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Ethan at 20 Months

Scrap Credits: Urban Kiwi Kit from Shabby Princess


At least 10 kilos. Cannot carry him for long periods because:

  • it hurts
  • he will struggle and attempt to break free because he wants to walk around on his own.


Haven’t taken his height for some time now, but he is definitely growing taller. He can reach for stuff on our dining table already.  Sometimes I look at him fast asleep in his cot and am amazed at how much he has grown!


Still eight. But he is VERY excited about brushing his eight teeth every day now 🙂  I taught him to hold the toothbrush under running tap water and thereafter, moving the bristles back and forth in his mouth.  However, I sometimes catch him biting the bristles instead of brushing with them.

Motor Skills

  • Can lead us to wherever he wants to go.  For example, if he wants to eat yogurt, he will take us by the hand, and lead us to the refrigerator.  Sometimes, he will even take my hand and place it on the fridge handle. 
  • He is able to correctly put in more shapes into his shape sorter.  I have noticed him putting in the red circle, green flower and yellow oval, to name a few.
  • Loves running around in wide open spaces.  Ah Kongs and Ah Mas are advised to be cautious because he will outrun them. 

Communication and Social Skills

  • Ethan has learnt how to associate certain actions with certain things, to the point of sometimes imitating what we do:
    • If he grabs hold of a key (house keys, car keys), he will walk towards a door and try to put the key into the keyhole.
    • If he grabs hold of a pen or pencil, he will imitate writing on a piece of paper.  Sometimes he will take my little red journal and pretend to write on it.
    • He will take the telephone receiver and put it to his ear, while blabbering away.  When we say “Hello..?” he will take whatever he is holding and place it to his ear. If his hands are empty, he will just put one hand to the ear.
    • He has learnt how to associate the couch and the bed with drinking milk.  When I sit on the couch, he will request for milk. Or he will take me by the hand and lead me to the room when he is ready to sleep.
  • He has attained the stage of the Terrible Twos, albeit a few months early.  Some traits we have noticed are:
    • When he is riding in our car, he will start screaming in complaint when the car slows down or comes to a halt.  At times his screams are so high-pitched I have to cover my ears.
    • When we want to carry him when he does not want to be carried, he will try to run away. Other methods of escape he has employed are:
      • Screaming in protest
      • Crouching on his front commando style, so it is very difficult for us to carry
      • Struggling and kicking
  • One of the things he is learning is animal sounds.  When I say “The cow goes?”, he will say “Mmmmm” (sounds like Moo).  But when I say “The dog goes?”, he will also say “Mmmmm”.  I need to work on this still 😛
  •  He can say a few *words* now.  He is not very consistent in saying them yet, but we are seeing some progress in this arena:
    • Mommy (yesterday morning, I woke up startled when I heard Ethan saying loudly and clearly “Mommy!”  He was still fast asleep and dreaming though)
    • Daddy (last week, he greeted Daddy at the door after Daddy’s futsal game with a cheerful, “Hi Daddy!”)
    • Lolilolilo… (we don’t know what this is yet, but we suspect it is Ethan’s attempt at imitating some singing on TV.  He says this when he hears the StarWorld theme song and also some Indian songs)
    • Pecah pecah pecah… (at first we thought he was saying Pete’s name, but we are still not sure now)
    • Ngam ngam ngam or yum yum yum (when eating something tasty.  Sometimes he smacks his lips too)
    • Buh buh (bye-bye) – said while waving buhye
    • Mai (“Don’t want” in Hokkien)
    • Zebra (of course any other four-legged animal is a Zebra to him too)


Anything and everything except peanuts, shellfish and alcohol.  He loves ice lemon tea and vanilla ice cream, by the way.

  1. Joanne’s avatar

    Wow, time flies, Ethan is 20 mths now. He’s such a smart boy. Btw, he’s multilingual huh, can sing Indian song as well! LOL

    Joyce says: Yes, time surely flies. He can also speak German 😛


  2. ablogaway’s avatar

    Good record of his milestones 🙂 It’s amazing how fast they learn things ya. And good job Mommy for documenting all this 🙂

    Joyce says: So fast, that it is so difficult to keep track.


  3. WS’s avatar

    Nice LO!!!

    I wonder how our kids learn the Hokkien words. Did his nany speak to him in Hokkien??

    Joyce says: Yes, his baby sitter speaks to him in Mandarin and Hokkien, and we also speak to him in Hokkien mixed with English.


  4. rinnah’s avatar

    Soon he’ll be two! And you’ll wonder where the time has gone to…

    Joyce says: Less than 4 months to his 2nd birthday now…


  5. chinnee’s avatar

    Joyce, u can even get some keys and small locks for your boy to practice his motor skill on opening locks :p We did that in our playgroup.

    Joyce says: That’s a rather innovative idea – must try that.


  6. Hooi Ling’s avatar

    “Mai” seems like a common word among kids first few words 😀

    Joyce says: Ain’t that weird? Haha…



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