Times change and kids grow up I suppose. Even since I have been writing this blog, I have seen changes in my girls. They have grown a bit physically and mentally. Between my older starting pre-school and using the toilet without her potty seat insert to my younger, who has stopped wearing diapers, is using the potty, and knows the alphabet song from start to finish now, they are really growing up right before my very eyes.
So, I should have seen it coming, but I totally didn’t. We went shopping for Lily’s birthday at Target with both kids in tow, because Target and Target.com usually have the best sales. We, of course, went to the toys section as we have done before and began looking for toys. Everything Lily picked up and showed interest in Emma kept saying, “Lily will share this with me,” because she couldn’t have new toys appear in her home without the promise of getting to play with them, too. That is truly understandable, because they are so very close in age and many of the toys started out as Emma’s and she shares better than most I think, but does still have her moments from time-to-time (hey she is only 3 years old and do need to remember this).
Anyways, we tried to explain that these were indeed Lily’s gifts, because it was her birthday coming up, but that I am sure Lily will share with her as long as she is indeed nice to her.
Then, I spotted the “EasyBake Oven”, which as become a most wanted gift by both my girls from Santa this year on sale for $10 off at Target. See they play with the EasyBake App on my iPad and have seen the oven being advertised through said App and have been asking me for it since the summertime. Well, apparently this “Hot Toy” of the season was on sale for $10 off this current week. So, what is a mother to do?
That’s right I, put it in the cart and purchased it. All the while, Emma was saying, “That’s My Easy Bake Oven,” but it is still in sight, so that was expected to me. We got in the car and that was the end of the EasyBake Oven talk or so I thought (out of sight out of mind). We got home and I put all the bags of toys in the garage. Then, I walked into the house and that is when it happened.
Emma asked me without warning, “Where is my EasyBake Oven, mommy?” Well, I was dumbfounded to say the least and felt like a deer caught in headlights.
I mustered all my strength and creativity to come up with a good comment and just couldn’t. She had caught me off guard. In the past, she would have forgotten that we bought something like that in front of her once she didn’t see it anymore. Her 3rd birthday, this past July, we went to the Disney Store and bought her a few toys. She didn’t even blink in recognition when she got them a week later that she had indeed picked them out. So now you can see why I truly didn’t see this coming, when only 4 months earlier, she was clueless.
I thank god for Kevin, who thought on his feet and answered her, “Santa needs to take it to his workshop to make it special just for you. He will be putting these special touches on them and return it to you Christmas morning.”
And thankfully she seemed to buy it and hasn’t asked since, but what a close call that was. But the moral of the story is whatever Christmas shopping I have left for her, will have to be done without her there to see these gifts or else I better have a damn good excuse as to why she isn’t getting it, because she now has not only short term memory, but long term too. I love that she is growing up, but why, oh, why did she have to choose now to grow up on this front, because I am not a good liar and now have to think on my feet or so it would seem. Oh the joys of parenting and having your kids grow up!!
Now, please watch and enjoy my favorite girls, Sophie Grace and Rosie from Ellen go on a shopping spree at Toys R’ Us: