Mamatography Week 5: Back On Track

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We’ve been back in our ‘normal’ routine this week, and the sickness seems finally to have lifted. Thank heavens. I can’t believe it took us almost three weeks to shake this thing!

26/366 – Budding Babes

We sometimes  have a natural parenting group meetup at our local Sure Start Children’s Centre, and I’m always shocked when we get there and see the quality of the toys they’ve put out for us every week. It’s so different to the centre we used to drop in to from time to time in London, with dirty plastic toys with generally flat batteries. This centre has toys we can’t afford – and by we I mean most of the families that attend – certainly not in the quantities they have them in.  Wooden train sets, cars, cooking sets, Noah’s Ark, sensory toys… just an amazing array of stuff. The company is great, the conversations stimulating and encouraging, and the children have a wonderful time in a developmental, non-toxic environment. It’s awesome and we’re so lucky.

27/366 – Fish Tank

One of the principles of one of the homeschool systems – is it Montessori? – is that children should have a pet. We don’t have a pet, but we do have a fish tank, and while we have one very much because I want one, it’s Ameli’s fish tank and Ameli’s fish and her responsibility to feed them every day – although I have to prompt her every day – but then, she is two. So every day she feeds ‘her’ fish and from time to time, we have to clean the tank: far more frequently than I ever remember cleaning our family tank when I was growing up!  But cleaning doesn’t have to be all hard work – here she is ‘cleaning’ the shells. She spent absolutely ages playing with the shells. It was actually quite fun doing it together.

28/366 –  36 Weeks Pregnant

Getting there… where ever there is, and here’s the obligatory belly shot for the week.

29/366 – Ameli Goya

An arty crafty morning at home, and Ameli is painting and stamping away. I love how ‘Goya’ – esque her pictures are here. All dark and powerful. Just my kind of art.

30/366 – Working Mama

I pretty much left childcare in my hubby’s hands today. I sat down with my to-do list of things that were computer based, and only moved off the sofa to top up my water and empty out my bladder. At one stage, this was the state of my screen. I decided to minimise everything at that point, and try to focus on one thing at a time. This is why I need a secretary. For a supposedly stay at home mother, I have three jobs and one volunteer role and seem to spend an extraordinary amount of time working!

31/366 – Cars

Both to give Martin some time off, and to make up for yesterday, Ameli and I went to the local indoor play place. It was freezing cold and we had a bit of snow on the way in, so it was nice to be somewhere warm and cozy. We had our first experience with bullying here, sadly. A little girl attacked Ameli and hit her while she called out ‘no,no,no’. I heard her distressed little voice and tried to find her in the maze, and when the girl saw me she stopped, by which time Ameli was in tears. I was devastated that I couldn’t climb up to the top of the climb frame to go and get her, but I couldn’t contort my belly into the gap in the ‘entrance’. (I regularly went up with her pre-pregnancy.) She recovered soon enough, but moments after leaving my side she came running up to me and away from the same girl’s friend, with a horrible bite mark on her finger! I was so angry, but having not seen what happened (i.e. how was her finger in the girl’s mouth?) I couldn’t do much, so we went to the pretty deserted ‘baby’ side (for under four’s) and had a nice play there instead.

32/366 – Forest Nursery

I warned you these would be a recurring theme in our pictures. But I can’t help it. She looks so puffy and warm and cute. This week they were searching for worms, and looking at them through magnifying glasses. It’s awesome that she has this opportunity.

Thank you for joining us for our week in pictures! If you’re taking part in Mamatography, remember to link up your post with the Mr Linky below!

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20 thoughts on “Mamatography Week 5: Back On Track

  1. wow!your screen is mental! you are one busy lady luschka! Now I want to start up a np group at our centre!
    Lucy’s last blog post ..Mamatography Week 5 ( Day 29-32)

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  2. So glad you’re all feeling better! Looks like you had a fun week. The indoor play area looks cool, and I’m super envious of your outdoor preschool.
    Outdoors Mom’s last blog post ..Mamatography Week 5

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  3. Such a wonderful look into your world again this week My Lovely. I’m going to do a bit of looking around to see if I can find a discovery group in our area – there has to be one…we’re right on the mountain line and there are so many National and State Parks around. Thanks for sharing Princess A and Squidgy Bump with us. <3
    Kesia’s last blog post ..A Mamatography Challenge – Week Five

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  4. Wow, I want a NP Group meetup, especially with fancy toys! (Well, what WE would call fancy.)

    I always love your collages, I really need to get off my butt and play around with some graphics software for these posts!
    Momma Jorje’s last blog post ..Mamatography – Week 5

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  5. The collages ARE really cool. And I have too many tabs open at a time, too. And then there’s all the stickies that I write important things on and then forget about. Kind of like my reading list. And bookmarks. Oh well!
    Marcy’s last blog post ..Protected: Mamatography Week 6

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  6. Toni @ Carrigan's Joy

    I love the belly pic! And the nature pics look like a blast!!
    Toni @ Carrigan’s Joy’s last blog post ..Mamatography: 2.1 – 2.4

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  7. As always I have enjoyed sharing in your week. I so wish I were on your side of the Big Pond so Princess A and Prince R could spend time together and hey, I could do a bit of babysitting for you once Squidgy makes his/her arrival. Alas here we are, you on that side and me on this…

    But lucky, lucky ME – I still get to share in those special moments in time. :)
    Kesia’s last blog post ..A Mamatography Challenge – Week Five

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  8. This is such a fun project. I get so many ideas. I have a ton of shells and was just wondering what to do with them. A bin with water and dump them in sounds great!

    Loving the painting. We just got into fingerpainting over here. What kind of paint do you use?

    Your computer screen….ugh.

    I somehow missed last week’s stuff (my parents visiting maybe?) and I tried to comment but I think it didn’t go through. Glad you are all over the illness, and just in time for baby. Love the photos of the birth tub. Got me excited and feeling like my son’s birth is already so far in the past (6 wks)…..All the best to you and yours.
    Sheila’s last blog post ..Tips for Encouraging Independent Play with Toddlers

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  9. Amy

    I can relate to your “working mama” shot very much! I, too, am the at-home parent, but I have several jobs to keep up with as I go about my days.

    Playing with the shells in the sink looks really fun, too!
    Amy’s last blog post ..Dear Daniel, (On Weaning & Welcoming Change)

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  10. I love the different collages – I am enjoying playing with editing software to create different presentations too. How are you going to keep up with everything once that baby arrives????
    Actually Mummy…’s last blog post ..A Family Story: The Photo Gallery

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    Luschka Reply:

    Oh! Don’t. I have NO idea! As is I rarely get more than four or five hours sleep! It’s going to be a bumpy ride! ;)
    I love the collages – I’m gutted to be losing Picnik!

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  11. Love the pic of your computer! Mine is usually apparently one window, but actually lots of tabs are open! 13 at the moment, and I’ve just made an effort to close some of them..
    Ameli is a gorgeous little girl :) love the pics with the fish tank, and her expression looking at the earthworm in her hand.
    Have a nice week!
    Sabina
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stelleluna/sets/72157628822177655/

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    Luschka Reply:

    Yeah – my DH is always moaning at me for the number of tabs I have open – often up to 40 – although I have no idea what difference it makes to HIS life ;) Thanks for your comments on Ameli. You know the way to a mama’s heart! :D

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