Tuesday, January 14, 2014

While the Baby Sleeps






The thing I'm finding most difficult about having a 4.5 and an almost 3 year old along with a baby is, wait for it… SLEEP! What a surprise.

While our night times are still punctuated by restless cries, wet bed and 5 am starts, It's the day time sleeps that are most tricky to juggle. Elke needs to go back to sleep shortly after she wakes while I like the older two to rest in the middle of the day. That means if everyone is to be well rested, we need to be home… ALL. THE. TIME.

As a result, I've been looking for ways to keep Zeph and Pip busy during Elke's sleep times. Activities need to be quiet so we've bee pottering around in the garden.

The other day we gathered as many edible florals as we could find and bought them inside to make 'flower ice'.

Into an ice tray we placed Lavender, Marigolds, Strawberries, Borage Blooms, Fennel Flowers and the tips of our coriander that's going to seed.

The kids made a point of taking in every sent and taste before we placed our ice tray back into the freezer and later than night they took frosty floral ice cubes into the bath to devour and watch them melt.

A very lovely, very simple little activity.

If you don't have a veg patch, there are many other edible flowers and weeds that you'd be able to find. Here's a list for your reference.



23 comments:

  1. Lovely activity. Another great one is to get any shaped container and place your water along with a dinosaur or similar. Freeze it and then they can excavate the next day. Great for a sunny day when it can be done on the lawn. xo

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  2. You've just reminded me that i did something like this while I was on holidays & forgot to check. Whoever stays in the holiday house next will get a nice surprise :)

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  3. Lovely… Simple things are so good.

    My kids are playing trains at the moment. They have all different 'stations' set up: dinosaur station, zoobles station, littlest pet shop station and my little pony station. It is such a great way to play with all the toys at once! The pack-up is a pain - but for the moment - there is peace.

    This time of mixed sleep times will pass… we are *just* coming to the end of the day time sleep for Master M. That third baby is hard to fit in sometimes! I feel your pain. Just remember though - if YOU need to get out of the house, then get out of the house. Children are adjustable and adaptable and love adventure. One day of disrupted sleep won't kill them… Once I realised that my youngest rarely slept more than 20 minutes at home, I hit the streets and started getting out more… he would sleep 20 minutes in the car or at a cafe or in my arms at a friend's house.

    My wise old mum reminded me often that children are to fit in with OUR lives, not so much the other way…

    Not sure if you needed my epistle, take from this what you will.

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  4. Oh so lovely! I'll totally have to try that!

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  5. sleepsleepsleepsleepsleep i need it so bad i'm losing my mind.

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  6. My issueis when kids come over to play which is great, I don't want to be the crazy mother saying sh sh all the time so then the afternoons are a nightmare because Romi hasn't had a proper sleep.

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    1. And I realise my last comment is the very definition of first world problem.

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  7. Lovely lovely idea that is so simple and do-able, yay!! And putting them in the bath = genius!

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  8. I love this! So so so pretty! And funnily enough, I think I have the same freezer as you. Random irrelevant fact. :)

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  9. I love this! So so so pretty! And funnily enough, I think I have the same freezer as you. Random irrelevant fact. :)

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  10. So pretty, I love those lazy days at home pottering around x

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  11. A great idea and pretty as well - must be a winner!

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  12. I just found out I'm expecting, and will have similarly spaced children when the baby is born this fall. (4, 2, newborn) and was wondering how that is going to go. I remember even just with two I was very particular about what times we would go out. If we weren't grocery shopping by 10am, we weren't going!

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  13. Such a cute idea! I've seen this before but never thought of having them in a bath for kids. I bet they had so much fun with that!

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  14. We like to use pineapple sage, thyme, apple mint and nasturtium cubes. Miss four usually tries to consume them before they melt though. I've started tea rituals too, the making of tea, collecting mint and pineapple sage, setting up the tea set, making cheese and crackers or fruit to go with it . It takes an hour of time up for poppy and she'll stop and eat too. Xx

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  15. I didn't know we could eat marigolds..... They seem bitter to me. Neat idea though, keeping little ones happy and quiet.

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  16. What a wonderful idea and they look so pretty too!

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  17. SO pretty! : ) I am so excited I found your blog! I love it and am a new follower!

    ~Sarah
    http://atowngirlslife.blogspot.com/

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  18. Such a fabulous idea. We have heaps of different flowers, some I know are edible but most I have no idea about, so thanks so much for that reference guide. Although after reading through the list I think I'll avoid our apple flowers given they 'may contain cyanide precursors'. Yikes.

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  19. Beautiful! Definitely filing this away for the summer - I'd be loathe to try it now as we'd just end up with various shades of brown ice... x

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em