Diary 11.10.19

Yesterday we went to the temple with the ward. There was a luncheon afterwards so it was definitely an all day affair. It was a lot of fun to be with a bunch of friends having fun. Kathy watched Clark for us.

Today is Sunday and we slept in. I should be getting ready for church.

Last night I bought some wooden nesting/stacking cups for Clark. He loves putting things inside other things so I think he’ll love them.

I’m so excited to get him all the open ended wooden toys I wanted as a kid. He’s not old enough for a lot of them yet though.

So far he has a Waldorf doll, which he does like, he likes giving it hugs and getting kisses, just like his other stuffed animals. But you can tell he sees that it’s smiling. The first time he saw it he laughed. I want to get him a stroller for it but I guess I haven’t because the wooden ones I’ve seen are kind of ugly.

Then he has

Actually I think his first other open ended toy is going to be this stacking cup set.

He does have a Montessori object permanence box, but that’s not open ended.

He does have a Nugget play couch. Which is a little too old for him. He does love climbing on it when his cousins are. And he loves hiding in it with me when I hide in it. He’ll hide in it by himself too. But overall not getting a ton of use out of it yet.

And then he does have animal photo magnets, which he does like. You can tell that he is curious about what they are.

But mostly right now his favorite things to do are:

Carrying things around. Interesting things are big things with handles, but he also just likes having something in each hand all the time.

Putting things inside other things, including himself. He’s started doing this with smaller things lately, like pens in a cup, so I want to make a color sorting pen cup type game.

Peeling tape, stickers, and magnets off.

Pulling things out. Ie ribbons or pom poms. Laundry, stuff in cabinets.

Opening and closing boxes, cabinets, doors, drawers.

Climbing

Reading books with pictures and solid backgrounds

Holding, touching, tasting, carrying, exploring anything that is new and hasn’t been seen before.

Lifting anything heavy. Such as a giant jug of popcorn kernels, and good sized pumpkins.

Anyways, mostly when he’s had enough sleep, food and socialization he always finds something interesting to do whether it’s toys or household objects. Yesterday he found Colton’s toiletry bag. It has a small handle and is a little bit heavy so he was obsessed with toting it around.

If we don’t hang out with family for about half the weekend, he gets depressed. And even if we do, then by Friday he gets depressed also, even if there is a playdate during the week. He needs more playdates than one, haha.

And honestly those same circumstances get me depressed. I just have more social media surfing to do than him.

Most of his actual toys that are meant to toys right now are:

Shakers

Xylophone and a piano

Open/close boxes (small boxes with different kinds of lids and hinges that I’ve gotten at the thrift store).

A bubble machine

Random little cars/trains

Stuffed animals and doll

Magnets

Ring stackers (which he just started trying to do this month of life)

Nugget couch

Easter baskets with handles to carry and put things in

Costco boxes and big baskets to climb in

A small plastic set of drawers to discover things in. (The kind you get at Walmart to organize your house)

Object permanence box

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