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Okay, we’ve tried.  On several occasions.  In different pools, different circumstances.

But we have not been successful in teaching the kids how to swim.

Now how can we be swimmers and our kids don’t swim?!  That’s totally unheard of.

The furthest we got (so far) was teaching Ethan how to blow bubbles and Hannah how to move with arm floats.

Sigh.  Epic fail.

Then some friends were saying that kids would learn much better and faster with a swim coach.  Refusing to believe this but also curious to give it a shot, I contacted this well-recommended swim coach and arranged for some lessons for Ethan and Hannah.  After all, they were on holiday now so swimming lessons seemed like the perfect thing to do.

We decided on combined lessons at first despite their age gap, and also because I figured it would be more conducive for me, taking the kids by myself to the pool with a baby in tow.

So first lesson started off okay.  The kids were kicking happily and then the coach moved to teaching them how to blow bubbles underwater.  Hannah had some water enter her nose and she shut out completely.  Didn’t want to continue and said she didn’t want to learn how to swim anymore. :(

Ethan, on the other hand, continued with the lesson and at the end of the 45 minutes, he could already float.  In his own words, Ethan said, “Mommy, floating in the water is like MAGIC!”

As for Hannah, after we came home and had a short chat with her, she said she would prefer individual lessons, so from the 2nd lesson onwards, the kids were on individual lessons.

And what a transformation that was.

After the second lesson, with some 1:1 coaching, our little Hannah was able to float and kick and move!  She even says, “I’ve changed my mind now, Mommy.  I LOVE swimming lessons!”

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Well, that’s certainly half the battle won!

They have completed 4 lessons thus far, with 6 more to go each.  So far, they can both move while kicking in the water, and Ethan can do the wall push too.  Both Ethan and Hannah are also more confident in the water and they can open their eyes underwater now.  They are also perfecting their “float on the back” technique : something I like to call “facing your fear”.

Ethan can kick and move quite far in the water now…very proud of both of them!

Before they began their coaching sessions, the coach did not promise me that the kids would learn how to swim like a fish at the end of the 10 sessions, but he did say that the kids would be taught water confidence and would be able to float.  Based on their progress thus far, I could not be happier..!

After he started to float and move in the water, Ethan asked, “Mommy, why didn’t YOU teach me how to float and blow bubbles??”

“But I did!  I tried but no one would listen!” I said.  Duh.

And just in case your were wondering, yes, I take all three kids out on my own for the swim lessons. :)  Emma loves playing with sand, when she’s not busy drinking milk or munching on dried cranberries.

Well, if I am adventurous this coming week, I might change Emma into her bathing suit and let her paddle in the water a little.  We’ll see. :)

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Yesterday, the kids wanted to take some time to write down their Christmas wishes, or wish list for Santa.  When they were done, they each hung it on the Christmas tree.  I found their wishes to be…. ummm…amusing! :)

Here’s what Hannah wrote:

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See how detailed and specific she can get? :)

And I have no idea where she got that image of an Audrey Hepburn dress!

Here’s what Ethan wrote:

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Check out wish no. 3!! LOL

Of course, then came the questions:

“Mommy, will Santa Claus be able to come in to our house since we don’t have a chimney?”

“Where do we send our wishes?”

“What if Santa Claus cannot find the stuff in our wish list?”

At one point, Ethan remarked, “Ha, maaaybe….the adults are tricking us!  There’s no Santa Claus and the adults will pretend to be Santa Claus and put the presents under the tree!  And the same thing happens with the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny, and all that…haha!”

Mommy replied, “If that’s the case, then how will the adults get their presents?”

Hannah said, “But the adults don’t WANT presents, right?  If they do, then the adults should make a list too!”

Emma at 21 Months

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Weight

7.8 kilos.

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

15 teeth: 7 bottom teeth (3 incisors, 2 canines, 2 molars) and  (maybe) 8 upper teeth (4 incisors, 2 canines and 2 molars).  She wouldn’t open her mouth wide enough for me to check her upper teeth, so I’m just guessing the 2 molars have erupted based on her recent sleepless nights.  I happened to catch a glimpse of her 2 lower molars though, and I suspect a couple more are on the way.

Motor Skills

  • Emma loves walking everywhere now and I have seen her attempting to jump, tiptoeing a little.
  • She loves to climb the stairs on both feet, with us assisting her on her arms.
  • She can gingerly go down one step on her own.

Communication and Social Skills

  • Emma says “ma ma” quite consistently now.
  • Other words: “ball”, “woh” (when she hears a dog barking), “koh” (for “cow”)
  • Loves playing with her siblings.
  • Nodding and shaking her head to show us what she wants and is more consistently done too.

Food and Feeding

Emma loves food and trying new food.  She will walk towards anyone who is eating a snack or fruit and ask for some.

Some new foods she has tried this month:

  • Persimmon
  • Fried banana (“pisang goreng”)
  • Banana kuih (“kuih kodok”)
  • homemade pancakes – just a couple of bites

Others

Emma is currently on some health supplements (carotenoid capsules and hydrogen-infused water) to help heal her eczema from within.  I’m pleased that she is taking well to the supplements and her skin condition is seeing much improvement.

Emma may usually look serious and in deep thought, but lately she has been “coming out of her shell”.  She seems happier, more contented and definitely more cheeky.  Here are some random shots of Emma…here’s to more happy (and cheeky) days ahead! :)

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We had a good excuse reason to indulge in yummy, creamy, delicious ice cream last Sunday when Ah Kong and Ah Ma came for a visit.  Now, who could say no to that? :)

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When left alone, Hannah will sometimes independently create wonderful masterpieces.  She has made several cards, and drawn and painted some pictures.

This is her recently drawn self-portrait.  Such a colorful dress, don’t you think?  I love the details she has put in, including the hair clip I made for her! :)

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She has also improved tremendously on her writing and I was pleasantly surprised to be amused by this piece which she scribbled on.  Interesting stuff, eh?

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I don’t know about you, but I would sure like to meet this flower named Pointer!  Sounds like an awesome flower! :)

 

What do we do when both Ethan and Hannah receive two separate party invites on the same afternoon of the same day?

Why, one parent to a kid, of course….in my case, it’s one parent to a kid and a toddler!  Oh, did I mention that the parties were both pool parties?

Ambitious, much? :P

I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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Who knows why babies gravitate towards tight spaces?!

When Emma was in her cruising stage, she used to frequently cruise under our dining table and through a hole in between the legs of the table.  Now that she is taller, she realises her head will knock onto the table if she walks under it, she is exploring the small space under our bar stools, and has also successfully and regularly climbed into the tight space between our DVD storage boxes and the wall behind our television.

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It’s small enough to fit just her, and actually, don’t you think she looks like the cutest DVD seller ever? :)

Remember our Sunflower Growing Competition back in September?  Well unfortunately Mommy and Daddy have been disqualified because no mater how many seeds I planted, none grew for us adults.  Bummer.

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The kids’ sunflower plants, however, have been thriving!  Although Hannah’s seed was the last to sprout, it looks like her plant is the tallest among the three now.

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We’re just waiting for that first bud to show! :)

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Don’t let my calm demeanor fool you.  I may strike you as a quiet and serious child, but I’ve really got the grooves and the moves, baby!