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the eric update - day 598: learning wants and needs.

whose bright idea was it to take odin to toys r us anyways?

we went looking for a decoy toy phone which we really do need so he can feel free to be as chatty with his imaginary friends as he wants to be without mucking up our real phone or inadvertently speed dialing 911.

of course, he only cares about what he wants which given his love of trucks and yellow school busses is probably not surprising.

but we just can't do it. we can't bring ourselves to buy him a big, yellow hummer. i mean, i know it's just a toy and it's not like we'll admit publically to ever posting photos to fuh2 ( warning, don't follow that link if looking at hundreds of photos of people flipping the bird or -the official Hummer H2 salute - is something you find offensive ).

but you really have to draw the line somewhere, right?

then again, if it was radio controlled and hit a top speed of around 40 miles per hour and had aftermarket paintball weaponry, then i'd be all over it.

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2/22/2006 07:10:00 PM 6 comments

6 Comments:

Oh, I *LOVE* that website. Too funny!

What I find amusing about the toddler toy phones is how they are so brightly colored and cutesy. Obviously they are designed for adults. What a toddler REALLY wants is the real thing. Why don't they just make a toddler-safe look-alike?

By Blogger Lynanne, at 12:59 PM  

Best toddler look-alike cell phone? Parents brand. Available at Target. It's black and is a flip phone. My 2 year old still brings it out and plays with it sometimes.

By Blogger amy, at 2:28 PM  

lynanne: "What I find amusing about the toddler toy phones is how they are so brightly colored and cutesy. Obviously they are designed for adults. What a toddler REALLY wants is the real thing."

exactly! we didn't end up getting a toy phone because none of them looked "real" enough and he just looked at them like, "huh? what am i supposed to do with that?"

amy: "Best toddler look-alike cell phone? Parents brand. Available at Target. It's black and is a flip phone."

thanks for the suggestion - we'll definately check that out.

By Blogger e3, at 3:13 PM  

We gave Shoshanna our old dead cell phone several months ago. Also an unused remote control. She plays with them, but when presented with the choice between "her" versions of the objects and the "real thing", the real thing wins every time.

By Blogger Sarah, at 9:36 PM  

We did the same as Sarah for the captain. We gave him an old dead cellphone and remote control and he is happy as, well, he is happy. Sometimes, when he is "using" his remote, we will change the channels with the working remote (hidden) and he thinks heis doing it with his remote. It's too much fun.

By Blogger Jennifer, at 8:33 AM  

Go to a thrift store, they'll have lots of dead cordless phones for about $1. That'll help you save up for the battery powered toy vehicle he can actually ride in and steer.

By Blogger Derek, at 12:36 AM  

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