When we became pregnant, unsolicited advice came out of the woodwork.  Everything from, “Enjoy your sleep now because you won’t have any more in ____ months” to “I hope you’ve been saving for years, because having a baby is SO expensive”.

Well, almost 9 months ago as we came home from the hospital prepared for countless sleepless nights, we found out the naysayers were exactly right.  We didn’t sleep much that first week – but not so much from the crying.  We didn’t sleep very well because we laid in bed listening to him breathe from the other room, hanging on every coo coming from his sleeping, precious little body.

New parents are often overwhelmed by how much their baby needs.  The new baby needs food.  The new baby needs milk.  The new baby needs diapers.  The new baby needs clothes.  The new baby needs fisher price.

(insert sound of a record scratch here)

Wait.  Fisher Price?

Its amazing how much money the toy industry generates when Gunner is completely enthralled with:

A desk drawer at Dad’s office:


A cardboard box that Daddy brought home from the gun range today:

The dust bunnies underneath the chair in the living room:

A steering wheel in the parking lot of the hospital while Mommy worked at the Emergency Room:

A Christmas tree with a few lights and ornaments on it.

As we prepare to celebrate the ultimate gift ever given by buying and sharing gifts with one another, we hope that you understand that it won’t make any difference whether a child receives an American Girl doll, or 15 Star Wars Lego sets: They’ll probably end up playing with the wrapping paper – or the box.