It's started already. I'm only 13 weeks pregnant and I'm already living vicariously through my unborn child. Poor little thing, never stood a chance!
I've become consumed with tracking down old toys and books from my childhood because obviously, our kid is going to like playing with that stuff more than the flashy new toys. Not everything old, but there are definitely a few key pieces that I'll be scouring yard sales and Kijiji for. I've found a few of these items on etsy and eBay already, but the shipping prices can be crippling!
So, if you happen to have any of these hanging around in a back closet somewhere - let me know!
First up, a Fisher Price Playhouse, the circa 1986 version.
I loved this house when I was a kid. I remember spending hours just poring over the detail in the lithographs around the house - there's little birds in the trees and all kinds of hidden details. Then it opens up, like so for hours of fun. I don't remember having all those pieces when I was a kid, although I do remember the family members and the car the most. I'm sure at one point I had them all, but you know how things go. There are new models of this house, but they're not the Tudor house and everything's all different, with a ringing phone and all kinds of crazy stuff. I want this one though!
Also in Fisher Price land, the Chatter Box Phone...
This little guy also has multiple versions over the years with slightly different graphics, but this is the one I remember dragging around on a string.
There's also the Fisher Price Cash Register. If I remember correctly, this toy lived at my Grandparent's house, so it was extra special because we didn't get to play with it all the time. I love the "No Sale" button.
And then there's the books. I had oodles of books when I was a kid. Actually, I used to have a little baby carriage, but instead of pushing baby dolls around in it, I would push my books around. I also distinctly remember a canvas Care Bears bag that I would load up with books to bring with me to keep me entertained on car rides. While I won't be able to track down all of my favourite books from when I was a kid, these are some of my top prizes.
Little Luv Angel - by Toby Bluth
This book is actually the Christmas story, told through the eyes of three little angels (Faith, Hope and Little Luv) who are waiting to be born on earth. It's so sweet, and the illustrations are beautiful. I've book looking for a good copy of this book for some time, but it's out of print, so it's been hard to find a good copy at a decent price.
Lovable Furry Old Grover's Resting Places
Okay, here's the thing with this book. I am now 27 years old and I still quote it. The whole book has different resting places in it (there's little circles for a thumb resting place, a forehead resting place, an elbow resting place...you get the idea) So to this day I'll look at one of the cats trying to squeeze into a crazy spot and say, "That's not a Gibson resting place!" My husband just thinks I'm nuts.
There's another Grover book that I remember fondly...
Grover Sleeps Over
If I remember right, Grover goes to sleep over at Prairie Dawn's house. My favourite part was the next morning when they eat crazy Sesame Street cereal. I wanted to try it so badly!
There's a billion other little items (mostly other vintage Fisher Price toys, like the School House and Farm) that I would also love to get my hands on, but these are my top favourites right now. Let me know if they're lurking around your house!