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Emma-26months

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Spring Awakening QP Freebie from Blagovesta Gosheva
Acrylic alphas from A work in progress
Boxed words from Chantal

Weight

8.3 – 8.4 kilos

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

I think she has 19.  Hopefully I will be able to check in more detail soon…or perhaps when we take her for her first dental checkup soon.  Meanwhile, this is what I think she has: 9 bottom teeth (3 incisors, 2 canines, 4 molars) and  (maybe) 10 upper teeth (4 incisors, 2 canines and 4 molars).

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Motor Skills

  • Is attempting to walk up and down the stairs on her own, while holding on to the balustrade.  Scary!!
  • Can imitate action songs very well. e.g. If You’re Happy and You Know It.
  • Climbs on anything and everything.
  • Will carry her stool over to the sink and climb on it to wash hands.
  • She will try her best to wriggle out of her onesie jammies

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Communication and Social Skills

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  • My favorite part of her development this month was when she distinctly and clearly called in a sweet voice, “Mommy!!” It has been very consistent now and errr…quite hard for me to say no to.
  • She knows most of her animal sounds, but somehow according to Emma, the cow is quite a “scary” animal!

  • Every day she adds more and more words to her vocabulary.  I just know that I will soon lose track of what she can say.
    • Milk (pronounced correctly as “Merlk”)
    • Sit couch
    • Sit car
    • Car
    • Slides
    • “Deh-yee” (Daddy)
    • Mommy
    • Hannah (…and Hannah is SO SO SO delighted!)
    • Emma (yes she can say her name!)
    • Cat and “meow meow”
    • Dog and “woof woof”
    • Cow
    • Bear
    • Nose
    • Mouth
    • Ear
    • Eye
    • Hair
    • Feet
    • Foot
    • Stuck!
    • Rice
    • Spoon
    • “Wear this!” when she wants to tell me what she would like to wear
    • Sun
    • Star
    • Says “Wheeee!!!!” when going down the slide (and also when Daddy or Mommy is driving along winding roads)
    • Balloon
    • “Kitty” (Hello Kitty)
    • “Bar-yee” (Barney)
    • “Eh-fern” (Elephant), with trunk action and sound effects
    • Roars like a lion/tiger
    • Happy
    • Sad
    • Kite
    • House
    • Glasses (referring to my sunglassses)
    • Dance
    • Flash (not sure how she picked this up, but she said it when I accidentally left the flash on when I took her picture)
    • Shower
    • Hug
    • “Ah-puh” (Apple)
    • “Barsh-tif” (Brush teeth)
    • “Brera” (Umbrella)
    • “Mar” (More)
  • Loves the “I Love You” song from Barney and can hug and kiss at the correct point in the song.  On that note, she is now very into Barney and watches Barney almost every day.  She says “Watch Bar-yee!!”

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Food and Feeding

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Loves rice, especially chicken rice and barbecued pork rice.  She appears to be slightly allergic to grapes though…it’s odd, because I have fed her grapes before and she was fine.  I will try again in a few weeks’ time.

About 2 weeks ago, Emma suddenly developed a fever.  She registered a temperature of 38.2ºC despite being her usual self the whole day.  To be fair, she had a sore throat and slight cough a few days earlier, but she had looked on the way to recovery, so the fever actually took me by surprise.

Anyway, she was very listless because of the fever and I had to quickly give her a suppository to bring the fever down.  She fell asleep but woke up at 3:00a.m. and when I changed her, I noticed her breathing was slightly wheezy.  I promptly took her downstairs because she was fussing a lot probably due to breathlessness, and I gave her small sips of Izumio hydrogen water.  After about half a pack, she fell asleep, and almost instantly all wheezing gone.

The next morning, I decided to take her in to see the doctor.  He confirmed that her lungs were quite congested and she would have to undergo some nebuliser sessions.  She had one done right away, and after that the doctor said her lungs sounded better. Had her lungs still sounded congested, he would have to order an x-ray immediately, in case it’s pneumonia.

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I strongly believe that Izumio had helped Emma healed somewhat and prevented her from getting pneumonia.  What she had was bronchitis, and resulted in shortness of breath, wheezing and some cough.  She had to go on a course of oral antibiotics unfortunately, and nebuliser sessions twice a day for about 3 days (morning and night).  The doctor told us that her fever would go up and down during the next few days while she recovered and we were to bring her in again if the fever still persisted after 3 days.  The doctor also said her appetite might be affected if she was still short of breath.

The fever never went up again. And she ate like a champion. (Must have been the Izumio again) :)

Emma continued to heal and get better, and while the first few days of feeding medicine was stressful, I finally found out that all it took to feed her medicine was that she wanted was to sit up on the chair and fed straight with the syringe….just like a big girl.  So no need to hold her or cradle her….well, so much for all the stress and worrying!

She is now completely healed, praise God…and her cough and phlegm were gone within 5 days, which is remarkably fast, judging from past experience.

Oh yes, we have….when our kids have activities, it follows that the whole family will participate along too…so here’s a brief run-through of what we have been up to.

Easter Celebration

During the Easter weekend’s catechism class, Hannah and her classmates in preschool participated in the meaningful “washing of feet” ritual.

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Family Day

We like to spend our weekends lazing around, enjoying family time together. But a few Sundays ago, our family time was a different kind of family time, when we attended Hannah’s school’s Family Day event at Times Square Penang. It was our very first time at Times Square.. LOL There were fun activities like Treasure Hunt, Minute to Win It, arts and crafts and a few stations for toddlers too.

Needless to say, it was a fun-filled Sunday afternoon full of running and bouncing for the kids.

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Ukulele Performance Evening

The following week’s Saturday saw us attending an informal performance of Ethan on the ukulele together with a few others. He sang and played two songs: Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Rhythm of the Rain. We are ever so proud of him…now I’m wondering if I will be allowed to sing with him on the uke next time… haha…

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Ethan’s Sports Day

Since Ethan’s Sports Day fell on a Monday morning, Emma and I were the only ones attending it. The kids moved from station to station throughout the day and participated in various events, like the obstacle course, sprints, relays, ball dribble and team sports like Captain’s Ball and Tug-of-War. Ethan proudly showed off his silver medal for the ball dribble event and a gold medal for Captain’s Ball. Well done Ethan!

(I think he’s trying to bulk up on some muscles now, cos I told him he has good potential as a sprinter. He ran quite fast but was outrun by the bigger boys)

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Beautiful Friendships

Last but not least, here’s a rare gem of a photo of Emma with perhaps her first friend ever, Izayah.  This was taken during one of Ethan’s and Hannah’s soccer coaching sessions.

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We’re looking forward to an exciting rest of the year, with more and more interesting activities coming up such as Ethan’s school concert (in which he landed the role as one of the main pirate characters!), Hannah’s school sports day (which includes a fund raising event), a short vacation for the kids (hopefully), and of course, Hannah’s school concert at the end of the year.

Watch this space!!

Emma-25monthsScrap Credits
So Grateful Add-on freebie from Sahlin Studio

Weight

8.2 – 8.3 kilos

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

Still 15 teeth (I think), maybe 17 or 19.  She won’t open up for me to check : 7 bottom teeth (3 incisors, 2 canines, 2 molars) and  (maybe) 8 upper teeth (4 incisors, 2 canines and 2 molars).

Motor Skills

  • Loves to climb up on chairs and can do so quite well now.
  • Will run in little small steps.
  • Attempting to jump, even to the extent of bending her knees in preparation of jumping.  She’s almost there!
  • Likes to pretend to slide down from the arm rest of the couch, and loves it when we prep her by saying “Ready, Set, Go!!”

Communication and Social Skills

  • Adding more words to her vocabulary:
    • Couch
    • Push
    • Egg
    • Hat
    • Fog (for “frog”)
    • Sit
    • Car
    • No!!
    • Oh No!!!!
    • Once or twice, she says “Mommy!” but it is still inconsistent
  • Can point to herself when we ask “Where’s Emma?”
  • Can point to Mommy, Daddy, Ethan and Hannah when we ask who’s who.

Food and Feeding

Loves homecooked rice and porridge.  She has already started rejecting some foods by shaking her head and saying “No no no!”

Those of you who follow me on my personal blog Giddy Tigers and also on Facebook, would be aware of the fact that we were in a fender bender about 3.5 weeks ago.  Unfortunately, due to delays and finger-pointing, the car is still under repair and will only be ready this Saturday.  That’s the date that was given to me, and I really hope there will be no surprises.

Anyway, during the days following the accident, we have been making do with just one car, travelling half the island almost every day, with some days Daddy working from home.  However, this week, we could not afford the flexibility because Daddy has a full week of seminars and has visitors coming in, plus he has to travel to Kulim some days, so for this week our schedule is modified with one that does not involve Mommy with a car.

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In the mornings, Ethan will either be dropped off at school by Daddy or I will walk him to school.  It’s a good thing that his school is just about 5-10 minutes’ walk away, and so that’s a bonus.  In the afternoons, I will walk to school to pick him up, bringing along his sisters, complete with hats! :P  It’s an excellent exercise session, but my only complaint would be the hot afternoon sun.

As for Hannah, since her school is not within walking distance, I arranged for the school van transportation to ferry her to and from school this week.  So far this arrangement is working out well, and Hannah looks forward to her van rides every day.  I see her off at the door and meet her when she gets off the van.

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Emma, on the other hand, will enjoy more home time, since she doesn’t need to be packed into and out of the car, like I usually do during our regular school runs.

Next week, our old schedule will be reinstated.

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Those of you who know us personally and also, those of you who have been faithfully reading my blog posts (thank you!!) would know for a fact that we have been battling with Emma’s severe eczema for months on end.  She could have been suffering from eczema from as early as 2 months’ old, but we can’t pinpoint when it first started because she had a bad case of cradle cap too, as an infant.

After months of battling, I think I can confidently say that she is definitely well on her way to recovery.  Her skin is definitely more moisturised and more supple, and she is putting on weight gradually now.  It has not been an easy journey, but it has been worth the effort, and I am so grateful that I took the leap of faith when I started her on consuming these natural supplements: Izumio water and Super Lutein capsules.

She started consuming these supplements about 4 months ago, and as of now, I can say she is about 90% healed, with a few rough and dry patches on her legs.

The supplements have certainly given her LIFE back…and if my hubby did not point out the difference in pictures, I would not believe it either.

This was Emma’s picture at 1 year old…despite being a happy baby, we could not help but notice that she seems a little sadder than her siblings.  She was on the serious side and hardly smiled and giggled.

Emma at 1 Year Old

Fast forward to present day at 2 years old, and you can see that she is one happy, cheerful toddler.  She giggles voluntarily and flashes that adorable dimple of hers for all to see.  Her eyes also seem to be full of life and her face is a picture of overall happiness and contentment.

Emma at 2 Years Old

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Can you see the distinct difference?

The natural healing process has certainly expelled all those months of toxins accumulated in her, and now we have a healthy, smiley and cheeky baby!….ooops toddler!  Imagine all the pain and suffering she must have gone through…I’m so thankful and relieved that she is free from all that now. ♥

Emma will even make special requests to eat her Super Lutein capsules and Izumio drinking water.  She will ask for it when she sees me eating my dose and also if she sees her siblings drinking the Izumio.  Perhaps she really DOES know what is best for her and what makes her feel good.

N.B. I’m not sharing the pictures of her skin before and after for privacy reasons, but if anyone is interested in these supplements for safe and natural healing of eczema and skin problems, please feel free to email me and I will share them with you.

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Last week, we attended a simple Trade Show Ethan’s class put up. The students were divided in 4 entrepreneurial teams and Ethan’s team was called TMS (Team Services).  They came up with the idea of providing shoulder massages for a fee (RM1 per minute), and in return the “customers” would be entertained to nice ukulele music and served green tea!

Guessed who the ukulele player was? :)

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Hannah wanted to get the 5-minute massage, and in return she got a chance to win something from the lucky draw box too!

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Yeah…while adults were served green tea, the kids were served milo!

It was so interesting to see the kids running their businesses; there was a stall selling cakes and muffins, and yet another selling keychains and bracelets.  The kids even designed and printed their own business cards!

At the end of the day, the funds collected will be channeled towards the class fund to be used in future school trips and to purchase student supplies.  I think this is an excellent exposure for the kids and I’m sure they all had fun running the trade show.

BRAVO!

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This was a t-shirt I bought for myself from Hollywood when I was there about 15 years ago.  I had wanted to get a souvenir then, and the only t-shirt they had was one in Youth size S.  It fit me okay, so I bought it.

However, when I took it home and washed it, it shrank a few sizes and ever since then, I could not wear it anymore.

Then just last week, I took the shirt out and for the fun of it, asked Hannah to try it on.

It fit her like a glove!

And so that’s how the shirt now belongs to her.  A California shirt for a California girl.  How apt. :)

Hannah loves making notes and cards for me.  She loves drawing and designing and decorating them.  She gave me this a few weeks ago but she didn’t want me to post it on the blog then because she was too shy.

However, I’ve managed to convince her and here I want to share this really cute card she gave me.

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By the way, both Ethan and Hannah aren’t afraid of lizards, unlike me. :)

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After almost a year attending regular school as opposed to homeschooling, I’m evaluating the key takeaways that Ethan has had in a school environment compared to homeschooling.  To be fair, we have constantly asked him if he enjoys school, and we can see that in general, he is having fun, and tells me his favorite subject in school is Math and ICT (Information and Communication Technology).  When asked if he would consider returning to homeschooling, he said he would too.

However, there are a few things that I feel he has benefited from by attending regular school.

  • Responsibility – this covers responsibility for his own belongings and also as a person.  There is marked improvement where we have noticed he doesn’t lose things as easily nowadays, but we are working on strengthening his focus and vigilance.  Misplacing things in a big school is inevitable and ideally we want to reduce that to a zero.  Ethan has also been given responsibility as a student council in his class.  This is basically a class representative position and I will never forget the day he related how he was selected:  The candidates were asked to give a short speech to classmates on why they should vote for them, and they voted.  The one with the highest votes (1 boy and 1 girl) would then be elected.  He now wears his student council pin proudly every day and yes, we are ever so proud of him.
  • Loyalty – I can sense a strong sense of loyalty to his school when he plays soccer for his school against other schools.  His Daddy says this sense of loyalty and belonging to a team will not be the same if he was homeschooled, and not even if he participated in a homeschool event against other teams.  This I would have to agree.
  • Teamwork – In school, he is learning to work in a team, to be part of a team and how to handle conflict.  He would come and report to me who did what, who is naughty and who is good, etc.  Next week, he will be part of a team as part of their Young Entrepreneurs program, and his team will be managing a shoulder massage service.  They will also be serving refreshments and providing music and entertainment for the customers.  Ethan will be playing the ukulele!
  • Socialising – Ethan’s social skills have definitely improved and I have noticed that he is more vocal now.  In school, as we all know, he needs to learn how to interact with kids from different backgrounds, how to handle it when kids are noisy and playful, or quiet and compliant.  Also, how to communicate effectively with teachers and educators and also how to treat them with respect.  When he was homeschooled, we met up with other kids too, but it was maybe 1-2 times a week at the most.  This socialising in school is definitely doing heaps for his confidence and morale.

So did we make the right decision to let him experience school?  I would say yes, weighing in the pros and cons.  But would we consider homeschooling again?  Definitely.  But ultimately, as I have always maintained, we will look at his progress and how each option will benefit him more before we decide.