A portrait of my little ones; once a week, every week, in 2014

Sage - although we don't live in Northern Europe, we've been creating a 'forest kindergarten' of our very own

Alby - that vintage suit, that milk-filled belly!

--- only 10 weeks left, *gasp!---

{The 52 Project, inspired by the lovely Jodi}



Amongst the many changes we've made in our play room recently, one of my most favourite additions is a space specific to Alby and his ever increasing development. Although very simple in its design, we have mindfully incorporated a variety of patterns, textures, sounds and colours - elements set to enhance and heighten each of his senses and therefore, his understanding of the world.

The components of his space include:

  • a soft, neutral mat - used to define his space and provide him with a secure place to play. We haven't once needed to speak with Sage about intruding on Alby's space, as the mat has proved to be a visual guide for her, and whilst Alby is present, she leaves him to play, undisturbed.
  • a floor level mirror - the benefits of infants and toddlers {and even older children} seeing themselves whilst engaging in play are so numerous, an entire post could be dedicated to the topic! However, our two main intentions for placing a low level mirror in Alby's space, were to firstly provide him with an extended view of the room around him {aiding his abilty to build an 'internal map' of the space, useful as he begins to crawl} and secondly, to enable him to observe his own movements, fostering bodily awareness - particularly hand-eye coordination, and an understanding of cause and effect, through studying his reflection.
  • art work -  currently we have chosen simple, black and white images, placed at eye-level, as the clear contrast between the two colours, nurtures and stimulates visual development in young babies. Soon, we will exchange these for other prints or illustrations, or even images of family and familiar friends. 
  • an assortment of wooden items {including stackers, rattles, ball rollers, jigsaws and musical instruments} - time and time again I have professed my undying love for wooden play items, not only for their aesthetical beauty, but also as they actively engage young children rather than allow them to be passive observers. I recently read a lovely quote from the book "Montessori From the Start" by Paula Polk Lillard and Lynn Lillard Jessen which really resounded with our philosophy - "The selection of toys we make available to our children is as important as what we choose for any other area of their environment. To select wisely, we need to go back to our initial purpose in helping the child in his self-formation. All loving parents want to raise a child to whom the world makes sense, who can think about that world wisely and who loves and respects himself and others. By showing care in the toys you choose for your child, you are showing him that he is important to you. You are sharing what is beautiful and meaningful to you in life. You thereby help your child in turn to look for beauty and logic in the world around him." Rarely would we have all of these play items together on the mat at once. One or two would be more than adequate in providing a 'supportive challenge' to a young mind. 

Next week I will begin a new series featuring my favourite baby items - first up will be those newborn 'essentials' we found so handy in the early months, and then following will be some play pieces that may assist you in creating a space similiar to this, for your own little one. In the meantime, however, if there is a particular item in this post that you are wanting to know more about, just let me know  :-)

{If interested, you can read more about our play approach here}



        ||  swooning over this

        ||  watching this and this

        ||  loving this community {and their monthly content bundles}

        ||  wondering if I can get away with this and this, considering the time of year...

        ||  and hoping that soon it will be warm enough to slather on this

        ||  writing in this

        ||  borrowing this from my brother {purely for sleep - or lack of - insights!}

        ||  continual love heart eyes over this

        ||  dreaming of this

        ||  yay for this {so well deserved Amber!}

        ||  excitedly awaiting the arrival of this {with a mama-daughter photoshoot to come}

        ||  making this

        ||  storing this and this in the gift cupboard

        ||  reading this {beautiful, inspiring and AD-FREE!!}

        ||  playing with this, this and this

        ||  hoping the birthday fairy will bring this {are you reading Si?}

        ||  nodding along to this

  {the THIS list - recording my monthly musings, simply}



Sage - gypsy kid

Alby - boy wonder

{The 52 Portrait, inspired by the lovely Jodi}



Spending time amongst the tulips; Alby is worn in the Ergobaby 360 Carrier c/o Babes in Arms and
Sage wears Lil'Fut toddler moccasins c/o Indigo Babe

{In celebration of Babywearing Week, 'Fields of Sage' and 'Babes in Arms' are partnering to give you the opportunity to win your very own Ergobaby Performance Ventus Carrier, worth $209! Inspired by the Latin word for 'wind', this carrier features a breezy, 3D mesh panel for ultimate breath-ability, so both parents and baby stay cooler during those warm, summer months. Head to Facebook [here, or see entry format below] and Instagram [here] for entry details. Hurry, there's only one day left!}