Sensory Rainy Day Play…

Wow, what a hiatus. Sorry, I think the winter blues must have really gotten to me (either that or I was having too good a time!).

Firstly, remember that baby that I just had like a few months ago? He is a whopping 9kg+ 6 month old now, and he is also on the move as well! He isn’t quite crawling yet but he “knee-hops” around and shuffles himself over to where he wants to go – now I’m in trouble, aren’t I? Plus the toddler also turned 3. What?! I thought he was just a baby, how is he now 3?

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Anyway, today was just a normal day at home with a toddler and a baby. It was raining so peacefully in the morning that the kids actually stayed in bed til 6.30am (an achievement in this house)!

Of course, since it is freezing and raining, the toddler insists that he needs to play outside on his bike (which he got for his birthday last week). After grumbling all through breakfast, I let him go outside to play only for him to fall off his bike into the biggest puddle in our backyard. And the baby gets food all over his clothing (he won’t take a spoon so it’s messy BLW for us). 2 outfits straight into the wash, sigh.

Then, in a moment of inspiration, I decide we are doing to do some sensory play stuff with pasta, rice and barley. I’ve seen friends of mine doing really awesome things with their kids. Unfortunately, things often get more messy with my kids… Apologies that the pics are not clear as well as I can’t seem to get them to sit still.

First we were putting pasta on the Father’s Day card to make the words “Happy Father’s Day”…

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And then the toddler decides to become Masterchef and cook up a delicious yet messy concoction for us to savour. The mess is aggravated by the fact that the baby thinks he can cook too, so a bit of a tussle ensues and more stuff flies everywhere.

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The thing I did like about this exercise is that it took up the whole morning! It allowed Jacob to have a whole lot of imaginative play, from cooking food to making it rain and snow. Eventually we had to clean up (and Jacob loves his hand-vac and did attempt to clean up though in truth he scattered it more) and by then it was already lunchtime.

In the afternoon, we decided we’d take the rice and barley to feed the ducks – a healthier option than bread perhaps! We also got to say hello to the new spring ducklings – this lot have already been there for a few weeks, and there was another brood of very little ducklings too.

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Then, of course, puddle jumping. The most dreaded time of our walk for me, but I have come to terms with the fact that Jacob would be heading home completely drenched. Trust him to find the deepest puddles ever!

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I must say I absolutely love doing all these fun things with the kids, despite the mess and the amassing laundry I have to deal with. I am quite sure that these little things that we do are actually big things in my kids’ lives. Here’s to the many days ahead – sunny, rainy, whatever the weather! 🙂

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Trendy Thursday

There are times that I get too caught up in the tough parts of toddlerhood that I don’t savour the funny bits enough. Jacob can be an incredibly challenging kid but he is also the most hilarious kid I’ve ever known (I may be biased though).

Here are a couple of funny things he has said to me in the last month or so. For those who have me on Facebook, you might have seen a few of these before, but laugh anyway! XD

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Jacob picks up strange lines/phrases from different things he watches or places he goes. I’m not sure where he got this one from, but he once told me “You break it, you buy it.” And the other day he said “You’d better eat your food before the ducks come.” Hmm…

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We were at Officeworks waiting for printing, so Jacob was drawing a picture. I asked him “What are you drawing?” and he says “It’s a duck. A long duck. Can you see his mouth?” Err.. I guess he must like ducks.

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I’m on my computer typing an email and Jacob comes up to me and hands me a Lego man and motorbike.
Jacob: Mummy, please hold my Lego.
Me: Oh, okay, sure. (Takes it from him)
Jacob: Okay, you play Lego. Now I’ll use your computer. (And he sits in front of me and starts using my computer).

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I admit that I sometimes smack Jacob when he is doing something very naughty or dangerous, and sometimes I warn him “You don’t want me to smack you, do you?”

The other day I told him he wasn’t allowed to do something and he says “Mummy, don’t be naughty. I’m gonna smack you REALLLLY hard! On your bottom!!!” Hmm..

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I don’t keep many of Jacob’s paintings as they are mostly a blur of colours, just like this. But today I asked him “What did you paint?” and he’s like “I painted a smoothie.” Yup, I guess it looks like a smoothie!

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Jacob comes up randomly and says “Mummy, I’m going to break your heart.”
I’m like “Really??”
And I realise he’s got a heart hairclip of mine and has it poised in his hand, ready to snap it.
Yes, my child, you probably will break my heart one day. But I will go on loving you nevertheless.

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On a final note, I have decided to start up a “Trendy Thursday” post where I’ll be posting Jacob’s choice of clothing for the day. I’m trying to get him to choose his clothing more often so he can stay still enough for me to get him dressed!

Today, I simply insisted on a singlet underneath but let him choose the rest. I was almost disappointed by how sensible he was – he opted for a navy undersuit, a grey long sleeved hooded T and jeans. But then, he decided to accessorize by taking my laundry basket sticker off the basket and wearing it like a badge of honour.

Then I gave Jared a bath and naturally, Jacob got completely wet so I let him pick a second outfit. He said he wanted to wear red, and was pretty serious about it – red from head to toe! But then he put on a black monster jumper which actually made it look not too bad. I suppose I’ll have a little fashionista on my hands soon!