Archive for March, 2012

Things about Calvin to Remember

March 12, 2012

11 Mar 12: Giggles and Tickles

Little Calvin is such a joy to be with, even though taking care of him takes up a lot of our couple time. Since he is learning how to use language, there are a lot of funny phrases that he picks up and often misuses. For example, he loved one of these truck books about contraction vehicles. It talks about how dump trucks ‘dump, dump, dump’, diggers ‘dig dig dig’, bulldozer ‘push push push’. So today, he told me that motorcycle ‘cyc, cyc, cyc’ or ‘mot, mot, mot’. I have to give it to him for creative extrapolation of the way language works.

There are other funny things that he’s picked up as well from various books or videos that I would love to remember in the future. Such as:
Calvin runs out of the tunnel shouting ‘Out into the sunshine’

Instead of singing ‘M, M, M, it’s the letter M’, he tells me ‘Ahm, ahm, ahm, it’s the letter ahm’ during mealtimes.

I love the way he tells me ‘I’m garbage truck/ bear/ train’ and proceeds to tell me I’m the same;
the way he calls the semi circle foam blocks ‘rock a bye boat’ (because they rock from side to side);

doing the ‘jiggly wiggly victory dance’ (that Mr Mcgreely does in the Muncha Muncha book);

When we tell him it’s time to sleep sleep, he goes ‘sleep sleep with blue naizhui (pacifier), pillow blanket and… blue naizhui!;

He sits on his soft toys – goober bear and baby cow, and claims that he is riding on motorcycle;

When his papa comes to bed at night, he scurries from my side int his arms like a little bug and tells him ‘Papa, hug’;

Or how he (sometimes) remembers to say ‘mama, pour puff puffs PLS’. Then this morning at 5 am, when he told me ‘Mama, get the miiilk’ and I ignored him. He said ‘Milk, PLS’. It was so cute that I couldn’t help but oblige and haul my sleepy self downstairs for it;

Or when he threw a tantrum and refused to eat his lunch and finally got placated by a piece of broccoli and the sight of his current favorite meat – pork. He sat down in my lap and said, with his mouth full, ‘not crying any more. Boy is happy’

With so many blogging parents and the widespread use of digital cameras and the accompanying flood of baby pictures/ photos, I wonder what the children will think of such relics of their past. Especially for boys, will they feel embarrassed by all the silly things they’ve done? It’s kinda like bring reminded of the time when you wet your bed or something like that. maybe it would be stuff they think is best forgotten. I was contemplating putting together a booklet made up of pictures and the blog posts I’ve made and maybe giving it to him when he has children of his own.

Spring Break

March 4, 2012

It’s now spring break, so things will be a bit more relaxing around the house. I should make it a point not to be too reliant on J to take care of Calvin though. I have to say that I’m a little jealous of how close Calvin is to his papa even though they don’t spend as much time together. On the other hand, I’m also happy because I know Johnny loves Calvin lots. Plus, he’s obviously the more indulgent parent and they can be more physical together. I certainly am not able to heft and haul the big 12 kg sack of potatoes anymore.

This week, we will try and visit the childcare co-op that we were thinking of enrolling him. Sometimes I worry that Calvin will feel down when he finds that he is not physically as capable as the others. After all, the smallest kid always gets picked last, isn’t it? On the other hand, he may be more motivated to do more when he is interacting with other children. That’s the part that I feel will be lacking if he stays at home since there are no children his age around us ( we are living in a predominantly undergrad area near the university after all. Not exactly baby central)

Ah, holidays are also the time when I can try out new recipes! Yesterday i tried my hand at brownies. I never knew the ingredients are so basic: eggs, flour, butter, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder. It didn’t quite turn out to be what I thought a brownie should be though, it seemed a little more like chocolate cake? But it still tasted yummy with ice cream >.< oops my diet plan is surely failing soon. As expected, since coming to the US, I've regained all the weight that I loss after pregnancy. Obviously my own home cooking suits my tastes well but the biggest killer is probably the fact that I'm at home most of the time and the kitchen is conveniently close by. As long as I get reminded of food, I can't seem to help eating it. When I was working, I never had the urge to eat because it seems strange to do it at work (except when I was pregnant and I kept feeling hungry. Even then, I ate fruits). Or it could be the overabundance of cheap chocolates that I picked up recently, tempting me to more than just a small nibble every day. Excuses aside, I'll just have to try harder to maintain my current weight.