Sunday, July 15, 2018

dino wash!

bowie is loving her water table outside, so i cleaned up the pour station and we took a bunch of dinosaurs outside for "tubby time."  i put some color in the water, gave her a bottle of soap and a washcloth and let her have fun! 

this was such a big hit she requested it the next day, but we added some rubber duckies into the mix!


Saturday, July 14, 2018

growth chart...

i started this with bowie when she turned a year old and we just recently did her 2nd year foot print.  this is a fun and easy way to track their growth.

Friday, July 13, 2018

bath time!

enjoyed giving this guy a "milk bath" after bowie went down for bed.  he loves the warm water and started to get hungry, so he had a night cap in the tub.  hopefully we will all get some good rest tonight!

liquid gold!!!

this is proof that every pregnancy/baby can have a different breastfeeding journey.  my experience with bowie was extremely difficult, due to my very low milk supply and bowie being a lazy and not very efficient eater.  i had to start supplementing her with my friends breast milk very early on then formula before 3 months, and at 6 months my milk was completely dried up.

this time around i felt nervous about how it would go, and breastfeeding is very important to me.  when ryder was born he immediately was rooting and knew exactly what to do.  it was very painful at first, but we kept at it and he is thriving!  he had a few servings of formula when he was in the hospital with jaundice, but this is all ME!!!  i was never able to build up a stash of milk with bowie and i am slowly able to freeze some servings and always have one or two in the fridge for bottles.

i always believe "fed is best" and support all mothers in how they choose to nourish their babies.  i have done it all and i know the ups and downs it has on us emotionally and physically.

if i don't get anything done today, i can still feel accomplished that i just pumped 7.5 oz in one session!

dancing with ryder!

friday vibes, bob dylan and my babes dancing together! 

paint sticks...

out of all the the activities and arts and crafts we do around here, i am not into painting!  it always leads to a big mess and stresses me out.  but i know that painting is a fundamental part of being a kid.  so although not the same, but way less messy i have found a product that i love!  they are called kwik sticks and are tempera paint pens about the size of a glue stick.  this is something i can handle with no stress and mess! click here for amazon link.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

mimi's glasses!

she has a thing for glasses!  she loves wearing grandma and mimi's glasses.  i see a future scientist here!

keep it simple...

i always want to try a new activity or sensory bin with bowie, but when i ask her if she has any requests she has her favorites.  she loves stacking cups with a spoon and either corn or beans and will ask for some sort of animal to go with it.  so i take my cues from her and keep it simple.  these are the ones that hold her attention the longest and she continues to come back to time and time again. 

luckily my activity closet is well stocked so i can easily change up the tray and loose parts to create a new experience for her while giving her the basics she loves.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

summer vibes!

nothing screams summer like eating cherries naked on a warm day and playing with the hose and sandbox!  and wilfred is loving us all being outside, he digs holes in my garden to stay cool.

busy box!

i have created a "busy box" for bowie that i will keep in the kitchen at her level for her to access when mom has her hands full with baby brother.  i will change up the activities so it doesn't get dull for her, but this week i have coloring books and markers, notebook and stickers, counting flash cards, water wow and a felt board with farm animals.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

big sister and lil brother!

it's been a challenging couple of weeks getting adjusted.  but it is little moments like this that fill your heart with so much joy!

2 week check up!

ryder had his 2 week check up today and bowie got a shot.  both of them handled it like a pro!

ryder weighed in at 8 pounds and 10 oz, which is up a pound from his check up last week!  he is in the 40% for weight at 87% for height.  doctor is happy with his progress and we will keep doing what we are doing.

pour station!

in addition to my up-cycle box i have been saving bottles and containers to create a pouring station for bowie.  we have had some beautiful weather so i thought this would be a perfect time to bust it out!  i put her little tykes table outside with her large sensory bin filled halfway with water.  then i added all my bottles and some spoons to it and let her go nuts!  but for extra fun i used the crayola color bath tabs to dye the water.  i am sure you could use food coloring, but i don't have any experience with how the stains wash out.  she played with this for 2 hours!!!  then came back to it after her nap and again before dinner time and again the next morning!  to say this was a big hit is an understatement!

Monday, July 9, 2018

tummy time...

tummy time on the play mat is so exhausting! 

invitation with alphabet letters!

we have been reading the book "chica chica boom boom"  and dr. seuss's ABC book a lot lately to practice the alphabet.  bowie is getting pretty good at saying the letters, so i put together a simple activity for her with corn and magnetic alphabet letters.  i gave her a brush to find the letters.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

out with the old and in with the new...

i guess when you have more than 1 kid and lots of visitors your car instantly becomes too small.  we knew this day would come and we have been throwing around a bunch of ideas and options, but the time has come for a minivan.  i am so sad to trade my car in, but this makes more sense for us.  and within a year jarad will get a new truck and we will get a trailer!

good bye hyundai, you have been good to us!

hello kia

invitation to play with disney characters!

as much as i despise these figurines they are bowie's favorite!  she has played with them every single day for the last 6 months!  so i thought i would try an activity bin with them.  i used a chip and dip tray with beans and threw in some craft sticks and lids.  anything that keeps her happy and entertained is a win in my book!

i don't know why it always surprises me, but sometimes simple is best.  as much as she loves her disney characters, she took them all out and asked for a spoon and her stacking cups.  she had a blast transferring the beans into the cups and then between the cups.  this activity held her attention much longer than the disney characters.  which makes this mama happy because this provides some good lessons in fine motor skills, sorting, counting and size and volume.