These family cards have been on her shelf for the past 5 months. She looks at them every day while we talk about our family. 😍
Meet Beastie, our new ZZ plant! This is my absolute favorite plant, ever. They do better when they are dry and have gorgeous leaves that are easy for little hands to dust. We had one in our old house that didn’t survive the move. My husband brought me a new one home as a surprise last week. We own a landscaping small business, so plants are incredibly important to our family. Camden has been working hard all summer to keep our plants beautiful by helping me water them and keep them dust free. I love involving him in the work in our home. I was so happy finally plant this big guy this morning. Isn’t it gorgeous?? (The name for this plant is Zamioculcas zamiifolia, should you want to find one of your own!)
Camden made strawberry, lemon and basil popsicles this morning. I can’t think of a better treat on a sunny summer day! I am so happy her has this low workspace. Having his feet on the floor makes all the difference compared to standing in a stool. We make popsicles a lot this time of year and at this point he is able to gather all of the materials and make them (almost) totally independently. We used some extra cut basil from @acmefarmsandkitchen that we put in some water a couple of weeks ago to keep it fresh. Now it’s regrowing roots and Camden has been so excited to watch them come in! I’m planning to regrow some other kitchen scraps with him. What are your favorite scraps to reuse??
Ball in, open drawer. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. I love this age. This material is one of her favorites. Now that’s she has mastered it, she takes it off of her shelf a couple of times a day and plays for a few minutes and then is off to do something new (or find other things that fit in the drawer!) This material is from @montikids. I love this program! Use code INMOTION to get $30 off of your first MontiKids box.
Come join me and @montessoriinreallife at Bodoes for Birth in Phinney Ridge. We are so excited to have Maura Shirey, owner of Bodies for Birth, as our guest speaker for this week's Montessori Morning. This week we will discuss common postpartum issues, easy stretches and exercises for busy mamas and the importance of self-care. Once you are postpartum, you are always postpartum, so this session will be informational if you have a two month old or a two year old! For this session, we ask that only women (and of course children) attend.
I found this picture today and couldn’t believe I never posted it. Look how tiny she was! Now that Marley is 10.5 months, I am having all of the feelings about her first birthday. I genuinely can’t believe how big she is already. She’s starting to talk and I even caught her standing independently in the corner today. Just standing there like it was no big deal! I’m also not sure if she will be my last baby, so I feel like I need to soak in every moment even more. These baby days are so precious. It’s just too fast!! Anyone else wish they could slow down time? 💕
“Marley these are trees. Do you see their leaves? They are green and the trunks are brown. And that’s me and mama bending down, not a dog.” I love hearing him use such descriptive language when he talks to his sister. Being a big brother has not been easy for him, but when he talks to her this way it is a wonderful reminder that he’s listening and absorbing how I am interacting with her. (Marley has been so fascinated by this photo on our wall. She kept pointing to it and saying and signing “dog”. When I showed her the photo up close, she kept pointing to it and loved it when I showed her that it was actually me and Camden! Now, when we walk by, she says dog and then laughs and laughs when I get closer and say “this is me and Camden!” This girl has such a sense of humor!)
I think this is my favorite practical life skill right now because I get caffeine when it’s over 😉. (Honestly, I don’t love the Keurig for coffee and we don’t use it much to make it. However, it is excellent for giving Camden the exact right amount of hot water to make tea, which he does almost every afternoon.)
Even after eating her weight in raspberries, she couldn’t resist going back for another snack! She was absolutely delighted to pick the berries on her own and eat them right off the plant. I love showing my children where their food comes from. It is so important for them to understand that connection. We have a small rooftop garden, but going to a real farm was absolutely wonderful. My children are growing up in a city, so we have to work a little harder to make these connections but it is definitely worth it. We went home covered in dirt and berry juice. It was the best morning! 🌏
These are the moments I hang on to when having two kids is challenging. She watches him and is learning from him all the time. In his calmer moments, he loves showing her his skills. Since summer break started these moments feel few and far between, but when they happen they are beautiful. (Now I’m just looking forward to everyone getting adjusted to our summer schedule so we can have more moments like this and less moments like this 🌪.)
Come join us for our second Montessori Morning in Seattle! This week we are so excited to have Kathryn Holm, AMI Certified Assistant to Infancy who is also RIE Foundation Certified as our guest speaker. We will be discussing ways to respectfully communicate with infants and young toddlers to create mutually respectful and deeply trusting relationships. As always, this is a free series! Please come join us with your babe. Space is limited, so please RSVP. Link in profile!
It’s here!! Our new infant shelf from @sprout_kids just arrived and I am in love! Isn’t it beautiful? I put it together in only about 2 minutes and is sturdy as a rock. And I didn’t have to add to the giant collection of Ikea Allen wrenches living in my tool box because it requires no tools to assemble! Now that Marley is pulling up on every surface, it is wonderful for her to have her own space to stand and work. I think this might be my new favorite corner in our house! Tap the photo to see where the materials on the shelf came from.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ If you would like to purchase one of these shelves, use the discount code “INMOTION” to get 10% off your first order over $95! Link in bio.
I absolutely love handmade Montessori friendly materials, so I have to tell you about this beautiful new CUBOS-lite shape sorter that we were given to test. We have several other shape sorters, but this is by far my favorite because it can be used independently by the child. The lid is easy for little hands to open and close. Marley is a bit young for a shape sorter (at 10 months) but loves exploring the wooden shapes and loading and unloading them into the sorter. We have been using it a bit like an object permanence box. I have presented the cylinder or cube, with the corresponding hole face up. She loves dropping in the shape and then rattling it around inside! This material is gorgeous and heirloom quality. I highly recommend it! Go support the kick starter campaign! Link in bio. (And I just saw that @ourmontessorilife is giving one away! Go check it out.)
We were at the toy store picking out a book for a book exchange at a birthday party (which was a brilliant idea- a huge hit for both parents and kids!) when the inevitable “I want to buy this train!” conversation started. My go to solution for this recently has been “Let’s add the train to your birthday list!”, but Camden was not buying it. I could see we were headed for a meltdown. As I was searching my pockets for a car to hand him, I found this little piece of paper instead. So I wrote down what he wanted, exactly what he wanted, on the piece of paper and handed it to him and he was able to walk out of the store happy as could be. The physical manifestation of his desire within his hand was enough. I’ve added a small notebook my diaper bag. I have a feeling it will come in handy soon!😉
Babies, a little bit of sun, new friends and an hour discussing using Montessori at home. I can’t think of a better way to spend a morning. I loved watching the babies exploring the materials and getting to know each other while the mamas spent time talking. It can be so useful to hear how other people are using Montessori. I love that we are getting a little community started here in Seattle. What a great start to our Montessori Mornings! ☀️
And here I was, thinking “I bet I have some time before I’ll need to take out her walker wagon!” I love that her weaning chair was sturdy enough for her to use to walk all across our house. (Prepared environment for the win!! 🙌🏼) The first year of life is so incredible. I am soaking these milestones in. Watching your baby walk upright for the first time (even while holding on to something) is so freaking cool. Look at her go!!!! 😍😍😍
We’ve followed Marley’s natural gross motor development. There always seems to be so much talk about early movers when it comes to people following natural gross motor development, but Marley didn’t really start crawling until 9 months. With my first born, I was so eager for him to meet milestones early. This time around I have been truly enjoying watching her figure it out at her own pace. She was way more interested in fine motor control, but is suddenly all about moving. This time of year, we spend as much time outside as possible. Being in nature provides so many more gross motor challenges than man made structures ever can. Climbing on driftwood, learning to crawl through sand, crawling up the shoreline. The irregularities of nature have helped her learn balance. I think we might just have to spend the summer on the beach! Her gorgeous sun bonnet was made by @sosuzette, a Montessori mama with a fantastic Etsy shop. Go check it out!!
This metal discovery basket has been the biggest hit this week! For a little girl who likes to bang everything together, this basket gives her a variety of sounds to play with. Loading and unloading the basket even makes a wonderful noise. Not to mention that the silver rattle and interlocking rings offer some wonderful comfort for her sore gums.
She sat and watched the waves crash in from the sound this morning. As she watched the waves, I just sat and watched her. After she started moving around to check out the beach, I realized I hadn’t even looked at the water once. It’s moments like these that fill my heart. Watching my children discover beauty in the world is the most beautiful thing. 💕
I absolutely adore watching little babies drink from real glasses! I’m still amazed at how capable little humans are, when give the opportunity. Marley is 9 months old and can successfully drink from the glass, put it down and pick it back up again. We have been using sign language with her, so if you noticed, she signed for water at the beginning of the video. Normally, I use a much smaller glass for her that she can hold with one hand. Today they were all in the dishwasher, so she got to try out one of her big brother’s glasses. She was so pleased that she got to be just like him, that grin says it all!