Yip, you guessed it, I’m still sick, worst thing is how it’s now affecting Lizzie. She doesn’t sleep well and feeding is a struggle, it’s all a bit poop! It’s been a crazy wet, wild and mixed weekend, but we did have some sun on and off today, which was pleasant and prompted me to get out and do that Photoshoot of Lizzie I’ve been dying to do! It was lovely. We took some props, popped on a lovely, warm, girly outfit and headed off to the local, quiet, park where we’d be pretty much undisturbed 🙂
Today, as you know, is Creation Station day, however, we weren’t able to attend this morning because I’m feeling somewhat rough. I’ve had another flare of my Arthritis and my knees, hands and elbow are hot, swollen and very painful. Not only that, I took my Humira Injection last night (usually on a Tuesday, but can’t be taken when you’re unwell) it was delayed and I didn’t even think about what day today was. Basically Humira knocks me flat on my ass for at least a day, the day after the injection – headaches, nausea, extreme lethargy, the upside is it usually knocks the inflammation on the head, but not this week 😦
This is quite possibly my favourite activity we’ve done to date and it was fairly mess free and provided a whole range of new textures and experiences. We have a big box full of off-cut fabric pieces of all kinds of materials, patterns, colours and textures and I decided to grab a piece, cut a rough canvas out and give it to Lizzie to paint on.
This really is the simplest of crafts. It’s quick, easy and less messy than carving and gutting a pumpkin (but secretly who doesn’t love to carve up a pumpkin for Halloween?)
There are only a few required items:
- Empty Jars
- Tissue Paper
- Black Card/Paper
- PVA Glue
- Tea Light
Grab your supplies and let’s get making!
Lizzie and I made a craft together this afternoon; a collaborative effort. Lizzie did the messy bits, which meant a very messy baby, but mummy also got very messy. This is to be expected when painting and gluing with a 6 month old 😀 Great fun though and the top reason for doing it again and again and attending the creation station. When we first started painting together, she wasn’t really sure about what she was doing and though she liked to touch the paint, wasn’t really touching the paper or material to paint on with consistency, but now her hands are straight in the paint and all over everything – paper, table, floor, herself, ME… So amusing watching her get her little fingers stuck into the mess 😀
Wow! What a day, I’m beat and so is Lizzie. Today was CREATION STATION DAY and we were so excited to be back after missing our second week due to illness. Lizzie enjoyed it much more this time too, possibly because she is really developing her grabby hands and pincer grasp 🙂 Each class opens with a welcome song and the leader comes around the say hello to everyone individually and once that’s over, she opens a huge furry bag of sensory goodies for the babies to explore. I really want to be able to get on the floor with Lizzie, but until she’s able to sit up reliably without falling over or crawling, it’s not easy for me to do because of my sore and stiff knees and hips, so she sits on my knee in the circle and has items handed to her; it would be nice to let her get in among it all and choose her own sensory items though.
Today I have what is known among the Biological Therapy users for Auto Immune Diseases, as ‘hangover day’. I take Humira and the jab stings like hell when injected, but the day after just floors you. No energy, banging headache, just feel completely wiped out. The upside is the pain is usually well decreased, so that’s the silver lining of it all, it keeps my disease manageable, just a pity it makes you completely useless for a day or two >.< However, I haven’t managed any art or sensory activities with Lizzie for day so we decided regardless of lethargy we would make a treasure map!
You might have heard of subscription boxes, one of the most well known I think are the Graze Boxes, but there are all different types out there; kids ones, craft ones, food ones, smelly ones, surprise one, pet ones…they are endless. Some UK based, some USA based and probably other European based ones too! Here is a link to a variety on offer and probably loads more undiscovered (If you discover one or know of one not on the list, please comment with a link!) http://www.allsubscriptionboxes.co.uk/
Always on the lookout for new and inspiring things for my daughter I came across the Toucan Box and noticed they had a FREE box offer going, so decided it was worth setting up an account, having a free box sent and checking it out.
Lizzie and I got busy this afternoon whilst James did some drilling and hammering and all that manly stuff, we started by having a look and feel of the items we collected on our walk this morning – Nature Sensory is a great way to teach words, colours, textures and keep your baby and toddler interested in the world. As we were meandering home on our walk a couple of crafts came to mind that we could do together 🙂 So that was the plan for the items after she finished fondling them!
Little hands and little developing minds love items with texture, colour, patterns, things that make noise, feel warm, cool, rough and smooth, slimey and…well you get the picture, so, every week I try to add something new to her collection of sensory items, whether it’s new items on her board, new bottles/jars filled with bits or baskets filled with all manner of goodies and more. This morning whilst I was rustling up some breakfast for us (Lizzie had Banana Porridge, I had Toast and a Sausage Sandwich!) I made this!