Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The "Real Strength" of a Baby.

This little guy is so much fun to watch these days.  He has been in our care in the infant room, for the last 6 weeks or so and he is gradually becoming more and more mobile.

I find it so fascinating to watch how babies learn to move. So persistent and dedicated.

Movement involves his whole body, and he practices all day.

With all of his muscles working harmoniously, he finds himself on his tummy.

For a while, being on his tummy, was not his favorite position and he would make sounds and noises that let us know he was tired of tummy time after a short while.  He is gaining more tolerance as he gets stronger. 

He can pivot around in a circle but isn't quite moving forward or backward yet.

Something tells me it won't be long!

Check out this lovely youtube video that so magically describes what goes into "rolling over" for a baby.


Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais

I will think of this baby when I am at the gym today.  Muscles moving, not effortlessly, but harmoniously.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

A Morning Well Spent.

I could hear her chattering away to her Daddy as she walked down my sidewalk.  After a quick good-bye for Dad, she and I got into playing right away.  First it was soccer.  She was the goalie.  After playing that for a while she realized that she needed a net.  "What do we need for a net?" I asked her.
This is what she came up with.

 We played tag and hide-and-seek and then we went inside for some painting.

An invitation.

She chose the colors she wanted and helped add the water and stir them up.

She was really into mixing colors  together.

"Look what happens."


She carefully painted the edges with the midnight blue.

I loved watching how her painting evolved.

And then she was done.  For now.

She helped me clean up and wanted to wash her hands which led right into water play.

More science.  More experiments.

We also:
Read a story
Had a tea party
Ate snack
Listened to music
And talked about a lot of things....

What a lucky Nanny am I!

Friday, 11 July 2014


We went and did some mowing and up keep on our rental property last week-end.  It's about 6-7 hrs away, so it's a road trip. We stay in a friend's cabin while we are there.
We like going back there in many ways because it's so familiar, and it's so beautiful at this time of year.  We lived there for 25 years.  That is also why it's hard, and a bit emotional, to go back.
When I work on the property and walk around, memories of my children playing and growing up there, come tumbling into my mind.

I look at the rustic beauty and remember bouquets of wild flowers or long legged children running through the grass, hair flying back.  Or  a little boy tromping through the forest, climbing in his tree house or shooting his bow and arrows...at the cat.  (He never did hit the cat)

Wild beauty.

I love ferns, don't you?  

Paths through the forest that are kind of magical.

Time goes by so quickly doesn't it?  The little boy who grew up on this land is now taller than his Dad.  When he was young he had a little trouble doing his fair share of chores, much to his sisters frustration.  Whatever he didn't do when he was young, he has more than made up for, now that he is older.

We left at the end of the week-end with everything looking nice.  

A couple of thoughts about memories....

Write things down, even if it's only the highlights.  I wish now that I had done that more.  When you are in the moment, you think you will remember but 
25 - 30 years later, you can't.  Maybe you are more organized than me but that is my one bit of advice.  I guess the technology of today is helpful, as people are recording little videos and taking pictures constantly with their smart phones.

Whatever your system, track those memories, they are so much fun to look back on.

Monday, 7 July 2014

The Satisfying Sense of Accomplishment.

This little boy has been in our infant room for almost a year.  I just got the news that he will be leaving soon.  As I thought about the fact of his moving away, I realized how attached I have become to him. I know my co-workers feel the same way.  I have been a part of caring for this young child for a long time.  I have fed him and changed many diapers.  I have rocked him to sleep countless times.  I have soothed him, comforted him and loved him.

He has come so far in all areas of development.  Large motor development is so phenomenal and obvious in the infant room.  Babies go from lying to rolling to sitting to standing to climbing so quickly!  Of course there is a wide range of "normal" and not all develop at the same rate or in the same way, but it is all amazing to watch and be a part of.

He recently learned something new.

He climbed up quickly and confidently.

Once he is at the top he stayed there for a long, long time. About 15 minutes actually.  He was very relaxed and comfortable up there.

He looked around.  Our patio is screened in and looks out to trees, and bushes and a parking lot with cars and trucks coming and going.

He explored the wood on the climber.

He stood up and and knelt down numerous times, almost as if he was practising that skill.

We played peek-a-boo, one of his favorite games.  He squealed with delight!

And then.....he decided to go down.

Front ways.  He started off very slowly.  I could tell he was trusting himself so I trusted him too.  I could see that he had complete control of his body the entire time.

 He decided to turn himself around part way down.  That choice made things a little tricky.

He held on tightly and worked on getting his right leg out from under.  I let him know that I was there and that I wouldn't let him fall.

After a little hard work, he got it.  All by himself.

And there he was.  Safe and sound at the bottom.

He didn't celebrate so nor did I. Well I did, inside of myself!  It was almost as if he knew all along that he could do it. His own internal sense of accomplishment was enough. 

On to new adventures!

Thank-you for the joy you have brought to our lives little one.
All the very best to you and your lovely family.