There is no way I could write a 'day in our life' type of post. There are too many things going on. But two hours, perhaps I can document two hours of our day?
Above Otto is walking up and down our front yard with the Radio Flyer walker wagon.
He is really steady on his feet and I'm sure he will be walking independently soon. The walker wagon is a good way to support the child while not forcing them into unnatural positions or progression. Mostly we use it inside but today Otto took a walk outside. The grass offers some resistance while also providing a soft spot to fall.
He stops to pick flowers!
Into bed for a very short nap. Floor beds are excellent for fostering independence.
Otto has easy to read sleep cues, he comes to me usually putting his head on my shoulder and sucks his fingers when he is tired, I then know to take him to his bed.
When he wakes he plays in his room. He has a baby gate at his bedroom room door, so he can't get out but I can always hear him. He can use his ball tracker completely independently and it's one of his most used toys.
Time for a banana snack. It starts off nice and clean.
But ends up a bit of a squishy mess. He manages to eat most of it. I love seeing him use that pincer grasp!
The mess is a part of the process!
He loves the Coin Box right now. I can see he is really working his coordination as he repeats the coin drop over and over. Later in the evening he looks for this work again. Often he takes the drawer out and uses the box without it.
Time for some outside work. He learns how to use the watering can.
Until today he had only used the clear watering can in the bath. It's important to offer real experiences, it's messy and messier than playing at a water table, but it's real work.
It's lovely to see him observing and experimenting with the pouring water.
Time for a warm bath. There are some coloured balls in the bath to play with.
Otis comes inside and wants to bake some cookies for his friends. We make a small batch. Otis has been waiting years to have a younger sibling he can cook with - the day has finally arrived! Otto loves running his fingers through the flour and feeling the texture of the dough.
Again these are real life experiences, better than a sensory tray! Otis is so happy to show him how to roll the dough and cut out the cookies. I love this role modeling.
We bake the cookies and then it's time for clean up! I hope you had a wonderful day too!