Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Damn That Tiger!

Having a 2 1/2 year old is pretty difficult. Obviously, there are the terrible 2's, which I hear turn in to the terrorific 3's and I am SO not looking forward to that!! But, what I mean by difficult is that it's hard to know how to treat the little person before you. Is he a baby? Or is he a kid?

I know this sounds confusing, but let me explain. Punk is 2 1/2 and I see him as a baby. Yes he can talk and walk and feed himself. But he's just learning so much new stuff that when he remembers something that happened months ago or says something like, "I told you that!" when I ask him where something is and it's really where he told me, I get so taken aback!

He's definitely turning into a little kid...

But what happened the other day, I so did not expect for at least a couple more years. My son has been overtaken by consumerism! OH that's right. I really didn't think that would happen for awhile. I mean, he knows that he likes chicken nuggets. So sometimes when I ask him what he wants for lunch he'll request them. I know that he wants McDonalds, because that's the only time get gets chicken nuggets, but he hasn't caught on to that yet.

But the other day while grocery shopping I let him walk beside me for the first time. We went to Walmart and the only carts they have for multiple children are those stupid blue 2 seater things and Twinkletoes is too small for that yet. I prefer shopping at Kroger because they have the 2 seater plastic car attatched to the front end of the cart and then the basket part fits 2...that right, 2 kids!! I told my husband that we can have 2 more kids because Kroger can accomdate them while I have them in tow!!

Wow, I got WAY off subject! Anyway, Punk was walking beside me and of course he was drawn to the stuff on the shelves. At first he just wanted to help me put things in the cart...but that quickly changed!! Next thing I know he is actually screaming about what he wants to put in the cart. Here are some examples:

Danimals "drinkable" yogurt (has pictures of monkey's on it)
Scooby Doo Kraft Mac n' Cheese (pictures of Scooby Doo)
Kelloggs Frosted Flakes (BIG picture of Tony the Tiger!)

Not once did he choose something that wasn't geared towards kids. Well, except the head of broccoli that he picked up and licked and I HAD to buy after that!! But broccoli is his favorite veggie so that explains that!

I was just horrified. I thought he was too young for things like that. He's just a baby!! Baby's aren't supposed to be able to notice these kinds of things!! I didn't expect him to be throwing the Lucky Charms into the cart until he was at least 4!!!! AAHHH!!!

By the way, I'm going to go broke with this kid helping with the shopping. I bought all of the above listed products that he threw in the cart(they just looked so good!!).


Diana said...

Craziness with these kids. First- I still see my little guy as a baby and he's truning two in Nov.
Second- we just started going through something similar-where now he doesn't want the plain Rice Crispies he wants the cereal Daddy eats (pure sugar) because of the stupid bunny on it. (Trix)
And going to Walmart means seeing 'Melmo' everywhere....oy.

nic said...

Welcome to the world of toddlers and consumerism....My child has been going through the toy catalogs telling us what he wants (hint the $200.00 lightning mcqueen battery operated care is #1) and everytime there is a toy commercial on he says mommy buy me cute ..

Babaloo said...

Wait until cross-marketing starts! I found out I was buying Danimals yogurt because they were having a contest to win a trip to L.A. to meet the stars of Disney's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody."

Ugh! Not only did we not win, nobody drank the damn yogurt!

Valerie said...

Yup this is why T stays in the cart at the store.

Jen said...

Its awful isn't it!!

Val...keep him in the cart as long as you can!!! I think I'm going to write Walmart and request they get carts that fit more kids!! I LOVE the carts that fit two kids in the's prefect and there's plenty of room!

We're headed out to grocery shop again today and I'll tell ya, I'm going to Kroger where Hayden will be in the cart!!