So, I waged our first battle with baby toy branding.
Mike wanted to get a sofa for the little guy, so I hit up that Babies R Us sale yesterday on the hunt for a flip-open sofa at ten dollars off of the regular price. Of course, they didn't have any at Babies R Us, but there were a few at the Toys R Us next door.
Because it is my hope that Tom won't be exposed to child-targeted television, I'd rather not have too many things in the house screaming at him that TV IS SO MUCH FUN MAKE YOUR MOTHER TURN IT ON ZOMG!!!1!!!1! [Full disclosure: He does occasionally watch Jeopardy with us, and the television is generally on after about 9 PM so one of us can relax/zone out while the other plays with the baby and puts him to bed.]
Thus, my rationale was simple: choose the sofa whose branding will be outdated by the time Tom realizes that it is 'branded' at all.
I've used ebay in the past to buy a few things for the wedding, and a couple of (still ridiculously overpriced) purses back in the day (when having a nice purse was more important than, um, most things...) (now I sport a 5"x5" Vera Bradley knock-off from TJ Maxx stuffed with old receipts and change).
But baby clothes on eBay? One word (phrase?): NWT. That's "new with tags" and that's where the vast majority of the boy's fall/winter clothes are coming from.
Ideally, my little guy would take a little nap around noon, another around three, and a nice slumber around five or six until Dad gets home.
In the real world, he'll sleep for twenty minutes sometime in the afternoon after being boobed into it, then pass out around 6 or 7 or 8, just in time to be asleep when Mike walks in, making a fool out of the mother who called her husband begging for just fifteen minutes of peace, for the love of all that is holy.