It’s a car, it’s a plane, it’s a cardboard box

Jan 27, 2010

Not only are we adding a new member to the family in the next week, we have also already added a lot more “stuff” to the household.  It looks like Babies R Us has a new location in Chester – our house.  We have clothes, clothes and more clothes, blankets, bottles, pacifiers, humidifiers, diapers, wipes, burp cloths, a swing and a bassinet and the baby is not even here yet.  Didn’t we just get rid of all this stuff?  Thankfully, we do have a lot of baby items left over from the little man, but everyone has gone completely bonkers buying clothes for the little lady who will soon be here, 11 days to be exact – the longest 11 days of my life.

The good thing about all of this new stuff hasn’t been the cute little baby things, but the boxes they come in.  Ben has had a ball with all of the boxes, the best one being the bassinet box.  It’s a huge rectangular box that has now been an airplane, a house, a space ship, a slide, a car, a boat and a castle.  The box has also helped produce a stunning knight’s shield and body armor, thanks to Daddy’s impeccable skill with an X-Acto knife.  The kid is having a field day and hasn’t laid a hand on a Transformer in the last 48 hours.  It’s truly been amazing.

It just goes to show that they really don’t need anything but their imaginations.  The fact that we have probably spent more than a small fortune on toys and he prefers cardboard boxes is just mind-blowing at times.  I should just hit up UPS instead of Toys R Us from now on.  I love watching his little mind work while he figures out what it’s going to turn into next, except for the slide, because then I begin to have anxiety issues over the proximity of his head to the hardwood floor, but that’s a minor set back to the free toy.  He has been dragging it from one corner to the next, adding pillows, blankets and a few Star Wars guys.  I could probably shove some food in there and he would never come out (it’s a thought).

The box has been a wonderful addition to the family; we have peace, quiet and an array of transportation options now.  The boy is happy and getting excited about his baby sister, not to mention all of the cool baby things he now gets to mess with, and the added bonus of the cardboard boxes.  So on we will ride in our spaceship, airplane and car/castle combo and anxiously await the arrival of the baby sister.  I know he is as excited as we are to meet her, but he would probably be more excited if she were to arrive courtesy of a big brown cardboard box – and so would I for that matter!

gmlashley @ hotmail.com

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