As we all know, I am a first time mom. I am learning new things everyday. Sometimes I am quick on the uptake, sometimes slow.
Example of quick on the uptake: Toph cries incessantly while being dried off. Mom looks up, sees fan on. Turns fan off. Toph now his happy self. Toph was cold, thus the crying. Lesson learned.
Example of slow on the uptake: Toph nursing weird, keeps pulling his head back and screaming. I am convinced that the bottle is making him hate nursing. Cry to husband. A few hours later, look at Toph's gums. Oh, a nice little bump there. Little bump makes it painful to nurse. Poor guy.
So yeah, I learn every day. And, I can't escape Target these days without wandering through the baby section. The sad thing is, I have those aisles memorized and yet still can't escape without buying something from there. Most of the time it's breastmilk storage bags:
or sometimes it's diapers.
Even though, we don't have to buy the above diapers too often, in fact, Toph has been in size two since two and a half months and we're on our second box of 132. That's thanks to these:
Anyway,I don't leave Target without something from that section. One place I have not ventured is the toy section. I am trying to figure out just what toys my baby will get good use out of. He already has a variety of rattles, plus a jumperoo, plus my new favorite, the Graco Jump 'n' Jive:
I am reluctant to go and buy many more toys for him because, well, he's a baby. He's just as interested in my water bottle as he is his rattle. He also loves to grab random parts of my face and has fun doing it. Once, when we were in Babies 'r' Us, I did venture to the toy department and found myself wandering around, in awe of all the things I was depriving my child of. Should I buy him this? What if he is waaay behind his peers because I didn't get him this?
Hubs and I made a pact that we would focus on what is in our son's heart rather than what is in his hands as he grows up. We will by no means deprive him, but he can't possibly need millions of toys for each stage of his life. What he will need is love and guidance from us, something that no toy, no matter how cool, can provide.
So, my question is, with your babies, is/was there one thing that your child really benefited from? Like, one thing that made you say to your spouse, "Man, I'm so glad we got him/her that!"
Just curious; as we all know, I can slow on the uptake and could use the advice (so could my wallet).