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Still fighting…

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 🙂

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Cold Virus of Evil

It started with a tickle, then it metastasised and now it’s a demon cold from hell. One that has now taken my poor daughter too 😦 We are a sorry state of a family right now. James started coughing…it’s all down hill from there. I’m feeling very sorry for myself, mostly because I feel so poorly all my activities and fun stuff I had lined up have been discarded into a snotty and dusty heap. I’m in the middle of making wind chimes for Lizzie’s room, I have a couple of my own art canvas projects to start and finish for LIzzie’s room now the glue gun has arrived and a bunch of crafts for halloween to be getting on with and updating you all with but can I find the energy? No 😦 I’m considering intravenous caffeine…PURE CAFFEINE.

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Exploring a ball pit.

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This cold is really starting to take hold now and Lizzie is going through a period of extreme sleep regression. She wakes up between 12-2am and wide awake and wanting to play, takes a good hour to get her back to sleep. James and I are beat and I’m struggling with this virus – not cool. Anyhoo, it’s been quiet and slow here as I really have no energy to do much of anything short of getting through the day, but I still try to keep Lizzie entertained as much as I can. The other day we did Jelly, then there was goopy yoghurt and rice and today we stayed away from mess and I bust out the Little Tikes Sand Pit we won and filled it with her ball pool balls and made a ball pit!

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Sensory Messy Play: Jelly!

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Lizzie and I were trying to work out what food and snacks she wanted to consume the other day and she has a good taste of various things from Cauliflower and Cheese to Yogurt and Fruit Cocktail, we also added some strawberry jelly to the party and it was a whole new sensation in her mouth and not well received, so rather than binning it and being truly wasteful, we decided it would be fun to tip it up into her walker tray and see what she made of exploring it with her hands – THIS was way more fun!

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Photoshoot Fun!

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It’s been a busy few days here at The Nook, I finally got called to do the Autumn Themed Photoshoot outdoors with a family of 7 (plus 1 dog!) It was a lot of fun, a long day though, and the kids were fantastic. The shoot was very relaxed, a lot of the shots were taken candidly rather than deliberately posed for and the kids were keen to set up their own ides of things as well, which was just lovely.

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Funtime Friday is a little less fun :(

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 😦

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Sensory Play – Flour

This was like MAGIC today, so much quiet time and easy to clean up afterwards too. Lizzie was absolutely enamored by the feel of the flour between her fingers and a reasonable amount of it ended up in her mouth…as usual!

All you need is flour and if you want to change the texture, add some water. Lizzie has had a lot of experience with wet and cold textures, fluids, cornflour and water goo, paint…so figured it was time for some dry material to get stuck into.

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Flour & Water!

Messy play is one of our favourite things to do here at The Nook and it doesn’t matter how much mess it makes, in fact, the more mess the better! The textures and look of curiosity and wonder as my daughter explores new sensations, knowledge and skills is something I don’t think I’ll ever be able to take for granted, it’s beautiful.

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Friday Fun-Time.

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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! ❤

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