Archive for the ‘18++ mth’ Category

Standing Up Tall

June 15, 2011

This morning, Calvin showed us that he can stand up from sitting position with no support at all. I don’t remember all the motions he went through, but he was on all fours like a bear and then he just straightened up. He did land on his butt a couple of times but he managed it like a champ and even walked a few steps each time he succeeded, beaming with joy.

Oh my cute little boy!

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My Little Walkie Talkie

June 13, 2011

Calvin ‘talks’ so much now that we can hardly remember the times when he used to be very quiet when we are outside. Now, he’ll exclaims and points out to us – ‘Bird bird’,  ‘Car car’, regardless of whether we are indoors or outdoors. One time, I asked Johnny to bring him out for a walk first while I finish dinner. When I was done, I went out to join them and was starting to wonder where they were. And then I heard a strident ‘Bah!’ — aka bus. And sure enough, little Calvin and his papa were at the top of the two flights of stairs, more than 100m away.

This weekend, he started taking many many independent steps forward. He still doesn’t stop trying to walk backwards with his wagon or walk up the stairs while we are holding his hands. When we brought him to the pool yesterday, he didn’t really want us to hold his hands and walk around anymore! The little independent boy wanted to do things his way. That way seems to come with drinking lots of pool water though so he ended up crawling around the little steps of the wading pool and we had to bundle him off before he caught a cold.

Now that he’s walking, I’m starting to worry about how I’ll need to child proof the apartment next time. The one we are getting comes with stairs and that’s a big worry. I wonder how my mom handled us three kids and the stairs last time. Asian people don’t really child proof their houses after all.

Ipad 2 & Random Thought

June 8, 2011

I placed an order for an IPad 2 last weekend. We decided that I’d probably need a portable device when I’m staying at home. It’ll probably be a lifesaver on our way to Charlottesville. I’m already trying to hunt down Chugginton episodes to keep him occupied. I’m not a big fan of entertaining kids with electronic devices but we’ll certainly need all the help we can get on that flight.

One of the things I miss is reading. I’ve read a lot more fantasy books in the past few years, straight out of Johnny’s repository, and little else. That would be one activity I’d like to pick up again, in part because it’s something I really enjoy and also to inculcate the good habit in little Calvin. I expect that I’d have to speak Chinese with him more often when we are overseas. I’ll need to think about how that is done. My Chinese was pretty good but after 10 years of speaking not more a small smattering of it when needed, I’m not sure I remember that much of it. Well, probably still enough to teach a young child. I’ve bought some Chinese books to bring with us to help me along as well but I think I’ll hold off teaching him Chinese until he can speak better in English. From the literature I’ve seen online, it seems that learning two languages at once will slow down his speech development (which doesn’t exactly surprise me….. if it’s not confusing enough to learn one language….) At any rate, we’re not looking to have him be a Chinese scholar. He just needs to learn enough to get by. After all, I learnt English when I was older as well and that didn’t really stop me from being good at it. There’s still so much to do before we go and I’m starting to get a little stressed that we don’t have that much time to do them.

Even though we’ve found an apartment we are happy with, the landlord still hasn’t sent us the lease to sign, which is rather disturbing because it’s been a while since we gave him our arrival details etc.

Calvin’s First Steps

June 5, 2011

Calvin took his first few independent steps this weekend. When he’s concentrating hard on using both his hands to eat/ play, he’ll stand unsupported as well. He’s been walking all over the house with his little wagon, ice cream truck and even the activity table. But it’s still past my bet that he will walk in May. Rats, I missed that by a couple of days.

Explosion of Words & Walking

May 26, 2011

Little Calvin has been picking up a lot of words recently. It’s like some part of his brain just went ‘click’ and many things started to fall into place. He’s been picking up a lot of new words all of the a sudden. New ones that he can say are:

  • 11. Button       (‘Bah *mumble*’)
  • 12. Apple         (‘Ba ple’)
  • 13. Truck        (‘kuak’)
  • 14. Pop            (in reference to bubbles and one book where Eddie the elephant ‘pops’ out)
  • 15. Cat
  • 16. Cup            (when he wants the water from it)
  • 17. Walk/ Gai gai  (‘Ga ga’)
  • 18. Baby

He can now stand unassisted and has been quite eager to practice walking. When he sees another ledge that he wants to get to, he’ll hold out his hand, waiting for us to lead him over. Maybe the weekly sessions at the swimming pool has helped improved his balance and confidence. So I may still win my bet yet – 6 more days to go!

18 months old

May 17, 2011

It’s kinda amazing to think that Calvin will be turning 18 months soon. He’s still not interested in walking which is a bit worrying, but at least his verbal development is improving. Other words that he knows:

Bird (‘bert’)

Bye bye (‘Buh bye’)

Since he started feeding himself, he’s been easier to handle during meal times. Today we were able to bring him out to a restaurant for dim sum and he managed to sit through half of it before being bored/tired (coz he woke up at 5am and his morning nap was short). He’s been really into meat recently. His new favorite is prawns. And he’d choose duck and even tofu over carrots/ apples which he liked a lot previously. Maybe this is the ‘fad’ diet phase. He also really likes watermelon as well. I wonder if he inherits food preferences from me as well because these are things I really love as a child. He’s been really hungry recently and feels a lot heftier than before. I’m pretty sure he’s hit 9kg now. That’s probably still a far cry from most kids his age but I’m just happy to see him grow. I’m racking my brain to think of new food that he can self feed himself so he can get a variety of food throughout the week.

He also seems to enjoy his music. When he heard the music from one of toys, he started to rock back and forth smiling. And of course, Kindermusic day at school is his favorite.

I introduced some new toys to him that he seemed to enjoy. Like a ‘coin’ box (made from an empty milk powder container) that he can put jar lids in; clothes pegs that I clip together for him to take apart; a ‘sandbox’ made from red beans and a toyogo box.

Today, he even let me guide his hand into scooping up some oatmeal and putting it in his mouth. Usually he hates it when I try hold his hand to help him do things he isn’t doing the right way. I guess it’ll be a while before he learns how to use a spoon proper. Maybe I should start with a fork instead.