About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

When baby is overstimulated.

Babies, toddlers, and overstimulation | SimpleKids.net

She starts to get restless and lets out the wail we’ve come to call “the warning shot.”  Act fast, mom, because I’m about to lose it here. I recognize her whimpers and I pick her up and whisper in her ear as we walk around the room. 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 when what seems like happy play is abruptly ended by baby’s frantic cries.  “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.

And, if it is tricky for grown ups to decipher, it definitely isn’t easy for a young sibling to understand the sudden shift in baby’s emotions.

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Worthwhile Reads, Lovely Things

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Welcome to my new readers and to those of you returning to this space!  When I shut down my personal blog (temporarily, it’s up and running again) one thing I knew for sure I did want to bring over to this space is my weekly-ish Worthwhile Reads and Lovely Things posts. These are some of my favorite posts to write.

Thanks for joining me for the Simple Kids version of WRaLT! Now, let’s get to the good stuff!

Here are this week’s worthwhile reads and lovely things …

Find of the Week: we’ve been using this giant bubble recipe that we found on the Happy Hooligans blog and have had good success with it. We’ve been using corn syrup in place of glycerin, mainly because I haven’t been able to find any glycerin at any of the stores we’ve been to lately (local folks, any tips on where to find this around here?) This recipe makes sturdy bubbles that do grow into giants with the right combination of bubble wand and windy day.

Blogs: here are some worthwhile reads I came across in my browsing lately …

Local Loves: a few weeks ago my family and I found ourselves at one of the newest businesses here in our hometown of Fortville, Kewpie’s Kloset. It’s a children’s resell shop located on Main Street (right next door the the ice cream shop) that sells quality resell kids’ clothing and some handmade and new items, too. Prices range from $1.99 to $80 and I was impressed with the inventory – lots of fun items at a sweet price. Our friends at Towne Mama recently did a write up about this sweet resell shop. You can check the shop out on facebook, too.

School Days:  We do homeschool year round, but we’re taking a few weeks off to mark the official end of the year and to give our brains a break before we start again as 8th, 3rd, and 1st graders.

::: That’s what I found worthwhile and lovely. :::

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Ages and stages: age four

Lucy, age four | SimpleKids.netAmelia, my youngest child, is going to turn four at the end of this week and it has me nostalgic for the last time we had a four year old in the house. Please enjoy this post from 2012, when Lucy was four years old.

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There’s a magical little creature who lives at our house.  She’s very shy around strangers, but around her family she lights up the room and is sometimes the noisiest child in this large family of ours.

She makes up stories and plays games.  She has a vivid imagination.  She loves horses and the color purple and baby dolls. She makes entire farms out of paper plates and magic markers. She dances and sings yet also likes to sit quietly with a stack of picture books.  She wears twirly dresses and silky capes and also Batman pajamas and a pirate’s eye patch.

This magical creature’s name is Lucy and she’s my four year old daughter.

“Four is, indeed, highly versatile.  What can he not do?  He can be quiet or noisy, calm or assertive, cozy or imperious, suggestible or independent, social, athletic, artistic, literal, fanciful, cooperative, indifferent, inquisitive, forthright, humorous, dogmatic.  He is many people in one.”  – Your Four Year Old: Wild and Wonderful by Louise Bates Ames, PhD.

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