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Entertaining a Toddler with Morning Sickness

As you might know, the past couple of months have been rough for me. Baby #4 has been challenging to say the least. I've always gotten sick with my pregnancies but never this sick. It took 3 different medications just to stay hydrated and still I was getting sick daily. I didn't have the energy to get off the couch, to pick up my phone, or to put a coherent sentence together. But, nevertheless, I had an active healthy 2-year-old at home.
Being a Montessori family, my kids have a lot of independence. They can get their own snack, or drinks, got to the bathroom (mostly), and things like that. But, that doesn't mean they don't want any adult interaction. Gus still craves adult attention and needs/wants me to be an active part of his day. So, I had to get creative to make that happen. Things like cooking together in the kitchen, going outside, and playing together were difficult for me.


So, here are a few ways I was still able to entertain Gus during those difficult month…

What do Children Bring Home from Montessori school?

Do you ever wonder what children bring home from a Montessori school? Yesterday, for the first time in weeks Nora’s backpack came home brimming with things. See, she only takes home work when she feels like it, and she only shares it with me when she wants. So, what’s did her backpack contain?  Several loose pages of rubbings - both textures and shapes A couple pieces of hardened clay - molded into shapes and painted A beaded necklace A book of colored metal inset tracings Several notes/pictures from friends to Nora Many small squares of fabric with various buttons sewn on I want to stress that we don’t put any pressure on her to “produce” at school. I know when Henry attended a traditional preschool, the stuff coming home was relentless. It was as if we had to have some sort of paper to come home or else the day really didn’t happen. But, here, everything that Nora brought home has meaning to her. Each was something she carefully worked on and decided to bring home. I find the gifts …