Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Toddler Activities: Matching & Stacking Shapes

We love stacking! When I found these shapes at target, I snatched them up! 

Our conversations about this activity can be endless.. we talk about shapes, we count the shapes, we talk about colors. What an amazing activity for only $1.


He can say, "star, heart, square and circle"


We have also used these shapes to paint/stamp, I've photocopied the shapes and let him match them as well. It is endless!



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Toddler Activities: Letter Recognition


Just wanted to show you how well landon can recognize letters after 2 weeks.

We got these flash cards and magnets at target 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Toddler Activities: Matching Alphabets

We've been working on our alphabet recognition. I bought these flashcards and magnets from target in the dollar aisle. These are great!! We started with 3 letters per day and by the end of the week, we had him matching 12 cards. 

While matching letters, I ask many questions to get him thinking...

"Can you say A?"
"What starts with A?" 
"What animal is this?" 
"What is the alligator eating" etc


We also sound out the letter as he holds them. 


Target flashcards are great! Try it out and let me know what you think. We also see these cards at the dollar tree, and dollar store.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Toddler Activities: threading noodles

This is one of our daily activities during "table time".  Its such an easy activity and it covers a number of fine motor activities!

all you need is:

noodles
styrofoam 
pipe cleaners


Landon also counts as he threads.


The pipe cleaners are pretty flimsy so he has to use both hands to thread his noodles.

it also takes a lot of concentration to complete this activity so teaching him to be patient and calm is important!


He loved it so much we had to add more pipe cleaners for him! 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Toddler Activities: Transferring Rice

Warning- this activity is MESSY but fun!


I'm teaching Landon how to transfer stuff. I provided a cup of rice, a few containers, measuring cups, funnels and spoons... I also had a dirt devil and broom with dustpan for clean up!

I showed him how to use the spoon and funnel. then I stepped back and let me explore.


every once in awhile, I will remind him to "keep it in the box" and to be careful. he really did try! he said "uh-oh" every time he spilled rice. It was really cute to watch him explore!


the best thing about giving him an activity is... I can cook dinner in peace! 



Monday, September 1, 2014

Lucy is 3 Months


My little love bugs is 3 months!!! 




Weight
At her 11 week checkup, she weighed 12.3lbs (2 lb gain since her last appointment) and she measures 24.4" (2.4" growth!)



Health

We're doing great controlling her food allergy.. dairy is a huge trigger. I'm not ready to start eating eggs but I REALLY REALLY miss eggs!! she has a few flare ups here and there but its not as bad as before. 





Sleep
Her sleeping schedule is impressive. She only takes cat naps during the day.. she will sleep for 2-3 hours when Landon takes his daily nap... but ONLY if shes touching me... which is great for me because I'll get a nap- terrible for my husband because I get NOTHING done. She also sleeps straight through the night from 8-5/6 am then back to sleep until 8/9. Its awesome!



Clothing Size

We are officially in 3-6 months clothes.. I still squeeze her into some 0-3. Size 2 diapers.



Diet

Breastmilk. 5 oz every 3-4 hours... 


Development

She loves sitting up in her bumbo.. Shes been interacting her play mat.. playing with toys above her. She's very chatty.




Crying

She hates having a dirty diaper. She hates being hungry... and she has to cry before she passes out.





Milestones

rolling side to side... chatty.. grabs hold of her toys... loves watching her brother play!



Sibling Love

these two are obsessed about each other. Landon loves his little sister "C". Every time she sits in her swing, landon covers her with a blanket and offers her a pacifier. When she lays on their floor mat, he will put toys in front of her and say "C look. you you. See?" and she will babble back at him. its really cute! 



Postpartum

I am proud to say.. I am zipping up my pre pregnancy jeans.. and put on my dresses without issues... I do feel like my body isn't "back" as quickly as my pregnancy with Landon but I started doing insanity and I hope to bounce back before the end of september... since I'm going to vegas. 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Toddler Activities: Dinosaur Water Exploration

We clearly have a dinosaur obsession in our house. Its non stop. So on a hot summer day, I decided to let me explore a dinosaur water table! You really can add anything to a water table and kids will love it!


We added a few rocks, dinosaurs, funnels, water bottles, tupperware, measuring cups, tweezers and basters. he spent about 2 hours playing and laughing!


He loved picking up dinosaurs with his tweezers and playing with all the rocks I added.


I added sand for him to scoop and bury his dinosaurs.

I also added dinosaurs that grow with water. this activity lasted a few days so he noticed his was growing. 

this is a great activity when he's fresh from his nap! 

Here he is digging up his trees and dinosaurs!


the baster was a hit! Hope you guys try this with your little ones! Its super fun and keeps them very busy!