Early last week I tested a couple of polishes on two of my nails, (my cousin’s daughter has the best colors). Mila was so interested (touching them and asking questions), that I decided to paint all my nails and teach her colors.
She’s got “geeen” down pretty well and almost has “bue”. I think I’ll have to limit my color choices next time so that Mila can focus on only a couple of colors at a time.
I found a craft that originally called for painted rocks and an egg carton. I modified that idea into, what I call, a “color box” for Mila.
1. I hot glued cardboard pieces onto the bottom of a shoe box to create 4 sections.
2. Mila and I went “rock hunting”. We took a bucket and headed outside to find the perfect rocks. Mila absolutely loved this part and I loved that she could help.
3. I painted the rocks in 4 different colors, each corresponding to the colors on the box lid.
4. I made four holes and painted the lid to the box in 4 different colors. I used a paint-marker to write the colors on the box and sprayed it all with acrylic paint sealer/varnish to complete the project.
I had to use several coats of paint on the box lid and as you can see, it’s not perfect. It serves its purpose and really, a toddler doesn’t mind.
Mila loves playing with rocks, so this was perfect for her. She also loves popping the rocks through the holes then taking the lid off and grabbing all the rocks out from inside. I’m pretty proud of this project. 🙂
All proper projects require adequate testing before completion.
Dan and I had a routine where I fed Mila, he bathed her, and I put her to bed. This worked great for a long time. After Mila began to really start playing in the tub and have bubble baths, I wanted to join in the fun, so we switched. You can’t not have fun with a toddler in a tub.
Mila has bath letters that stick on the side of the tub. When I stick them, she pushes them all off, back into the water. She grabs the letters and puts them in her little bucket, along with her duckies and other bath toys.
One week while Dan was working nights, when I cleaned up the toys, I would leave him a note with her letters, knowing that he would jump in the shower when he got home. One of my messages was “867-5309″…he never understood it.
Yesterday, while I bathed Mila I took a few pictures. We were having so much fun and when I said, “Mila, give kisses”, she did this:
October 8, 2012
6 days shy of 15 months
edited in Instagram
She’s such a ham.
Today Mila’s grandparents came over with play sand for her sandbox. This is the first time Mila’s encountered sand, (she hasn’t been to a beach yet). She picked it up and dumped it then tried to eat all the toys — good thing she didn’t try to eat the sand.
Needless to say, she had sand everywhere, but she had fun!
August 26, 2012.
13 months, 12 days.
Last night during her bath Mila said “sit”. This didn’t surprise me, (although I was excited), considering how many times I tell her to sit: in the pool, in her swimmy, in the bathtub, at the backdoor…
July 29, 2012.
One year, 15 days.
Tonight, Mila had a great time in the big girl bath. She splashed and kicked and played. I stuck letters on the side of the tub and she pulled them off. She’s getting used to play time in the bath and it’s a lot of fun to join in and watch.
June 5, 2012
Almost 11 months.
Watch out! My girl thinks she’s slick. Mila’s starting to test us and her limits. She has even changed her crawl direction to distract me — for real! I was crawling after her (that’s what we do for fun – she giggles and crawls away) when she stopped, turned then turned again. She’s a sly one for sure.
When she sees Dan, she immediately crawls, attempting speed that she doesn’t really have on her knees, because that’s the game: chase after Mila. We all laugh and have a great time.
There’s nothing like watching daddy and daughter play and giggle.
March 22, 2012
8 and a half months.
Daddies are the best. He may have been the first to tell her “no”, but he was also the first to make her giggle.
I’ve been slacking in my blogging world lately, if you couldn’t tell. I have been thinking a lot about what I want to write next, document and share. I’ve even been writing brief notes in my trusty little note-keeper on my iPhone. Today, however, is different. I just had to share some fun pictures and video of Mila and Me playing.
"Show me your tongue"
"There's your tongue!"
We did this for a bit until I clicked on the video camera…
Not sure how going back to work next week is going to be. I just love being home with Mila. And who wouldn’t? 🙂