Tinselman’s First Play Date

My little Tinselman is growing up so fast! We actually had his first real play date just a couple of weeks ago.

During the course of my pregnancy (and my crazy tendency to Google anything and everything) I stumbled upon an online pregnancy forum. Throughout those 9 months surrounded by hundreds of other women who were all due in September, I began to form real, valuable friendships. We eventually paired down from over 800 women to a solid core group of about 80.

Being that we were all from different parts of the world, it was pure coincidence that two other moms were actually local to us! So, we decided to get these three cuties together and the adorableness that ensued was almost too much to handle!

Here are some pics from the day!


They all wanted to touch each other! Finally, someone else that looks like them!



Little Mark was very curious haha!

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Have you ever tried wrangling 3 infants? AND take photos? AND handle the overwhelming cuteness overload??!?!

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Us moms had a blast too. I very much enjoyed getting to them and their little ones. I am patiently counting down to our next play date!

Activity – Rain Sticks / Sound Sticks

Yay! It is time for a new activity.

This is one we also did on our Snow Day 2015! You can see the others here and here.

Today, I will show you how to make your own rain stick (or sound stick)!

This activity was slightly more time consuming to make (about 20 minutes total), so I squeezed this one in while little Mark napped on the couch with big Mark 😉

First, all you need is an empty tube, short nails, tape, beads, rice, or dry beans, and colorful paper. I used a toilet paper tube and a paper towel tube, but you can use any cardboard tube, the thicker the better!


Poke the nails through the tubes. You need to use quite a few nails to get the desired sound effect. This was the most time consuming part. You can also use toothpicks, just cut them to size.


This is what it will look like once you have all the nails in. I did them in two spirals and then straight down the sides.


Next, tape one end off of the tube, so that you can add your noise makers.


I also taped over the nails to make sure none popped out!


Then, add in a handful of your noise makers. I used glass seed beads for the small tube and pearl beads for the big tube. I tested each one out by flipping it over onto my hand to make sure I added enough to get my desired sound effect.


Once your beads, rice, or beans are added, tape of the open end.

I then covered both tubes in some left over colorful craft paper I had. You can use any colorful paper!


Ta-da! Finished product. I would recommend putting a layer of clear tape or laminating paper over the craft paper, as these will, without a doubt, end up in your little ones mouths.momtogwithablog_0189

And now for little Mark’s review!

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Straight into the mouth.


I then gave him the big one. I showed him how it makes noise a bunch of times.

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But, it went straight into his mouth. So, I tried my demonstration again…


This did motivate him to inspect the rain stick more closely…


Alas, it ended up right back in his mouth.


He seemed to enjoy watching me play with it, and he definitely liked the bright colors! I will be laminating it for future use, so he doesn’t gnaw off the craft paper.

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Sensory Activity – Feel the Fabrics

Activity #2 of our Snow Day adventure was a touch and feel activity. I am fairly certain these are his favorite activities. He definitely love to feel things in his hands and he loves petting the dog and feeling his fur. I figured this activity would be fun, easy, and keep him entertained for a while (and it was!)

#1. Gather up several different fabrics. I happened to have a bunch that I use for photography props like a white hairy pillow, blue microfiber fabric, white silky fabric, blue tulle, and a soft fluffy blanket where the ones I went with. Feel free to use anything you have around your house. A clean bath mat, a clean welcome mat, a shower curtain, silky bed sheets, a soft blouse or shirt, a towel, felt, a velvet skirt, corduroy pants, seriously anything with different textures will work! *Bonus points for throwback photos featuring velvet skirts or corduroy pants 😉

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#2. Next, place the different fabrics on babies lap one at a time and let them explore. Use as many descriptive words as you can and have lots of fun! (I love easy peasy activities). We did the hairy pillow first.

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This. This is new.

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Next, we tried the super soft microfiber fabric.

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He wasn’t really into this one as much, so we moved on to the silky white sheet.

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As you can see, that one spent most of the time in his mouth. We then tried the fluffy white blanket.


This didn’t quite go over well in the mouth haha!

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Finally, we had the blue tulle. This was hands down his favorite and he spent most of the time playing with this fabric.

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Feel the Fabrics was a huge hit in our household! This easily kept him entertained for about 45 minutes. Serious. Whenever he started getting fussy, we changed to a different “feel” and it basically started the process all over again!

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Come on in! We are trying avocado!

We have attempted a few different grown up foods with Little Mark. We tried rice cereal…not a fan…we tried oatmeal…even more disdain…we tried grape juice, eh…and we tried green beans (DEFINITELY not a fan).


I was starting to get worried that the hospital had switched up my kid! I love oatmeal and green beans, how can he not love his veggies?! But tonight, we had a mini break through and a reassurance that there was a chance he was still indeed my son.

He is most definitely a fan of avocado.

I also took a new approach. Instead of attempting to spoon feed him first, I mashed up the avocado and put a dollop on his tray.


“What the…what do you expect me to do with THIS?!”


Once he got some in his mouth he was hooked!

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And the results were in! He loves him some avocado.

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Even going so far as to cry when it was all gone.


Stay tuned for more food reviews from Little Mark himself 😉

Water Play and Paint Baggies

As Tinselman gets more and more curious, I find myself constantly searching for new ways to keep him entertained. We read, we jump in the doorway jumper, we play in the exersaucer, and of course there’s the dreaded tummy time fiasco…

Plus, with the freezing cold temperatures outside and a baby that can not quite sit on his own yet, it sometimes feels like there is nothing left to do.

Have no fear! Momtog with a Blog is here! Today we tried out 2 new sensory play activities. These activities are made to encourage curiosity and exploration. It is also a way to start dialogue between you and your child. I mean, after 5 months, this kid is definitely over listening to Mommy complain about her day!

So tonight we started with Water Play.


First, I folded up two towels and laid them on the floor next to each other and put a third towel on top, for good measures.

Then, I took a Pyrex dish and filled it up 2/3rds of the way with warm water.

Finally, I stuck little Mark in front of it in his Boppy and let him splash away.

At first he was confused. Then he was happy. Then he was frustrated.


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So we switched up our activity.

Next, I put three dollops of different colored, water-based paints inside a Ziplock sandwich baggy. I then set the baggy filled with bright paint in front of him and let him squish it around.

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This was also a good time to introduce the “No, we don’t put that in our mouth” phrase, which he was not a fan of.


Overall, he had a blast. He definitely loved the new feels and the bright colors. We will definitely be doing this again.

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