Monday, February 25, 2008

Round is good

Gus and I made a discovery Sunday.

As a wide-alert, always-moving, fast-learning 5-month-old, Gus is struggling to get his still small hands around a lot of his toys. Either too small, too big or to intricate, they can be hard to handle and even harder to get to his mouth...where all his grabs inevitably have to go. But grabbing is the skill du-jour and he is anxious to excercise it
We figured out that almost anything can be a toy or better even a tool for learning. A brown paperbag, a plastic spoon, a whisk, his blankie. But the paperbag is soon obliterated by spit and tearing, and Mommie is dubious about leaving Gus alone with either the whisk or the spoon. I'm sure they both pose choking hazards.

Since crawling and sitting up are next up on the physical frontier, we've been looking for a toy that will encourage that and that will be easy and save to endure Gus' rough handling.

A ball, I've been thinking, but one that is soft and can be held and will keep Gus' attention.

So Sunday morning I set out on a search on the Internet and I quickly found a multitude of great knitted and crocheted toys (one of my favorites is, this lady is seriously talented and generous in sharing from her experience) 24 hours later Gus is the proud owner of his first ball a mishapen (Mommie has trouble following exact directions) crocheted creation made from long-forgotten leftover yarns, a bit of quilt batting and a cat toy for rattle-appeal.

He loves it and I do, too.

There is something special about something homemade.

1 comment:

Emily Harris said...

Gus' Aunt Emily sure would like to see him at this very adorable stage. Isn't it about time for a vist to Alabama? I think so!