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the eric update - day 276: socializing with mauja.

in the past, at times when we needed a free hand or two we might have put odin in his swing or play yard, but lately he's let us know that he's happier to be out and about, much closer to the action. this morning, while i was making breakfast rather than put him in his swing and force him to watch me from a distance, kris suggested that we set him in the middle of the kitchen and give him a basket filled with a few choice toys and let him feel a like he's a little more part of the routine.

it worked wonders! instead of fussing in the swing after 5 minutes, he was quite happy to watch me whirl around the kitchen in between episodes of chatting merrily with mauja about - well - i'm not quite sure what, but both of them seemed interested in the conversation.

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4/06/2005 11:06:00 PM 4 comments


when he's older, he will love "washing the dishes" too. Fill the sink with water and a few items like funnels, plastic utensils, strainer, etc. He'll have a ball. Just make sure that you don't give him containers that can actually "hold" lots of water, unless you need your floor washed too ;-D Kitchen items make the best toys!

By Blogger Candy, at 8:10 AM  

At that age, my son's FAVOUTITE toy was a sheet of waxed paper. I kid you not. He would spend what seemed like hours on the kitchen floor rattling it, crumpling it, tasting it. It never seemed to get old and it was an easy and cheap for me to get the dishes done :-). I did give him a *new* sheet each time, by the way. I'm not *that* cheap.

By Blogger pumpkinhead, at 11:57 AM  

Isn't it great watching them explore different things? I love the pics with Mauja, Kyle has a kitty - Spot - that loves to sit by him... Best buds :)

I have a question, is your family walking in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica? I just posted an update in our blog - we'll be walking the 24th. I was going to send a little donation your way if that was the case.

By Blogger Katra, at 2:08 PM  

katra: I have a question, is your family walking in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica?

we endlessly debate about it because it just happens to be on the day that we're moving out of our house, so it's going to be tough to fit it in. but knowing us, we'll wallow in indecision until the very last minute and then decide to do it - only now we're woefully behind on fundraising!

By Blogger e3, at 1:33 PM  

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