Our first week adjusting to being a 3 child family went fairly well. The Man does an awesome job being both Daddy and Mommy and runs a tight ship downstairs. (On the few occasions I have gone down stairs, everything has been so tidy – the fridge is organized, the dishes are always done, and he even keeps the dining room vacuumed. No, he is not for sale, or even for rent!)
But even Superman needs a break once in a while, and that’s when I will take one of the older kids up on my bed with me for special Mommy time. Seth is a good napper, so while he’s sleeping, I have been prililedged to have some real quality time with Jesse and Claire in the past week.
This little girl is so precious. It’s such a treat to get to spend some uninterrupted time with her. I confess this was the first time I’d ever just sat and played with her for an hour!
|Claire pauses to eat a bit of leftover breakfast she found on her shirt.|
I love wooden toys. One of the joys of motherhood is recreating favorite childhood memories for you own kids. It’s the next best thing to being young again!
Growing up, we had wooden beads, wooden blocks, wooden toy instruments, and sturdy little wooden table and chairs. This has definitely influenced the kind of toys I have collected for my own children. We never had a wooden train set. I wanted Brio more than I wanted a Barbie – and that’s saying something. I found Jesse a wooden train set on Craig’s list before he could even say “Choo-choo!” and I have spent hours playing with it (and him!) I am a well adjusted adult because of this.
|I’m slightly jealous that my fingers don’t fit in the holes anymore…|
I’m so glad companies like Melissa and Doug still make quality wooden toys so my kids can make chunky necklaces and colorful pet snakes like I did as a child. I had to sand the inside of these beads when I bought them so they wouldn’t snag on the soft shoestrings or scratch little baby skin when shoved on fingertips, otherwise they are just as I remember them.
|I tried to interest her in color-sorting, but she got sidetracked with one of her favorite little games – shoving things down the front of her shirt. She’s very hard on her shirt collars because of this habit.|
|I helped her, and we got most of the beads inside her outfit. She was rather top heavy when she stood up.|
In the set from my childhood, we had some beads that were mushroom shaped. I’m sure they are what inspired my love of mushrooms…with just a hint of shoe leather…
|Me at age two – I love the similarities between this photo and the ones of Claire!|