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Charming My Socks Off

August 17, 2010

Calvin is such an irresistibly charming baby. He was quite fussy last week and just as we were starting to wonder if we should let him fuss by himself sometimes, he turns his charm on me and I can’t help but ‘spoil’ him even more. (You really can’t spoil a baby by loving him too much.) So what silliness is he up to now?

1. Stand up like a man

He just loves to stand up, with our support of course. In fact, I think it might be because of his need to stand up and look around as opposed to lying down and play with his toys that made him all fussy last week. Though I wanted to avoid electronic/ plastic toys, I succumbed and bought a cheap 2nd hand exersaucer not so much for the toys but so that he has a safe place to stand up and play in when I need to get things done. At least this one doesn’t come with flashing lights and annoying teeny music. It’s a very basic Safety First exersaucer with mostly mechanical toys. As expected, he reveled in his new found ‘freedom’ to stand and peer around. But at this rate, it looks like he will probably walk first before he crawls, even though I’m still trying my best to give him tummy time to let him bear some weight on his arms and strengthen those bingo wings of his.

15 Aug: Exersaucer

2. Finally taking to solids….I hope?

Well after that time when he ate some banana, I fed him some solids on and off but it was a bit difficult. Firstly because he was fussy and hated being confined in his rocker. We got another ikea high chair to put upstairs so I can feed him properly. And for now, I’ve also given up on making my own baby food and bought some Gerber jar food over the weekend. One of the main reasons was because he hates having any lumps in his food and I’ve always had to push his food through a strainer to make it a nice consistency. That was really tiring and time consuming. And when he just takes one mouthful and gives me THAT look, it’s kinda discouraging. So I thought why not let him have some nice creamy jar food until he’s willing to take a bit more texture. And viola, he loved his very first jar food which was prune! He’s one big messy eater though coz he likes to grab the spoon and push it into his mouth. Look at all those prune-y paw prints on the tray!

16 Aug: Yum, finger licking good

Well, another reason was because I suspect that the food I make is not yummy? Like maybe I did not cook it well enough etc so I kinda wanted to taste and see how the jar food is like. Ah excuses, excuses, I just wanted to have it a bit easier and ease my stress over him not taking solids 🙂

3. His very sweet and lovely chuckling! How I hope he will continue to give us that silly grin for the rest of our lives.

Fill and Spill

August 7, 2010

Oops, just realized that I make tons of grammar mistakes in my old posts. Especially those times when I change my mind mid-sentence and i leave the previous portion hanging in there like a guest who overstayed it’s welcome. It doesn’t help that I don’t read through what I write when I’m done. I’m surprised that the grammar police hasn’t come knocking on my head yet 🙂

It’s been really fun playing with Calvin now that he can sit u

p unassisted. We still place pillows behind him of course since he sometimes think of falling backwards as a fun game to play… Apart from finally learning how ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ and ‘Pat a Cake’ goes and

singing that to him, we’ve been playing spill and fill with him. Or rather we fill the bag full of soft blocks and spill it on him and repeat while he excitedly flaps his hands and squeals in delight! Or building towers of blocks and cups for him to swipe and destroy. He’s our little destructi-con all right (as opposed to constructicons in Transformers).

Hugo the Hedgehog

I also bought him some more soft toys. I just couldn’t resist these cute Grannimals by Latitude Enfant. Just look at this cute hedgehog and definitely check out this video! We also bought the mouse toy but he definitely takes to Mr Hedgehog much more. Maybe it’s because he likes to grab the head of hair. Well, better his hair than mine!

P.S: On a totally unrelated note, I seem to still be slowly losing a little weight. I don’t think I’ve ever been this light since lower secondary. I have this blue sundress that I bought long ago, and it seems to hang better on me now than before. Woot…except it’s probably going to all come back after I stop breastfeeding. Better enjoy it while it lasts 🙂

Progress Check: 8 mths

July 30, 2010

Solids:

On a more positive note, he finally ate some mushed up banana yesterday! He actually eagerly chomped it up instead of scrunching up his face with the ‘what’s this thing in my mouth’ look. Hopefully he’ll find more food that he likes. He’s been chewing very nicely on his teething rusks and teethers so I can tell that if he has the inclination to, he can actually feed himself with his hands. Even when he’s just gnawing on the rusk, it’s a great big mess though.

Sitting up:

He’s getting quite steady at sitting up by himself unassisted. He still tilts and topples of course, but he can sit up and bang his stacking cups around or chew on his teether for a couple of minutes when the mood is right.

Can’t think of anything else at the moment. More to come when I get this mummies brain working. Gonna go back to sleep.

So more cute things that he does….

With his Pacifier:

He’s now adept at removing his pacifier and putting it back. His pacifier is shaped such that it has to be facing a certain direction, so he will keep trying. If it’s the wrong side, he’ll spit it out and try again. So by trial and error, he will manage to get his pacifier back in. Too bad he does this for entertainment. If only he will do it at night and stop waking us up to look for his pacifier 🙂

This afternoon, he flipped to his tummy with the binkie still in his mouth. It dropped out and guess what the little fella do? He bent his head down, opened his mouth wide and put it right back in his mouth. I laughed like mad after that. He looked at me, pacifier in mouth and laughed as well. Such a sweet and silly little turtle.

Botak:

His cradle cap kept coming back. After he scratched himself hard the other day, we finally brought him for his first haircut. I have to say kids’ haircuts are exorbitant! It was $20 for a simple head shave, which took less than 2 minutes. Jeez. Anyway, he’s now a little botak boy. I love to stroke his little head of fuzz now!

Sleep:

He still loves sleeping on his side. Not sure if he’s having separation anxiety but he definitely loves to hold on to our arms like a bolster when he falls asleep. When I try to sneak off after he falls asleep, he will grab on tight and I have to slowly ease myself out.

29 Jul: Botak Boy

The Weight of Paranoia

July 30, 2010

I have to admit, I’m prone to thinking too much. I’m definitely one of the subscribers to the philosophy “Prepare for the worst, plan for the best”. I’ve fallen prey to this strange anxiety that little Calvin might be autistic and I’ve been reading as much as I can about autism recently. Regardless of how he turn out, we will both still love him very much. In fact, probably more so if he turns out to be autistic. I certainly hope that I’m just being paranoid and I’m just worrying over nothing. I just want to sigh that breath of relief and shed tears of happiness when he finally starts talking.

Most of the resources I’ve read emphasizes the benefits of early intervention. Even if he’s a normal child, I figure it can’t hurt to focus on improving his weaker areas. So I went through the early signs of autism and his milestones. While he seems to be ok on the social and motor skills, I am worried about his verbal development. His babbling still consists of mostly ‘ha’ and ‘g’ sounds. He doesn’t imitate our facial expressions either, like say when we stick our tongues out at him. We’re gonna give him intensive face to face time. He must be wondering why we keep sticking our tongues out at him. How rude! 🙂

Early signs of autism in babies and toddlers

  • Doesn’t make eye contact (e.g. look at you when being fed).
  • Doesn’t smile when smiled at.
  • Doesn’t respond to his or her name or to the sound of a familiar voice.
  • Doesn’t follow objects visually.
  • Doesn’t point or wave goodbye or use other gestures to communicate.
  • Doesn’t make noises to get your attention.
  • Doesn’t respond to cuddling.
  • Doesn’t imitate your movements and facial expressions.
  • Doesn’t reach out to be picked up.
  • Doesn’t play with other people or share interest and enjoyment.

The following delays warrant an immediate evaluation by your child’s pediatrician.

  • By 6 months: No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions.
  • By 9 months: No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions.
  • By 12 months: Lack of response to name.
  • By 12 months: No babbling or “baby talk.”
  • By 12 months: No back-and-forth gestures, such as pointing, showing, reaching, or waving.
  • By 16 months: No spoken words.
  • By 24 months: No meaningful two-word phrases that don’t involve imitating or repeating.

Toy Shopping

July 25, 2010

There was a sale at the distributor at Chai Chee. They carry the Sassy and Tiny Love line of products, some of which I’ve been eyeing for a while. Tiny Love and Tolo are two of my favorite brands of toys because at least I know they use safe plastics, if any. Plus, Calvin has loved his cot mobile and play gym by Tiny Love so much. Sassy is ok, except they do have some products that contain BPA which sent me into a frenzy of checking what materials they are made with in the middle of the night. To my dismay, the rattle I wanted to get for him was made with polycarbonate (which leeches BPA). I find it really annoying that so many toys are still contain unsafe chemicals and I have to do so much research before buying a simple toy. That’s also one of the reasons why I try to avoid plastic toys.

This distributor is literally a 15 minute walk away so we set off (in a car, not by foot) after he woke up from his nap yesterday. It was probably my lucky day. Just as we stepped into the display area, I saw two things that I’ve been wanting to buy for the longest time – the Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes and Tiny Love’s Ozzie Orange. To top it off, they were on clearance and heavily discounted! To think I almost bought the Baby Einstein toy for USD10 from amazon and that’s before the exorbitant shipping from the US. I really felt like I struck gold there and was really thrilled for the whole day!

We also bought a couple more teethers and small toys for him. He’s really into chilled teethers recently. It’s kinda ironic that I paid the least for what I really wanted and then went on to spend more money on marginally interesting toys that I thought he might like. Well, what I was going to pay for those two toys alone made up 80% of the cost of my entire shopping cart of 6 items so it’s all good. Shucks, I can be such an aunty when it comes to getting a good bargain…

16 Jul - Whoa, more toys for me?

Parenting Anxiety

July 22, 2010

Without a doubt, most parents try to do their utmost for their kids. The problem though is not knowing what that really entails. And in comes the marketing peeps with their so called ‘experts’ who hone in on these insecurities and tell you, “Hey, our products will make your baby smart”. Gullible parents will come in droves to buy those baby Einstein DVDs.

Then again, some of the things being sold just go right down the road of the bizarre. I mean I saw something on Amazon that’s supposed to help you remember when you last fed and change the baby. (Just USd20. Get yours now!) The scary thing is that  I see a few hundred positive reviews for it. I’m sure my excel spreadsheet works just fine if I really need to keep track. There’s also some other silly and even creepy contraptions like a fake pair of hands to trick the baby think it’s being held or baby wipes warmer. There really is a market for anything out there….

I told myself I wasn’t going to be one of those parents caught up with all the hype like playing prenatal Mozart music or putting him through random enrichment classes. Well, I still stand by that. Which is why I’ve been doing a lot of research on what toys to buy. I just don’t want to spend a fortune on random toys only to have him flit through them like the pages on a trashy magazine. We’ve also consciously tried to avoid electronic, plastic pieces of noise since we both don’t really like those very much.  Shucks, it really seems that I’ll turn up to be a hippy mum who buys only wooden toys or something.

I also told myself while I should monitor his progress, I wouldn’t be obsessed with milestones. I’ve been getting worried recently that he might turn out autistic. Many premature babies do end up with autism and boys also have a higher chance of being autistic (in US, I think the states is  one in 94) so the stats are not stacked in his favor. I certainly hope that I’m just paranoid and he’ll turn up a normal, happy baby boy. He’s definitely a social boy though, which is a relief. He would smile happily at the maid or my in laws; he’s utterly delighted when he sees me; he makes eye contact frequently; he giggles cheekily at our clownish antics (His recent favorite is me making a mock serious face and tell him it’s “Serious business”)

He doesn’t seem to babble that much though. He’s made some ‘ha’ and ‘gurl’ sounds but I thought most babies go ‘bababa’ or ‘mamama’ or ‘dadada’?  And most of the time, he’s still cooing rather than babbling. So he may be slightly slow in his verbal skills. I’ve been consciously talking to him face to face and reading to him when I can, though it’s probably time to get him (or rather me) some new books. After reading through the same few cloth books we have, the phrases ‘It’s not an ant, a snail, or slug; It’s spotty dotty lady bug’ is getting kinda stuck on repeat mode in my head.