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm

This is kind of a sidebar, but I’m really pumped that Operation Wana is coming back.

Amber December 8, 2012 at 11:26 pm

How fun! But when is WANA starting? My family is in need and I want to see if someone can help so I’m very pumped about this!

Cathy December 9, 2012 at 12:28 am

I’ve been saving my son’s baseball jerseys so when he graduates from high school and goes off to college I have something of his to cuddle with! On a side note, I need to find a demo model of that leap pad to try out with my 17 mo old. He figured out our iPhones a while ago and the tech snob in him knows the difference between our iPhone 4S and the old aluminum 2g iPhone we let him play with!!

Alyssa December 9, 2012 at 1:11 am

http://www.amazon.com/Little-Tikes-Jump-Slide-Bouncer/dp/B003NSBMUI/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1355033374&sr=8-5&keywords=bounce+house
A friend has this for her kids and on rainy days has been known to set it up in the living room…

Lindsey December 9, 2012 at 1:48 am

We have the ok to wake clock and LOVE it, its really a gift for mom (or dad if anyone out there has figured out how to get dad on wake up duty… Any tips to share?) . Worth every penny. We even change the wake time on the weekends and get the kids to play in their rooms until 7:30 when the green light comes on.

Brandy S December 9, 2012 at 7:25 am

Oh, my, god. T-shirt quilt. WANT.

Shop favorited.

Sarah December 9, 2012 at 8:14 am

Shop loved. Will save my pennies for next Christmas if I don’t win- that 20 shirt blanket is awesome!

I would love to get that closet space back from my husband.

Alana December 9, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Hope you are hanging in there. I can’t imagine having a new born AND a toddler! I know my day will come sometime, but right now..just can’t quite imagine it.

Ny husband and I both have a hard time getting rid of t-shirts! I would love to turn some of them into a quilt, would be kind of a fun thing for a guest room since most of our guests are friends from college and would totally recognize all the shirts!

Take care!

Corinne December 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Totally made the Etsy shop a favorite :)

I don’t know how you can deal with two itty bitty kiddos. Personally, I don’t plan on having any kids, unless they’re the furry, four-legged kind, but I still enjoy posts like this because I can share the info with my pregnant co-workers and look all awesome and super-smart :)

Hillary December 9, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I might need that trampoline. My G is also a crazy one (although remarkably he loves books). Loves books until he decides “sit nice in mama’s lap” time is over and now “it’s throw balls at the TV” time. Cold weather + plus small house = mad toddler.

Yaz December 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

That train table will drive you nuts! You will literally spend ALL day putting it back together after he knocks it over. I was going to get my son one, bc he’s also obsessed with the b&n one. But I didn’t want to build the tracks, and glueing it takes a really long time and makes it harder to store once he outgrows it. I got this instead:

http://www.step2.com/p/Deluxe-Canyon-Road-Train-Track-Table?gclid=CMj_3aDNkLQCFUQw4Aods3sAsQ

Its the step 2 deluxe canyon road train table. It’s awesome and the tracks are built in.

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