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Emma at 23 Months

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Pretty Shabby QP from kimbroedelet graphics and designs

Weight

8 kilos!!

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

Still 15 teeth (I think): 7 bottom teeth (3 incisors, 2 canines, 2 molars) and  (maybe) 8 upper teeth (4 incisors, 2 canines and 2 molars).

Motor Skills

  • Loves climbing on chairs!!! :O
  • Will usually stand up when put in a baby high chair!! :O
  • Walking and moving faster now, almost running.
  • Showing a keen interest in jumping and hopping.

Communication and Social Skills

  • Constantly saying “No” or “No no…”.
  • “Reads” books in her own language and her own way.
  • Gestures and says “No more” appropriately.
  • Almost saying “poo poo”
  • Loves giggling and playing with her siblings.

Food and Feeding

At home Emma is still eating yummy homecooked porridge, and I’ve noticed that she loves it when I add millet into the porridge.  It’s usually either chicken, pork or fish porridge with some vegetables for good measure.  She is definitely ready for rice too, so she may join us at the dining table soon. Yay!!

She loves her animal biscuits and the “rare and occasional” french fry.

Others

 

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For Ethan’s 9th birthday this year, we decided to have a cozy celebration at home. Hannah suggested having an Amazing Race birthday party, and what is a race without sharing it with friends, eh?  So we said he could invite his best friend.  So I planned the “amazing race” for two teams: Ethan & Hannah in one team and Josha & Elisha in another.

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Unfortunately, Elisha was not well on that day, so we bended the rules a little and the two teams were then Ethan, Hannah and Josha in one team, and Peter and Emma in another. LOL!
The food our contestants ate to fuel up before the race was flagged off – homemade lum mee with all the yummy condiments:

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She had been waiting anxiously for this moment since her bottom two incisors started wiggling about 2 weeks ago.  And just yesterday while we were out shopping, the inevitable happened.  A milestone for my little snowflake Hannah.

Just 3 weeks shy of her 6th birthday, she excitedly announced that her tooth had fallen out.  I was queueing up to pay for our purchases when it happened, so Daddy gave her some tissues and napkins to clean up and wrap her tooth carefully.

See how tiny it is?

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When we got home, Hannah wrote a short note to the Tooth Fairy and at night she placed it under her pillow.

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She woke up excitedly today, and showed me the note the Tooth Fairy had left her.  She even took it to school to show her teacher!

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She showed Ethan the note too, and when Ethan saw it, he said, “It looks like Mommy’s writing!” :P

 

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On scorching hot and humid Chinese New Year-like weather days like these, we love staying indoors, just hanging out with each other.

To keep extra cool, we love lying down on the floor …. and looking adorable!

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Emma responds very well to instructions now.  She’s also beginning to imitate what people around her are doing, especially her siblings.

This is what she does every time we get ready for our bedtime prayers.  I’ll say, “Let’s pray” and Emma will assume this position.  Last night, she even said, “Pray!”

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Emma at 22 Months

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QP freebie created using “let’s play dressup” kit from Studio Dawn Inskip ScrapbookGraphics

Weight

7.9 kilos.  Slowly but surely hitting that 8 kilo mark!

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

Still 15 teeth (I think): 7 bottom teeth (3 incisors, 2 canines, 2 molars) and  (maybe) 8 upper teeth (4 incisors, 2 canines and 2 molars).

Motor Skills

  • Loves stamping and stomping her feet (like a dinosaur).
  • Can tiptoe.
  • Beginning to walk a little faster, leading to a run.

Communication and Social Skills

  • Learning to say “deh-deh” (Daddy), Mimi (Mommy) and “fa-wah” (flower)
  • Loves flipping through books and sometimes she would choose books and ask us to read them to her.
  • Emma can respond accurately to questions such as “Where’s your nose?”, “Where’s your hair?”, “Where’s your tummy?” and when we say “Where are your eyes?”, she will blink her eyes. :)
  • Gets a little jealous sometimes.  For example when Daddy has Hannah sitting on his lap, Emma will quickly run over and show Daddy her “Please carry me!” look while having her arms outstretched.
  • Loves music and dancing and will mimic whatever is happening on the TV.  She loves Hi-5 songs.

Food and Feeding

I’m glad to see Emma is getting a little more chubby especially on her cheeks.  She loves the homecooked porridge I feed her and she will keep on asking for more.  I’ve started adding some sweet potatoes in her porridge (orange and yellow ones are no problem for her and she enjoys them).

Others

  • Emma is still on her dietary supplements of Izumio hydrogenated water and Super Lutein capsules.  She’s taking well to them and I pray that her skin condition will improve further as she is beginning to drink more of the Izumio now.
  • I finally started introducing the toothbrush to Emma.  She enjoys brushing her teeth now…but frankly, I think she enjoys the act of gargling and spitting even more.

 

Our two older kids started their 2015 catechism classes two weeks ago.  For Ethan, he would be proceeding into the Std 3 class, whereas for Hannah, it was the beginning of a new experience as she started her class in the Preschool level.

The kids were super excited on that first day because they would be going to class with their best friends. :) Hannah had been looking forward to this day for a long time now.

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What’s important is that they now enjoy their sessions and look forward to it each week.  Ethan and Hannah are aiming for 100% attendance this year. :D

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What this means for us is that we now have 1.5 hours alone with baby Emma on Saturday afternoons while her siblings are in church. :)

Now what can we do with all that time?  Perhaps we can go hang out and have some coffee… :)

 

We visited our family hairdresser yesterday for our haircuts, and since Emma was behaving rather well, and also because I thought her hair had grown considerably in the past few weeks (maybe it could be due to the Izumio and S Lutein supplements she has been taking daily!), we decided to let her get her first ever haircut!

Well, not really a haircut, more like a trim here and there.  I held her in my lap and the hairdresser put her in the little cloak to protect her clothes.  Our little princess did so well!  She hardly moved at all, and sat still throughout the entire process.

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No tears, no complaints :)  She only turned her head on occasion when her siblings distracted her.

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Her hair is so much neater now! :)

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After 5 months of planting our first batch of sunflower seeds, and nurturing them with love, water and sunshine, three sunflower plants stand tall, healthily growing each day (Mommy’s and Daddy’s unfortunately didn’t make it.  Not even one!).

One of these three plants will have a pretty sunflower bloom soon, and it’s Ethan’s plant!

We’re eagerly awaiting the happy day, any day now!

During the long year-end holidays that just passsed, we decided that Ethan and Hannah should make full use of it to learn a lifelong skill in swimming.  I planned for an “intensive” 10-coaching sessions course for them, and worked hard to ensure they completed it before the craziness of the school term began.

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I’m pleased to say that we completed our ten lessons on the Friday before school began.

Even more so, in just 10 lessons, I’m so proud that Ethan and Hannah can now float and move in the water.  They are no longer afraid of putting their heads underwater and have gained water confidence in leaps and bounds.  Both kids are learning their forward crawl, and also a little bit of backstroke.

With a little bit more practice, we should be able to add the breathing part of the crawl. :)

The kids really look forward to each coaching session, and don’t even mind the slight drizzle during some lessons.  It helps that the coach was super cool with kids and he was able to tailor each lesson to each kid as he deemed fit.  For instance, Hannah was initially more comfortable on her back, whereas Ethan was more confident on his front.  So Hannah started learning the backstroke kick first while Ethan did the forward crawl.

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We would have loved to continue with the coaching sessions under this swim coach, but our schedule currently does not permit.  Perhaps when the next holidays come around, we’ll arrange something.

Meanwhile, I hope to take the kids swimming at least once a week or once a fortnight at least, just to ensure they keep practising. :)