Have you downloaded The Wonder Weeks App? I kept hearing moms around town talking about The Wonder Weeks, a book that also has an app that tracks your child’s developmental “leaps”. Finally after hearing about it for the 632nd time I broke down and purchased the app for $1.99. I don’t regret it!
I did request the book from my library and I skimmed through it. It was very helpful for me to understand why Jocelyn seems to go through fussy phases when she’s really clingy, fussy, and doesn’t sleep well. A while back I thought she had separation anxiety, but reading The Wonder Weeks helped me realize she was just being “clingy”. That sounds so negative to me, I usually think about it as “she just needs extra love and cuddles.” (Thank you to my friend Amy for encouraging me to try the Ergo back carry! 😉 That’s been great!)
The Wonder Weeks explains that certain developmental leaps are time sensitive and occur at predictable ages for most babies. I really like the “Help” tab where they offer activities to help your baby through the leap. Jocelyn is currently going through the “Categories” Leap and learning how to categorize the world around her. Our dog and the neighbors’ dogs look different but they are both dogs. An airplane and a bird both fly in the sky, but they are not the same.
Speaking of birds… they are a BIG topic in our house! Our entire lunchtime can be spent talking about birds and looking out the window signing and saying “birr!” It’s pretty cute. 🙂
So since birds are her favorite thing, I decided to incorporate them into the tips from The Wonder Weeks! I collected anything “bird” around the house.
Then we went to The Farm and saw different kinds of birds. We had a blast!
I could see the excitement in her eyes and I’m sure it was a great learning day for her.
I also learned some fun finger play rhymes at the library story time and we do them throughout the day, especially during down times like if we have to wait in line somewhere or if she’s feeling impatient…
“I saw two black birds sitting on a hill. (hold up both pointer fingers) One named Jack (Wiggle one finger) and one named Jill (wiggle the other finger). Fly away Jack! (hide one hand behind your back) Fly away Jill! (hide your other hand) Come back Jack! (bring your finger back) Come back Jill! (bring your finger back)”
“Once I saw a little bird go hop hop hop, so I said little bird with you stop stop stop? I went to the window to say how do you do but he shook his little tail and away he flew!”
The forecast is calling for another 24 days of the stormy cloud, but we’re hopeful for sunny skies before then!