You know how your child is amazed by a certain toy at a playdate or at the store ... and they get filled with excitement? As a mother, this excitement prompts a gleam in my eye - and the excitement is passed on to me. Perhaps *this* could be the toy that will entertain them for 20 minutes straight, and still be just as exciting the next day. What would I do with 20 quiet minutes in a day? That's 7,300 minutes in a year! It's enough to make a mother-of-three-age-4-and-under giddy!
Now, new moms, before you sit on the edge of your seat, I am sorry to announce that this magical toy does not exist. If someone with more experience disagrees with me - PLEASE, I beg of you, share your secret!
What tends to happen in my case is that I eagerly buy my children the new toy, almost as excited as they. We bring it home, and all are entertained, including DH. It continues to be exciting for about 2 weeks. After that two weeks, it is tossed into the heap of toys that is thrown out of the toys box twice a day. Oh, sure - they still play with it ... though sporadically at best.
WELL my friends, and fellow mothers. Look no further, I have the answer to the dying toy. Simply move houses! Box the toys up, leave your children toy-less for 2 weeks, then slowly begin to unpack the boxes. Suddenly toys will come back to life! It's miraculous!
Of course, the fact that they are slightly feeling better from all the medicines the Dr has them on after 2 weeks of laying around the house miserable ... nah, that has nothing to do with it. I guess this new-toy-excitement that is filling our house as I unpack toy boxes may fade in a couple weeks (shh! Don't ruin my bliss!)
I still think it's miraculous! ;)