Friday, 13 January 2017

Pretend Play: Mary had a little lamb


Missy and I were able to spend sometime at home if we weren't out to Ah tai’s place to keep her company over the holidays whilst AIL was out for work. In an average, Missy and I get to spend our quiet (literally) and just-the-two-of-us time once a week during the weekdays. She was able to have uninterrupted sleep and woke up around 9.30am-10.00am, unlike usual days when mommy and daddy are working, we had no choice to carry her out while she’s still asleep, and usually with much movements, she would usually get up sooner.

One morning, upon waking up bright and cheerful, this little girl requested me to sing ‘little lamb’ while pulling her pony with a rope halter and pretending herself as Mary. Not forgetting to mention that she made mommy to sing 'Mary had a little lamb' for umpteenth of times while happily walked her 'lamb' around. It is absolutely cute seeing how imaginative kids can be :)

Happy 'Mary' with her 'lamb'

Walking her 'lamb' around

Decided to 'ride' on her lamb :P

Time for a give back. 'Mary' carried her pet on her shoulder.

Looked very pleased but not until...

Mary found mommy paparazzi an annoyance :P



Sunday, 1 January 2017

2016 in a review


Twenty-sixteen had been a great one for all of us in the family. Albeit there was no spectacular nor outstanding achievements as far as I could remember, but I intend to jot what we have come along thus far. Over the second half of the year, my girl has developed a reading habit, attended RE Sunday Classes as an underaged and had her first on-stage performance in October and another one last night during Thanksgiving Night Service, and is semi-successfully potty trained (Dec 2016), having her monthly progress fully updated throughout the year (17th-28th months) these were probably the main highlight of 2016.

After Thanksgiving Night dinner at church 

For the family, we have survived two road trips back to my hometown (Sept & Dec 2016). Back then, I would be the first to go against long hours of road trip. I used to be very apprehensive and intimidated just by the idea of being a passenger for a 5-6 hours of journey. But, the experience we gained had proved me wrong.

On a personal front, I have failed to complete my dissertation on time and had been requesting for an extension, did not complete my racing car and is dubious of myself if I can complete them before CNY 2017 (because we acquired the set during our previous CNY 2016) and let alone my long-overdue wedding photobooks which I intend to complete. Somehow, the bible verse that goes ‘You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail (Proverbs 19:21)’ is certainly right. In contrary to the ‘failures’ or delays above, I have graduated for one more time in last Sept 2016. Holidays throughout 2014 and 2015 spent for attending courses as early as Missy was barely 3 months old has officially ended. I am utterly grateful for the support and constant prayers from my beloved husband and family members. Not to mention, the in-laws who sacrificed their sleep to look after Missy overnight when she was younger.

Not having my racing car completed may be a convenient excuse to giving way to the boss to display his numerous addition of ‘cars’ (the way Missy puts them) and many other Lego buildings including a ferris wheel, carousel and a Disneyland! Talking about display, we certainly need a new platform for our mini township. Besides, I managed to develop part of our Hong Kong trip in 2013 into 4R pieces via Pixajoy (Dec 2016). I am very pleased with the end result and foreseeing myself coming back for their services soon. Such a convenience at our fingertips. On top of that, I have embarked into sewing. Loving this new hobby of mine and I am hopeful if I can come up with more projects soon rather than just altering/repairing :P

Looking forward to a better year in twenty-seventeen and Abby will be registering for Kindy in March 2017 (almost one year ahead) as she will be entering a new chapter in her life in 2 years down the road. I am wishful that I can allow her to enjoy her toddlerhood with more fun activities before writing and spelling come into the picture. Time to get a bandana with ‘Getting Organised’ mantra printed on it. Hehe. How time flies! Today is the first blank page of a brand new 365 pages book. Let's write a good one.  


Friday, 30 December 2016

28 Months

Abby turned 28 months (2y4m) last 20th December 2016.  

Weight
12.3 kg

Height/Length
Around 89-90cm.

Teeth
Still 16 pearly whites.

Motor Skills
  • Loves to put on mommy’s watch and necklace.
  • Has the strength to carry her baby bath basin to which she called ‘bash-in’ and placed it under the water outlet.
  • Can peel a banana (021216).
  • A little problem solver. When the float she used for ‘Baby Shark’ dancing and singing kept sliding down her waistline, she decided to get a spring and wrapped it across her waistline before placing the float above it. Tadaa! The float simply stay in place throughout her dancing session :P (021216)
  • Loves to request for a ‘piggy back’ session and happily ‘riding’ on her daddy’s back.
  • Loves to pretend herself as Humpty Dumpty by sitting at the edge of the bed/sofa before falling herself to a soft ground.
  • First introduced to scissor by her church jie-jie on 041216 and mommy finally approved to buy her a scissor of her own (091216). This girl was soo happy and non-stop exclaiming ‘Thank you mommy scissor, cute cute baby scissor’. :)
  • She has been looking forward to cutting labels/taggings on new cloths since (191216).

Communication and Social Skills
  • Words she can pronounce: watch, necklace, kitten (the way she called her kitty lately), “lee uf” (love), pocket, “bohh” (bowl), “bee-kert” (biscuit), chicken wing, church.
  • Simple clauses she can come up with: wipe floor, read books, cut ‘feet’ (toe nails) LOL, ‘make farm’ (requesting me to set up a ‘farm’ for her to place her Usborne farm animal toobs inside.
  • Other simple sentences she can form “sook-sook watch(es) TV”
  • Whenever she sees a wall, she would say “Humpty sits on a wall”
  • Can barely mention words with ‘s-es’ sound except for “books”.
  • Recognizes cars and houses. She can tell whose car and point it to the respective vehicle accurately.
  • She would request us to sing a song/rhythms by dropping hints like “mommy sing bus (The wheels on the bus) followed by ‘baby’, ‘mommy’ / (Five little Monkeys) – with jump/knock/bump indicating me to change the item in the lyrics as we came along, “sing yes papa (Johnny Johnny yes papa)”, “sing rain, rain, go away”.
  • Among the areas/places, she can name: bedroom, toilet.
  • Calls wallet/purse/angpaos as “ah pao”. Come to think about it, they do rhyme alike in Hakka :P.
  • She is getting very good at pretend play. She loves pretending herself as ‘mommy’. One day, she called out “ah-mee, milk milk” and as usual I would reply “Wait!” without noticing that she was in the midst of her pretend-play. She stopped me from making her milk and patted on her chest by telling me that she was the “ah-mee” for that moment :P (051216).
  • I have never deliberately taught her about numbers nor alphabets just yet, but she has a set of flash and wooden alphabets and numbers which she loved messing up with. This indirect learning has gained her to the recognition towards the number 4, 6 and 8 and some alphabets like O and some others (mistaken R as P) – 061216. On another occasion, the alphabet ‘O’ on her playmat was missing and she has been searching for it and said: “Where are u ‘O’?” :P
  • Likes to call out “ah-meeeeee” loud while going up the stairs when daddy is walking her up the stairs, and vice versa when I goes up the stairs with her.  
  • There was an incident when My other hand was holding the handphone while nursing her on the same side. She requested me to “lie down hand” (put down my hand cum handphone).
  • We were in the midst of potty training her. She was doing all good during day time with constant reminders. But, there was once when she has gotten too engrossed with deh-deh’s Ipad, she refused to pee and eventually peed on the bed. When I summoned her to take off the sheet and mattress protector, she told me that the mattress is wet too. Hence, I questioned her how are we supposed to dry and carry the gigantic mattress. She replied by saying “use that one” (pointing at my hairdryer).
  • She has been using ‘It’ so frequently on something she couldn't name accurately– “Fix it, close it, open it, knock it”.
  • When she is asked about the whereabout of something, she would go for the all-time-answer “Over there” despite the item she intend to address is right on her palm :P
  • When asked how-to, she would always go for answer “like this”.

Emotional Development
  • She is a rather stubborn little girl. It doesn't work when I threaten to not give her the sticker books which she adores so much and initially kept asking me to buy when she misbehaved. In return, she replied “mm moi (meaning don’t want in Hakka) sticker books, throw away” (131216). Fingers crossed this is just another phase.
  • She could get a little gabby when she sees new faces coming over to Ah Tai’s place. Yee-poh came for a visit and this was their first time meeting each other. She refused to go home. Instead, she asked “ah-mee and deh-deh” to “go away” (go home) - 131216.

Food and Feeding
  • Likes Jacob oat biscuit (round type) just because it fits in perfectly into the condiment sauce plate (301116).
  • She is still very fond of Kinder Joy’s Surprise Egg. She could trade in or forego almost anything for it.
  • She loves almost everything dark/black from chocolate ice-cream, dark chocolate, dishes in soy sauce.

Records
  • Watched Finding Dory (halfway through on 221116) during our Movie Night as was so excited seeing dory and she recognizes them whenever we chanced upon dory toys/advertisement. 
  • Books she loves for bedtime story are The pink Pyjamas, Disney-How does a telephone work, Doctor for a day.
  • She was mildly scalded by hot water when the boss was carrying a cup of tea with him and carrying her on another hand. She wiggled no stop with excitement before the incident took place. Nothing too bad except that her arm was reddish for a couple of days (111216).
  • Recognizes Pikachu (known as “kachoo”) and Spiderman (“spyer-man”).
  • Survived our second road trip (181216). Thank God!
  • She received her second set of ‘cut fruits toy’ from Daiso (201216).

Her Firsts
  • RE Excursion to their teacher’s residence who owns several types of animal like a mini zoo (201116).
  • Took a sip of her daddy’s espresso at Kelly’s Espresso and ordered for her own ‘chickin wing’ but unfortunately, only until the last minute after she got a little impatient, we were informed that her chicken wings were sold out (301116).
  • For the very first time, she allowed mommy to watch “Kubo and the two strings” till the end during our movie night (031216).
  • I managed to get her to sit on the potty for a few times in a couple of hours. Also managed to get her pee in the toilet for about 6 times (041216).
  • First learn about Tom the cat apps and she was very excited ‘talking’ to Tom (171216).

Sleeping Patterns
  • Still love lying and fall asleep on mommy’s arm. She would go with sentences like ‘sleep ah mee’s hand, no lie down’ ~ insisted on lying on my arm instead on lying down on the flat bed (081216).
  • Sometimes, she would request me to read her a book middle of the night when she had her milk fix. At times, I politely declined by telling her ‘it’s too dark’. When she is in her good mood, she would oblige and say “yes, dark” before going back to her slumber.



 

By aikoakito