My little girl’s just born to dance…just like Mommy
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My little girl’s just born to dance…just like Mommy
He wants me to call him a “big boy” now, instead of “baby”. 😛
I have not been documenting all of Ethan’s achievements thus far, more so because there have been so many, that they have surpassed my ability to pen them down. He amazes us every day with his vocal prowess and intelligence, and it is hard to believe that he was once a shy guy.
He may be a big boy, but he still looks like an angel when he sleeps…
Several weeks ago, when I had exhausted all methods of getting Ethan to sleep, I introduced the concept of “counting sheep” to him. I explained that he should imagine seeing the sheep jump over a fence in front of him, and count them as he lay down on the bed.
So Ethan said out loud, “Okay, Mommy. One… two… three…four… five…six…. seven… eight… nine… TEN! There are TEN SHEEP Mommy!”
So I told him to count in his head, NOT out loud. And that he was suppose to keep counting ’em sheep.
And this time he counted only THREE. And he still could not fall asleep.
There was another time when I asked him to count sheep yet again, and he replied, “There are NO SHEEP today, Mommy.”
My little baby boy, once my little bundle of joy, is really growing up right before my very eyes! It seemed just like yesterday that I held him in my arms, a crying, helpless child….and now..look at him. Well, of course I still hold him now, but it’s different…
He went for his first field trip on the last day of his first school term about a week ago. The whole class, together with the teachers, took a bus to the toy museum that Friday morning.
I bet they all had a lot of fun, but I couldn’t help being a little concerned about his safety. After all, it was the first time he would be visiting someplace without either Pete or me. His teacher very kindly offered to take a few pictures of the trip for me with my camera, so I was eagerly waiting to see the photos too.
All my fears and concerns were unfounded when I picked him up after school and he told me all about his trip: who he sat with on the bus, what he did, how he would LOVE to go on the bus again…I knew he had enjoyed himself tremendously.
He’s really growing up…and I am just so BLESSED to be able to share his growing up years with him.
Precious one-on-one walk-training sessions from big brother to little sister:
10.1 kilos, weighed in at the doc’s during her one-year old well-child checkup.
76 cm, as measured at the doc’s too.
4 incisors (2 top and 2 bottom). Next 2 top incisors are becoming more prominent, and the next 2 bottom incisors are also making their appearance.
Communication and Social Skills
Food and Feeding
She’s on Mommy’s milk 100% and is loving every bit of her porridge! She can finish quite a lot now, and eats at an amazing pace!
New foods she has been introduced to include:
Hannah LOVES to drink water. When I ask her if she wants to drink water, her face will light up, and when she sees me getting her purple cup and pouring water into it, she will grin excitedly.
She can also drink a little bit from a straw tumbler now. When we bought her her first straw tumbler, she didn’t know how to drink from it, but then I tried putting a regular straw into a small cup and from then on, she figured out how to do it. Besides, she has her big brother giving her all the encouragement.
During the 3-day weekend before Hannah’s actual birthday on March 2nd, we made a trip down south to have a birthday celebration for Hannah. Our trip was also to celebrate the kid’s Pauline Kor-Kor’s housewarming.
Both of Hannah’s grandparents made the trip to KL for her first birthday celebration, and we are really happy and honored that they could come
We also ordered full moon gift packs for everyone, because during Hannah’s full moon last year in the US, we didn’t have those full moon delicacies then. So we decided to have them for her first birthday instead.
The birthday lunch was at Italiannies The Gardens, and everyone arrived on time..good thing too, because we were all really hungry then. Hannah also wasted no time in checking out the menu…
Unfortunately though, she pulled the menu from the table too quickly and the porcelain plate that was on top of the menu went crashing to the floor!
(Pssst….yes, that’s the Coach Resort I was carrying :))
We took the opportunity to take a few pictures with the birthday girl before our food came. Here’s Hannah with her 2 grandmas.
Hannah wasn’t really herself though, and felt a little listless and tired, because the poor dear was still coughing and had thrown up a couple of times the night before due to the forceful coughing.
Ethan, though, was not interested in taking photos at all. Instead, he preferred to fill his rumbling tummy first….with BREAD!!!!
Notice how he painstakingly peeled off the crusts…
He almost finished our entire plate of bread slices, and then he still had space in his tummy for his spaghetti marinara.
Meanwhile, Hannah enjoyed herself being carried by Ah Ma and Ah Kong…doesn’t she look comfy?
She enjoyed herself till she fell asleep! Look at her comfortably getting her beauty sleep in the stroller we rented from Midvalley.
Meanwhile, the kids were all going hyper, running around and taking pictures everywhere…
…and besides we needed to buy some time to get the birthday girl all woken up and fresh for the cake-cutting.
I ordered this adorable birthday cake from Swee San. I wanted the elephant at the top because Hannah really LOVES elephants. When she takes her bath, she absolutely needs to hold and play with her elephant bath toy. If I offer her something else, she would flatly refuse it.
Love the details on the side of the cake too. It’s a marble cake with fondant all over.
Ethan very willingly volunteered his services to *help* Hannah blow the candle on the cake, while Hannah looked on in confusion. 😛
The cake was rich and absolutely delicious, but because Hannah had not been introduced to eggs, butter and other stuff in the cake yet, I baked her her own special cake, just like I did for Ethan’s first birthday last time.
This one’s a carrot, banana and pumpkin cake, without milk, eggs, butter and sugar. First, she hesitated when I fed her a slice…then she opened her mouth and took a bite…
…and then she wanted to feed herself…
Looks like it’s a HIT, baby!
After a very fulfilling lunch, we headed back to Pauline Kor Kor’s condo to open the birthday presents. Again, Ethan had volunteered to help Hannah open the presents.
The initial plan was to allow Hannah to choose the present she wanted to open and then Ethan would help her open them. But you know kids, there’s bound to be some grabbing involved. And the birthday girl was also very determined to get her way!
Hannah received lots of lovely gifts, among them a beautiful crocheted dress from her Ipoh Ah Ma and Ah Kong. The dress is handmade with love from Ah Ma. We asked Ethan to display the dress.
…and Hannah to pose in it…
Ethan himself also gave his little sister a present. He knows she loves elephants, so he gave her this:
Here are some of the PINK vehicles Hannah received too. We got them in pink to deter the boys from playing with Hannah’s toys….errr…don’t think it worked…
All in all, a very enjoyable and memorable birthday celebration. Happy birthday little Hannah!
A year has passed since you came into our lives
A year since you, our bundle of joy, arrived
You gave us adorable smiles and cutesy giggles
Happy happy birthday, my sweet darling little girl!
On Hannah’s birthday, we decided to take the kids out for a treat. Pete took the day off and after we picked Ethan up from school, we headed over to Gurney Plaza. Incidentally, we also took Ethan to Gurney Plaza on his first birthday.
We ended up having lunch at Chili’s…it had a been a long while since we ate there and we wanted to check to see if they had improved since then.
Ethan of course enjoyed himself tremendously. He couldn’t decide between the spaghetti and the hot dog, so he ordered both…and also had free flow ice lemon tea…which prompted a few visits to the loo…haha.
Hannah had some home-cooked porridge and was very well-behaved indeed.
Hannah enjoyed her rusk while we dug in to our meal….
…and sometimes she did her upside-down stunt…
…and at other times, the birthday girl was entertained by her brother’s funny antics…
We walked around Gurney Plaza a bit after our hearty meal, stopping at some of our favorite stores, including Ethan’s favorite Toys R Us (which he noticed a mile away!).
Oh, and here’s another shot of Hannah doing her infamous upside-down pose again….this time, a close-up:
Happy birthday Hannah! Sure beats a day at the office anytime, eh Daddy?