When Noah was a toddler he had a HUGE obsession with vacuums, instead of watching cartoons, we ordered free vacuum videos...he loved them. If we went to visit someone, he would ask to see their vacuum. He knew all the brands and the differences between the types, like those with bags or canisters. His favorite toy vacuum was a plastic blue one we found at the Goodwill for .65 cents. Eventually, we let him use our real vacuum and even open it up and see how it worked. He still likes vacuums, but he's not obsessed any longer.
I think Charlie has inherited Noah's obsession. I took him to the store to buy groceries and he said, "I want to look at vacuums, oh, they don't have those here, Mommy?" Last night, Don got up with Charlie to calm him down after I wouldn't nurse him again( I have weaned him except for nursing him 1 time for nap and 1 time for bed.) Anyway, Don decided to let him watch a cartoon or something online, but he didn't want to...until Don found a vacuum advertisement. Then he calmed down and fell asleep. He also likes lawn mowers, he got so excited the other day when the neighbor had his lawn mowed by a commercial lawn service and they had the kind you stand on the back of...Charlie was shaking with excitement.