best. rattle. ever.

Last night we had to say goodbye to the best rattle ever, when Aunt Carrie accidentally stepped on it, causing it’s demise.

The little yellow plastic telephone rattle was over 30 years old. It was mine as a baby, then my brother’s, then my sister’s. My mom saved it and gave it to me for Ava when she was born. Ava loved that rattle and so did Julian. It was the perfect size for little hands and little mouths.

Exhibit A – Baby Ava enjoying the rattle:

Ava with mommy’s old rattle 11/4/04 Ava loving her rattle 4/28/05

I looked through all of my pictures of Julian today and was bummed to discover what I suspected to be true – I never got a picture with him playing with it. Maybe there’s one hiding out there somewhere. Mom? Carrie? Either of you have one?

Edited on 6/9/07 to add: I found a picture of Julian with the rattle! Woohoo! 

3/15/07 - Julian and the phone rattle

Here’s the rattle carnage.

RIP rattle

RIP dear rattle. RIP.

Not long after the rattle was demolished accidentally broken, Jody hit the ‘net to see if he could track down a replacement on Ebay. He didn’t find anything there, but he did come across these wicked cool wooden rattles that are pretty much the same shape, and, judging by the pictures of the babies on the site, look to be enjoyed equally as well.

Wooden rattle

So I think we’ll cough up the (gulp) $20 for one of those. It should last forever and would be a cool replacement to pass down through future generations. :)

For all the grief we gave you about breaking it and as sad as I am to see that rattle go, Carrie, maybe the change to something new won’t be so bad after all. ;)

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14 thoughts on “best. rattle. ever.

  1. We pass down rattles and things in our family, too. My baby uses my old diaper pail, blocks, sheets, toys, clothes, you name it. I’m so sorry it broke! How sad.

  2. Hi Amy! Love the new look (again)… That rattle looks so sad, broken! Awwwwww!! Those photos of Ava… she’s just so precious!! I like the new rattle you’re going to get. Awesome!!

  3. Ohhhh!!! Sorry to hear about the vintage rattle! But my goodness, at least you’ve got some CUTE baby pictures with it – they are SO adorable!! It’s sometimes difficult to let things go that have sentimentality, but you gotta keep in mind the joy it did bring for so many years. Not many rattles get that much use!

  4. PS: Your new avatar at the top of your headline page – is that your Wii character? So cute, it looks just like you!

  5. Sad but yeah that is a cool rattle, worth the $20 I say. Think of how much joy it’d bring future generations

    Like the new look, glad to see my favorite theme is freed up now :)

  6. I’m so glad you found a picture of Julian with the rattle. What we need next is a picture of YOU with the rattle when you were that age.

  7. Oh, so sad to lose something that has been passed down like that…but the replacement rattle looks way cool. Good shopping, Jody!

  8. A moment of silence for the rattle…so, got a new one yet?

    I think the fact that it was well-loved by both is a precious memory.

  9. Oh, noooooooo! I just read about the demise of everyone’s favorite rattle today (6-14). Oh, well.
    Onward and upward to new and better designed baby rattles. I forgive you Carrie. I will look for a picture of you, Amy, with your little telephone rattle. I remember saying to you “Call Grandma” (my Mom who lived in Florida) and you would hold it up to your ear. The little yellow telephone rattle-gone, but not forgotten.

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