We went out to Ikea this morning, one last time, because I realized that I wanted to get a matching wall mounted shelf to match the TV stand we bought. Should be a nice place to put the center channel speaker and the Kinect. Oh, and +1 for .99 breakfast plates.
For reasons not clear to me, some people slam Ikea for having cheap crap, but I for one really like everything that I've bought from there. Some of it is super cheap, but a lot of it is nice, trendy-ish stuff. I love my desk and my bookshelves. I always enjoyed walking around there, thinking about how I'd decorate a place, if I had my own place. Now that I will again, of course, I won't have convenient access to Ikea (nearest is two hours away, in Pittsburgh).
The shelf was a nice score, and it will match perfectly. Just after we found that, we wandered into the kids area. There we found a kids egg-shaped chair, with a canopy that folded down over the front. It also rotates. I put Simon in it, to see if he thought it was cool, and he went completely ape shit over it. Pulling him away from it caused quite a scene.
I'm not even going to admit to the cost, but needless to say, I bought it for him. Diana helped me justify it by saying it will be nice for his new room, to help him really make it his own. I don't even know what it means, but it works for me.
The chair is a ridiculous impulse buy, but Simon is still young enough that he won't understand the concept that if he wants something, his parents will get it for him. When he does start to get old enough, I can assure you that I won't be that parent. It's not going to happen. I will do my best to help him understand the value of money and where it comes from, and how he can earn it.
For now though, I plan to tap into my inner child, and surprisingly vivid memories from when I was that little, and give him a fun environment to explore and learn from. This ridiculous chair may not facilitate that, but we really like it.