Sunday, November 11, 2012

Toddler Activities: 15 Months Old

One of the challenges of being a stay at home mom is finding activities for your little one to keep them entertained throughout the day. These are a few of our current favorite activities:

Kitchen Items Sensory Basket: Discovery baskets, or sensory baskets, are a simple way to engage your little one in learning about the senses as well as language learning. When Emma was younger, we had a lot of fun with our ribbon sensory basket, but now that she is older and less apt to put things in her mouth, we are expanding our sensory experiences! In honor of our upcoming Thanksgiving celebration, I put together a kitchen items sensory basket with a variety of bowls, metal and wooden spoons, big and small pots, potholders, whisks, and measuring cups. Let your child touch and explore each object, and try to use many different words to expose your child to language as you describe the texture or appearance of the objects as hard, crunchy, shiny, etc. Let your child move things around, and you can describe objects as they are over, under or beside each other, etc.

Cheerio Challenge: I found this idea over at Productive Parenting. The idea is to place a few cheerios inside a plastic bottle without a lid, then let your child figure out how to get the cheerios out of the bottle to eat! I thought Emma might be a little beyond this activity as described, so I ended up using a few plastic containers with various lids for her to problem solve! She enjoyed the challenge and also the reward at the end.

And, of course...

Read: Reading - even in a laundry basket - is one of the best activities you can do with your child at any age!

A few of Emma's current favorites are:

My 3 good things for today are:
  1. I'm feeling good - no morning sickness!
  2. No snow yet. Don't get me wrong, I will be very excited when it does finally snow, but I'm not quite ready for that yet.
  3. Today is Veteran's Day. Thank you to all the brave men and women who have served our country!  

Friday, November 9, 2012

Good News of Great Joy!

I am shamefully behind on my latest post because we've had a busy couple of weeks. Plus, in the last week and a half, I've had two long doctors appointments. But it's for a good reason. I'm not sick, I'm PREGNANT with baby #2! I'm nearly 14 weeks along, and everything is looking good. We were able to have an ultrasound - partly because of my pregnancy history, but mainly to get a more accurate due date and determine how far along I really was.

We had a 6-week ultrasound when I was pregnant with Emma - entirely to see if the pregnancy was viable, or if they thought I would miscarry again - and she was just a tiny little bean on the screen, with a heartbeat going blip, blip, blip. So I was expecting a similar picture when we went in this time at what we thought was 12 weeks (really turned out to be 13 weeks) and I was shocked!

There was an honest-to-goodness baby in there! At 13 weeks, we were able to see a developing brain, legs and arms that kicked and moved, a tiny stomach and bladder, the beginnings of a spinal column, and a little face with eyes and a precious little nose!

It's amazing to think that there's a little lemon (about that size) hanging out inside me, and that it can already squint, frown, grimace, pee, and even suck it's thumb!

We brought the ultrasound photos home to show Emma, but - as we had anticipated - she was not very impressed! In what ways did you prepare your young children for the arrival of a new baby?

Do I really need to list my 3 good things today? Honestly? Today, everything is good.