Ever since I first saw Eric Carle's artwork, I immediately fell in love. The use of color, the patterns, the simplicity (and complexity) of his animals and people, his German heritage, his Euro-style images... What's not to love about his books? Last September, we even had a Brown Bear, Brown Bear book embellishing party at my house that was so much fun.
When John Michael was still doing Early Intervention, most of his therapists would often bring Eric Carle books to integrate into the therapies. His music therapist would bring the embellished Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? for sensory stuff and colors, and his speech therapist used From Head to Toe by Eric Carle for moving your body and following directions.
Recently, I was inspired to create some hand-painted ceramics and I decided to focus on Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar as my art inspiration.
I painted this plate, sort of as a snack plate for special occasions...
My good friend, Jen Sanchez, also painted an Eric Carle-style butterfly plate that is super cute!
Speaking of super-cute! I LOVE this new photo of John Michael. It shows such confidence and his huge, adorable smile. He is changing so much, it's hard to keep up. He is becoming a very caring, compassionate big brother to Luke, often putting his hand on Luke's back and saying, "Matter, Luke?" or "Happened, Luke?" when Luke is not happy (which isn't too often).
John Michael is also putting more words together, using some adjectives, and modifying verbs by telling me "Mom, swing higher!" I got so excited the first time he said "higher" as opposed to just saying "high". He's getting the subtle differences in language. He's also saying things like "big truck" as opposed to just "truck". New words that I haven't heard him say, like "door locked" or "big lake" are also more frequent. In the car, we listen to the Cookie Monster song (ad nauseum) on the Sesame Street CD. He tells me "Mom, music up!" Stinker wants it louder... so funny.
For Luke's 1st Birthday in early June, I also painted a special plate for all birthdays (below). I used a Sharpie and wrote Luke's name at the bottom and then in the dishwasher, it washed away, ready for the next birthday child. I plan to pull this out for many, many birthdays to come. Eric Carle's art is so perfectly imperfect and so colorful. How can you not love it?
You can sort of see Luke's name underneath one of his cupcakes :-)
Speaking of Luke...
I am in love with this boy!
He is the sweetest, cuddliest, kissy-est, happiest little guy EVER! And that says a lot, since all of my kids were happy babies and toddlers for the most part...
Why on earth did I ever worry about you so much? You fit right in, little man! And John Michael will be so much better for it.
I think many people are scared to have another child after they have a child with Down syndrome. A part of me can understand the fear... but you never know what you'll get with ANY child. But somehow, it all works out...
I've been married for 20 years to my wonderful husband, Doug. I'm a Catholic SAHM to 5 children. Our 4th child, John Michael, was born in November 2007, and has opened us up to the amazing world of Down syndrome. We are grateful to God for the blessings He's given us and the journey He's put us on. When I'm not spending time with my family, I sing with RSVP, an amazing vocal group, educate on Down syndrome, have my own health and wellness business, and blog about our life.