Sensory Play And A Busy Baby

They (whoever “they” are) say that time flies when you are having a good time. This must have been a great week because it went by in a flash. We seem to have had our usual mix of being busy without actually doing much of anything.

Monday was Lewis’ birthday.  It was pretty low-key as far as birthday related things, but we kept plenty busy. We took his 1-year birthday photos, had a wonderful time playing outside in some perfect weather, and baked a yummy peach cake which I very sadly dropped on it’s way out of the oven. I was able to save about half of it. It tasted good but wasn’t very pretty.

Tuesday Lewis had his 1 year check up which went very well. There were 4 different immunization shots he had to have, which wasn’t fun but he did great with it. We also did some sensory play with tiny dry pasta. I use an old sheet under most of our messy play to aid clean-up, and since the sheet itself doesn’t get messy from dry pasta we used it to build an awesome fort afterwards. Lewis decided this was a great place to play peek-a-boo in and out of, read books inside of, and also to cuddle up and nurse!

IMG_9742The rest of the week was pretty rainy, and we were mostly trapped inside. We snuck in a couple small walks when we got the chance, but most of our time was spent reading books and doing who-knows-what. We did do a lot of sensory play this week, since it is a great way to focus our energy and also mix things up so we don’t feel too “trapped” by the rainy weather. We played with the dry pasta on three different days.

We also played with jello on Thursday which was a lot of fun. Of course Lewis enjoyed tasting it but he also liked digging his fingers around in it, picking it up and squishing it, etc.

IMG_9827Our jello play was made even more exciting by a huge thunderstorm that came through while we were playing. There was hail hitting the windows and a lot of loud thunder (which luckily doesn’t scare Lewis yet) and then we lost power.

My jello clean-up plan had been to pop him in the bath when he was done playing but since the bathroom has no windows it’s pretty much pitch black with the power off, so I had to come up with a Plan B. I ended up just picking him up and sitting him in the nearby kitchen sink which worked perfectly. Luckily water still runs when the power is off. We cleaned up with cold water and Lewis stayed happy and entertained playing with the sink sprayer thingy.

He got a little brave and tried putting his feet in it a bit, but not too much. He's sometimes a bit reluctant to feel new things with his feet, even things like walking over my yoga mat.

He got a little brave and tried putting his feet in it a bit, but not too much. He’s sometimes a bit reluctant to feel new things with his feet, even things like walking over my yoga mat.

We haven’t been doing a lot of sensory play over the summer (maybe once a week or so we will do something) but I think we will be getting back into it a lot more now as the weather starts to cool and gets rainy, and especially once winter is here. I have a few play experiences in mind for the new future including making playdough for him, putting flour or cornmeal on a tray and letting him explore it, and cooking up some large tapioca pearls that I bought a while ago (just cooking them in water, not making pudding.) Once the leaves start turning color a bit more I will probably also make him a bin full of fall leaves, although he is already enjoying playing with the ones he finds on the ground outside.

This week seemed to have a pretty good mix of busy and relaxing, although maybe I need a bit more “down time” so I can get a chance to write blog posts a bit more often!

 

 

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