Sunday, 13 November 2016

Busy week (45)


The start of the week was very quiet for us as Finn had a cold, which was then transferred on to Noah. Finn was supposed to spend three full days with the childminder as she had space on more days than usual but I decided to keep him home so he could rest and recover. He was frustrated as he loves going there. Here are a few photos from home.

A very excited baby!


He doesn't look ill, does he?



Quietly looking at pictures in books all snuggled up on the sofa.




I have been reading "Baby-led potty training" by Amber Hatch which has motivated me to do a bit more "pottying" with Noah. We did EC (elimination communication) with Finn as a baby but I hadn't really taken the time to get it going with Noah. This week at home was a good opportunity for lots of nappy-free time. A couple of days only after I got more serious I got the impression that Noah was starting to understand that he could control his bowel to some extent. He definitely holds for a bit before I hold him over a potty. Babies are amazing!


A friend sold me a wrap! I'm so happy with it, I've been trying different ways of carrying Noah. I put him on my back all by myself, I was so proud I had to send Chris a picture at work.


Some rough and tumble play with my big boy. We did a few rounds of wrestling and stopped after he was sick. Oops!


He was well enough on Friday to go to a home educators workshop to build Lego bridges. He was very proud, and Chris had taken the day off to be with us.


We had a lovely lunch at Ask (who have a vegan menu, yey!)


Finn had tomato sauce EVERYWHERE!

 

Later in the afternoon we took Finn to his new dance class.

On Saturday we stayed home because we had been so busy the previous day, but we went for a torch walk after dinner which was good fun. We even ended up in a pub for drinks completely unexpectedly!

Today Sunday we packed a picnic and headed off to Appleton playground. The weather was beautiful, clear skies, low warm sun, a gentle breeze... very Autumnal.

Noah and I had a go on the big swing... He doesn't look particularly happy but he was very calm.


And then Finn was introduced to table tennis (after I beat daddy even though I was carrying a baby, haha!).


The evening was sweet...


Daddy made us a lovely vegan Sunday roast while we played with the wrap. Finn declared that he was a pirate sleeping in a hammock on his ship and we had to make a mast with sails.



Now all are in bed and I'm nodding off myself...

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Busy week (44)


I was surprised to find very few pictures of our week. We did so much!

On Monday we went to a great workshop for home educators; building catapults! Finn loved it and designed his own catapult. As his assistant I was dubious as to whether it would work but it did!


The children had to fire different objects and measure the distance travelled by each one.


During one of Noah's long naps Finn and I had a look at his baby blog which he loved. We watched a video of him doing housework as a toddler which prompted him to do some chores around the house. He decided to hang out the washing - with a twist; He first arranged the chairs so that he could jump from one to another in a circle. Each time he reached the clothes drying rack he would hang one piece of clothing. Efficient? Not so much. Fun?  Yes :)
 

Back to an old love of his, building with cardboard. He made a great car all by himself.



Both boys admiring a beautiful mobile I bought on Etsy.



Sadly those are all the photos I seem to have taken.

There has been a shocking amount of Lego play and audio books, as usual. We organised a little Autumn celebration with some friends at the park which was really nice. Finn dressed up as a wizard and was very proud of his flying broomstick (an actual, large stick) and his wand (a smaller stick with a cardboard star at the end).

On Friday we went to our home ed co-op where one of the mums organised an activity about constellations and the stories behind them. Finn was a bit too hyper to want to participate though.

Since I have run out of photos I will say a bit about the books we are reading.

We found this one at the library and really like it. I'm not much into monsters (Finn loves them) but this book is different in that it shows creatures from ancient folklore and classic legends, telling a little bit about each and whetting your appetite for more. I see it as a good introduction to mythology.


 For a while I have been wanting to introduce Finn to Peter Pan so have been borrowing different versions from the library to first read myself. I love the original but thought it would be a bit much for Finn. I was really pleased to find a graphic novel version with the actual words from the original in a way that is easier to digest for younger children. Finn loved it so much!


This sticker book has been fantastic. It digs deeper than the Usborne sticker books we have had in the past and perfect for Finn right now. I think it would make a great present for any child. Look it up!



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