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It is an absolute JOY to witness a child embarking on a wonderful journey filled with imagination beyond boundaries.  When a child starts putting thoughts and ideas into words and takes pen to paper, so to say, the possibilities are endless.

Where it happened pretty quickly with Ethan, so much so that I could not keep up, with Hannah, it has been a gradual process.  She first learned her phonics and sounds and then blending those sounds together to form words.  Her confidence in sounding out words as she attempts to read them has increased in leaps and bounds, and I cannot begin to say how proud I am of my little snowflake.

We read a story or two every night as a “nightcap” before we call it a day, and I am pleased that Hannah has been volunteering to read most of the words by herself!

Here’s a short descriptive sentence she wrote all by herself, complete with graphical illustration.  She came up with the words on her own and even spelled the words on her own by blending the sounds of the letters.

 

Awesome job, my dear!  Soon you’ll be writing pages and pages about big and fun ships! :)

Cribside Chomping!

Scrap Credits
Daisies and Dandelions QP from Delicious Scraps
Dandelion dream alphas from A work in progress

Weight

About 7.5 kilos

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

4 teeth: 2 bottom incisors and 2 upper incisors.  Four other incisors (top and bottom) coming out soon too.

 

Motor Skills

  • Emma is able to stand unsupported for longer periods now, especially when she is unaware of herself doing so.  Just waiting for her to take that first step.
  • Giving her a bath is no longer as easy as before, because she sometimes refuses to sit but wants to stand instead.  And because it can get rather slippery, I need to hold her with one hand, and bathe her with the other!
  • Crawling around still gets her places the fastest.

Communication and Social Skills

  • Calls “Mama” when she wants me, or milk.
  • Responds to her name when called.

Others

  • Only ONCE in the past month, did I get a full 5-hour sleep through at night.  On most nights, I only get 2-3 hours and then the little missy’s up.  Could be due to teething.

Food and Feeding

Her diet is mostly 100% on Mommy’s milk, and she does drink some water (either from a regular cup or from a sippy cup), owing to her slight intake in solids.  She’s not taken a keen interest in drinking from a straw yet though.

We’ve noticed that Emma seems to prefer fruits and veggies to meats; could this be a vegan in the making?

Some of the foods she has tried this month:

  • Sweet potato
  • Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Chicken liver
  • Plums

Hannah’s school gives out recognition medals to kids each month based on merit and behaviour.  These awards, called the Star Kid award, are given out during the monthly assemblies, and since the beginning of the year, Hannah has been trying her best to get the award.

She told me she had been helping out in class with the cleaning up and had been extra attentive in class.  She thought she would get the Star Kid award for sure in March but she was a little disappointed when she didn’t.

So it was with utter joy and happiness when she came back home last Wednesday displaying her Star Kid medal!  Actually she was feeling a little under the weather that day, but she knew it was Assembly day and she wanted to go and see if they would call her name.

Such was her determination.  And paid off it did. :)

Well done, Hannah! *hugs*

We are often amazed (and still are) at how closely Emma resembles Ethan.  It’s almost like having and holding Ethan all over again, except that Emma’s a girl.

This here is Ethan at about 7.5-8 months (photo taken from my archives):

…and over here is Emma at about 8 months.  I’ve rotated the photo so we can get a better view of her face:

The same button nose to the same BULAT head :)

Would you just look at how Hannah lovingly takes care of her little baby sister, by offering her a drink?

This certainly brings back memories…see?  This was what Ethan did to Hannah some years back when she was just starting to learn how to drink from a straw.

Simply, amazingly PRECIOUS!

Emma at 1 Year


Scrap Credits
Happy Birthday Mini QP from Delicious Scraps
Beauty Sleep Alphas from Laurie’s Scraps

Weight

Actually I think she weighs only about 7.2-7.5kilos, based on our roughly accurate measurement of carrying her on the scale.  A little below the average weight but I’m sure she’ll catch up soon.

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

4 teeth: 2 bottom incisors and 2 upper incisors.  Other incisors (top and bottom) coming out soon too.

 

Motor Skills

  • Emma can sometimes stand unsupported for a few seconds before sitting or squatting down.  Sometimes it is accompanied by w cute “sigh”.
  • Continues with cruising around especially at the couch area.  She tries to walk but is a little hindered by her sleep-n-plays, which she has to wear due to her eczema.
  • Quite a strong and advanced grip and pincer’s grip, and she is very good at grabbing stuff (cups we hold, food we hold, straws), and also, lately she has been dubbed “The Ant Killer”, because of her ability to “hunt down” ants on the floor and press and kill them.  Which means we have to wash her hands every so often too!
  • Loves to wave her hands around.

Communication and Social Skills

  • Says “Baba” and waves her hand usually when we say “Buh bye”.
  • Calls “Dedeh” sometimes.
  • Understands the meaning of “Stop”.  When I say “Stop”, she will stop whatever she is doing, e.g. crawling, touching something, splashing water.
  • Getting more accustomed to Daddy being around her. :)

Others

  • Not sleeping through yet.  SIGH. I suspect it could be due to the heat!  Her sleeping time is sometimes out of sync with mine too, resulting in Mommy the Zombie days.
  • Her skin is still pretty dry, so there is still some scratching, but hopefully it will get better soon.

Food and Feeding

Her diet is mostly 100% on Mommy’s milk, and she does drink some water (either from a regular cup or from a sippy cup), owing to her slight intake in solids.  She’s not taken a keen interest in drinking from a straw yet though.

We’ve noticed that Emma seems to prefer fruits and veggies to meats; could this be a vegan in the making?

Some of the foods she has tried this month:

  • Spinach
  • Buckwheat
  • Oats
  • Egg Yolk (which she absolutely loves)
  • Garlic (mixed in to flavor her food)
  • A leetle bit of olive oil
  • Carrot noodles (She loves this too, and eats it with her hands)

 

Last weekend, we had a small family event to celebrate Emma turning one.  Can’t believe it has already been a year since she was born!

We decided to invite our guests to a lunch buffet at Sarkies in the Eastern & Oriental Hotel, so that meant I would only need to work on the birthday cake. :)

I’d been researching possibilities for a cake for baby Emma, but only decided after I finished baking Hannah’s cake.  Daddy suggested a cake in the shape of Mommy since Emma is totally attached to me, but I could not bring myself to make such a cake.  In the end, I decided on this adorable cake which had piqued my interest.

It’s a … Cute as a Button Cake! …for a little baby who is as cute as a button :)

I had so much fun making this cake, especially crafting those cute lil’ buttons!

Emma enjoyed some fruits from the fabulous buffet spread.

She enjoyed being carried around, and thankfully, she was rather okay with other guests at the party, giving me a little bit of time to fill my tummy.

There was also evidence of trying to tempt Emma with pretty purses! :P

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After a hiatus of about 3 months, Ethan’s soccer training finally resumed at a new location, nearer to where we live.  Ethan was thrilled of course, and was looking forward to the commencement of the session.  However Hannah also expressed an interest to participate in the training.  The facilitator said she could come and try to see if she likes it, so yesterday was the first session.

Daddy was hesitant too, about Hannah’s participation…Hannah being a “princess” and all, but we decided to let her have a go at it, at least for the first time.

She seemed to enjoy the session yesterday because there weren’t many kids then.  She “scored” a few goals herself too, and the senior coach commented that she was rather good.

We’ll see how it goes this Friday.  There’s another session coming up and she says she wants to go again. :D

(Sorry about the blurred photo – I took them using my phone from quite a distance away)