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Shaker Bottles: A Fun Activity

Shaker bottles are a fun and interesting way for your infant to explore the properties of sound as well as develop motor skills! By putting various fillers into the bottles, you can create a sound experiment that is bound to captivate your little one’s attention. Jonah loves exploring the different sounds of each bottle, as well as the motion and colors of the fillers. By using fillers of different weights, you are helping your child to learn about physical properties, while encouraging them to lift, shake, and manipulate objects in the world around them. Making these bottles is fun and easy! Wash and dry plastic bottles from water, soft drinks, or juices. It is fun to have a variety of shapes and sizes, but make sure that your infant is able to easily hold that particular kind of bottle. Sports…
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Wish Fulfillment

In my richly imagined fantasy life I will give birth to this baby and despite gaining over 30 lbs and despite having a 5th c-section and despite the fact that my only form of exercise for 9 months has been lifting food to my mouth…I will miraculously shrink overnight into the body I had when I was 30. Using the powers of “The Secret” I have begun visualizing myself lean and toned while holding a newborn child – like a Madonna in a half shirt. I picture flab free thighs, flap-free arms and a bottom that doesn’t look like a lunch sack full of mashed potatoes. I am determined to be the Dale Carnegie of post-partum. I have freed my mind from all negative thoughts (i.e. those that involve exercise videos and calorie counting) and have instead filled it with…
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Humpty Dumpty Craft

Mommy taught me the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme while we did a craft for it. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Mommy cut out squares and rectangles in lots of different colors and helped me learn the difference between the shapes. We glued them on to a piece of construction paper to make a wall. Then we put humpty dumpy on the wall and gave him some googly eyes and painted on a smile. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall Mommy let me use scissors today! I held them and mommy taught me how to cut paper to make grass. We glued our grass to the bottom of a sheet of construction paper and then
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My goofy kids!

Did I ever tell you how goofy my kids are? I mean, seriously! Sometimes I wonder but then realize they ARE a product of Todd and I. Realization hits and then I KNOW why they are so funny! Here is my boy and one of his many crazy faces. Then we have good ol’ Gabi. She saw the red light go on and started smiling with the cell phone Abuelo brought her. You can really see
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Baby Signing

I came across baby signing years ago while I was in college, studying psychology. At the time, I was discovering a new field called language acquisition and development. This is the study of how children learn language, and fine tune their knowledge of the world around them through language. I was deeply interested in literacy and how children learn to read, as well as how they learn grammar rules. But my job at the time was a lead teacher in the one-year-old classroom at a nursery school.  I was becoming increasingly aware of how miraculous it is that infants learn language. It is never taught to them by conventional teaching methods; it is much more than pure mimicking as 90% of all sentences are completely novel. Yet sometime within the first eighteen months of life, sometimes even before the child…
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Early Childhood Intervention Assessment & Birthday Pics!

Yesterday was Ian’s assessment with ECI (Early Childhood Intervention). It is bittersweet because he does indeed qualify. The reason I say this is because I don’t think a parent really wants their child to be labeled “developmentally delayed” BUT at the same time, it is great he qualified for help. He was assessed to be developmentally in about the 6-9 month range & they were using his adjusted age at 10 months so he really isn’t all that behind except for in speech. I knew that was coming. He babbles & talks to his sisters but he isn’t big on repeating sounds yet. He wasn’t before he got sick either. Something that made me feel better is that his pediatrician said that boys tend to develop speech later than girls. That makes sense because my girls are talkers, especially Gabi!…
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Elimination Communication Day 3: An Experimental Trial Continued

As we were continuing our observation sessions for elimination communication, I was beginning to feel discouraged. After hours of watching my son’s every twitch, logging the times of every nap, feeding, and elimination, I could find no pattern and could see no cues. I was beginning to think that maybe it wouldn’t work out for us. I wanted to try a few more days of observing before throwing in the towel. One of the problems we’ve had is Jonah does not seem to urinate when he is not wearing a diaper. He lay hours on the floor playing, completely naked for me to see that much anticipated golden stream. He would begin to get cold or fussy, or I would need to get back to the reality of stay-at-home-mom chores. The diapers he wore while I carried him in my…
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All About Horses

I got to learn about horses today. I kept confusing them with cows so Mommy decided to set me straight. We watched some horse videos on You Tube.  One horse named Patches was riding in a car! We had horse food, carrots and apples, for a snack. I colored a horse with my crayons and then I made a horse with clay from my Busy Box. Here’s my horse!
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From pureed foods to table foods

Ian had a follow up with Dr. N yesterday. He is doing remarkably better, her words. He is getting better. He is sitting on his own now for long periods of time, like 2-5 minutes. He has also learned how to “fall” back out of sitting to laying. For a while he would fall and his head would just hit the floor. Seems like he can now redirect himself as he is falling which is a very good thing. An issue Dr. N wanted me to bring up to ECI (Early Childhood Intervention) is that when he stands (holding our fingers), he locks his knees and he won’t budge! It is like he doesn’t quite know how to tell his knees to unlock. As she was examining him yesterday, she tried to drag him forward which normally gets a baby…
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Elimination Communication Day 1: An Experimental Trial

“Steve is potty training his baby!” Daryl told me days after we had brought Jonah home from the hospital. Steve is a friend whose baby at the time was only around seven months old. “That’s not right.” I said “Either you’re mistaken, or Steve is off his nut.” Potty training at seven months? How could that be when infants do not have the control or mental capacity to acknowledge when they are eliminating? Like the vast majority of western culture, I believed that children are not capable of controlling their elimination until nearly two years of age; one year was the earliest a child would ever begin showing signs of potty training. I believed this despite my experience with infants and witnessing infants controlling their eliminations. It is a child-rearing “fact” that is bore into us from culture. After Daryl…
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