Livi loves all kinds of animals and gets excited whenever we come across one, whether it’s a dog on the street, a duck in the park, or a giraffe in the zoo. But she especially loves birds.
“Bird,” or her version of it, was one of her first words and her face lights up whenever she sees or hears one.
We encounter many birds on our walks and hikes but I thought, why not bring them a little closer to home without actually having to take care of a pet bird.
I have been trying for a while now to get Livi interested in some kind of arts and crafts but up until now all I got was a cold shoulder and a loudly howled “Noooo.”
No matter what I tried, she just wasn’t interested. I suspect she didn’t want to sit still for more than three seconds.
That has changed recently. Now she is capable of sitting down for longer periods of time, especially when we read to her or look at one of her many picture books.
“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.”
~ Mary Ellen Chase
Livi is in love … with her books. It has been an ongoing love affair.
Her first “toy” was a cloth book. She loved to touch it, amazed at the sounds it made, and she enjoyed the brightly colored pictures.
Then she discovered board books. Unfortunately, she loved them a little too much and they would always end up in her mouth.
But soon she found out that board books were fantastic stacking material. It was one of the first “games” she played on her own: moving books from one stack to another and back again. But she never had the patience to just sit and look at a book or to have us read a story to her.
When I was pregnant with Livi, we went to a couple of childbirth and baby care classes. During one class they mentioned baby sign language. I found the idea interesting but was not convinced. They recommended to start teaching at around 6 months.
Enter Livi at 6 months old; we were still in full blown survival mode and I had more pressing issues on my mind than baby sign language.
When Livi was about 1 year old, we came across a board book called Baby Signs. I liked the idea of using a board book to teach the signs and Livi seemed interested in the pictures, so we bought it.
The heat of the summer is upon us. We already had several hot days this year and it is not even officially summer yet.
Last year, Livi was still small enough for us to spent most of our time at home with a daily walk or two at the mall when a heat wave came rolling in. This year, she is an active toddler – always busy, walking, talking – who wants to be entertained. So what do you do when it is too hot to go outside for a walk or to visit the playground?
If you have an air conditioner, you are in luck as you can do quite a lot inside for a few days. From playing games to reading books to doing arts and crafts, little hands and minds can be easily kept busy. But even with an AC, you cannot spent the whole day at home. And if you are “lucky” like me and your house turns into a sauna in the afternoon, you are desperate to get out and cool down somewhere.
Livi has always been difficult to entertain and she always had a hard time playing by herself.
When she was only a few months old and couldn’t yet sit, it was impossible to just put her down in the bouncy chair or the car seat with a few dangling toys to keep her busy. She just didn’t roll like that and she let us know, loud and clear.
Likewise, she did not like playing on a play mat, looking at books, watching her mobile, sitting in a swing or bumbo seat or exercauser, or anything else that would mean not being held and entertained by daddy or mommy.