:: Fallen in love ::

And then, two and a half weeks later, you realize that the one thing you would want the whole world to know, didn’t make it into your blog yet… just because that one thing makes you completely forget about the world every time you look at her.

She was born on the 16th of September, she made the obgyn do a little sprint, let her dad’s soup go cold, and she owns my heart (and, to be honest, at least one of my hands… the things you learn to do one-handedly!)

 

 

:: and things will change forever ::

 

A smile fled over her face when she noticed he had fallen asleep against her arm and she was careful not to move. It didn’t happen all that often anymore that she could feel the soft rising of his chest against her side, despite too many honest attempts at the wee hours of the day, when she tried to get him to sleep again, by curling up around him.

She had enjoyed to read another chapter, just like that, not in the least disturbed by anything that yet had to be done. Unfortunately, a sharp pain in the back and a few rather well-pointed kicks on her bladder helped her remember she couldn’t doze away unpunished in any position she’d like.

It was exactly for that reason she had chosen to stay home today, vaguely bothered by a feeling of guilt, partly because she was actually longing for the moment she really didn’t have to think about school again. This pregnancy had proven to be so different from the other one. The seemingly everlasting morning sickness (that lasted all day) and now that excruciating pain in the back that made her nights a lot less refreshing than they should be. Her daughter already manifested herself as a very lively little lady and she was curious and nervous at the same time to meet her in September.

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#tiny #fmsphotoaday

A few days ago she had been crying at the view of a series of images showing mothers saying goodbye to their eldest, just before they gave birth. She thought it was heartbreaking – her son didn’t ask for all of this and even if she felt confident about things turning out just well, she cringed when she thought about how his world would be upside down in only a few months and how things would change forever.

An exercice in letting go. Already.

 

Bucketlist for toddlers #1 – the cookie edition

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Today me will live in the moment; unless it’s unpleasant, in which case me will eat a cookie – Cookie Monster
  • Eat double layered chocolate cookies by opening them, licking the chocolate and totally ignoring the cookies. Preferably invent this procedure in the car, smearing chocolate all over and being just out of reach of those annoying baby wipes.

 

  • Discover a small carton filled with eggs that mummy thoughtfully put out of your reach in the middle of the kitchen table. Surprise her by reaching them anyway. Be very quiet when you paint the egg yolks all over your face, hands, the floor and whatever strikes your fancy.

 

  • Throw a nice tantrum when your favorite cookies are out of stock. Make your parents feel really guilty and bring a few boxes of them when they go grocery shopping next time. Decide you don’t like them anymore. (Bonus points for choosing a brand even your dad doesn’t like).

 

  • Get punished in daycare for taking toys of your toddler colleagues. When you have to stand in the corner next to the carer’s table, spot the pack of chocolate cookies on it. Be very quiet and hide under the table. Try to eat as many as you can before you get discovered.

 

 

I love these lists (especially when the moment is behind me or when it’s not my child). Please share your stories in the comments!

Little Boy reads

Even if Little Boy is really very tired when I pick him up from daycare, we still like to read at least one book before going to bed. I made sure to pick some books that had a few sentences of text – a nice rhythm, or a hint of a story I could tell. While he loves books with separate words and name giving, in my experience the bedtime books need to have a story, so he can just watch.

For many readers, these will be maybe less usable, a lot of the books is only published in Dutch and therefore maybe a little less interesting in the other end of the world. I’ll give a brief description anyway, because well, you just never know…

 

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All of the books together and the translated version of ‘Das gross Buch der Bilder und Wörter’ by Ole Könneke. It’s the least favorite right now, because the images aren’t fully recognizable yet for Little Boy and there are a lot of things that aren’t yet part of his world.

 

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Two bedtime books! The first one belongs to our favorite series, Noodles: Noodle loves bedtime, by Marion Billet. He likes the one with the cars and trains better, but this one is nice also. The second one is Het grote slaap-boek, by Guido van Genechten. Only in Dutch as far as I can find. It shows different animals and how they sleep, with a little sentence as a comment. Very funny.

The one below is from the same illustrator/author, Kijk je mee? We have another one in this series with wildlife in our own collection, this one is about domestic and farm animals. Little Boy likes them and the peacock is his new favorite!

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He’s very into animals anyway. What I like (and Little Boy agrees) about the next one, is the mix of (shutter stock) pictures and drawings. It’s just called Huisdieren, by Mack, and every page has a comment, that I often play around with.

 

 

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But the absolute winner lately must be the last one, it’s a recent buy and it’s a watch- and- look- book. Originally in German (Was machen air auf dem Land/in der Stadt?, by Lila L. Leiber, it once were separate books, but my copy unites both parts), it’s interesting for chidden of very young ages but for older ones too because of the things to look for (like in: why is the woman panicking, who doesn’t like cows, how many ducks can you see,…). I handed the book over on a very busy morning where Little Boy was whining, his dad was still in the bathroom and I had to leave for work. He hasn’t even looked at me anymore, that book was an instant success!

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5 things to consider when buying children’s toys

Are you looking for the best advice anyone could ever give you when it comes to toys? Well, here you have it. For free. Because I’m generous like that.

Stop. Buying. Them.

 

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  • I am not a material girl. I’ll like my share of comfort, but I don’t care too much about stuff. But when it comes to Little Boy, I seem to have lost control. I’m aging completely nuts. Lots of what I buy is second-hand or thrifted, but still I have a problem. That child has way too many toys. And the thing is: give him a set of his old plastic spoons and some empty yoghurt cup and he’s the happiest kid in the world. The best toys seem to be the things that aren’t toys.

 

  • You would be surprised at the quantity of toys that can be created by upcyling. I recently did a post about empty milk tins, but even if I look at my bunch of 17-year old guys at school, I’m stunned with how they make the most fantastic airplanes out of two pencils and a paperclip.

 

  • No toy can beat playing outside. Take walks, watch birds, look for some chickens in the neighborhood (or deer of rabbits or whatever animal can be seen through the neighbor’s fence), let your little one pick up pine cones, gather rocks, hide behind bushes… We just recently installed a very cheap sand pit and it’s a hit!

 

 

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  • Ever bought a toy you really thought your kid would love and then been disappointed when he didn’t even look at it? Once I was very proud to discover a toy he had played with for an entire hour at the doctor’s office. I only paid a few euros for it, but he has never touched it. Apparently there is some rule that states certain toys belong to certain places.

 

  • At numerous occasions, I was planning on taking some of his old toys upstairs to store them, when I discovered Little Boy was finding new ways to play with them, even if he would be ‘too old’. The same toys, when offered at different moments, can be an endless source of fun because the time lapse and the evolution of your little one’s capacities make up for a different perspective.

 

I really should listen to my own advice by the way.

 

 

 

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Little Boy reads

Little Boy loves reading. Although there was no forcing him into loving books, he does naturally and I’m glad he does. So we head to the library to pick up some books. While I love the trip, I hate coming back, because Little Boy hates it too, obviously. He could run around there, surrounded by books, for hours.

So I thought I would show you our last ‘harvest’. I was planning on returning them Wednesday, but writing this post made me realize that there’s missing one. Oh lord. No idea where it has gone. But let’s look at the ones I have here with me…

 

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Noodle loves to drive (Marion Billet) is a real favorite. It’s the second time already we brought this one home, because it’s a book where he also really appreciates the story and the rhythm of the words that come with the images. I will bring it home more often, because that’s the only book he lets me read without flipping the pages on his own pace. And he repeats it in his own way. There are other Noodles books and they are lovely too, but this one is just ‘tha bomb.’

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Die daar is what we’re currently reading a lot. It’s Dutch and as far as I know it’s not translated, but that doesn’t really seem to matter as it is not about the text. I like this one because it’s useable on so many levels. Right now, Little Boy shows me everything so I can name it. Sometimes he tries to mimic what I say. The images are thrown together by ‘category’, like ‘all things green’, or ‘things that go fast’ or ‘auch’. And on almost every page there is something to play with, r something that moves or,… we love this one and I really love the fact that it’s real life pictures without the matching words.

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Piep! een nieuwe dag is also in Dutch (it’s about a mouse named Piep, and how a traditional day looks like). On the left page there’s a simple line of text (love the typography and the solid colors or the pages), on the right there’s the image. I like the style and it’s really close to Little Boy’s world. Not that he seems to care. He’s flipping through the pages and that’s about it.

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And the last one is a ‘lookbook’ by Anne Suess. I love her books. No texts, but drawings that can carry you away forever. So many things to look at, to talk about. My Little Boy loves it and it’s a book he happily plays with and reads aloud all by himself for quite some time (and let me assure you, that’s quite a thing here). I bought another book of hers about fairy tales and while he loves it too, I can’t wait for him to grow a little older so I can all the fairy tales that are hidden in the filled pages. If you have any suggestions on more books of that kind, please do!

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