Mom’s Personal Assistant

My Mom likes a clean house.  I don’t so much mind toys being everywhere and yesterday’s Cheerios on the floor but Mom can’t handle that.  She used to do all of her cleaning after I went to bed at night or while I was napping (though I would often force myself not to nap just to see her reaction to a messy house), but recently she has started doing some of this while I’m awake.  Something about teaching me responsibility and what not.  Anyway, here is a list of things that I get to help with now that I’m old (16 months old that is).

  1. Swiffer the kitchen floor – Mom takes out one of the sections of the handle and I push it around while she follows with a broom or another Swiffer.
  2. Dust the legs of the chairs
  3. Put my toys back in the bins – Mom has kept the same type of toy in the same place for as long as I can remember.  That way when it is time to clean up, I know exactly where it goes.  If for some reason I can’t remember, Mom says stuff like “I need all the balls for this green basket.”
  4. Put laundry in the laundry basket after it is dry.
  5. Sous chef – This is a fancy title meaning that I hand Mom cooking utensils (spoons and spatulas only) or food pieces while cooking.  I love to hand her pieces of fruit for fruit salad, give her green beans to snap, or pick veggies off a pile for shish kabobs.  Sometimes I even get to dump in the spices or do a little stirring.  Someday we hope to get a Little Partners Learning Tower for me to stand on but for now Mom just holds me.
  6. Dry the Dishes – Okay I don’t get to touch any of the ceramic dishes but I get to help with all of the plastic.
  7. Make Way for Vacuuming – There are baskets all over our house holding blankets, toys, books, etc so when Mom vacuums it is helpful if I move these things as well as daddy’s shoes so she doesn’t have to keep stopping.

I may still be young but helping Mommy isn’t too bad.  In fact, it gives her more time to play later!

BubBLES

Pop . . . Pop . . . Pop, Pop, Pop!  Bubbles might perfect.  You see I can play with them all I want and Mommy insists that I’m not getting dirty.  I still don’t know how that can be since they explode when I touch them leaving behind a slightly slimy feel and a wonderful smell – I think this batch is grape – but whatever.  Part of what I love about bubbles, or as I prefer bubBLES, is there is no clean up.  That’s right, no torture in the form of hand washing required when finished.  They are also really quick to get started.  In fact, we make a batch about once a month and Mommy stores it in containers until I want it.  She always makes sure that the container we are playing out of is little so I can carry it around or maybe she doesn’t want me to spill too much but either way I like the little container.

At 14 months, I am still working on mastering blowing bubbles and I often end up with nothing but a wet hand, but that is okay.  Mommy blows bubbles with me and that is the more fun part anyway.  When Mommy blows the bubbles or when she helps me use my bubble blowing gadget, I get to run around and pop the floating fun.  Nothing beats being totally surrounded by bubbles.  Even Mommy’s smile gets bigger when I ask to play with bubbles.

Rainy day?  No problem.  Ask Mommy to play with bubbles inside.  My Mommy usually has me do this in the kitchen or in the empty bath tub – then when I am finished we run a damp cloth over the  floor where we are playing and Mommy thanks me for helping her clean??!?!?  So any day you need some extra fun, bust out the bubbles and smile away!

 

Paint!

Another day stuck inside – silly workmen – and today I couldn’t even watch since they had out the blowtorch.  To help curb my disappointment, Mommy made this fabulously slimy and colorful stuff she kept calling finger paint.  I’m not sure why she called it that since she wanted me to put the paint on my highchair tray but whatever.

Before I was able to start painting, Mommy had to mix the paint together.  First, she cut an old egg crate down so it only had four holes.  Then, she put some light corn syrup in each hole and then one drop of food coloring (she used four different colors).  Next, she mixed the goo together and put me in my art shirt which just happens to be one of her old t-shirts.  Finally, into my high chair I went and let the mess begin!

I played in this sticky concoction for quite a while.  I had to ask to get the sticky off of my hands a couple of times because my fingers were starting to stick together but hey the art was worth it!  We didn’t get to keep this masterpiece when I was finished because it was on my tray but next time Mommy says we can paint on roll paper! 

Now for a note from Mommy: Today’s sensory experience was just about as easy to set up and tear down as yesterday’s!  Thankfully, this finger paint comes off easily with a baby wipe.  It is also safe to be eaten (though Little Guy didn’t try).  As far as proportion of corn syrup to color, I probably used two tablespoons to each drop and that created very bright colors.

 

Cool Beans

Mommy and I were stuck in the house today due to some workmen and she was starting to go a bit stir crazy.  I could have stood and stared at the fans the guys were installing all day but hey that wouldn’t be very considerate of me now would it?  So instead, I chose to amuse my mother and play in container of beans.  At first, digging in dried Great Northern Beans wasn’t too exciting – really who wants to just dig around with your fingers in a 9×13 Baking Dish?  Anywho, I kept at it and then Mom showed up with spoons and measuring cups!  This made all the difference in the world.  Now, we were in business.  I scooped and measured, measured and scooped for over 35 minutes and if you knew me you would know I don’t focus on anything that long.  In the end, I was bummed to see the beans go but Mom put them in a baggie and kept them in the container so we can get them out another day.

Now for a short note from my Mom:  Little Man and I played in the dried beans as a sensory activity (he was always under very close supervision since the beans would be a choking hazard if swallowed).  My thought is that we will use the 9×13 dish to contain all sorts of different materials as we continue to explore texture.  I love how by using this type of container, I could just snap the lid on it and go on with our day.  I think tomorrow we might try pudding or play dough.

My Little Red Wagon

Thanks to some beautiful 60 degree days in January this year I got to try out my biggest Christmas present – a Radio Flyer Wagon!  I didn’t get the Radio Flyer Wagon that Mom and Dad remember from when they were little; no, no, no I got the deluxe addition (Thanks Great Grandma and Grandpa).  My wagon has seat backs and cup holders just to name a few of its amenities.  Anyway, Grandpa and Mom took me on a walk after putting it together.  I thought I was going to have to wait forever but Grandpa had it built in 10 minutes!

My ride is super smooth and my seat is very comfortable.  In fact, I made Mommy let me eat snack in the wagon when we got home from our walk because I wasn’t ready to leave my throne.  Mommy and Daddy think my wagon is awesome too because it is super easy to steer, thanks to independent front wheels.  Grandpa likes that the handle is longer now than it was when Mommy was little because that means he doesn’t have to bend over to reach it.  This present is a winner – everyone loves it!  You should get one then maybe when we are older we can have wagon races.

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Winter has finally set in here in Ohio.  The other day there was this white stuff falling from the sky and Mommy insisted that I should watch it out the window.  It was fascinating for about 15 seconds and then I got bored.  After all, it just keeps coming.  Anyways, a little while later Mommy and I bundled up to go and get the mail like we do every day, but this time the white stuff had built up on the mailbox – I just had to reach out and touch it.  That stuff is cold.  Mommy called it snow and then told me it is wet and cold – silly Mommy I already knew that I had my hand in it.  Since I seemed to like the snow, Mommy took me inside and put me in these fluffy pants and put my coat and hat back on; then, she made me go and play in it more.  It didn’t take too long for me to get cold and want to go back inside.  So why I’m writing this post?  I want to make a list for all of you babies so you don’t have to freeze to have fun in the winter.  Here are some other places to take your Mommies and Daddies:

  • Shopping Mall or Department Store: We usually don’t buy anything but I get a kick out of watching all of the other people and running around in the big open space.  Mommy often takes me into a lot of different shops so I can see different kinds of things.
  • Restaurants: Our favorite restaurants are the ones that are more like little coffee shops because I can run around a little bit and no one thinks I’m strange.  It is also cool to go to these places because I get to eat a bit of bagel or some muffin.
  • Aquarium or Pet Store: These are some of my favorite places.  I really like the aquarium best because I get to spend a lot of time looking at the different fish and I can walk around by myself with Mommy close by; but, in a pinch the pet store works too.  Either way, there are lots of cool things to look at inside.
  • Grocery Shopping: As simple as it is I love to look at all the stuff in the grocery store.  I get extra excited when Mommy lets me carry the bag of tortilla chips!
  • Museums: I don’t really understand everything in these places but I like to walk around and Mommy and Daddy like to look at all of the old stuff.
  • Children’s Art Studios: My Aunt B owns one of these places so I may be prejudice. Even though I’m not one yet, I can still create some cool stuff.  We go to open studio and drive cars through paint or squish the homemade playdoh.  There are often other kids my age there too!

No matter where you choose to go or what you choose to do, I recommend keeping your Mommy and Daddy inside and out of the fluffy pants as much as you can.  Honestly though, the white cold stuff that fell from the sky isn’t all bad but I only want to experience it in small doses.

    Mossi Toddler 1 – Pc. Snowsuit