Thursday, 23 December 2010

Birthday Celebration

This year celebrated my birthday as a family, albert, myself and Isaac, who is 13 months and 3 weeks on my birthday.

We drove all the way to New Malden ( about 2 hours drive per trip) to have a Korean cuisine. That was the exact same place that we went last year on my birthday too, with my mom from Malaysia. We had our meal at Goong, it was very good.

After meal, we walked along the high street, buying Korean groceries, bought some toys for Isaac. It was raining, poor Isaac stucked in his pushchair while we shopped around.

We had a good day, as a family. I bought simple 2 piece puzzle for Isaac, which is too young for him for now. He runs away with one or two pieces of the puzzle, walked around the house and left it somewhere.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Isaac at 13 months- Part 2 of 2

Isaac's motor skills

For a 13 months toddler, i would say Isaac's motor skills is quite good. He climbs on everything, from the chair to table ( of course i stopped him). This also means more supervision for me.

He is like a stuntman nowadays. Watch the video and you know what i mean. He is not afraid of height, in fact, the higher the better.
We bought him a chair on his first birthday, but instead of sitting ON the chair, he climbs ON to the chair then to the table. He always stands on the chair.

Isaac's stunt no. 1:

He climbs up the box and stands on the box.
Not only that, he also climbs on his rocking reindeer.

Isaac's stunt no. 2 :

He climbs on a luggage ( placed horizontally). Yes i do let him practice... i watch him closely.
He doesn't play the piano, he stands on the piano chair.

Isaac's stunt no. 3

He climbs on boxes, sit on the box, and then get down on his own.
He walks everywhere in the house, all the rooms, kitchen, living room. That's how he passes his time daily. He just wander around the house, i can think of the malay word "lepak" for him.

His other favourite past time is to pull his aeroplane, bus, pot lid. I modify his toy according to his needs. Since now he is into pulling, i tied strings onto his toy so he can pull along, including the pot lid. I also added a spoon on the pot lid so it makes some sound as he pulls.

He loves playing catching and hide and seek with us. He will invite us to play by looking at us then walks away really fast, hoping we will catch him from behind.

Now he is clearly more interested in books than he used to. He will sit down at the reading corner, and flip the books. When he does that, i will quickly go to him and read the books to him. We bought a collection of lift-the-flap books which becomes Isaac;s favourite.

I like playing with Isaac at this age. Like Ai wei said, i hope we can freeze his age for a little longer, before the "uniqueness" and "personality" kicks in.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Isaac at 13 months- Part 1 of 2

Isaac's comprehension

As i read my friend's blog on the list of words that her toddler could understand and respond to at the age of 13 months, i start to observe my son.

As a result, i realised he does not respond to A LOT of words that i speak. I kept repeating myself the same simple sentence and he kept doing his own thing.

For now, i can only say he responds to this : 给妈咪 which means give mummy.
In swimming lessons, as his comprehension is not there yet, compared to other toddlers who are much older than him, 20 months old and above, we were asked to join him in a younger class.

In all honesty, i do get worried. Why isn't my son responding to simple words or instructions? Why is he not uttering any words. Whenever i think of this, i am being reminded of my reflection that i wrote earlier on "how much do i worth".

It does NOT matter. I blame the multi language that we speak at home. I speak mandarin and Albert speaks cantonese to him.

Isaac also yell and cry a lot when he doesn't like something or i am not giving in to his request. I told him no screaming no yelling, and of course he does not understand.
the state of my son during mealtimes...
sometimes he is cleaner than this

He keeps throwing food from his tray and turn the plate as shown in photo on left.

I raised my voice and he smiled at me.

I frowned at him and he giggled. He thinks my frown is funny.

I hit his wrist ( slightly ), he scratched his wrist, as if it's itchy.

 H.e  d.o.e.s  n.o.t  understand me.

I think parenting is about patience. Every child is different and they develop at different pace.

For now, i will keep signing as much as i can. That's Isaac at 13 months for me... lots of patience ...

As to why i allow my son to feed himself and make such a big mess, the reason is that i believe he enjoys his food more when he is involved rather than passively being fed by me, and he gets to practice his pincer grasp, which i am sure is very skilled by now.

winter bugs

it's inevitable. I was down with fever last Sunday so we didn't go to church. The following Sunday, Albert was down with fever.

Thank God Isaac was perfectly healthy.

Both adults were down except the little one.

We stayed home a lot.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Winter is here!

See my photo on the blog header?
 Isaac was in me without me knowing.

Then, he was born November last year , that winter it snowed heavily.
Almost 2 months old when the hat was too big,mainly for photo purpose ha!
This year, he is 1 year old, and winter has come early.
Check out Isaac "see-my-handsomeness' leather jacket.Ha
The lyrics of this song is very well written: Carry Me by Audrey Assad

Pain is a forest we all get lost in
Between the branches hope can be so hard to see
And in the darkness we've all got questions
We're all just trying to make sense out of suffering but

*You say I am blessed because of this
So i choose to believe
As i carry this cross
You'll carry me  (Help me believe it)*

Fear is a current we all get caught in
And in its motion faith can be so hard to find
And we all falter coz we're broken
We're all just trying to turn shadows into light

You get glory in the midst of all this
And You're walking with me
and ...
(go to) *

And i know Your promises are faithful
And God i've seen Your goodness in my life
And oh, i've found Your mercy is a river
Your love is an ocean wide

(go to) *

I am restless till i rest in YOU God

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Repost- How much do i worth?

I was reading my own entry which i wrote in 2007 and i am once again reminded.

I am going to post this again here, hope you are reminded too..

Wednesday 27 June 2007
How much do i worth?

A couple of weeks ago, when we had a birthday party at our place, there were about 15 of us. Interestingly, as with most gathering, the main attraction was on the 2 year old handsome boy. He is just so adorable. His birthday was one week before Albert.Of all his pressie, he loved the Nemo bag, in bright orange. He carries it wherever he goes. It looks cute on him as the nemo bag probably covers his bag and it's a bit long. He is so smart. He knows all his 26 alphabets by this age and he knows all his colour. I was shocked too, to be honest. I pointed at different colours and he could name them all, orange, pink, green, purple. He can utter lots of vocab and words. All these are the hard work of his parents who kept on talking and stimulating him since young.

Few days later, i had this conversation with Albert :" What is the difference between a 2 year old boy who knows all his alphabet and those who hasn't?"
"No difference." Albert replied.

Many parents would want their kids to speak ASAP, learn their alphabets ASAP, learn their maths ASAP. I asked a number of parents for hints and tips. Who doesn't want a child who can utter words and do their maths( if possible) at the age of 2?

Then it just occured to me that it really doesn't matter. Intelligence or skills or talent doesn't define our worth. We don't put a price tag on human beings, like how we place a price tag on products. The more function a product gives, the more expensive it becomes. The more intelligent or skillful a person is, he(she) worth more and consequently deserve more love.

Subconsciously, we buy into this idea.We worshipped intelligence, talent and we want our child to grow up having some of that. Like the video i mentioned earlier, the pianist who only has 4 fingers, physical disability does not diminish one's worth. I say that because i am a christian and i am the child of God. God's words tell me that we are all beautiful and we are all the same, the object of his eternal unconditional love. You and I worth the same because God created us in His image, we are His children. We don't have to "top up" our worth by proving to the world that we are invincible or smarter than our neighbours. More so, we don't have to earn others' respect by stepping on others so we can climb higher. We learn and acquire new skills and knowledge so we can better serve our neighbours, so we can help those who are in need. Those who are literate are not meant to boast about their literacy. We just happen to live in a comfortable family, just happen to be born in a comfortable country that can offer education. What is there to boast? Because we are literate, we are meant to help those who are not. We don't despise them because we have something that they don't. They, too , may have some other strength or skills that we don't. We all need each other. If everyone becomes doctor, where do we find architect and engineers that design buildings and houses for us?

This is a reminder for myself. If my child doesn't like biology or chemistry, that's fine. He (or she) can't stand the sight of blood, and have no interest in becoming a doctor. That's fine too. No matter what he does, he is still precious in the eyes of God and mine. His worth is define by who he belongs to, rather than what he has. Sometimes, the thought of maybe, i may give birth to a disable child comes to my mind. How would i respond ? Will i blame God? Will i become bitter? Do i have the right posture before God? Will i still please God with praises and thanks giving for this gift of life, regardless of the condition of the child? Can i see this child through God's eye?

These few days,i was reminded that nothing surprises God. Whatever that befalls me, the purpose is for me to know more of God's revealed character and transform my lens, that i am able to look at the world around me from God's eyes. He wants me to know more of His love so i can love others with the love that He gives me.

I no longer need to strive to be number 1, or becomes the richest or the smartest. I am who i am.. I praise God for my strength and i rely on God to show me my weakness and rely on His strength to help me overcome. He loves me too much to want me to stay that way. The same applies to those around me. Yes, my friend was right, it doesn't matter when he had his first flip. By the end of the way, it doesn't matter. Because our skills, intelligence and talent does not define our worth. It's to whom we belong.

"Since you are precious and honoured in my sight,
and because i love you....Isaiah 43:4

"For You( God through Christ) created my inmost being
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because i am fearfully and wonderfully made
your works are wonderful
i know that full well
My frame was not hidden from you
when i was made in the secret place
When i was woven together
in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be " Psalm 139

"Before i formed you in the womb i knew you
before you were born i set you apart...." Jeremiah 1:
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