My MIL (bless her soul) had this opinion that when you have two kids you should always get them the same of everything to avoid jealousy issues.
Easy for her to say, her kids were both boys with a very small age gap. I have 2 kids with a biggish age-gap and completely different interests. So, I did what I usually do and gave her advice the deaf ear.
Until I realized the fun of same-same shopping. While I don’t go all out and get them both the exact same thing, I try to keep a theme in mind. And if Snubnose gets something for her birthday, I try to make sure there is a little something-something for Piglet as well. And of course, this works both ways 🙂 .
It happened all by accident when Santa gifted Snubnose a reversible Panda sweatshirt two years ago. Piglet ended up getting a Panda Lego set.
It would have been easier to just get them the same sweatshirt. But thrifty ole me has decided that Piglet will get Snubnose’s sweatshirt anyway when she outgrows it, so there’s no point in getting him one. Instead he got building blocks to improve his motor and analytic skills.
Piglet loves his Panda and at the time he was gifted it, he was too small (just 1-year-old) to question anything.
This time around though it’s going to be more difficult. Piglet is now 2, and has shown himself to be a jealous and possessive little person. Now that Snubnose’s birthday is rolling around, I am sure he’s going to set his round covetous eyes (and paws) on whatever gifts she gets.
So, I am thinking whales. A sweet little birthday dress for Snubnose, which won’t attract Piglet’s interest, and a huggie whale pillow for Piglet, which he”ll love to chew on (he still hasn’t lost his affinity for eating cotton and wool).
The pillow though is of good quality and will not pill, or burst, or lose color. I am confident this buy is 100% Piglet-proof and that he will love it to bits.
And isn’t Snubnose’s dress just the cutest? I love the whales appliquéd on it, and I can’t wait to see Snubnose in it on her birthday.
It’s a surprise for her (and part of many surprises that I am planning 🙂 ). I have hidden it safely so her prying eyes won’t spot it. Hope the suspense lasts till her birthday 🙂 .
For those moms with more than 1 kid, how do you handle shopping for them? Do you try to keep things on the same level, or do they just have to accept that sometimes one gets something, and not the other.