Excema is awful

My poor nunu is really battling with excema at the moment. I feel awful that she’s got this from me, but we can’t change tat so just got to deal with it. I took Skye to visit a homeopath last week because all the conventional doctors are just pushing cortisone creams at us and I want to avoid that. As a result of the homeopath visit, Skye (and I because we’re still breastfeeding) have to eliminate wheat, dairy and sugar from our diets. Skye already drinks rice milk so that’s not hard, but she LOVES cheese! She also enjoys tst with butter on, but that’s just so she can pick the butter off and eat it lol!!!
This is a picture of one of her legs. These little patches are about the size of a R5 coin and are one her legs, bottom, arms and even cheeks. The creams and meds from the homeopath do seem to be helping as several have started clearing up.

BUT, before we started our diet, I made mini milk tarts which Moo enjoyed.

And fruit salad (and chicken ala king!) with cream

Someone asked me AGES ago about how we arrange / store Skye’s toys and activities. I have several shelves for her around the house. Only 1 is actually a shelf. The others are stacked boxes and low coffee tables. What’s not being used is packed away in boxes.

By setting everything out this way and rotating on a monthly basis, Skye can pick and choose what she wants to play with at any time and 90% of the time she puts it away before she chooses something else. I find that if she’s been around my charges for any length of time (like during these holidays), she gets a bit more destructive and forgets to pack away.

At horse-riding the other day we visited the goats (doats!). Skye fed them her (wheat free) sandwich.

Isn’t she looking so big?! I can’t believe she will be 2 years old in 3 months time.

Such a flexible baby! This is her favourite position at the moment ๐Ÿ™‚

I laughed yesterday. We were at the shop collecting a few things for a toddler busy bag swap I’m part of and Moo decided she needed a basket too. Into her basket went a bag of marbles and a small step stool and she pushed her basket around the shop very chuffed with herself.

She’s still loving her buttons and since we keep pointing out the colours of her buttons, she is now noticing colour EVERYWHERE. She also notices letters in her environment and counts 2 of everything as well as remembering several shapes (even if she can’t name them she can show you where the they are if you ask). She will ask for the ‘yellow crayon’ or the ‘red bowl’ or tell you ‘Tigger’ gleefully pointing to a ‘T’ she has seen. She sings “Twinkle, twinkle, little star”, but her version goes “Up a sky, up a sky, up a sky, up a sky”. She picks up words so fast now, I forget how many she’s learnt!

I was reading book to her this morning and she had to find the ladybug on every page and excepting for 1 page, she found it every time. She’s very clear in what she wants to eat and drink, will even go and get the bowl and try to pour her own cereal or pap and once she’s finished she HAS to put it in the wash.

Such a fun age!

I’m not going to list her words this week, there are so many new ones, she picks up a word after you’ve said it once, maybe twice and then uses it accurately.

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A visit from Nan

This past week was the middle week of the school holidays. The girls are used to their ‘new’ routine of waking up late, not rushing through breakfast, taking things slow etc. I enjoy it too ๐Ÿ™‚

Our box of soap making ingredients arrived! We collected it on Tuesday morning and unpacked it with great delight. All sorts of things: shea butter, citric acid, glycerine soap, fragrances, colouring, soap moulds, containers etc. The girls were VERY excited to get started so we decided to start with something simple: lip-gloss. We had bought some lip-gloss bottles to which we added liquid glycerine, edible glitter (for sparkle and colour), a drop of stevia liquid (for sweetness) and a few drops of candy flavouring and mix. The girls LOVED it. Skye was just interested in opening and closing the bottle ๐Ÿ˜€

Later on, we experimented with glycerine soap. This is really easy: melt, add colour and fragrance, pour into moulds and allow to set. I used bigger rectangular moulds for the older girl and Skye got little heart shape ones (easier for little hands to hold). We played around with colours and adding blocks of one colour to clear soap etc.

Our box also contained liquid soap to which we added colour, fragrance (and glitter!) to make our own body wash.

Everything done in small amounts and little bottles perfect for little people.

Another easy recipe was bath salts. We used Epsom salts as they are beneficial to the body and provide a source of magnesium. Each girl got a bowl of salt to which they added colour and fragrance and then stirred to mix then spooned into a little container for use later. We had also bought some empty tea bags and gelatin capsules which they filled with the salts to make bath ‘tea’ and bath ‘pills’. Great for fine-motor co-ords – even Skye was managing to fill the tiny little capsules.

We also made a lip balm by melting together beeswax and coconut oil (and glitter for those who like sparkles!). Smells yummy and I’m not concerned it they eat it!

Next week we’ll be making our own body butter using shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil. Takes a bit more time, but now that the girls have got the idea bout mixing and pouring and melting it should go well.

My boss’s house is immaculate, so when I want to do messy play with the girl they come to my house. Last week we made our own chalk. It turned out beautifully so I let the girls go wild decorating my driveway.
Recipe:
Line toilet roll tubes with wax wrap and seal one side with tape. Place on a foil covered baking tray. In a disposable container mix 1 cup plaster of paris, 2 – 3 Tablespoons powder paint and about 100ml water (should make a thick but pourable consistency). Pour into tubes and allow to set. We made 8 colours, 3 tubes each, and used about 1.5kg plaster of paris. After a few hours the chalk has set enough to remove from the tubes, but leave the wax wrap on. Leave for a further 2 – 3 days to thoroughly set.

We also did painting on canvas so we can save them and hang them up to admire. The grass looked beautiful afterwards!

And everyone decided they wanted to ‘swim’ in the clam hell pool so got full of mud and grass!

Of course all this fun, the girls were cold and filthy so needed a bath. The older girls get a bit over-excited in the bath, so I used Skye’s Baby Dam in the bath to separate them. Not exactly how it is supposed to be used, but worked fantastically.

Makro had a sale on their Lego, so I took the girls and got them each a small box of Lego. I was hoping that it would encourage them to use their imaginations a bit. Skye wanted smaller piece Lego, instead of Duplo blocks so I got her some, and she played with it, but I have since packed it away for later this year.

Whilst playing with the Lego, Skye saw a curiously shaped blocked and proudly claimed that it was for ‘Daddy’. Such a clever little monkey, recognising shapes of letters.

She is also trying to draw / write letters and often writes what could very easily pass as a ‘m’ and tells us it is for mommy.

On Saturday, whilst I was busy with dinner, I sat Skye in her highchair and offered her a baking tray covered with coloured (pink), fragranced (lavender) salt. I got the idea from ‘The Imagination Tree’. She loved it. Initially just playing with her fingers, making hand impressions, tracing shapes with her fingers. I then offered her a little bowl and spoon and a little while after that, an empty spice jar. She played with the salt for just over an hour.

I had to add these two photo’s in:
This one – even though it is winter, Skye likes being naked. Sometimes I can persuade her to wear underwear and socks.

And this one – she’s learnt how to cross her arms ๐Ÿ™‚

This has certainly been an eventful week!
I have been looking forward to this weekend for about 2 months now ๐Ÿ™‚ My mom (Skye’s Nan) came to Gauteng to attend a course in Johannesburg and stayed with us for the weekend. She arrived on Friday afternoon and got to meet my 2 charges. Although she was on course all day Saturday and Sunday, we did at least get to spend some time together in the evenings and this morning before she left. Didn’t take any pictures though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ but since we will see each-other in about 3 weeks, hopefully we will remember to take lots of pictures then!

This morning, just after Nan had left, Skye wanted to play with her buttons. I gave her a muffin pan and showed her how to sort one colour per bowl. She then matched the colours for the rest of the buttons.

Things Skye says (this weeks new words in bold):

Signs: hello, bye, bird, cat, dog, bunny, elephant, giraffe, airplane, โ€˜I Love Youโ€™, more, please, food, fish, milk, wee, stir, sleep, gone, hot, cold, horse, kangaroo, salt, please, stir, ball, jump, heart, star, ball, bowl, gnome (we watched Gnomeo and Juliet)

Words:dog (wahwah), Skye, daddy, mommy, chair, no, up (upf), wee, wow (poo), woah (when she nearly falls), juice, there (dere), toes, ow, oh-oh, hauw (when something strange/funny happens), tato (potato), eyes, ear, hair, doe-does (sleep), nummy (dummy), ta-too (thank-you), pizza, away, mielie, sweetie (fweetie), stout (naughty), uit, buite, out, shoes, bed, perd (horse), away, beep beep (when she needs someone or something out of her way, myne (mine), hoed (hat) (usually in reference to a bicycle / horse riding helmet), bye, huis(house), yiyo(Milo). dankie (thank-you), Ria *Maria โ€“ domestic worker at work), play, pap, bowl, pasta, peas, fire, Tigger, โ€œThere you areโ€, out, star, cook, bag, spoon, eina (after her fall), dankie (thank-you), open, oop, work (she says โ€˜orkโ€™), woof, bite, eat, eating, mama, papa,bowl, ball, bright, plate, wipe, wait, pants, panties, bone, home, wash, boude (bum), poef (poo), poep(pass wind) โ€“ those last 3 thanks to my charges!), Jana, balloon, go, cut, help (when she needs help or offers to help you), very, ja (Afrikaans for yes), Nan, red, blue, white, orange, yellow, green, pink, lilac

She’s also stringing many words together such as ‘Mommy play buttons’ and ‘wah-wah eina’ if the dog hurts her and so on. It’s fun having a conversation with her ๐Ÿ™‚

See you next week!

Buttons and circles

Last weekend at the craft shop, we bought some buttons. Moo has been having so much fun with them that we went back and bought her a whole lot more! She now has a jar with 2 different size buttons that she loves emptying out and sorting. She can point out the red and blue buttons and sometimes gets blue, yellow and white correct. We also bought some shaped buttons and her favourites are heart and star. I got a little plastic box that is divided into sections and Skye sorts her buttons into groups as she see’s fit.

Matching her buttons to her circle puzzle. Yes, they’re not all right, but she tries to figure it out on her own and I’m willing to let her figure it out for herself; she’ll remember it better later on.

This past week, I was sick ๐Ÿ˜ฆ so Skye and I spent some time at home. She LOVES Tigger! Poor cat, he’s constantly getting called and chased and hugged. She will ask “Tigger?” then go wandering off and I’ll hear a “There you are Tigger”, usually followed by a muffled ‘meow’ or protest when he gets a hug that just about squashes him into the floor! But she is quite gentle, so I’m not worried, Tigger is just old and cold and moans a lot!

She also loves the dogs, although Shrekie is a bit bouncy and unpredictable, Scruffy is a bit better suited size-wise. She likes helping to make their food and giving them treats.

Back at work, the girls are on school holidays. We’re keeping busy doing all sorts of things:
Making our own playdough

Playing with water balloons (and trying to wet Tannie Sarah!)

Going shopping for supplies (I think driving lessons are in order!)

Visiting

Eating ice-cream!

and finishing mommy’s ice-cream too

Playing with giant balls of ice (we froze water filled balloons)

We’ve also been doing a lot of drawing! I think Skye has inherited a talent for art from my Pops. This week she drew a bird, totally unprompted, then told me so using sign language. She then added a worm. Since then there’s been LOTS of birds and worms drawn in this house!

On Saturday, the weather outside was beautiful even though indoors it was chilly, so we went for a walk. Skye just wants to be ‘buite’ (outside).

When we got home from our walk, Skye wanted to dig, so since my plants are clearly not growing in their make-shift planter, I let her dig away.

This morning, when I got stuck into tidying up our guest room in readiness for a visit from my mom next weekend, Skye found a box of activities that I was storing there and decided that the peg board needed airing.

I usually let Skye choose her own meals (within reason!) most of the time and today she chose pasta, peas and pineapple. Lately all she’s been wanting to eat is ‘honey pap’ (Pronutro with honey on top).

So all in all, we’ve had a busy week!

Things Skye says (this weeks new words in bold):

Signs: hello, bye, bird, cat, dog, bunny, elephant, giraffe, airplane, โ€˜I Love Youโ€™, more, please, food, fish, milk, wee, stir, sleep, gone, hot, cold, horse, kangaroo, salt, please, stir, ball, jump, heart, star, ball, bowl

Words:dog (wahwah), Skye, daddy, mommy, chair, no, up (upf), wee, wow (poo), woah (when she nearly falls), juice, there (dere), toes, ow, oh-oh, hauw (when something strange/funny happens), tato (potato), eyes, ear, hair, doe-does (sleep), nummy (dummy), ta-too (thank-you), pizza, away, mielie, sweetie (fweetie), stout (naughty), uit, buite, out, shoes, bed, perd (horse), away, beep beep (when she needs someone or something out of her way, myne (mine), hoed (hat) (usually in reference to a bicycle / horse riding helmet), bye, huis(house), yiyo(Milo). dankie (thank-you), Ria *Maria โ€“ domestic worker at work), play, pap, bowl, pasta, peas, fire, Tigger, โ€œThere you areโ€, out, star, cook, bag, spoon, eina (after her fall), dankie (thank-you), open, oop, work (she says โ€˜orkโ€™), woof, bite, eat, eating, mama, papa,bowl, ball, bright, plate, wipe, wait, pants, panties, bone, home, wash, boude (bum), poef (poo), poep(pass wind) – those last 3 thanks to my charges!), Jana