Thursday, February 28, 2008

Art Safari @ the Museum

Miss Ali took us on an Art Safari at the Columbia Museum!
Today, our son watercoloured for the very first time.
Today, our son created his first work of art!
I just held the paper and supplied the brush - the rest is all his!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Library Books

My 15 month old son has a longer attention span than some adults I know!

He enjoys Story Time at our library and we bring home new books every week. Every morning after breakfast, he looks for his library bag and chooses one book at a time for me to read. We go through 8 to 10 books in each sitting! He LOVES it and I love it.

One particular week, we had a really good choice of books that captivated him:
Baby Talk: A Book Of First Words and Phrases by Hindley
Color Farm by Ehlert
Five Little Ducks by Yaccarino
Just Like Daddy by Asch
New Baby Giraffe by Galvin
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear by Martin and Carle
Pots and Pans by Hubbell
Sam's Ball by Lindgren
Ten Red Apples by Hutchins
What's On My Head by Miller

Toddler Book List:
Buffalo Library
Read Me A Book

Monday, February 25, 2008

To EC or Not To EC

We first heard about it from Aimee, our cousin. Her months old baby was already trained!!! Elimination Communication sounds wonderful, but it seems a little too difficult during winter time. As we live in the South, we have had our 14 month old son run around diaper free a few times outdoors when the weather allowed. But, I cringe at the thought of having him do the same indoors. So perhaps the simplest way for us to start EC on cold days has been to have an open door policy for toilet rituals.

Yesterday, he grunted when he entered his own bathroom so my husband took his cue, took his diaper off and placed him on the potty. He sat there happily making sounds, reading and talking. He didn't exactly eliminate, but said 'down' when he was done sitting there. We took him down, dressed him and walked out of the bathroom. The little guy walked right back to the toilet and flushed it!

WOW. Unschooling does work! And VERY VERY part-time EC is working too!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Home Made Toys

Figuring Out How To Put Lids Into A Slot

My son loves homemade toys. He loves watching me create them. He loves delving into them when I'm done. Most of all, I love making my son's toys! I love having him see me create something for him. I love the feeling I have when I watch him enjoy something I made for him. And, I love that something so cheap and simple helps in his cognitive and motor development.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Our Conversations

Among other more tangible words, my son loves to say 'bye bye', 'wow' and 'uh-oh' at appropriate times. But it's only been recently that he is able to express himself with intelligible words other than 'uh uh uh' or other babbling baby jargon.

Today we bought him a toy truck and he was screaming for it as I strapped him into the car seat, as any 14 month old would do I guess. He pinched my cheeks - a sign of desperation that he really wanted his truck. I did not give in and instead tried to calmly talk with him.

Me: Say please, may I have my truck.

Son, with puppy dog eyes: Ah Tee (which means thank you - he doesn't know how to say please yet).

Me: Ok then. Here it is (handing him the truck).

Son, smiling: Ah Tee. Oht (which means truck). Whee (which means wheel). Happy.

As we enter our garage, son says with a smile: Home.

My heart smiles! Every stage of motherhood gets better and better!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Monday, February 04, 2008

Green Thumbs

Motivated largely by cousins in Melbourne, we are planning on planting lettuce, squash, tomatoes, eggplant and snap beans after the frost. Planting is new to us and we are surprised at how easy it was!

Our seeds are from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. They have high quality heirloom varieties and organic seeds. They were so easy to germinate!!!

On Tuesday, we planted them. By the weekend, they had germinated wonderfully!

By the next week, the snap beans are too big for their little pots!

Our first raised bed! We are ready to plant!