Photo Friday

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! 🙂

Snowy fun in VT last weekend. Our snow here is just about gone, only snow-plow piles remaining.

Snowy fun in VT last weekend. Our snow here is just about gone, only snow-plow piles remaining.

Two little monkeys eating bananas. Lewis loved having a friend to play with in VT!

Two little monkeys eating bananas. Lewis loved having a friend to play with in VT!

"Look, I can drink from Daddy's big glass!"

“Look, I can drink from Daddy’s big glass!”

"What color paint do you want?" "Dzzz, Bue, Dzzz, Bue, Dzzz." (ie. Green, blue, green, blue, green.)

“What color paint do you want?” “Dzzz, Bue, Dzzz, Bue, Dzzz.” (ie. Green, blue, green, blue, green.)

Oops, went for too long of a walk and put him to sleep in the stroller!

Oops, went for too long of a walk and put him to sleep in the stroller!

Ready for rain.

Ready for rain.

Puddles and sticks - what more could a boy want?

Puddles and sticks – what more could a boy want?

Photo Friday

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!

Trying to organize the closet one day, Lewis and I realized that his giraffe costume from Halloween still fits! What fun to wear it around for a while one day, while collecting a pile of his favorite things - blankets!

Trying to organize the closet one day, Lewis and I realized that his giraffe costume from Halloween still fits! What fun to wear it around for a while one day, while collecting a pile of his favorite things – blankets!

He likes to put letters/mail into the door slot for himself. Then he walks a loop through the apartment/kitchen and comes back to the door to collect his mail. Which he then sticks back in the mail slot.

He likes to put letters/mail into the door slot for himself. Then he walks a loop through the apartment/kitchen and comes back to the door to collect his mail. Which he then sticks back in the mail slot.

We are having lots of fun with flashlights recently. Never a dull moment when you can look at cobwebs under the bed and dressers!

We are having lots of fun with flashlights recently. Never a dull moment when you can look at cobwebs under the bed and dressers!

"Wow, look at all those huge icicles hanging off the roof! I want to eat all of them!"

“Wow, look at all those huge icicles hanging off the roof! I want to eat all of them!”

Hmm looks like we got a bit snowy even though we stayed on the paths. Silly mommy needs to learn that yes, we do always need snow pants!

Hmm looks like we got a bit snowy even though we stayed on the paths. Silly mommy needs to learn that yes, we do always need snow pants!

"Here mom, let me help you get out a band-aid for your finger."

“Here mom, let me help you get out a band-aid for your finger.”

He spotted this in the closet so we took it out and I showed him how he used to lie under it and kick the keys.

He spotted this in the closet so we took it out and I showed him how he used to lie under it and kick the keys.

He likes to join Daddy in the mornings and steal some of his Cheerios while watching the news. Today Dad was already in the shower when we got up, so Lewis requested to sit on the couch in Daddy's spot with his own bowl of Cheerios.

He likes to join Daddy in the mornings and steal some of his Cheerios while watching the news. Today Dad was already in the shower when we got up, so Lewis requested to sit on the couch in Daddy’s spot with his own bowl of Cheerios.

Photo Friday

[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!] 

Learning to play Skylanders with Daddy.

Learning to play Skylanders with Daddy.

Why cry over spilt milk when you can play with it instead?

Why cry over spilt milk when you can play with it instead?

Wearing his towel just like Daddy after getting out of his bath. He thinks this is the greatest thing ever!

Wearing his towel just like Daddy after getting out of his bath. He thinks this is the greatest thing ever!

Comparing our purple tongues after snacking on some freeze dried blueberries.

Comparing our purple tongues after snacking on some freeze dried blueberries.

Umbrellas are fun!

Umbrellas are fun!

He's been loving wearing some vests recently. He had to have this one on because it had buttons like Mommy's sweater.

He’s been loving wearing some vests recently. He had to have this one on because it had buttons like Mommy’s sweater.

Measuring the snow. (Or just using the ruler as a convenient way to scoop snow up to eat.)

Measuring the snow. (Or just using the ruler as a convenient way to scoop snow up to eat.)

Sounds Of The Wild

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.

"I'm supposed to dig with this? I thought it was just a really big spoon to eat the snow with!"

“I’m supposed to dig with this? I thought it was just a really big spoon to eat the snow with!”

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.

Photo Friday

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Ooh these are fun and Mom didn’t even put anything pretty in them yet to make Sensory Bottles!

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Pants are overrated.

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I thought he might like the feel of playing with puzzle pieces in a box. He was a pro at picking them right up and putting them straight in his mouth!

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“Yummy this puzzle is so good!” This activity ended almost as soon as we had started it.

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We were enjoying watching the snow fall outside the windows, so we went out to see it more close-up.

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Mommy-Baby self portrait.

Fresh air and … clouds?

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!

IMG_4592I 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.IMG_4593 IMG_4600

He also inspected the colors of our blanket.

IMG_4606After 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!

Giving him some extra balance with my hand.

Giving him some extra balance with my hand.

Leaning on the rail and standing without help from Mommy!

Leaning on the rail and standing without help from Mommy!

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.

 

Bringing The Outside In

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.

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He wasn’t sitting yet, so I made a hole in the snow to prop him up.

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!

Why are you making me play with this horrible cold stuff?!?

Why are you making me play with this horrible cold stuff?!?

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.

Looking at the snow he had dropped on the towel.

Looking at the snow he had dropped on the towel.

His play lasted for maybe five minutes total, and then he decided he was really really done.

My hands are so cold why did you do this to me??

My hands are so cold why did you do this to me??

Please pick me up now mom, I never want to see snow ever again.

Please pick me up now mom, I never want to see snow ever again.

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!