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Best of Elmo – Top 6 Elmo Toys

My daughter’s fascination with Elmo has finally started subsiding. I am not sure what happened, but you know what they say about looking a gift horse in the mouth. Unfortunately, at the peak of her obsession I was diligently researching some fun Elmo toys to perhaps surprise her on her birthday/Christmas/Easter or whatever else was coming up. Even though I am no longer going to be making use of my research (until either she gets her Elmo kick back or Ducky takes it up), I am going to share my findings with you. Hopefully this helps you shop for your Elmo-crazed little one.
Sesame Street Let’s Rock Elmo

We love music in our house. We buy the kids toy drums, pianos, maracas, guitars, etc. So I thought this toy was perfect, combining some of the kids’ favorite things. And Elmo kind of looks cute. But I didn’t say that.

Sesame Street Elmo Plush

This one is one of my favorites because it is so simple. Elmo isn’t doing anything, but with a child’s imagination he can be doing anything. Your kid can play with him, snuggle him, taking him anywhere. I love the versatility.

Fisher Price Tickle Baby Elmo

Ok, I have to admit is kind of cute. And you can quote me on that. This Elmo is considered a collectible, so it can be high in price. But if you are just getting it for your kid to play with, I recommend a knock off.

Sesame Street Elmo’s Find and Learn Alphabet Blocks

I love instructional toys, so I was very glad (even though not surprised) that Fisher Price made an Elmo alphabet set. Even though Munchie has several alphabet/number sets, one more, especially in a favorite character, can’t hurt. I may still get this one even if she is no longer a huge Elmo fan.

Sesame Street Car Seat Cover

I thought this one would be great to lure her into the car. Um… that kind of sounded wrong. But seriously, sometimes she just doesn’t want to get in the car. This is really frustrating in the mornings. So I thought this may be a little incentive. Also, if it doesn’t work as planned, at least I would have an easily removable car seat cover as opposed to having Hubby take the car seat out every time and hosing it done in the back yard, making it so I can’t take the kids anywhere in my car for a few days while it dries. All sorts of problems just got solved.

Fisher Price Elmo Live

Ok, this one is a little pricey if you buy it new. So your kid has to be absolutely devoted to Elmo. But if you can spare it, it is a pretty cool toy. You can also get it used. I personally have no problem with that, but I know some people would. Yet I could not have a Best of Elmo list without at least mentioning Live Elmo.

Are there any I have missed? What other Elmo toys are out there? 

A Letter To Ducky

Dear Ducky,
Mommy loves you, but please stop growing. Of course I want you to grow up broad and sturdy. I want you to be tall, and generally well built. But you have time. You do not need to put on a lifetimes’ worth of weight before your first birthday. You are nine months old wearing twenty-four months clothes.
Aside from the fact that I can’t shop fast enough to replace your clothes, I am also running out of space to store all the clothes you can’t fit into any more. Including the ones you never even got a chance to wear (just in case there is another one of you down the line).
Also, you need to work on this crawling business. Not because I am worried about your development. I am sure you will get there eventually. But since you can’t crawl or walk, I have to carry you. Everywhere. And you are heavy. You weigh more than your two year old sister. I thank you for the really buff arms I now have, and the six pack belly that I am sure you contributed to, but my back hurts, and my arms are sore. And I am exhausted.
Also, we need to work on your sleeping habits. Meaning you need to sleep more. At night. This whole waking up ever hour or less trend is not working. I am exhausted. Your father is exhausted. How are you not exhausted? Do we need to enroll you in baby aerobics so you can burn off some of that excess energy? We would be glad to do it.
So you see, Ducky, mommy and daddy love you dearly. We are just asking for some effort on your part. I didn’t want to burden you, or make you feel like you are not a good baby. So I haven’t said anything. But you are now nine months old, and ready for the truth. Even though to me you are always going to be perfect, there is always room for improvement.
With love,
P.S. In a few months you are probably going to be obsessed with Elmo like your sister is. Please don’t. 

There is Something About Elmo…

There is something about Elmo. And not in the Cameron/Mary way. This is probably the conversation they had when creating Elmo. Don’t ask me who “they” are. That is not important.
“Let’s create a TV character that will generate lots and lots of toy sales and make him more annoying than anything else ever before invented. “
“Like this?” the second guy asks holding the most annoying thing/creature imaginable.
“No! Even more annoying!”
And that is how the furry red creature we all know and hate, er, I mean love, came about. Which is fine and dandy, but then you have to consider that not only was he invented, kids everywhere love him. My daughter adores Elmo. This is a conversation she had with my mom the other day:
Munchie: Go! (this is what she says when she wants to be left alone)
Mom: Well if I go, who will take care of you?
Munchie: Elmo!
Elmo has taken over our house. He is all she asks for. He is the one she looks for. Forget that mommy has been at work all day. No “where’s mommy?” but “ELMO!” every evening before dinner, during bath time, before bed, during bed time, and probably in her sleep too.
If it were up to her, I would be replaced by a giant red creature. And now that I just wrote this, I am beginning to see the similarities. I mean, I am huge compared to my itsy bitsy twenty one months old daughter. I have red hair.
Oh my God! My daughter thinks I am Elmo! I am flattered? I think?
What do you think?