Children and Art

When we met up with the ladies over at 04-05-2008 a few weekends ago, they gifted us with 3 amazing pieces of custom artwork.  We are so in awe of the work and the thought that went into these pieces.  The technique is called “quilling” which is twisted pieces of colored paper glued onto a backing.  It’s very beautiful and we can’t wait to hang it in Curly’s room.  This picture doesn’t do it justice.  The frames are about 8×8 inches, so the artwork itself is intricate and small.

Nutella, Strawberry, Cupcake

Curly did very well at daycare this week.  He has learned how to take his 2 hour afternoon nap, has been taking all his bottles, and even eating lunch as part of the group.  They eat sitting around in a circle on the floor. We sent some peach puree mixed with oatmeal cereal on Monday but apparently that wasn’t good enough for him, so he crawled over and stole another kid’s sweet potato pieces.  Lesson learned, Curly!  The rest of the week we’ve been sending him with finger foods.  We are already seeing what a great learning environment daycare is for him, too.  He is more vocal than before.  His care provider told me that he likes to babble at the little girl that’s 1 month younger than him and that she screeches back.  And he’s learned how to clap and “dance”, which is beyond charming!

My cold is hanging on but I think it’s on its way out.  Curly never got more than a stuffy/runny nose, thankfully.  We’ve figured out that the bath is the best place to clean his nose out.  He gets so relaxed we can do the saline and snot sucking with very little fuss.  BTW, the snot sucker from the hospital is FAR superior to either of the 2 we’ve bought since.  All you preggo ladies out there, be sure to take the one they use on your babe before you leave, ok?  Anything that the nurses leave with the bassinet or use on your baby is yours to keep.  That means packs of diapers, snot sucker, blanket, hat, outfit, comb, anything.  Oh, and the pillows from your bed, too, if you want.  They just throw them away when you are discharged.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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13 responses to “Children and Art

  1. we totally took whatever we could from the hospital. we felt guilty at the time, but you have assuaged that guilt 🙂 hooray for good times at daycare too.

  2. those are very cute and thoughtful!

  3. wishinghopingpraying

    I’m glad he is doing so well!

  4. That art is awesome! What a thoughtful gift!

    Glad Miles is doing so well at daycare. I try not to talk about it too much because I feel like it gets into the uber-touchy SAH/Work debate, but I am 1000% happy that Elliot is in daycare during the days, and I do not feel it is a “second best” environment for him AT ALL. He loves being there and he gets so much more stimulation and interaction than he was at home with me. Everyone has to do what is right for them, but daycare is often written off as what you do if you can’t afford to stay home, and I really think that mentality betrays the many benefits that daycare can offer.

  5. Came home with 8 snot suckers! Yup 8!! 4 are blue ones that are smaller for preemies and 4 are the green ones that every baby gets. (a benefit of having twins!) They are the best, and the boys have a strange fettish with getting their boogers sucked out! As long as you don’t blow the wind at them, they love it!

    So glad Miles is doing better at daycare, it was just a matter of time! That is also great that he is picking up new skills, I think being around other kids will help him developmentally get ahead! That is one thing I worry about with the boys, is the learning aspect of being in a structured daycare. I guess its a give and take.

  6. What a lovely little collection of artwork! Those are so beautiful and thoughtful.

    Glad to hear that day care is going well for Miles and that he’s getting so much out of it–that is awesome. Thanks too for the advice about the snot suckers–we’ll definitely be taking that advice when the time comes.

  7. I’m glad things are going well for Miles!

    And oh my gosh, thos pictures are totally adorable!

  8. Good to know! We will be sure to snatch as many freebies as possible!

    Such cool art!

  9. I love the artwork! Glad M is doing better. I hope you feeling better soon, too!

  10. hey neat! So glad you liked them!! 🙂 🙂 If you ever need another one, just let me know!

    we had a friend install the bases for us this weekend, so we’re ready to go! Thanks again!

  11. The art is very sweet! How nice of them.

    I’m so glad to hear Miles is doing well at DC and developing so well!

    Hope you feel better soon.

  12. We use the Nosefrida snotsucker, it works even better than the bulb they gave us in the hospital! The nurses actually recommended it to us…..

  13. Wow – those are fabulous pieces of art!

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