Today I bought presents for Mony's birthday. Here's what I picked:
Leapfrog Learn & Groove Musical Table
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Fish Bowl Jumbo Knob Puzzle
Manhattan Toy Feeding Set for Baby Stella
Fisher-Price Corn Popper Push Toy
Playskool Step Start Walk n Ride
Fisher-Price Sesame Street Silly Sounds Remote
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Bug Jug Fill & Spill Soft Baby Toy
Fisher-Price The Farmer Says
Manhattan Toy Baby Stella Doll
I'll probably get a couple books, too. Possibly some clothes, but the grandmas are pretty good at keeping her clothed, so I'm not too worried about that. I was unsure about the doll. She isn't really to that stage of play yet, but I imagine she will be within the next year. Joe found the toy remote control, which I think might end up being a favorite since she LOVES the TV remote. We have to take out the batteries so she can play with it without totally screwing up the TV. Today I spent a good ten minutes trying to figure out how to get rid of screen within a screen. I didn't even know the TV had that feature, but Ramona somehow got it to work. So, we had Wonder Pets with Hollywood Murders until I figured out how to turn it off. Definitely a fun juxtaposition.
The birthday is rapidly approaching. I can't believe it's almost a whole year since the day we drove to the hospital half-way not believing we would return home as parents. It's strange to think that a year ago I didn't know Ramona at all, I just knew the constantly kicking and hiccuping mass in my belly that I already called Ramona in my head and when I talked about her to Joe. I had no idea that she would have such beautiful blue eyes or such a charming smile or crazy laugh. It's hard to remember not knowing her. It seems like another life altogether.