Calvin, 22q Deletion · Family Life

Calvin’s First Curse Word

It turns out I actually have a worse potty mouth now that I am a parent than I did pre-kids. Go figure. I was folding and putting away laundry a couple of weeks ago and Henry was napping and Calvin was hovering, buzzing around me like a little bee chattering silly things and jumping on… Continue reading Calvin’s First Curse Word

Family Life

Mama Needs a Time Out

Our snowy white wonderland weekend was wonderful and special. Until it wasn’t. For me, at least. On Friday, Calvin woke up so excited to see that his snow day dreams had come true and there was white all around! I remember lying in bed early in the morning and hearing him yell out, “MAMAAA!! IT… Continue reading Mama Needs a Time Out

Activity Roundup · Tot Play

Snow Day Tot Play

The forecast around here shows a “Wintry Mix” headed our way starting tonight! Snow, sleet, and freezing drizzle into the weekend. If we were talking about blended iced coffee drinks, all those words might sound appealing… but around here people kind of panic and batten down the hatches at the first mention of impending ice.… Continue reading Snow Day Tot Play

Sensory Play · Tot Play

Blind Puzzle Hunt: Blindfold + Sensory Bin + Puzzle

We’re doing touch/tactile activities as part of a 5 senses theme, and I wanted to come up with an activity that would really get Calvin relying on his sense of touch. I set out to do this activity where I put the pieces to a puzzle into a sensory bin and have him dig them… Continue reading Blind Puzzle Hunt: Blindfold + Sensory Bin + Puzzle

Sensory Play · Tot Play

“Sensory Play” with Henry

The deal with what I call “sensory play” is that it’s intended to be particularly stimulating to the senses in some way. Sensory play has been found to help with kids’ brain development, motor skills, spatial intelligence, and even picky eating. Here’s a PBS article about sensory play and here’s an article about sensory processing and… Continue reading “Sensory Play” with Henry

Sensory Play · Tot Play

Touchy Textured Play Dough

Our 5 Senses-themed tot play got an improptu kick-off last week with some much needed warm sensory play the day the heater was broken. So I guess we are doing touch/feel first! Here’s another touchy/feely tot play activity we did with some play dough. First I had Calvin do some letter-shape practice by tearing off little… Continue reading Touchy Textured Play Dough

Sensory Play · Tot Play

Warm Sensory Play for a Cold Day

Or: That time the heater broke during a cold snap. That’s right. The heater in our rental house stopped working yesterday as the temperature outside was quickly dropping for a particularly cold night. Bad timing. The repair guy came over in the evening, but couldn’t get into the crawl space under the house to check… Continue reading Warm Sensory Play for a Cold Day


New Year, New Town, New Blog

This new year finds our family on the other side of the country from where we were this time last year – or this time last November for that matter! We said our goodbyes to our west coast home and made the big move for new job opportunities for James and to be closer to our… Continue reading New Year, New Town, New Blog