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.
The Creation Station – Baby Discovery Class is VERY popular and I feel quite lucky we have a spot each week because it’s always busy, but fun, lively, noisy and stimulating for little minds. Every week Lizzie goes, a few moments out the door after the class and she’s out like a light!
Rachel is the leader of this particular class and she’s just lovely and keen to make a fuss of all the children and I can’t fault her, she’s always willing to help me out a little more because I really struggle to get down on the floor to let Lizzie play with the other babies and explore the sensory bag or do floor messy play, so often Lizzie will go for a play for a few moments with her whilst I sit close by and I’m really grateful, so THANK YOU RACHEL! ❤
Imagine and Explore the endless possibilities of creativity this October. Just in time for Halloween, we’re giving away a 1st Prize and a Runner Up Prize to the two most creative pieces submitted by 24th October 2014 to be drawn on the 25th of October 2014. This will allow enough time (hopefully!) for the prizes to be posted and arrive in time for Halloween!
Your child can create whatever they like:
- Short Story
- Short Play Performed
As long as it is creative! Entry photos or videos must be emailed to email@example.com no later than 24th October 2014 with Full name, Age of child & Address. Entries after this date will be discounted. Open to UK residents ONLY unless Worldwide entrants wish to pay postage. All images will be submitted to an album view-able by the public on our facebook page but winners will be chosen by me and James. The work must be that of the child/toddler.
1st Prize – 2 x Kids Books, Pumpkin Halloween Bucket with Sweets, a Halloween Beaker/Glass and a Mystery Gift!
Runner Up Prize – 1 x Kids Book, Pumpkin Halloween Bucket with Sweets and a Mystery Gift!
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!
We had a bit of a down day today, doing not much of anything at all here at The Nook. I woke up this morning having a horrendous Arthritis flare and wasn’t sure how I’d get through the day just me and a demanding 5 month old. James is lucky with his work, or I should say, WE are lucky with his work, they are very understanding of my condition and the amount of help and support I need sometimes (particularly of late) and the nature of James’ job allow him the flexibility of working from home. So this morning he went into work and came home at lunchtime to help out.
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.