Bart was out of town all the last week of September, first for work and then through the weekend for his brother's wedding.
By the time Friday afternoon rolled around, I was pretty happy about the giant box with the Leapfrog Animal Adventure Table I had stashed away in the laundry closet after it arrived a couple of days earlier.
Ella was beside herself with excitement over the prospect of a "PESENT! PESENT!" and the opening of the box (and then the box inside that) was entertainment enough.
And then she played by herself for a good fifteen minutes. Sometimes, on a Friday afternoon, with another couple of days of single parenting stretching ahead of you, there isn't much more you could ask for.
And then, the next morning, she immediately asked to play with it again, so. . . hello ten minutes of lying on the couch in my pajamas like a blob. It was fantastic (especially when I'm in my usual "Bart-is-gone" routine of staying up WAY too late).
Apparently this table is geared toward children between six months and three years, but frankly, I think Ella's a little old for it. I'll be surprised if she maintains interest in it for more than a week or two, although I could see it being much more entertaining for a 6-18 month old.
I've noticed in recent weeks that Ella isn't much of a toy child - she really prefers games, puzzles, books, or a stuffed animal (or my iPhone or the computer, if we're being completely honest here). We've pretty much given up buying any toys for her except for things from garage sales because she just loses interest in them pretty quickly.
My cousins are coming to visit this weekend with their almost one-year-old, so I'll probably force her to be a test subject and see if she likes it (of course, the moment another child sets eyes on a toy of Ella's, even if she has had no interest in it for a year, it's instantly the most precious, beloved toy there ever was).
This thing weighs almost NOTHING (something, I'm very much appreciating at seven months pregnant or whatever I am - I do not understand how the weeks and months of pregnancy work together because forty weeks does not equal nine months, but whatever). Yet, it seems surprisingly stable and when our neighbor's non-walker stood against it, it didn't budge.
Also, the legs can be taken off so that it sits on the floor, which is mighty cool to me.
Also, have you ever wondered why hippos are so often portrayed as purple? Pretty sure they are gray. . . .
I was selected for this opportunity as a compensated member of Clever
Girls Collective and received free product from LeapFrog to review. The
content and opinions expressed here are all my own. #LFAnimalAdventures