Ages and stages: babies, toddlers, and overstimulation

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She starts to get restless.  I recognize the whimper and I pick her up and whisper in her ear as we walk around the bedroom. We walk and rock and it doesn’t take long before she is asleep, worn out from play and observing the world around her.

There are fussy moments that mean the baby is tired.  Or hungry.  Or overstimulated.  Amelia lets me know.

As I learn more and more about my child, I learn what her cries mean, what facial expressions indicate she’s overwhelmed, and I can anticipate her responses. 

This is something that an older sibling (and sometimes other adults) can’t as easily do.  At times there are hurt feelings.  “She doesn’t like me anymore.”

Sometimes, we can’t always decipher what our babies are trying to tell us.  One moment baby is happy and giggling, enjoying the game, and the next she is overwhelmed and frantic.

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Crafting on: knitting a tunic for Amelia

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The temperatures have dipped down low again here in the Hoosier state, after teasing us with a few days of warmth and sun.   We’ve been, once again, spending our days indoors, keeping our hands busy crafting in order to keep cabin fever from setting in.

Is it just me, or has this been a very long Winter so far?

I’ve been knitting, usually to the company of some of my favorite podcasts or while listening to one of the older kids read their lessons to me.

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I’ve been working on something for warmer Spring days:  a tunic top for Amelia from cotton color-changing yarn.

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Childhood, uncomplicated

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As the calendar turned to the new year, I realized that there were some things about simple living I needed to recommit myself to, including living for the “small” moments and being dedicated to giving my children as uncomplicated of a childhood as I can (there will always be complications in life, of course, and bad things happen but I will strive to focus on the joys of childhood).

Some recent events and the results of the reader survey confirmed to me that I was on the right track in thinking smaller and simpler – in my offline life and here at the SK blog.

If you haven’t been to the blog for a little while (I know many of you read the SK posts in a reader) then your visit today might reveal a few changes.  Most of the changes I suspect won’t make much of a difference except to me, but those of you who have been reading Simple Kids for a while might notice a few things are missing and there are a few things that are new.  I’ll be making some more changes here and there as I refine my vision for the online home I have here.

Change can be a very good thing.

Getting back to the basics and the simple joys of childhood.

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