Pushing Buttons…And So Much More!

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                              Don’t touch!

Today’s world is so much different than when this grandma was a little child.  Still some day, you might remember things that your grandma taught you.  I hope that your clearest memory isn’t “No”.

This word is so familiar to you that, when it’s said, you shake your head back and forth, pause for a couple of seconds and then  proceed with your quest. When I was little, the word “No” was said with a loud voice and followed by a hand slap. Lucky for you, I’m not that kind of grandma.

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Nothing can stop you anymore!

Right now, you love to push buttons!  I didn’t know there were so many buttons in our lives these days.  Buttons on the DVR have been guarded by your Pack and Play for so long but, now, you just push that out of your way!  The remote control has so many buttons that you’d think it would be impossible to turn the tv on but you do that successfully any time you get your hands on that button toy.

Then there are the buttons on the washer and dryer, the stove front, and the doorbell speaker system, the refrigerator ice machine, and every computer, phone and ipad in the house.  Today, I could only take photos from a distance because you wanted to play with the buttons on that as well.  This might mean that you may be seeing an over abundance of crying baby photos in the near future.  It was when you pushed the ottoman out of the way so you could get to the buttons on the plugged in timer for the lamp that I had to get serious!

Well, what’s a grandma to do?

Divert, divert, divert!

There are plenty of other things in your home that are great to touch, and safe.  So we went exploring.  Here’s what we found…

IMG_7270You love the feeling of cold windows and you are now tall enough to see out the front windows.  There’s a bonus here.  You also love to watch the cars go by.  “Car” is now counted as one of your regular words.

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The carpet is so nice to touch that you actually like just laying on it.  Climbing the stairs is the bonus that comes along with that tactile adventure.

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The ball pit is a super fun place for you to push things around. Today, though, you realized that you can tip the whole thing over which scared you a little until you saw all the balls spill out and then you just thought that was supremely funny.  AND, you loving watching grandma pick them all up and put them back.  Apparently, that meant that it was time to tip the house over again.

Time to divert your attention to something else again. Grandma didn’t think it was aa funny as you did.

Ok, so if you love to touch things, push on things, and make a mess, grandma had another plan:  controlled tactile stimulation.

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          Edible Play Dough
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              Kinetic Sand

As usual, your grandma thought she had two winners here.  The play dough even smells wonderful as it is made with Kool-aide (check out Pinterest for the recipe).

Well, you didn’t like either one.  In fact, you only barely touched each one with one finger and then wanted to be done with that.

In fact, our whole touching adventure lasted for a grand total of about twenty minutes.   There were no buttons, no sound, no vibrating mechanisms on the windows but you had the bonus of cars driving by.  The feel of the carpet came with a great climbing adventure.  And the ball pit, well, that actually was funny.  The play dough and sand, however, came with no real bonuses.  It just is whatever you make it out to be.  You may be too young yet to see that creativity can be fun.  I think we are going to have to practice pushing play dough and sand around a little more each day.

Who knows, some day you might like it as much as pushing buttons.

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One Fish, Two Fish -Red Fish, Blue Fish, Blue Water,Blue Face!

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 One fish, two fish.

One red, one blue fish.

But first…

we had to paint

the little fish dish.

We mixed some corn syrup with a drop of blue.

Then the fish dish got painted with this sticky blue goo.

That made is easy to stick the fish to.

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But, what do you do when the goo

sticks to you?

You tried to shake the fish off

but it wouldn’t let go.

You pulled, and tugged, and tried to peel it off.

Still it stuck to you so.

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With a little help from Grandma,

we got the fish

back into the fish dish.

Now, you had another wish…

Grandma, more fish!

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So we filled that fish dish

with more red and blue fish

Until we were done with that

sticky

fish

wish!

IMG_7258Then wouldn’t you know,         IMG_7259

you put your sticky fingers

all over your little face…

on your nose…in your hair,

Sticky fingers everywhere!

So…

Grandma did

what Grandma’s do

She let you play in water too!

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We got sticky but it was fun, I have to say.

Hmmm, what else can we do to get ready

 for Dr. Seuss’ big day?

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Another Epic Fail!

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Now, what’s Grandma doing?

We had our first big snow of the winter but you were not feeling very good which meant that going outside to experience it was completely out of the question.  Still, I thought that I could bring some of that snow to you so that you could touch it at least.  So in the middle of the night, I had this idea that I could just bring in a little snow and let you watch as I built a little snowman.  I even tried to think of little things that could serve as eyes, mouth, hat, and buttons.  You know, the way a typical snowman should look.

I was excited!  Your mom…not so much, but I was undeterred.

First the snow.

IMG_7244  I just took a cookie sheet and filled it with the cleanest snow from right outside the door.

Then the ingredients.

IMG_7243 Your snack food was perfect.  At least, that’s what I thought.

Then I tried to form the snow into a snowman but there was one problem:  the snow wouldn’t pack!  It was that light kind of snow that just doesn’t work well for snowman building.  I hadn’t even considered this issue.  I tried and tried to form a ball but just couldn’t get it to hold.  You were getting tired of just sitting there watching me so I gave you a little bit of snow to play with – your first science experiment: what happens to snow when you hold it in your hand for a few seconds?

Well, after adding a little water to this snow mess, I was finally able to get it to stand upright…a little.

IMG_7249When your mom saw it, though, she just laughed.  Your Auntie E called it a “Pinterest Fail”.  One thing we all decided was that it didn’t look anything at all like a snowman.

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It looked more like Ursala from Little Mermaid.

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I don’t know.  You decide!

Hilarious, 3 Minute Art Project

IMG_7175 Ok, here it is!  A baby safe painting project and a lesson

The Project:

  • Carrots for the Orange
  • Spinach for the Green
  • Beets for the Red
  • Blueberries for the Blue/Purple
  • Tumeric for the Yellow

Steam each separately, then blend together  2T of the vegetable, 5 T Almond Milk, 1/3 C. Rice Flour in a blender until smooth.  Repeat with each vegetable.  Total prep time:  Approximately 3 hours (if you consider the trip to the store to buy all the ingredients).

But look at those colors!  Don’t they look fantastic?  This was sure to be a GREAT project.

Ok, so first I fed you so that you weren’t tempted to eat the paint.  Then, I left you in your chair with your bib on so you could be as messy as you wanted to be.

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You started out strong.  The red beet paint was going on smoothly and you were intrigued with it all; the paint, the brush, and the paper.  But, after about 30 seconds with the red, you wanted more.

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So, it was time to try finger painting.  Just run your fingers through all the colors.  Go ahead.  It’s fun!

One swish through each of the colors, and…

IMG_7187  You were done!

Ok, Grandma.  I tried it.  Can we be done now?

Onto the floor went the paper.  Onto the floor went the brush.  I grabbed the cup of paint just in time.  One finger into your mouth, just to see if it at least tasted good.  The verdict – NO!

That was it.

Get me out of this chair, Grandma.  All done!

Well, there was a good deal of clean up that had to happen first.  I tried to wash off your hands, one at a time, but you were wanting out.  Then I had a great idea.

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I gave you a pan of water to play in.  Into the water went your hands.  Now this was fun.  But, I turned my back…just for a second, and you decided to see if you were strong enough to lift the pan, tip the pan, and dump the water.

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Now there was just half a pan of water!

And the floor was soaking wet.

But your hands were clean…and you were having more fun with this than the paint.

I mopped up the floor, then used a towel to soak up the water on your tray and you liked this even more:

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Sucking the water out of the towel was the best part of the whole project

Total occupied time:  3 minutes

But the end result:

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Priceless!

The Lesson:

There are lots of ideas that sound really cute.  They take time to prepare but time in preparation does not mean that a baby will be entertained longer.  Truthfully, all I really had to do was give you a pan of water and a wet towel.  But, how fun would that have been all by itself, in pictures?

Anyone need some paint?  I have lots left over!

Going to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo. How about You, You, You?

This excursion dates back a ways but still it’s worth archiving.  You and I had a “family pass” to the zoo so we could have gone time and time again this summer.  Still, we only got there two times total.  Maybe your mom and dad will give us another chance next summer.

Here’s what we learned this year:

1.  Go early to get a great parking spot but don’t forget to dress for chilly temperatures.

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Ok, so I forgot to bring your hat.  I thought it was going to be so much warmer.  So then, I had to buy a hat there and guess what?  They didn’t have kids hats 😦 .  So there you are wearing who knows what but at least your ears were warm.

Then, I felt bad and had to buy you a giraffe!  What can I say?  Grandmas can do that sort of thing. I chose the giraffe because it was actually an animal that you could see from the stroller.

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We walked and walked but found very few animals that you could actually see.  Still, you remained calm and just enjoyed watching people for awhile.

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But at a certain point, you just looked up at me with those questioning eyes as if to say “Grandma, why are we here?”

2.  Know ahead of time if there are actually things that a baby can see from a stroller.

And then we found something that you could actually see…the fish tank!

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IMG_5489You LOVED the fish tank.  I think it reminded you of your crib toy: so much so that watching these fish almost put you to sleep.

We found some other animals that you could see but we learned that zoos don’t really cater to stroller height.  So, you can just imagine that I was a little dubious about taking you to yet another zoo, this time in Mexico.  But this time, we found the secret.

3.  Find a Petting Zoo

IMG_2660 IMG_2663 IMG_2665We found animals that you could reach out and touch!  Ok, well it freaked Grandma out but, lucky for you, your mom was along and she held the bird up close to you and you got to touch an alligator and a snake!  You loved it all!

Now we can’t go to Mexico every time we want to touch animals so we are going to have to find a petting zoo close to home.

4.  Not to worry, baby boy.  Next time we go to the zoo, Grandma will be more prepared.

Loving A Walk In The Woods – For Different Reasons

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It was a beautiful fall day.  I decided it would be great to take you to my favorite place these days, the woods behind my apartment.     This photo looks like I sent you sailing down the hill on your own.  Not to worry, you were braked.

As we walked along, I tried to point out the things that I loved.  You were not necessarily impressed.  So, I decided to get you out of the stroller so you could actually FEEL the textures.

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IMG_6107You were interested, a little.  You humored me anyway.  But then, a stranger wandered by and you waved to him.  I caught that in a photo and when I looked back at it, you looked more like you were begging for someone to rescue you from this pile of dried stuff.  So, needless to say, we moved on.

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It was time for a break anyway.

We strolled on until I found a spot that I thought you would love.  You did! But not for the reason I thought.

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I thought you would love the view.  I mean just look at the beauty of the trees and the pond.  You, on the other hand…

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loved the wood chips!

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Ok, fine.  I let you play while I enjoyed the view.  We both had a great time.

We ended the walk at one more site that I love and your reaction was a surprise…you enjoyed this location but…

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IMG_6153once again, you weren’t looking at the beautiful view.  You could have cared less about where you were, you were happy…

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being with me!

I love you, little man!