Sleep deprived mummy to two boys, the three year old is 'free spirited' whilst my baby who is ten months is calm....for now anyway! Life is crazy but never dull and sometimes the only thing that helps is a soco and lemonade when the kids are in bed.
The last week I have started to notice the young one enjoying trying out his fine motor skills. He especially enjoys putting things like his dummy into a bowl, emptying the bowl and repeating the process.
The best thing is that he didn't try and eat the pieces.
This weeks magic moment has to be fish kisses as we call them. You know hen you suck in your cheeks to pucker up like a fish?
The baby was sleeping and the boy was wanted to watch tele- I try not to turn it on during my work free days as he could spend hours watching curious George, peppa pig etc so I distracted him by asking for a kiss. At the last moment I sucked in my cheeks and planted a fish kiss on him.
He found this hilarious and demanded more! Sometimes I could plant the fish kiss but other times he 'popped' it with his finger. The giggles were infectious!
The boy attempted to make his own fish kiss with more fits of laughter and shrieks of delight- needless to say the young one didn't sleep long but he did get to see the boy practice his fish face.
Yesterday you may have seen I posted about Pom Pom's a great memory from my childhood. I also remember spending hours making different scenes with fuzzy felt.
Therefore when I saw my sister had posted a picture on Facebook of my gorgeous nieces next to her own felt tree we decided to do one ourselves.
I started with a large piece of green felt and folded it in half. Then I cut out the shape of the tree -as I folded it both sides are even.
I stuck it to the wall with blue tac and we cut out different decorations out of more felt.
It's like magic the felt sticks to its self and even the candy cane pipe cleaners stick with ease.
To keep this activity going until Christmas we've decided to make it an advent felt tree. Each day starting today we will decorate one felt decoration - glitter glue at the ready!
The boy is a bit obsessed with lights so we have also added his reindeer Christmas lights with a little help from blue tac! Although I'm not sure how long they will survive with the young one on the loose!
Today the tree is looking a little bare dressed in its star and lights waiting for its first decoration to dry.
Do you remember making Pom pom's as a child? I did and thought it would be nice to make them with the boy and hang some from our tree this year. A slight snag was I couldn't remember how to so I googled and found lots of great templates.
You start by making an 'o' out of cardboard. We used different sized cups to draw around. You need two the same size.
A little tip - make the bit you keep a lot thicker than we did.
Put the two pieces of cardboard together - it's ok to let the baby teeth on the discarded cardboard- it helps them feel involved.
Start wrapping your chosen wool around the two 'o's passing your bundle of wool through the middle - you'll need to wrap a couple of times around your start point.
Keep wrapping until you have covered the template.
Now an extra pair of hand would help!
Whilst you ask a helper to hold the wool together go around the edge of the circle and snip all the pieces.
Once all have been snipped use a piece of the wool (approx 30cm) and put around the middle- in between the two pieces of cardboard.
Pull tight and tie a knot.
Then fluff - use the left over strands from above to hang from where you like by making a knot at the top.
You can also use buy plastic templates which is why some of our photos have blue plastic instead of cardboard.
If your using the tinsel wool like we tried you will need to make a big Pom Pom because the wool is thicker it closes the gap in the middle where you pass the wool through.