When I was pregnant with Richard, of course I thought about what kind of peacock items I could get for babies/kids. I found a good variety, but most things were geared toward girls. Which sometimes to me does not make since, because the male peacocks are the ones with the pretty plumage. When we found out he was going to be a boy, I had to scratch a lot of things off my list....... nursery bedding sets........ frilly clothes. But I was still able to get him some plush toys, as pictured below. One plays music and the others have all sorts of rattles, crunchies and squeeky things. The Palmer House one he got when he was older on one of our overnight trips to Chicago (the peacock themed hotel we love staying at).
This time around, I wondered if I would be able to indulge in all those girly things. When the ultrasound revealed another boy, I had about 2 seconds of sadness and then I was over it. I love being a Mom to boy(s), so let's see what else we have that is more of the male peafowl type.
Jenni of Gnome Lover gifted me this cute onsie from Etsy seller Crawlspace Studios. I can't wait to see the baby in this!
Richard was a peacock for his first Halloween (see original post here). I just found the costume the other day when I was unpacking the baby totes, and I wondered if I will use it again for baby brother. We'll have to see if it fits in 2015.
But, out of everything, the most peacock items I seem to find that Richard enjoys are books. His daycare has a "Raising a Reader" program where we "check out" a bag of books every week. Our best surprise was when we got the book below and it had a peacock AND a railroad crossing sign! I have a huge train lover on my hands and railroad crossing signs are pointed out during every car ride. At our zoo, the peacocks seem to hang out by the mini railway as well. Must be a thing that peacocks like trains???
Limelight Larry is a book we discovered at the library, and we loved it so much I ordered it from Amazon. It is a great story/lesson, and the artwork is so beautiful!
This is the best page, when we both yell "Take up the whole page and show off!"
Three Hens and a Peacock was another add on to an order, and it is a really cute one as well.
Same with The Golden Peacock. I find that if I am coming up short for free shipping, I will add on a book. Our routine is to read 4 books at bedtime. We've created quite a nice collection of all kinds of books over the last 3 years and it is wonderful!
Inside graphics on some of the books..... swoon!
I got Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? at my shower for Richard. What a surprise to see a peacock inside! After I had him, I was looking at books at Target for a friend's shower and saw the book was made with sound buttons! I just had to have it and it is hilarious now that Richard can imitate a peacock (among other animals, of course).
Richard knows that peacocks are Mama's favorite. It has been fun to collect these things for my kids, and I can't wait to see what I find in years to come. And by no means to I mean to sound like I am strict on gender things........ the other day, Richard saw a preview for My Little Ponies on a DVD he was watching. I told him that I had those when I was little and that they were packed away in the basement. He requested I find them...... and I did! He has his Dad's old Hot Wheels....... It's great to share your own childhood loves!