Last weekend our local library was having a book sale. I gave my husband 10 coins with the directive of entertaining the kids with the coin gravity well spinner thing they have in the hall, and I ran inside to browse through the sale as quickly as possible.
My 3 year old hasn’t had a bath in about a month, and the 1 year old hasn’t had a bath in at least two months. I honestly can’t remember the last time they bathed.
My 3 year old’s reason is sheer obstinancy, but the little guy is just plain scared. The last few times he had been in the tub, he slipped and slid around a bit. We have a bumpy bath mat, but it doesn’t seem to help him much. In fact, last time I cleaned the tub, the mat itself slid from under his feet.
Today we finished dinner early. We had bratwurst, corn, and peas. Miracle of miracles, both boys cleared their plates and ate an additional mini blueberry bagel.
We read some books on the couch, and Mr. 3 started breathing funny. I asked him what was wrong, and he said he was sleepy but wanted to read 2 more books. It was only 6:45! I read the stories and decided it was now or never to take a bath.
I have never taken a bath with the boys before but I decided it was worth a try. I filled the tub with a few inches of water and put on a bathing suit. I got into the tub and realized I hadn’t taken the little one’s clothes off.
It’s a good thing my husband is there to pick up my slack.
The three year old starts tearing off his clothes and shouts, “I want to take a bath, too!”
We then spend the next 30 minutes drawing with bath crayons. Mr.1 sat on my lap the whole time with barely his butt and feet in the water. He was starting to get more comfortable near the end as he would stretch out to put the crayons on the soap dish.
I even managed to rub Mr. 1 with a soapy washcloth. Mr. 3 insisted on washing himself.
My husband came when I called and dried Mr.1 and put him in fresh pajamas. Mr. 3 wanted to keep playing a little while.
This worked out well. Unfortunately, it was very uncomfortable for my knees. See you in two months, bathtub!
Mr. 1 brings me a blue block and says, “BOO!” (Blue)
I jump up and down in excitement and clap my hands because I had NO idea he could identify colors so well.
He goes back and forth with the blue block and tells me its blue several times.
Then he grabs a red block and brings it to me. He says, “ELMO!!”
Slighly less excited, I reply, “Yes, it’s RED like Elmo.”
Mr. 1 responds: “ELMO ELMO”
Me: I need a cup of tea, I am so tired! And, I have to blow my nose.
Mr. 3: You can’t drink tea if you have nipples(?).
Me: I’m pretty sure you can drink tea if you have nipples. Everyone has nipples.
Mr. 3: Not nipples, nipples! *points to nose*
Me: OHHH, Sniffles!!! I think a nice hot drink like tea is especially good when you are sick, it helps relax the sore throat and clear the sinuses. So yes, you CAN drink tea when you have sniffles. Thank you for pointing to your nose to help me understand what you meant!
Mr. 3: I want to watch something!!
Daddy: Do you want to watch on the TV or the Kindle?
Mr. 3: I want to watch on the Kindle.
Daddy: Okay. Go get it.
Mr. 3: I can’t find it.
Daddy: Where did you look?
Mr. 3: I didn’t look.
I hardly use facebook, except to ask questions of the homeschool group. I asked them the other day what they use to explore science with their little people. I received a lot of recommendations but I was specifically looking for books. These are my thoughts on the recommendations I received.
101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments by Miller, Homer, and Harrington
This book is tied for first place in my mind. It has everything I want! It has scientific explanations, exciting experiments, and beautiful pictures to guide the way.
The Everything Kids EASY Science Experiments Book – by Mills
This was not actually recommended but I found it while I was looking for the others at the library. I am so glad I found it because I love the way it is organized to answer your little kids questions about the world and themselves. It is split into 5 sections: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Human Body, Planet Earth. It is also written like a workbook, that the children can make their notes in and also includes a few puzzles and games like an activity book.
It doesn’t have the colorful pictures of the first book, but it does have more detailed explanations.
The Everything Kids Science Experiments Book – Robinson
This one had multiple endorsements from the mama’s in the group, but it feels more suited to slightly older children. It is split into the same 5 categories as the EASY book and written in the same workbook/activity book manner. Instead of lots of colorful pictures there are excellent scientific explanations. This looks like a great book and I will probably buy it as soon as we master the “EASY” experiments first.
Curious Kids Science Book by Citra
This one has interesting experiments and seem to answer a lot of detailed questions: Do seeds grow best when its warm or cold, how deep do seeds need to be planted to grow best, how much water, how much light, can a plant go through a maze to reach the light, etc.
The book also has beautiful pictures of all of the experiments.
The biggest drawback for me is the lack of scientific explanations. I don’t trust myself to be able to explain these things to my kids, and I want a back up resource.
What do you use to expand your curious kids knowledge about science?
Apparently Mr. 3 can write his ones and zeros. He also tried to write a two, but it looked just like his zero. He wanted me to draw shapes on the white board with him, “Octagon” is his favorite. And then we drew a “Hexagon”. Then we counted and labeled the sides to see the difference.
Mr. 1 has managed to get his feet off of the ground a few times when he jumps, he’s getting ANOTHER 4 teeth, and can apparently match colors.
We were playing with price stickers the other day, because they are such easy to use and versatile stickers.
For the 3 year old I made some low number activity sheets with the hopes that he would trace a few more numbers so he could practice with that pesky zigzagging two. He’s great at counting low numbers and can even occasionally do some very simple math. The stickering took him no time at all, and then he did trace a few of the numbers. He did the big two several times. Mission accomplished.
I was going to let Mr. 1 put stickers randomly in the circles, but out of my mouth pops, “Can you put the green sticker in the green circle?” I helped him find a green circle and then he knew exactly what to do. Once in a while I tried to gently redirect, “You’re holding a red sticker, can you find a red circle? That’s a yellow circle.” He would get very excited to hunt out the circles, shouting, “DA!” when he found one. (“There!”) He had so much fun he asked for more stickers when the first paper was full, so we ended up doing this twice.
After that I made some rainbow rice using Rachelle’s recipe at Tinkerlab. The boys played with it for 30 minutes before nap time and Mr. 1 came back for an additional 45 minutes after he woke up.
Mr. 3 is NOT done napping just yet. He still lays down with me 2 to 4 times a week. This has been a recent development, and one that makes me happy.
I was so busy making activities for the kids, that I completely forgot it was Halloween. They forgot, too. We didn’t dress up or go trick or treating. Instead, I went to the grocery store when my husband came home from work and that is when I saw all the kids and remembered, but it was too late.
Shame on me!
I hope you guys had a happy Halloween!
Halloween is a spooky time of year, but it doesn’t take much to scare a child. He was probably just dreaming that mommy was too lazy to go to the grocery store again and that we were STILL out of milk and bananas. Horrifying, but possible.
(Thank goodness to wonderful husbands who can stop at the store on their way home from work!)
Whatever he was dreaming about, Mr. 1 woke up shortly after 10 pm crying. It was not an intermittent “Gee, I’m having a little trouble going back to sleep.” cry. It was a loud and continuous “I’m scared and alone!!” cry.
This is the first “nightmare” that Mr. 1 has had. Mr. 3 used to get them every once in a while at this age too.
I went into the room and picked him up. I patted him on the back and talked to him in a quiet soothing voice, hoping that we wouldn’t wake up his brother in the process. Mr. 1 hiccupped and kept saying “da da da” but gave no indication of the meaning of these noises. When he saw the cat slink by he started whispering “meow” and seemed to feel better. So I sang him twinkle twinkle and he leaned toward his crib. He laid down quietly and I left and shut the door.
Except less than 2 minutes later he started crying again! I sent Daddy in there to try his hand at calming the poor child, but he started crying again as soon as Daddy closed the door.
What should we do? Should we let him cry it out and settle himself to sleep? What if he wakes his brother? We waited 2 minutes to see what would happen, but although the crying would slow it would not stop.
I decided my poor little baby needed something else. I brought him some water, which he didn’t want. I picked him up and took him out of the room. I fed him a leftover piece of the granola bar I had been eating, and offered him the water again. He seemed calm and relaxed now so I offered to take him back to bed. He pointed at mommy and daddy’s bed.
I threatened him, “Okay… you can sleep with us BUT you have to stay put. No wiggling and trying to escape. IF you leave the bed you go back to your crib.” (This was the first time he will have tried to sleep in an open bed, and also the first time to sleep with Mommy and Daddy.)
He seemed to agree and I put him down on the bed. He immediately clambered up onto my pillow and took up 97% of it, and he only left me about a foot and a half of bed to sleep on. But he was laying still and trying to sleep.
He managed to stay in bed for about 4 hours when I heard a groan and found him crawling over Daddy’s head and trying to escape.
I brought him to his crib and he didn’t complain, and slept the rest of the night normally. Mr. 3 never woke up enough to complain.
I couldn’t tell you why we celebrate Halloween; all I know is that it is a fun holiday full of candy and decorations. There are an infinite amount of crafts, projects, and games you can play with your littles… just don’t scare them too badly!
I came up with these 4 ideas by thinking, “Halloween…Halloween… what can we do for Halloween?” Continue reading “A few Halloween Ideas”
‘Twas the night before today
When all through the house, not a creature was stirring. Not even a mouse…
When I hear a thump followed by stomp stomp stomp. A door creaked open and then another. I realized at once what it could be. Mr. 3 was going to go potty!
I only noticed the splinter by the time the finger was swollen and inflamed. My husband was working from home that day, so I called him up to help. Together he and I spent 10 or 15 minutes discussing with Mr. 3 the need to remove the splinter so that his finger can heal.
I’m feeling much better! I still have frequent headaches and need to nap every day, but I am feeling mostly better!
I’ve been directing my newfound energy and willpower to my kids, and I am noticing their response.
First, I have started offering open art activities again. We are staying simple, because that is what they like best, and also it is easiest to set up. We have done chalk on construction paper, and watercolors with permanent marker pictures. We also made more flags because Mr. 3 has been interested in racing and racing flags. (He asked for this himself, and that made me SO happy!)
Mr. 3 has reached a new art milestone. A few months ago he was drawing circles that were… circles. Now he draws circles that are “train tracks” or “rocket ships with windows that are train tracks” or “elephant intestines”. He’s telling stories with his art, which is new and exciting. It means he feels he can express his interests, even if it’s just the same circles!
Mr. 1 makes one type of movement (horizontal line to the right) so I think changing up the materials will help keep him interested.
Second, I’ve been getting on the floor to play with them every once in a while. They are fairly independent players but I want to show them that I am interested in their games and I ask questions about what they are doing. I ask questions when I lay on the couch, too, but it feels so distant.
We’ve been reading as much as ever, which I am happy to do. I’ve included some Halloween books to help get the kids excited about the holiday.
Mr. 3 has been asking a lot of questions that make me feel like he is really trying to learn reading and math. He asks “how many train pieces am I holding?” and “what if I put two down?” and when we walk by stores or signs he asks, “what does that sign say”? This has been a recent change in his questions which usually are more “Why [repeat whatever Mommy just said].”
I hope things are going well for you, too!