Otis has been practicing the pincer for a while now. With small edible objects mostly. Sultanas, rice puffs and these Happy Baby Organic Puffs. Cooked peas and corn kernels too. Actually anything small even the smallest crumb found on the floor he will pick up with his forefinger and thumb and put into his mouth. The pincer is most important as it prepares the hand for writing. Below Otis is using the Pincer Grasp Cylinder Block from At Home with Montessori. Meg is right, it is irresistible. Otis likes to pull it out a little then push it back in.... Read more →

Otis is now really comfortable working at his table. You can see below that his feet are now flat on the floor. His posture looks good. He is working with some puzzles. Ideally he would start with a circle puzzle. But we only have this multi-shaped puzzle. He has also been playing with some other puzzles (above) that are good for little hands. He now has greater control over his environment. He can get out of his chair... and into standing. What an achievement Otis. Read more →

Sitting, non-mobile babies are the best aren't they? I'm not ready to let him loose in the kitchen yet but he had a blast (and was oh so cute) making noise with these metal measuring cups and spoons. The gorgeous quilt he is sitting on was a gift from my cousin (Thanks Rach!). There are so many crafty/sewing projects that I would love to do. Quilting I believe takes time, skill, patience and accuracy. All of which I lack right now. I haven't given up though. Just acknowledging now isn't the right time. Anyone have experience quilting from a kit?... Read more →

Following my previous post on his not so unusual planking technique, Otis is now up on all fours. Don't be fooled though. He's not crawling. He's launching! Up on all fours, rocking, then... launch. At least he's moving forwards. He'll do a little commando crawl too. At nine months I'm surprised he's not crawling. There's no rushing these things. I just keep on giving him lots of down time and lots of targets to crawl launch towards. Did I mention Caspar received some LEGO for Christmas. Eek. Read more →