Monday, 24 August 2015

Tree painting

2015 Paintathon: Painting with fall colours - tree art by Welcome to Mommyhood #artforkids, #paintingforkids, #paintathon

Today I am sharing my second post for the 2015 Paintathon! With the seasons getting ready to change, and fall colours just starting to make their appearance on the leaves here, I wanted to set up a fun invitation to explore warm colours in our painting. 

I created a simple tree printable for Y to explore. I also gathered a few additional supplies for him to explore - leaves, a sponge, and paint. We kept it very basic, but effective. 


2015 Paintathon: Painting with fall colours - tree art by Welcome to Mommyhood #artforkids, #paintingforkids, #paintathon

Aside from painting, this was an extremely fun project to use to learn about colour mixing. I only had yellow and red paint, which we mixed. I love the result on the paper - the different shades of colours that totally mystified Y!


2015 Paintathon: Painting with fall colours - tree art by Welcome to Mommyhood #artforkids, #paintingforkids, #paintathon

What you'll need 


2015 Paintathon: Painting with fall colours - tree art by Welcome to Mommyhood #artforkids, #paintingforkids, #paintathon

  • Leaves
  • Sponge
  • Paper 
  • Tree printable 
  • Paint 
  • Optional: paint brushes 
  • Optional: trays

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Friday, 21 August 2015

Life update and the adjustment to life in a wheelchair

Before we get started, I’ll warn you guys that this is an emotional and very difficult post to write. If you leave comments, please be gentle and kind with your words (as usually are). Thank you!

I’ve been meaning to write this for a while, but I’m not really sure where to start or how to organise my thoughts or where I am. I guess the beginning is a good place.

I first want to say thank you so much for all your support, kindness, and loving messages. You really have no idea how much they have lifted me up, and have given me a bit of courage. I’m still having a hard time talking about what has happened and the consequences my accident will have for the rest of my life. That’s why I have at times been quiet, or have taken so long to respond. So yet again, thank you. It’s just difficult to read what I have written, what others have written, or to put words on paper. It’s a strange place where I am at right now.

For those of you that don’t know – About 5 months ago, a steel beam fell on my back. I wasn’t ‘smushed’ but it hit me, causing a severe spinal cord injury. My husband and I were working on our house at the time.

It happened in one second. One stupid moment that caused my life, the life of my husband, our son, and my family to change forever. My husband warned me (we were attempting to hoist the beam up to support the ceiling so we could take out a wall). He warned me not to go under the beam. I wanted a break. I wanted to hurry up. I didn’t look. I didn’t see that it wasn’t secure.
  
And then everything went black. That was it. I’m not even sure what exactly happened. Or rather how exactly it happened, but I will forever remember those first few moments afterwards. That pain. The fear. The absolute soul wrenching fear that consumed my heart and mind for the next few months started right then. I knew.

I woke up and my previous life was gone. I was only out for a few seconds, but when I came to, I knew exactly what was happening. I screamed. I can’t even describe the type of pain it was. I couldn’t breathe but I needed to scream.

Then my husband was by me. I told him to call an ambulance and that I couldn’t feel my legs. They came. I got morphine. It helped, but not. We went in a helicopter.

The stay in the hospital was heavy. I was helpless and truly realised the extent of my injury. There was one particular incident that really made it sink in. I had to sit unsupported at the edge of the bed. I couldn’t balance. I realised that I would have to learn to do everything again.

You see, a spinal cord injury doesn’t just mean you can’t move your legs, but also has implications for how you balance, how you can sit, as well as how parts of your upper body function depending on where your injury is.

Once I made it to the rehabilitation centre, I was working on re-learning everything. I needed to be independent again. But more than that, I needed to be able to take care of my family again.

I really struggled there at the beginning, especially when I saw other patients working on learning to walk again. I couldn’t see it without bawling and wishing that my injury was less severe that if I could move just a little bit. Slowly, after talking to other patients, I realised how different and equally horrible different types of spinal cord injuries are. My injury is very low, and I have very good feeling in all of my upper body and a little bit in my legs. My legs however cannot move. The cords connecting the signals from my brain to my legs for movement have been severed.

There are also injuries where the cords are not completely severed, but are partially intact. My cords for feeling are partially intact. In the centre, I initially couldn’t understand how people with very high injuries (in their necks and upper spinal cords) could still walk. I figured that their bodies were fine and couldn’t help but feel that I was so unlucky. I got into a pretty dark place of comparing myself now to how I was before. Comparing myself to other patients.

Eventually, I realised that their bodies weren’t fine.  I learned a lot about these types of injuries. It’s crazy how unique all of our bodies are You can actually have a high/neck level injury, have the ability to walk, but no ability to move your arms or hands. It really shocked me at some point in my self-pity process that one particular patient with exactly that type of injury was still smiling and seemed happy. He had to be fed each meal, but still had a smile on his face?

At some point, I suppose I realised that I was getting in the way of my own happiness by constantly thinking ‘if only’ and ‘she/he is so much better off’ and ‘why me?’. The thing is it happened. This is my life now and I need to make the best of it.


In the rehabilitation centre, I was told quite a lot that it’s good to show your emotions. To  be upset, to be angry. I was upset. In the beginning, in the hospital, in the first few months, I cried and cried and cried.  

And then I had a day without pain. A day where I didn’t need help from the nurses. A day where I was just doing what I needed to do and felt just fine. And then another day. And another. I realised that it had been a few days since I had cried. In the centre, I also had my own bedroom which meant that both Y and my husband could spend the night whenever they wanted. A few months into my healing process, the hubby would leave Y with me for half of the week. It was pure bliss. Those days – alone with my child and doing simple tasks together like brushing his teeth and me actually helping him again gave me unbelievable strength.

Nature walk tips by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #toddleractivties, #outdoortoddleractivities

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Farm themed printables

Y loves learning more and more about farms! In the summer and fall here in the country, the farmers are very busy and the tractors are constantly visible in the field. Here is a FREE farm themed printable set to go along with a farm theme! 

FREE farm themed printables for preschoolers and toddlers by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschool, #toddleractivities, #preschoolactivities,


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