To laugh or to cry


Today was delightful, I got to be full time mama again and we had a great day.

After the wonderful sailor themed baby sensory, which was awesome, sprog went to the peaceful land of nod in the car. Now, he normally goes for a good couple of hours after sensory as he’s worked so hard developing different so many new ideas at sensory so I sat myself quietly down, returned a phone call, had my lunch and went to it to start putting the washing out and doing a bit of planning but sprog had other plans. He woke after only an hour and was of course in fine spirits to begin with.

I love the smiles when he first wakes up, daytime naps are not as good as first thing but it’s such a beam of happiness. After a little play upstairs, we headed down for lunch. And what a lunchtime it was! I think you can probably only truly appreciate this if you’ve ever been in a similar situation. Until today I would have said that I’d seen him get very messy with his food but this was something new!

The menu was ratatouille leftover from our delicious dinner last night. As always with baby led weaning, I take my lead from him, so we had spoons out, we had the bowl etc and he quickly established that today he wanted to take the food off the spoon and eat with his hands. He was loving it and eating so well. And then came the fatal move… The eye rub!

This may sound like the most simple and insignificant of movements… How can one rubbing ones eyes really be so disastrous?! The answer is when ones hands are covered in food. And not any old food, oh no… Yummy tomato food which has that delightful orange stain to it.

It was game over then. He spent mere seconds rubbing his face and the clean up operation when from baby wipe to stripping him down for a bath! I would have cried but he enjoyed the food so much and giggled his way through it so that I could only laugh at him!

Cue 30 minutes of trying to avoid getting the tomato sauce on anything else, covering the bathroom in tomato sauce and cleaning my mini monster and we were finally ready for the afternoon (it was only about 3.30!!)

Off we popped to tesco, I did remember the money off voucher this time – win for me! I was naughty and bought a couple of little bits for his birthday (not yet, I know, but some of it was reduced and some of it was just cool). We dashed back to the car as the rain drizzled down and made it home. As I pulled the handbrake up, the heavens opened. We had no waterproofs, no coats, not even hoodies on! Laugh or cry?!?! Laugh!! We sat and played on the car for a couple of minutes with fingers crossed and thankfully it eased off. I didn’t really have a plan for how long we were going to sit there!

One final laugh or cry moment… As I tried to write a card from sprog to his godmother, he continuously grabbed the pencils from me and crawled across the card. This isn’t the bad bit! We’d also bought her a cactus complete with funky tash (later to be compared to sprog’s godfather!). Fear not, the cactus was within a plastic container so I wasn’t hugely anxious when sprog nabbed it and started waving it around until I saw the problem… There was soil inside that Mexican painted pot, soil that isn’t magic and gravity defying! As the soil flew out of the packet and across the lounge… Laugh or cry?! It’s got to be laugh right!!

I had a blast with the little man today… Luckily I have tomorrow where he’s at nursery to help the house recover from today and prepare for Friday!!

Top activities … Baby Sensory

I recently read an article which said that most mum’s don’t know when, where, or how to find activities to do with their sprogs so I’m going to do a series of blogs unveiling the best activities that we’ve done, it seemed a perfect time to reflect as my maternity leave is almost over.JpegI truly believe that Baby Sensory has been one of the most beneficial and one of the most enjoyable by far.

Every Wednesday we (I) look forward to our Baby Sensory session as it means that I am able to do so much more than sing nursery rhymes! Don’t get me wrong, I love “Baby Rhyme time” (I’ll blog on this too) but I got to a stage when sprog was about 3 months old were the options of various incarnations of singing songs were a prospect that my reasonably intelligent brain cells could no longer cope with. I searched the internet endlessly for some kind of “sensory” play area that wasn’t overpriced for the amount of time there and I stumbled across a free tester session the next day. I sent a desperate email and went along and have never looked back.

Each session is planned to develop every kind of sensory experience for the babies. We’ve bounced light balls, played with beach objects, sung French songs, practised putting our teddy bears to bed and all manner of other wonderful activities. We (the actual “we” and not just “me”) love and enjoy the “exploratory play” time where we explore each of stations set up … from a ball pit, to a blow-up bed with different puppets.  I have discovered that sprog does not like hairy fluff (like a lion’s mane) and that he does love mirrors (a lot), he shook his first maraca at the group, he tries his hardest to walk and move at the group and he always has a good nap afterwards!

What we genuinely enjoy is that every week is different, every activity is enjoyable, and my brain cells not only survive but flourish with the new ideas that I have to play with sprog at home.  Our favourite so far… definitely cushion mountain!