Friday, 23 September 2016

25 Months

Abby turned 25 months (2y1m) few days ago.  


Around 86cm

Still 16 pearly whites. Showing some refusal when I brushes her teeth on the lower gum.

Motor Skills
  • Loves going up the tricycle and cruise away in the room but has yet to master the cycling skill.
  • Rather imaginative. During one of her swimming time, she placed a ball on her float and she told that it was an “eh-cream” (i.e ice cream) and gesturing ice cream-licking.
  • Can gargle n spit.
  • Actively running and jumping almost all the time.
  • Has strong finger grasp. Can be accounted to take/carry certain stuff.
  • Still loving dancing to bits.
  • Loves to curl up in her rocker while watching videos like a boss.

Communication and Social Skills
  • Expanding leaps and bounds with her vocabulary esp on verbs.
  • Can distinguish alphabets and numeral characters. Calls numbers ‘3.4 and “A,B,C”
  • Calls MIL’s domestic helper and young children in Bukit Garam during our previous visit as “Kak-kak”.
  • On our walk back to the car one day, we passed by a stationary shop selling various wrapping papers. She quickly dragged me over and pointed at the one with Angry Birds print and exclaimed “e-bird” excitedly (310816).
  • She picked up 5 cents in the living room one day (080916) and quickly shoved it to me  and say “deh-deh buy momom”. LOL.
  • Can basically understand numbers but not able to distinguish them yet. For i.e, when pointed at car plate number, or reading her clock book; she would go ‘3,4,5,6,8,9,10’ eloquently with her index finger pointing at the numeral characters randomly.
  • Loves to dance on the ‘Baby Shark’ song.
  • Can say simple words. Loves pretend play calling over the phone after reading Phone Friends by Fisher Price. She imitated phone ringing sound to call her deh-deh and able to converse a couple of simple words.
  • After the incident of broken glass bottle, she has been saying “bao” (break in Hakka) expressively (by frowning and two palms facing up). When she saw me offering her a new Tommy Tippie glass bottle one night (and continued for every other night-few days on a stretch), she went “Ah-mee buy” and sometimes “Deh-deh buy”.
  • Nightly routine by hugging Ah-Tai, yeh-yeh, po-po (grandma & grandma) & da-guh before heading home. Being a sweet talker, she greets everyone “ping-an” (i.e God be with you), “love you”, “good-night (with her palms facing each other and put under her right ear while bending her head), “see you” / “see you ye-ye-row” (i.e see you tomorrow). Haha!
  • Other words she can say: cup cake,
  • Can finally say ‘york-york’ (i.e medicine in Hakka) accurately
  • It is true that toddlers brain absorbs like a spongue. She has once seen her gu-po given Ah-Tai with Brands bird nest/chicken essence. When she saw my stash of Brands empty bottles, she exclaimed “Ah Tai(’s)” while gesturing drinking with her tiny hands.
  • Loves to dip her biscuit in the chocolate condiments and exclaimed “dip”.

Emotional Development
  • She was able to behave herself with a not-so stranger (her favourite jie-jie’s mom). She surprised me by sitting with the auntie despite Stacey jie-jie wasnt around while we were having choir presentation (250816)

Food and Feeding
  • I supplement her with multivitamins in gummy bears to which she called “gummy beer”
  • Besides, she has tried a couple pieces of fried anchovies and she loves them.

  • Her latest favourite songs/rhytms are ‘Baby Shark’ (with actions) and ‘Did you ever see my tail?’ and ‘Humpty Dumpty’ to which she called as ‘Humpty wall’ by Pinkfong.
  • Broke my 3rd Avent glass bottle (in 2 years span). She decided to test on her flying kick at the church one night without me being alert that we were not seated on our previous seat, which was almost fall proof (250816).
  • Vaccinated for DTap (290816).
  • Went for another book shopping trip and picked her own book. A handy classical children story, published way before I was born. It is interesting to see what book she chooses for her own and she wanted me to read them for her almost every single night :)

Her Firsts
  • I was so fuming bad when i saw a China boy kissing her on the mouth at the church! The moment I got hold of her, I quickly tell her sternly not to allow any male stranger to kiss her except her deh-deh, yeh-yeh and gong-gong. I didnt expect such lesson to kick in that early. Or, am I being over exxagerated? :(
  • Had our first road trip back to KK and thank God, we survived and came back in one piece. Not forget to note that, it was a pleasant one too (100916).
  • First visited a zoo

Sleeping Patterns
  • Before sleeping, she wants me to read her a book or two. When she had got enough, she would grab on my hands and close the book before requesting for ‘bob-bob’ and doze off thereafter. Thank goodness that she has been showing signs of weaning off tablet/Ipad before sleep.
  • Still waking up twice, sometimes once at night for her milk fix. 
  • Her nap duration is still rather predictable. She usually naps for two hours unless interrupted. Exactly after an hour, she would automatically turn to the other side for the next hour. This hasn't changed since she was a baby. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Her choice of books

Recently, Missy has developed a liking toward books and has been requesting me to read them fo her. She will shove me a book and say “ah-mi read”. Upon seeing her interest and the ability to divert (partly or sometimes, totally) from the tablet, I am more than being pleased to spend more on her books these days. I have been having fun shopping for children books from the virtual and online bookstores, both new and preloved ones. Most of the time, I would be bringing Missy and the boss along. I was the one who usually get over excited seeing and selecting colorful, bright colored books, with flip ups or musical buttons and so forth. There was once after the boss picked a handful of children books for Missy, we headed to the counter for payment with a pile of 20+ books. When we were about to leave, Missy resisted and she was grabbing and insisted to leave with the book of her choice. We relented and detoured to the counter for payment. One thing I have noticed with my girl, she is rather firm and determined with her choice - a classical story dated back in 1981 entitled "Alfie gets in first". 

Her all time favourite 

Unlike her mommy, she would say ‘No’ to books she does not fancy but grabbing one tight and hard to those she really loves. True enough, the books of her choice are among those she wanted me to read repetitively before bed every other night.  Since then, I have made it a point to involve her in the selection of her books. Nevertheless, I am still buying her those I like with a convenient excuse “she will love them when she’s older” :P

Another favourite of hers - Playtime Teddy puppet book

It is interesting to see what books that tickled her fancy at the bookstores and I am glad that she doesn’t just go for videos all the time. The boss and I are currently in the midst of planning in setting up a mini library in one of the corners of our living room. Although I am not very much a book person but book shopping is my new obsession :)

Sunday, 28 August 2016

24 Months

Abby turned 24 months (two years old!) last week.


Not measured.

Still 16 pearly whites.

Motor Skills
  • Recognises the diapers she has been wearing in the supermarket. She pointed to the exact brand/packaging and pointing to the diaper she is wearing that time.
  • She insisted to brush her own teeth and requested for ‘eh-paste’ (toothpaste) each time. Sometimes mistaken oitment that comes in a tube as toothpaste.
  • Current favourite song – Give me oil in my lamp with actions.
  • Understands the value of money. Thanks to MIL who loves to ask for her ‘help’ in the shop and AIL who loves to involve her with marketing almost every morning. She chanced upon a gold medal and mistaken them as ‘chin chin’ (money in Cantonese). LOL On another note, she saw a RM10 note in my handphone cover. She has been telling me to “open” and “buy mom-mom”. Tsk tsk (290716).
  • Has finally mustered the courage and shown liking towards the horse spring bouncer in the playground. Ever since then, she has been calling horse ‘eh-dock’ instead of ‘neigh-neigh’ (300716).
  • When she saw me trimming my nails one day, she doesn't want to miss out a fair share. She has been requesting me to “cut” her “leg”(i.e toe nails) by bringing my hand with nail clipper near to her toes (030816).
  • Monkey see monkey do. This little vain pot loves to rummage into my custom jewelry box and sometimes into my brooches collection. She would pick one to her liking and put it near to her earlobe, pretending as if putting onto earrings.
  • Loves baby songs series, where she can prance and dance along.
  • She has been Ah Tai's Florence Nightingale for sometime now. She has been helping her deh-deh and sook-sook to put Ah Tai to bed, help lift her legs to the bed and quickly grab the blanket by holding at one edge to help cover Ah Tai :)
  • Loves to wear her socks and shoe on her own. But whenever she get to sit down on a chair on anywhere, she wants to take off her shoes and socks immediately and the cycles goes around several times during church services. 

Communication and Social Skills
  • Whenever she sees deh-deh peeling the apples, she would say “deh-deh peel”.
  • Understands the “buy” term. Whenever we are telling her something had gone or finish, she would suggest us to “buy”. At times, when someone asked her who bought her the shoes/stationaries, she would go “Ah-mee/Deh-deh (or whoever who has bought her that something accurately) buy (bought)”
  • Surprised us by saying “ka-choon” for eggs in Hakka. Not sure where did she picked that up from.
  • She imitated us during vocal training and it was seriously funny.
  • Can distinguish charge and change. When she was half way watching YouTube on the tablet and had a sudden shut-down, she quickly handed it to us and say “ah mee/deh-deh chas (charge)”. On another occasion, when i told her that her diapers are soiled and almost ‘exploded’, she would say “chash” (change). Whenever she got bored with the baby songs at Ah Tai’s, she would request her gu-po to change into another DVD.
  • Other words she can say: ‘eh-paste’ (toothpaste), egg-tart, ‘eh-q’ (thank you), ‘eh-go’ (Ergo when she wants me to carry her like a kangaroo with the Ergo carrier)
  • She had a fall when she was sitting on Ah-Tai’s walking aid with SIL pushing her around at Ah Tai’s place. She fell because the sitting pane flipped over due to imbalance weight (she was sitting too near to the edge). Upon reaching Ah Tai’s place that evening, she was crying loudly and insisted me to carry her right away. When i asked what happened, she complained about the slight bruise on the knee and told me that “ta-choo pushed” (040816). LOL.
  • Whenever she chance upon something with numeral characters i.e counters, clock; she would start uttering 1,2,3,4,5,6, 8,910.
  • Can imitate the sound animal produces; a monkey (along with a chimpanzee gestures), horse, dog, rooster, elephant, and more.  

Emotional Development
  • Shows affection to her plush toys and Barbie. Whenever she gets close to them, she would soften down her voice and say “Hi barbie” and sometimes generously shared bob-bob with them.
  • She chanced upon my c-sect wound one day and called them “butt-butt” *roll eyes* When I pretended I was in pain, she grimaced and immediately run to get my Shaklee herbal blend and say “put ork-ork” (i.e york-york aka medicine in Hakka). She’s indeed a darling when she is in a good mood.

Food and Feeding
  • Although she doesn't eat much, she doesn't want to be left behind during our meal times. She has been sitting on her high chair for meals at home. Whenever we dine out, she would request for her “bb-chair”.
  • During her meal times, she would request for soup, “choi-choi” (i.e vegetable) upon her request and chicken wings if there is. 
  • So far, she has tried long beans, spinach, cauliflowers, brocolli. Despite she has been requesting for "choi-choi" every other night, she has only been licking the gravy or taking in very small bites only. 

  • Registered a mild fever, cough & flu and cried her lungs out during our visit to the doctor (090816) and that caused her to loss quite a bit of weight.
  • Celebrated her second birthday on the exact day. 

Sleeping Patterns
  • Covers herself up with the comforter and says ‘oi oi’ during bedtime.
  • She has been saying “night night” to the boss and I every other night. But, on the blue moon (290716), she sponteneously went “ah-mee, deh-deh night night”. Followed on with “bear oi-oi (i.e sleep), bob-bob (offering the bear her mommy’s mammary gland), and oi-oi (covering teddy up with comforter).
  • Still waking up at night requesting for ‘milk-milk’ for 2-3 times nightly. Each time before and after dwoning her 6oz of milk, she would request for bob-bob.
  • She favours right bob better than the left. Probably because it has higher yield during my pumping days. At times, when I offer her leftie, she would “press” to assure if there’s still supply. Upon seeing milk squirting out, she looked satisfied and would quickly lean over and suckling happily (040816).

Her Firsts
  • Received her first attendance gift upon clocking in for the 10th time to RE Class (140816). She was given the chance to draw her lucky number and got a Hello Kitty stationary set, very much to her delight.
  • Received a few units of Sanrio merchandise – Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, Pompompurin (McD Happy Meals), courtesy of her sook-sook. She has been naming the male Twin Star character as Jude Jude (her cousin brother), and taking the female as herself :P


By aikoakito