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Emma

All about Emma

Here’s a video I captured recently of Emma “reading” Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  I use quotes for the word “reading” because we all know that the pictures in this much loved Eric Carle book guides the child all through.

Still…a very good try for my little sweetheart.  And just for the record, this was the book that Emma “gave” to Hannah when Emma was born. :)

Pssst… look out for the part where she reads the page with the “Black Sheep”.  Simply precious!!

So it has been about a month now that Emma started playschool.  We had hesitated starting her off in January because I was not convinced then that she would be okay on her own, what with her skin sensitivities and her itch that could come and go at any time.  Plus…she’s still my little baby!!

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However as she approached her third birthday, she had shown signs that she was ready for school.  She was a very active child, and she was eager to learn and explore.  In addition, her skin was under control and she could finally now wear normal toddler clothes.  So we decided to start her off in playschool in April.

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The first week or so was an orientation week where I could be with her in the class.  I was pleasantly surprised that she happily and willingly sat in circle time on her own and ate at snack time on her own from the get go.  She was a little bit shy at first but she did not put up a fuss.

She happily played with toys when she had the chance to do so, and even had the opportunity to do some finger painting on the first day itself!

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On the third day of school, I told Emma that I would be sitting outside her classroom to wait for her and she was okay with it.  From the 5th day onwards, I would walk her to class in the morning and help her settle down, then I would say goodbye with a hug and kiss and she was fine.

Now she greets me with a cheerful happy smile and wave when I pick her up, which is one of my highlights of the day. :)

The only problem is that she would want to play in the school playground after school every day, and it is SO hard to pry her from the playground!  She is also very gungho, and although initially I was very scared and concerned that she would not be able to maneuver the playground equipment on her own, she is proving me wrong.

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So yes, I am definitely happy that she is in a loving, wonderful environment for school, and she is learning lots in terms of socialising and being herself.  She also recently started singing and saying some stuff in Chinese, without my prompting her!

Exciting and glorious days ahead! ♥

 

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Scrap Credits
Just Being Mom QP Freebie from Kimb’s Designs

Weight

10.5-10.7 kilos

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

Full set of 20 milk teeth now. :)

Developmental Milestones

  • Emma is finally, FINALLY jumping!  …. as in both feet are lifted off the ground when she jumps :)
  • Very determined to get what she wants and go where she wants.
  • Has a great sense of humor and laughs a lot, either to herself or with her siblings.
  • Loves singing and dancing.  Her current favorites are: the theme songs from Tayo the Little Bus, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, ABCs, the Crocodile Song (a.k.a. Row Row Row your Boat), and Mr Sun (where she also does the actions)

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Food and Feeding

Emma is eating well, and on top of that she is ever willing to feed herself.  “I wanna feed myself” or “Let me feed myself” are her favorite phrases at mealtime, in addition to “I want more more noodles”…..

She love fruits which is always a good thing. :)  And she can finish 1 bowl of rice by herself!

I’m attempting to wean her from the breast now that I notice she is drinking less breast milk.  I’m using my tried-and-tested bitter gourd juice method, and it is progressing well, so we shall see.

Toilet Training

I’ve started with the Potty Training Sticker Reward Chart for Emma.  I told her that for every time she peepees in the potty, she will get 1 sticker and for every poopoo in the potty, she will get 2 stickers.  She has so far gotten 1 sticker, and we keep reminding her that she will get to choose a toy when she hits 20.

I’m not really pushing it though, just want her to be ready so potty training will be a breeze.

UPDATE

Emma will start school soon, so that’s a major milestone for her.  She enjoys reading the “Barney and Baby Bop goes to School” book with me, so hopefully the experience will be a wonderful one, filled with many cherished memories ahead.

Little Emma has been adoring Snoopy ever since a popular mall in Penang decked the whole mall in Snoopy and Peanuts paraphernalia several months back.  She even asked Ah Mah in Ipoh for the little Snoopy figurine to bring back to Penang!

So it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what cake I had to make for Emma’s birthday this year.  We kept this a family affair and given that I know Emma doesn’t really like eating cake (she only likes to look at it), I chose to just order the edible sheet with a Snoopy and Charlie Brown design, which I just placed on top of the cake!

Emma had been asking for her “Snoopy Cake” well over a week before her actual birthday, so she was really eager as punch to cut the cake.

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To add to her joy, I ordered a handmade amigurumi Snoopy from a dear friend.  The happiness on Emma’s face when she opened her present was simply priceless.

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(I also had an adorable Dutch Rabbit handmade for Hannah for her birthday; she named her Rosie, by the way.)

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All in all, a very cozy family celebration of Emma’s birthday.  She has really grown into a pretty, adorable, sweet three-year old.  She calls herself a “small girl” now (not a “small baby”!)

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♥ Happy Birthday Emma! ♥

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It’s the Year of the Monkey – reason enough to monkey around?  Well, definitely reason enough to eat loads of yummy yummy food (not just bananas) and have lots of great fun!

Traditional Reunion Dinner and 1st Day Chinese Lunar New Year in Ah Mah and Ah Kong’s house in Ipoh:

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A simple dinner gathering back home in Penang:

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Wishing everyone a happy, blessed and prosperous year ahead full of health and love in abundance!

Emma-35months

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“It’s the Little Things” QP Freebie from Sweet Shoppe Designs

Weight

10.2-10.3 kilos

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

Full set of 20 milk teeth now. :)

Developmental Milestones

  • Very much the cheeky little toddler, Emma is growing up beautifully.  She does seem to look up to her sister and wants to participate and do everything that Hannah does.
  • Loves to scribble in her notebook, and sometimes she will ask in exasperation, “Where’s Emma’s notebook?”
  • Can “almost” jump and she is still ever the careful little girl, and will take small miniature jumps but it should be soon.
  • Loves Snoopy and will request to wear her Snoopy shirt whenever possible.
  • She will “report” to me if or when her older siblings don’t allow her to play with toys or something else, for example.  She might seem little but she is very much vocal.

Food and Feeding

Emma is eating well, and will take almost anything we serve her.  She asks for pink porridge (porridge with beetroot), broccoli, carrots often, and that makes me a happy mommy.  She also likes to snack on chips though, so we have to limit that.

Toilet Training

I did tell her that if she manages to keep her diaper dry and clean, I will let her wear some cute panties, so she tells me that all the time.  Hopefully soon she will be ready for toilet training.

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Candy QP Freebie from Mediterranka Design

Weight

Between 10.0-10.2 kilos, weight is steadily increasing and she is quite open to trying new foods.  Sometimes she will even rub her tummy and say “I’m hungreeeee Mommy!!”

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

Full set of 20 milk teeth now. :)

Developmental Milestones

  • Emma is very curious and wants to know what everyone is doing.  However, instead of asking, “What are you doing Mommy?”, she will say, “Mommy doing?” ….and “Hannah doing?”, “Ethan doing?” etc
  • Expresses opinions and wants: “I want to drink milk!” “No, I don’t want to touch it!” “I want to eat noodles!”
  • Emma is eagerly exploring pretend play and she will happily make me some food or drinks from the pretend kitchen. “Kids cannot drink coffee..” she’ll say.
  • Running around so much more nowadays and likes to climb up and down on the pew benches in church. *face palm*

Food and Feeding

During the past month, I’ve tried serving her 2 new foods besides her usual porridge, chicken and veggies.  She tried spaghetti with chicken cacciatore, a lovely tomato based gravy that she simply loves.  I was hesitant all this while because the last time I gave her spaghetti, she started scratching.  So I stopped for some time.  She seems fine now so all’s good.

She also tried a comforting and tasty Peanut and pork soup which she absolutely loves!  No signs of allergy either, so that makes me very happy!  Izumio must have had a big role to play reversing the allergic reactions. :)

She is still consuming Izumio and Super Lutein as health supplements for her general wellbeing and also to tackle her eczema issues.  She will know how to ask for her “mio” when she needs it and constantly requests for her “capsules” too.  Maybe what we hear about kids knowing what’s good for them is true after all.

Emma has also taken a liking to drinking soy milk.  I at first tried giving her some whole milk but she didn’t go past a few sips.  Soy milk she can finish a whole lot at one go!  I’m looking for less sweet options though … unless I make soy milk on my own at home.

Toilet Training

She will tell me when she wants to pee pee or poo poo but it is mostly too late, and she will say “stinky butt” and laugh and say, “Sorry Mommy…Emma poo poo again!”

 

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Scrap Credits
Ladybugs Polka Dots Freebie QP from Courtney’s DigiScrappin’

Weight

Between 9.9-10.1kilos now…. she finally breached the 10 kilo mark!  Yay for Emma!
She will eagerly go to the weighing scale and ask to be weighed.

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

I just counted her teeth and can confirm that she has her full set of 20 milk teeth now. :)

Developmental Milestones

  • Emma can carry on a good conversation now.  She is finally saying “Please” and “Thank you”, and sometimes even asks us to say “Please Emma”. hahaha
  • She will tell us “I don’t want….” this or that.
  • She can string longer sentences together now. eg. “Snoopy’s not scary anymore, Mommy.  Snoopy’s a cute dog!”
  • Emma is asserting confidence and wants to be all grown-up.  When she sees something she wants to do, she will say, “Let me try!” or “Let Emma try!”
  • Asks questions: “What’s that?” “Where’s Hannah?” “Where’s Daddy?” “Where’s Ethan?”
  • Gives responses: “Hannah’s in school.” “Daddy’s in the office.” “Ethan is in the playroom.”
  • Sometimes mixes up “pee pee” and “poo poo”, so we have to gauge what she means when she says it.

Food and Feeding

Emma loves a good bowl of homecooked soup and even better if it is served with steamed rice.  I’m trying different soup combinations:  Apple with pork ribs soup, ABC soup (Carrot, tomatoes, potatoes, onion), mushroom soup, etc.

She also loves orange juice and Vitagen (orange flavor).  She also loves fresh fruits (watermelon currently her favorite, with kiwi and apple following in a close second).  She doesn’t really fancy ice cream though… funnily enough, she tried Baskin Robbins’ ice cream and she was okay, but when she tried some unidentified ice cream from the restaurant, she had rashes around her lips.

I’m also trying some fresh milk with her, she currently drinks just a little.  No adverse reactions so far.

She is still consuming Izumio and Super Lutein as health supplements for her general wellbeing and also to tackle her eczema issues.  She will know how to ask for her “mio” when she needs it and constantly requests for her “capsules” too.  Maybe what we hear about kids knowing what’s good for them is true after all.

 

Emma-32months

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Romantic Spring Collaboratio Kit from Ptitesouris

 

Weight

9.8 kilos.  Slowly but surely reaching the big ten soon!

Height/Length

Not measured.

Teeth

After that first visit to the dentist, we can now confirm that Emma has a total of 18 teeth, with 2 top molars to come.

Developmental Milestones

  • Emma is very much the little copycat and enjoys copying whatever her siblings do and say, especially Hannah.
  • She is also very exploratory in nature and loves to show me she can do lots of stuff, saying, “Mommy, look at me!”
  • Likes to be “part of the conversation”. When Ethan and Hannah are talking among themselves and make a joke, Emma will also chime in with laughter.
  • Loves watching shows with musical elements in them, her current favorites being the Little Einsteins series.

Food and Feeding

Her current favorite foods are chicken porridge, pumpkin porridge, chicken (steamed or roasted), steamed broccoli, “wan ton mee” and “shang mee”.

She is still consuming Izumio and Super Lutein as health supplements for her general wellbeing and also to tackle her eczema issues.

 

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