Happy Friday! I hope everyone is looking forward to some nice warm weather this weekend! Lewis is trying to get outdoors every possible minute of the day and was very upset this morning when I said we weren’t going for a walk because of the rain. So instead we tried out his new boots and went out for some puddle jumping! 🙂
Happy Friday everyone! Here are some more cute Lewie photos to end your week with a smile. Seems we had a busy week together this week. I always think I haven’t taken many photos throughout the week, then I load them onto my laptop, find that there are nearly 150 pictures, and realize that I am more addicted to the camera than I thought! Somehow this happens every week though – I worry that I won’t have “enough” photos right up to the point where I realize there are too many cute ones to choose from! Enjoy!
[Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Running a bit late with this Photo Friday post since I was busy baking a cake during nap time, but here it is! Enjoy!]
We have been feeling very cooped up and trapped inside recently with the cold cold temperatures we have been having. So when we saw that it would be a nice warm 30 degrees this morning I decided we had better get outside while we had the chance!
Almost as soon as we stepped out the door Lewis heard a crow in a nearby tree, and as we listened to the crow we started picking up the sounds of other things around us too. Lewis doesn’t have a lot of words yet, but he loves to practice using his voice by imitating the sounds around him.
Despite the “warm” temperature it was very windy outside so after making some footprints in the snow and of course eating a little of it (Lewis, not me) we headed back indoors. Even though Lewis was clearly not enjoying the cold snowy wind blowing on him, he was reluctant to come in since we have had so few chances to play in the snow recently. Then I came up with the idea to bring some of the snow in with us, which he apparently thought was a good solution.
I brought him in then grabbed our smaller sensory bin, scooped some snow into it, and sat him down on a big towel with the bin and a few toys. Perfect.
We played with some scoops and things in the snow and also added in some of his plastic animals. The animals made footprints in the snow just like we did outside! He had a lot more fun playing with his container of snow than he did when we tried this a year ago. (Wow, he looks so tiny in those pictures!)
Unfortunately the temperature is supposed to drop again over the next few days, but then they are predicting for next weekend to be a little warmer again so I guess we won’t be trapped indoors forever.
We’ve been having some lovely warm weather the past few days and as I mentioned in my previous post I have been itching to get outside with Lewis. But although the temperature has been “warm” (in the 40s) there is still some snow on the ground and where there isn’t snow there is soggy wet muddy grass from the melting snow.
I also have been hesitant to bring Lewis out into full sunshine. He’s 6 months old and I think he’s only been in full-on sun light for a few moments at a time. Even though it is weak winter sun, I’m still worried about his delicate baby skin. When he is in his stroller I can pull the cover up to shade him, but that wouldn’t be the case if we were playing on the ground. We have our 6 month appointment on Wednesday and I plan to ask the Dr. how much sun is ok, whether we should use sunscreen, etc. Yesterday I had noticed that the walkways in front of our apartment were dry and I thought how nice it would be to go sit out there, but the bright sun kept me from doing it. Today the temperature was even slightly warmer than yesterday, and the sky was overcast so no harmful sun to worry about. We ended up going out twice today. We went for a walk this morning because I need the exercise and we needed to pick up a few groceries. Then this afternoon I remembered the little gazebo that is out behind our apartments, which sounded even better than sitting on the walkway!
I brought out a blanket since I figured the floor of the gazebo would be chilly, and we sat there and enjoyed the fresh air and bird song. I had brought a few toys in the bag with us, but of course they weren’t needed when we had all of nature to entertain us. I found some dry leaves and let Lewis explore (and taste) them.
He also inspected the colors of our blanket.
After we sat for a little while he decided he wanted to get up and look around more. He is rarely content to sit still for long. He has been working very hard to learn how to stand and walk with support. Silly baby doesn’t roll over or crawl yet but he is ready to walk! He prefers to be upright and on the move. If we let him he leads Chris and I around the apartment almost constantly. We support him by holding his hands or under his armpits, and he walks wherever he wants to go. He mostly just uses us for balance. I’ve been trying to get him to work on learning to balance himself while standing and leaning on something, and the benches/rails in the gazebo were just the right height!
We had a lovely time outside and stayed out for about fifteen minutes – just long enough to get chilly fingers and rosy cheeks and noses! I look forward to many more fun excursions outside, and will be keeping an eye on the weather.
If there is one negative to Lewis being a fall baby it’s that he hasn’t been able to play outside yet. We love to bundle up and go for lots of walks when it is nice enough, but I wish I could bring him outside and put him down on the ground to enjoy the outside world! We put him in a snow suit and brought him outside once, when he was 4 months old, but that was mostly just for us because we wanted cute snow pictures.
We didn’t stay out long because it was windy and cold even with the sun, and we weren’t sure how dry the little snowsuit would keep him. He looked at the snow a bit while we were out, but for the most part seemed pretty oblivious to it. It’s only recently that he has started to become really curious about his world, and he now pays attention to the trees and cars and everything else he can see from his stroller. I’d love to take him out now that he is more interested in observing and exploring, but the snowsuit is too small now and we don’t have any other good options for bundling him.
Lewis still wakes a few times each night, which means I have a lot of dark quiet non-sleeping time for my mind to wander. When I was up with him last night and could see the snow piling up outside I started wishing I could take him outside, and then thought of an alternative: I would just bring the outside in to him!
We used to sometimes bring snow in to our sensory table when I was teaching at KinderCare but we would put mittens on the kids while they played with shovels, buckets, etc. I gave him a couple tools to use but he’s not really to the stage yet where he understands scooping and such. I didn’t want to put mittens on him because the whole point was for him to actually experience the snow, and to feel the cold wetness of it. He was not a fan. Several times he picked up a bit, made faces, dropped it on the towel, looked at the bowl thinking about it, and then picked up a little more only to drop it again.
His play lasted for maybe five minutes total, and then he decided he was really really done.
He did enjoy watching the snow falling outside our windows, and was equally happy when the sun came out this afternoon to shine on our floor again.
We are looking forward to more warm weather!