Christmas gifts and questions

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Christmas gifts and questions

Okay so I know That we all have lo's

what are your large or top gifts to them and is it from you or santa?

my mom is getting Lilly a train table but its from santa

Dh and i have bought her a crayola art easel and that was going to be it as far as big gifts.

Do you think that 2 is too young for a furry pocket pet? ie hampster. mouse, rat
or is it just my guilt...

short expanlation .... we recently gave up our resident very Large aquatic turtle.. because she was too big and mature laying eggs every fall/winter. I had been planing on sending her to the pond at our vets office since last fall. Well i tried to explane to Lilly and it has been at least 4 weeks since we said our good by. turtle is going to her new home with all the other turtles... but obviously it is still bothering Lilly because she wont let me forget that she either wants another turtle not happening or another pet... this occurs at least 3 times a week.
I didn't promise her but told her maybe for Christmas or some other time....

I have kept almost every type of pet and have vet tech training.. i know any pet is my or Dh's responsibility.
I raised our puppy with Lilly and it was crazy and hard. Ugh...
My mom says its a no go.. since she can't take care of it by her self. but i know that won't be until she is like 5
I am thinking maybe later after baby comes or for her birthday.

Does anyone else have other small pets?

sorry if you read all this and think i am off my rocker.. lol that very may well be the case. I am trying hard to be logical.

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My son just turned two and I just don't think I would consider a small animal like a hamster or mouse for a kid around that age. My sister had several hamsters when she was late elementary school aged. I remember they would sometimes bite (drawing blood even!). Plus they only lived a couple years which could be hard for a young child to deal with (hence why my sister had several over the years). And I don't know your daughter, but I see my son as maybe not understanding how to be gentle with an animal that small. We are still working on how to be gentle with our cat and at least she can escape him if scared. That's just my opinion.

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I wouldn't, simply because they bite. Not all bite, but most do, and those little suckers' teeth hurt!! We got the first hamsters for our kids when they were 6 or 7 i think. Marcus got a big bite, complete with lots of blood, and it made him hate the little guy for weeks. lol You don't want her scared or hating the little guy Smile He also tried to clean the cage with febreeze once. With the poor little hamster still in it!! I can't believe it didn't blind the little thing. So I think we even jumped the gun then. He LOVED the little thing, and thought he was gentle - as far as he knew- but it was still hard for both of them.

Could you get a smaller turtle? You already have the set up and all, and she seems to love them.

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We have a snail in an aquatic tank and that holds the interest if our 3 year old. Easy and fun to watch. Doesn't grow too big, cheap to buy/replace.

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How about a terrapin or a salamander?

We had a similar thing when our old cat died. DS was about 2 and a half and he was devastated. It wasn't the right time for another cat. We were travelling and my dad was in intensive care, just too much going on. DS mentioned being sad he didn't have a cat about 3 times a week for 9 months solid. He never forgot. Eventually things settled down and we were going to wait till the baby came but couldn't take his heartache any longer. We got 2 rescue cats, a mum and a kitten. He'd just turned 3 by then. He needed a few words in the first few weeks about being gentle with the kitten. It was small and I felt nervous that he would hurt it accidentally by squeezing too hard. I wouldn't recommend a hamster for that reason alone! But he did learn very quickly and is now fabulous and very gentle with them. He feeds them himself every morning while I make breakfast and they've brought real joy to all of us.

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"CamelNoodle" wrote:

We have a snail in an aquatic tank and that holds the interest if our 3 year old. Easy and fun to watch. Doesn't grow too big, cheap to buy/replace.

Oh good idea. We had golden mystery snails in our fish tank, my kids loved to watch them, and named them. We had one that would play on the bubbler thing on the bottom. He would crawl over it and his shell would fill with air and he'd float up to the top and fall back down. He would do it over and over. I even found him fun lol

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To answer your other question though, DS has quite a lot coming from Santa this year, and a few smaller things from us. He asked for a robot ages ago and it's been on his list for about 4 months, so that's his main present. More recently he added a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle van, and when we took him to see Santa Mrs Claus managed to put it in his head that he was getting Lego as well (thanks Mrs Claus!) so we had to get a small lego set from Mrs Claus too, which wasn't planned!

DS's other present is a digital piano from my mum and dad. He's been having a few lessons and is really, really enjoying it. We had an old upright that was just bust, and we had to send it off on freecycle. The digital piano is kind of to be played by all of us, but it will be "DS's piano"! He'll get it a little early, this weekend. We're trying to spread the excitement a bit or the day itself becomes over stimulating and a big stress.

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yeah I already gave up the tank space and moved i out of the house. We have fish.. and since one died a few weeks ago she found it and we had to replace it. soo sensitive. I think the point is to have something she can hold and feed. you can't really cuddle a turtle or a snail or her fish. lol

I was talking to my dad and he was asking me about what i remember as a kid and my pets and your right hamster are little buggers i had them when i was 4 and later on they do tend to be more biet-y. my mice never bit me, and neither did the rats i took care of. Birds are also a no go, but mostly because of the dogs.

she asked me for another kitty today but i really don't want another cat.

I guess i asked because I kind of feel like she has way too many toys as it is....
I have tried to put some away and donate a bunch but it seems like there is just too much. Grandma doesn't know how to say no to her.

Does anyone else feel like their drowning in toys???

I only feel this will get worse with the next Lo.

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lol i have NO toys. I feel like i'm drowning in electronics and dirty clothes and dishes my kids never put away. Wink

I understand about the cuddly part. I would so much rather have my dogs than anything. And at least she has her pet puppies!

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lol i have NO toys. I feel like i'm drowning in electronics and dirty clothes and dishes my kids never put away. Wink

I understand about the cuddly part. I would so much rather have my dogs than anything. And at least she has her pet puppies!

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"Chris_85" wrote:

yeah I already gave up the tank space and moved i out of the house. We have fish.. and since one died a few weeks ago she found it and we had to replace it. soo sensitive. I think the point is to have something she can hold and feed. you can't really cuddle a turtle or a snail or her fish. lol

I was talking to my dad and he was asking me about what i remember as a kid and my pets and your right hamster are little buggers i had them when i was 4 and later on they do tend to be more biet-y. my mice never bit me, and neither did the rats i took care of. Birds are also a no go, but mostly because of the dogs.

she asked me for another kitty today but i really don't want another cat.

I guess i asked because I kind of feel like she has way too many toys as it is....
I have tried to put some away and donate a bunch but it seems like there is just too much. Grandma doesn't know how to say no to her.

Does anyone else feel like their drowning in toys???

I only feel this will get worse with the next Lo.

Big yes to the bolded!!! I keep thinking that this next kid could receive no toys for several years and we would still have too many.

Back to the pet part of this thread, remember that you will soon have a baby to take care of and you probably don't want to get your daughter a pet that will end up creating more work for you. Plus once new baby comes, your daughter will likely be interested in baby that having a new pet may go on the back burner. She may be more interested in feeding and caring for her doll to mimic her mom at that point.