“Stop and Go, Stop and Go….”

Baby Bug has a new toy. It’s a scooter bus for one-year-olds. It’s also a brightly colored plastic bus that honks and sings an annoyingly catchy tune. I could sing it for you right now, in fact. “Stop and Go… Stop and Go….”

What?!!! The horror!

This is a classic case of how much you change once you become a parent. I would die a thousand deaths over having such an obnoxious thing in my house before I became Baby Bug’s mom. But now, there is nothing that could make either of us happier. I love watching her try to get on and off of it. I love how happy she is that she can push the buttons all by herself over and over (and over and over). I love how she bobs her head to the sing-songy tune. I love how it’s the first thing she wants to play with when she gets up five thirty in the morning and I’m still groggy and so very not ready to get up. I love watching her open and close the seat lid and put toys inside and then take them back out again. It is a beautiful thing when your child learns to play with a toy all by themselves.

I could fill my house up with them. Ummmmm… No. I won’t go that far. But one loud obnoxious yellow bus in the living room is okay. We’ll rearrange our lives around it for Baby Bug’s sake.

Have you ever seen such a sad face? This is probably what she would look like if we took the yellow bus away.


  • Jennifer

    Wow, she loves that toy, such cute expressions. I was surprised that it’s just as exciting with my second child as has been with my first to see “new” in their eyes. Aww, the sad face.

  • mel

    Just wait, there’ll be more. But, oh how lovely they are when they entertain your child to no end. She is looking so much older with her new hairdo! So cute.

  • Kim

    The picture of her with her mouth wide open with glee is just too cute! And the sad picture? Priceless! I love it. She is so adorable and she’s just getting cuter and cuter!!

  • Amanda

    I was thinking the same thing today as I carted home a flourescent exersaucer from Wal-mart…the things we allow in our living rooms can be mighty frightening. :)

  • Bethany

    Love the new masthead.

    We all have that line that we think won’t be crossed…and then our darling babies come along and dance right across the line and we’re so busy clapping for them we barely even notice. As you say, funny how kids change a person. :-)

  • Sarah

    I never thought I would have so much blinking, musical, plastic crap either but I can’t help it. (I can blame it on the grandparents.) As long as he is having fun and happy, I am happy too.

    Baby bug is so cute. I love her little expressions. I am glad to hear you are having so much fun together.

  • Marissa

    SO EXPRESSIVE! Have you tried teaching her to make faces? My dad used to do that with me when I was very little, “Show me happy,” “Show me sad,” “What’s angry look like?” It was a fun game for us to play.

  • Ande

    I know that song…..”with a beep-beep, honk-honk….” I feel your pain!
    She looks so precious up on that bus!

  • Tammy

    Wow! That photo of you and her is fabulous…the expressions on both of your faces are exquisite. I can remember when James had a ride on toy like that so I can totally relate to your enjoyment of an otherwise obnoxious toy! :-)


  • Mrs. Why

    I have a huge weakness for Fisher Price Little People. What that says about me, I do not know, but I covet that bus. She is the cutest little sweet head.

  • Sam

    Now if she’s especially naughty, you can ground her from her yellow bus! You totally have leverage! She is adorable, having fun with her bus, and you know I think she has your eyes. Such a cutie patootie.

  • The Lactivist

    “Stop and go, stop and go, off to school let’s take it slow with a beep, beep, honk, honk all around the town…stop and go and stop and go!”

    Yeah…we’ve got a non ride-on Little People school bus that sings that. I’ve heard it eleventy million times, though it’s much more palatable than hearing “A! A! A A A A A A A A A A A A A A says A and A says Ah!” over and over as she plays with the stupid Leapfrog letter magnet on the fridge.

    What ya gonna do…

    I’m with others though, I adore Little People. :)

  • nila

    Before you know it, your house will be filled with loud, blinking, plastic crap. It happens to the best of us.

    BB is so growing up so fast.

  • BeachMama

    That is the cutest sad face in the whole world! We swore we wouldn’t have all that stuff too, but alas our house is full of it. We, thankfully, had a “Pooh” car that played fun little tunes and hummed like a bumble bee looking for honey. J loved that car and still does, but it is in the basement for occaisional playing. J is really too big for it but somehow he gets it going and flies around on it. When it was in our main living area it made many trips down the tiled halway, just wait until BB gets good at doing 180’s and drives like a maniac, gives you insight into the teen years ;).

  • Jennifer

    My son has a school bus that plays that very song! When it gets stuck in your head, you can’t get it out!!! :o) Love the pics.

  • LVGurl

    Baby Bug is so sweet, I can barely stand it sometimes! :) Too. Much. Cuteness. Feeling. Weak.

    When I was pregnant with my first, I refused to buy anything that was obnoxiously colored or played annoying music. But then I put my new baby in the muted-tone seat and the floor gym with had no bells or whistles. That was one bored baby.

    It’s amazing what we come to accept. Bring on the Elmo phone!