Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy Heart Day

The day before Valentine's Day, I decided to try some heart-themed, Pinterest inspired crafts. The first involved using a toilet paper roll that is bent into the shape of a heart as a stamp. It worked okay for a while until Noah discovered that he could squeeze the roll and it got a little bent out of shape.

For our second craft, I tore construction paper into small pieces, made a heart out of glue on construction paper, and then showed Noah how to put the paper on the glue. He was not at all interested. He put a few pieces of paper on there, got glue on his finger, got irritated and the glue on his finger, and was finished with the project. In his defense, it was not as exciting as I thought it might be. Since I had already set it all up, I just finished it myself. Maybe we'll find some St. Patrick's Day crafts that will hold his attention a little longer.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Curious Colander

I've been trying to find some simple activities online to keep Noah busy during the day. I'm sure he gets bored playing with the same toys all the time, so I want to throw in some new activities from time to time to keep it interesting. Naturally, Pinterest is a gold mine for just this sort of thing. I call this activity The Curious Colander.

The idea is simple: take pipe cleaners and poke them through the holes in the colander. You can even bend them over to look like a rainbow with both ends going into different holes. I put a few in myself to give Noah the general idea. As it turns out, it's far more entertaining to yank them out and throw them over your shoulder than it is to put them in. So that's what this activity turned into. Me putting them in, Noah pulling them right back out. But hey, it did keep him occupied for a while. I think I'll call this one a success.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

In Stitches

I've received calls from Noah's daycare before. They go something like this:

"Hi Miranda. Noah has a little boo boo. He's okay, he just has a red mark, but we just wanted to let you know what happened."

So when my phone rang yesterday, that's what I expected to hear. What I actually heard was this:

"Hi Miranda. Noah has a boo boo...and it's going to need a few stitches."

What? He's 17 months old. What happened? How could he need stitches?

They explained that he tripped and fell face first into a bookcase and hit the edge of it in just the right place to make a nice gash in his eyebrow. When I got there to pick him up, he was sitting calmly in the assistant director's lap eating a cookie with his head bandaged. He was very calm. They didn't want to take the bandage off to show me what it looked like, so we just got in the car and headed to Children's Healthcare.

Step one at the ER was to get the bandage off and add some numbing cream. The nurse warned it would probably sting, and Noah was not very happy about it. I was not thrilled with the site of his wound.

Step two was a sedative and medication for the pain. Noah took them both easily and within about twenty minutes, he was indeed sedated and ready for the stitches. It only took a few minutes to clean it up and put in seven stitches. He was a trooper through the entire ordeal. It took a while for the sedative to wear off once we made it back home and then he was back to normal. Overall, he seemed quite unfazed by his injury. Other than being very sleepy because he refused to take a nap when we got home, he was his normal goofy self. Good to know we have a tough little guy. I can imagine that this is only the first of many injuries we will see in the future. My only hope is that we can stick to minor injuries and leave the major ones for someone else.


One night recently while I was trying to cook dinner, I heard Noah playing with something. He was sitting on the floor on the other side of the island, so I couldn't see him. I was only a couple minutes away from being finished with dinner, and I thought by the sound that I knew what he had in his hands. So I left him alone and checked on him when I was finished. He did not have what I thought he did. He had found a package of wipes that we keep in the kitchen and had managed to pull every last one that was left out of the package. At least he sat there sweetly and let me take his picture. 

He also escaped one day while I was changing clothes upstairs and made it to his bathroom. This is what I found.

He is truly a curious child and just wants to explore everything. I'm sure these will not be the only incriminating pictures I will take of him over the next few years. At least only paper products were harmed during the making of these photos.