The Playroom & More Pictures
by, 06-16-2010 at 11:58 AM (3927 Views)
I think I’ll describe the Baby House, as it’s commonly referred to, and where we stay with Matthew for the hour we have with him each day.
The real Baby House was completely different, something that looked like it was set up for children: bright colors for curtains and rugs, pleasant paint hues, large windows for lots of sunshine, potted plants on the window sills, big open spaces, children’s decorations, two buildings that are connected with indoor corridors, an outdoor playground with slides, a sandbox, swings, a see-saw, a gazebo, playpens, a garden, lots of shady trees, concrete animal structures, and even a little in-ground pool. Both buildings are two stories, and the children are kept upstairs, and we have never been allowed to see how they spend their time or are roomed. The first floor has offices, a kitchen, an isolation area for sick babies, a medical examining room, a music room, a game room, and what I call the playroom but our translator calls the gymnasium.
The playroom does have equipment to help children with walking difficulties, but they are off to the perimeter. The bulk are children play equipment—a swing and slide, rattle things, a plastic ball pool pit, a big circle climb through, and things to hold oneself up. Ok, here are some pictures.
This is outside the Baby House in the play area.
And here are two pictures of the playroom. You can see the climbing and rubber things.
In that second picture of the playroom you can see that that fake pool. we call it the plastic ball pit and Matthew just loves going into it. If we’re by it, he tries to climb in. Here he is “swimming” in the plastic ball pit.
And here he is in his crawl position. Actually what he’s doing is rocking his behind back and forth as if to load the spring and then he springs forward into a lunge. That’s what I’ve been calling his single shot crawl.
And finally I leave you with this picture with him near his rubber horsey. He likes to sit on that (of course we hold him) and bounces on it and mouths the horse ears.
So those who have been asking about his hair, he does have it. He hates wearing a hat now and takes it off himself every opportunity.