I remember recalling to Yoav that maternity leave (albeit paid leave) is very expensive for us, because I have all this time to go... shopping!!
I had a gift certificate for Shilav, el snooty baby store. I wanted a new play-on-the-floor-with-dangling-toys type baby thing (the one we had with Sarah Rochel was very plain, and who knows HOW brilliant the Sroch would be if she had had a more dynamic one? Why, she'd be doing calculus by now, instead of merely pre-algebra!). So I went and got one, name brand and all, for a mere 320 NIS (thoughtfully covered by the gift certificate - thanks to my office!). The scarier thing? I looked it up on Amazon - and it cost more! Tiny Love is American, and the stuff is made in China of course, but much of it is actually developed here in Israel.
Note that in the picture Sarah Rochel is not attacking Shulamis, just playing with her. No, really! Sroch actually assembled the toy with me, bless her.
What else? Oh yeah -
Well, I had to buy her red pajamas!! Shlama-llama even pooped all over them this morning (and I mean, poop through onesie, pajamas, sheet and needing to be scrubbed off mattress and leaving a stain on the plastic mattress kinda poop. Hey, it had been a week since we pooped - we had a lot to, er, do!).
Since I bought them at that emporium of quality, Bazaar Strauss, they are "Leader" brand and so have a big embroidered 'LD' on the front (it's under her hand in the picture). So clearly they stand for 'Llama Druyan' or, in case of please-God passing them down to another kiddo one day (assuming I survive the two I have), 'Little Druyan.'
Gosh, what else have I been buying?
-Gas got cheaper (back under 5 shekel a liter, yay!).
-A ten shekel recorder (as in 'cheapo flute substitute,' not 'immature iPod') which Sarah Rochel already earned with her 'Sleep All Night' sticker chart (still 4 more stickers to go to earn her much-coveted umbrella - as in, "Buy me an umbrella before the rain comes. I want a BLUE one, like Abba's!" (item: Abba's is black. Sarah Rochel knows it's black, but still wants 'a blue one like Abba's.' And you wonder why I am going insane?)).
-A new baby bottle for Shulamis, since I by now am SO sick of Avent bottles leaking - we got a Nuk one, since Shlam only takes Nuk pacifiers, when she takes one at all. So I leave her alone with Yoav for two hours during her Must Nurse Every 45 Minutes Hours (TM), and I'm curious to see if she'll even take a bottle at all... and the kid slept the whole time. Harumph.
-Slippers for Sarah Rochel - NOT 'cwocs' which she'd been asking for. Now I was good, and resisted the "little pig" slippers at the mall for 80 NIS ("little pig" is a translation of Pooh's sidekick 'Piglet' according to my Happenings saleslady). Sroch is perfectly happy with her 19.90 NIS slippers from Bazaar Strauss, so much so that this morning I got to hear twelve billion times "But I WANT to wear them to gan! But I really, REALLY want to!"
But don't worry. I've been helping to support my family by writing a bit and more importantly, taking Important Online Surveys for huge amounts like, oh, $2 sometimes, answering intelligent questions such as do I think my Toyota Corolla is more 'optimistic' or 'stylish', obviously related to follow up questions such as "do I buy luxury brands to show others what I've accomplished" and "do I feel couples that live together as if they were married should be given the rights of married people." And could I recognize a Ford Focus on the street if I saw one. You see the obvious connections, no?
And to that, Shulamis Rivka says - ooh.