While I was in the thick of Spring and needed to plan Hannah's Easter basket, distraction for the big road trip and fearing the teething phase, I realized I could kill three birds with one stone by purchasing the much Oooohhed and Aaaawed over Sophie the Giraffe.
Basically she's a $20 squeeker toy, but every parent I asked sweared by it and raved that it was made with natural rubber and inks.
So I bought it and hid the price from Christopher until he saw Hannah's little eyes beam over her new toy - That SQUEEKS! Then I slid in a quick "It was $20" that was muffled by Hannah's squeals. Whew!
It doesn't seem to be Hannah's favorite toy but it certainly is Apollo and Caesars. And I love my dogs, but not enough to buy them a $20 toy.
So Sophie lives in the carseat. She keeps watch in dark parking lots and entertains Hannah on trips to the grocery store. Since Hannah doesn't take that many field trips yet, Sophie's novelty has remained in tact and H is still excited to see her everytime we strap her in.
Now that I've replaced Hannah's love of dirty tennis balls and chewing on rawhide, I just need to find a way to keep her out of the dog food.
*sigh* .... My little girly girl...