The Boy's second birthday is in less than two weeks. In most regards, this will be a very joyous occasion, but there's one thing that his Mommy and I are not really looking forward to. That is the fact that many family members and loved ones will soon be asking us what they should get him for a present. How are we supposed to know what a 2-year-old wants?!?!
We know for sure that he likes wooden Thomas trains, so we have made arrangements for him to receive Toby and Mavis, which are his two favorite trains in the Thomas series (don't tell him, please), to go with the billion other trains, tracks, bridges, and buildings that he and his older sister, the Girl, already share. Other than that, even though I live with him, I'm not really sure it's possible to find out exactly what a toddler with limited speaking skills really wants.
We try to limit his television watching, although he and the Girl are allowed to watch the occasional video. But they always choose to watch one of the same three DVDs over and over. So he's not all that interested in any licensed toy products unless they are Thomas or Bob the Builder themed. We have a whole bunch of books that he loves, and he's perfectly happy reading one book before bedtime, and maybe another one or two at some point throughout the day. Seeing that we own enough to fill a library, though, I don't think he really needs any more.
He liked doing puzzles for about a day and a half a few months ago, but he quickly moved on from them, and we have a bunch sitting around the house, not being solved, so he probably doesn't need any of those, either.
The only thing I can think of that he will use and be happy with time after time, with little chance that he will ever get sick of it, is bacon. That kid could eat a pound of bacon every day, if we didn't limit him to a half a pound. Hey, we need the other half a pound for his older sister - she needs to eat, too! No, I'm just kidding, we don't feed our two toddlers a pound of bacon every day. In fact, they usually only get bacon once or twice a week. But they both eat as much as their Mommy can cook for them on those days that we have it. I think I have finally come up with the perfect gift for him, at least until he's old enough that he can tell us what he really wants. If you're reading this, and are going to be celebrating the Boy's birthday with us next weekend, I will be very disappointed if you don't show up bearing a gift of bacon. Especially after all of this brain-racking I've done to help you out.