There are few toys that you can honestly say last through various developmental stages. This is why we don’t invest in too many. Okay, okay, it’s also partly due to the cost of new toys and the clutter they add to the house. We don’t have a big home and it’s hardly my goal to fill each corner and crevice with big clunky devices that are hot one minute and cold the next. So why do I love Hooper’s vintage playskool giraffe? I love it for a lot of reasons, really. For starters it was a gift from his grandma. Gotta love awesome gifts. It makes a great photo prop. It’s also been one his favorite toys since he was ten months old and using it as a crutch to start walking. Then he was walking on his own and he no longer needed it for support but was too little to actually ride it, so he carried it everywhere. Then he became big enough to ride it and now he loves for us to push him on it while he lifts up his feet and enjoys the ride. In any case, it’s gotten a lot of use and is one of his favorite toys. So, with no further adieu, here are some pics of Hooper with his beloved “gia”, or giraffe.