Painting with Infants // Part 2

Joshua really enjoys playing with magical things like paint, and recently, crayons. His face lights up when his blank canvas turns into colour. I’d like to think it’s his inner Picasso coming out, but he is also exploring cause-and-effect…

Last month I shared with you the mess free method of paint in a bag, that works just as well now that Joshua is older, as when he was a baby staying entertained during tummy time. But he is more capable now and changing things up a bit is just as good for me as it is for him. However, (confession) I still like things to be stress and (mostly) mess free. Here is how we paint with a ball!

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Painting with Infants // Part 1

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Seeing kids explore and play with paint is so fun – they dive right into this colorful, creative world without restraint. But let’s face it, painting takes effort, and painting with an infant is a challenge even before you begin. I was, however, intent on helping my baby explore and discover the wonderful world of art. I don’t mind Joshua getting messy, but the problem is that he (still) puts everything in his mouth. And if it doesn’t go in, he licks it, so just giving him some paint is impossible at this point. So, in the days when I could Pinterest to my heart’s content, I found an idea to paint that suits both Joshua and I – keeping the paint in the bag! He can enjoy being creative, and I don’t have to stress out about cleaning a messy table… and floor, and chair, and baby and clothes and…  Well you get the idea.  

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My first year as a mom

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Since it was Joshua’s birthday recently, I’ve been reflecting on my first year as a mom. Oh, what an adventurous year it has been! It’s hard to even imagine what life was like before this little man came along. My mommy mantra has become change is the only constant. Do not, under any circumstances, get comfy with how things are right now. It’s a baby’s superpower to keep you on your toes. And yet, the most meaningful thing I’ve learnt is that I am more capable than I ever thought myself to be – even when I am sleep deprived! Though it doesn’t always feel like it, I know I can handle whatever Joshua throws at me, especially when arming myself with a glass of liquid courage – or energy – in one hand, and Google in the other.

As time has rocketed by, my heart has grown in ways that are hard to articulate. I can however, pass on a few golden nuggets I have accumulated this year. Here are my few lists of threes:

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