Every day holds a surprise as Vee is growing up at a blazing speed. Here are his little achievements over the month:
Learning & Communication
- After learning his name for a few weeks, he suddenly started blurting out his first perfect 5-word phrase in Mandarin: “我是 _ _ _” (which means “I am _ _ _”). I was amazed!
- He loves reading and has been pulling out books while saying part of their titles. I am wondering if he is starting to recognise words.
- He “sings” parts of songs when relaxed. I am looking forward to singing with him soon!
- Finally, we brushed aside fears of hand-foot-mouth-disease and brought Vee to the play gym. He had tonnes of fun climbing, sliding and being buried in hundreds of small, colourful balls.
- After many sessions of water play, he has mastered pouring and scooping water from one container to another. (Read about water play tips.)
- He has been diligently practising scooping and transferring small items with a spoon.
- He can also put a thread through a large wooden bead.
Diet & Feeding
- New favourite foods include soup (a large bowl during lunch) and sushi (gobbled down 5 cucumber makis after his dinner). His Daddy needs to work harder to feed our little glutton.
- He has progressed from finger-feeding to fork-feeding. Still not very good at spoon-feeding though.
- Night-weaning is almost successful! (Read section on Sleep below.)
- On two occasions, his diaper was completely dry after nap. *Impressed Mummy*
- In the morning, his diaper is less soaked than before and he can frequently hold the first pee (A LOT!) until sitting on the potty
- Naps are near-perfect as he falls asleep rather easily and through 1.5 to 2 hours. No more nursing during naps. Yay, freedom at last!
- Mr. Fussy Sleeper FINALLY relaxes enough to doze off in the car-seat or stroller when he is tired and ready to nap. (Instead of screaming his lungs out.) He even continued sleeping when I carried him out at home. This has NEVER ever happened in the past.
- His recent best performance at night: sleep for about 2 hours, fuss and let me soothe him back to sleep with light patting. Then suckle only once during early morning, and continue sleeping. I can finally declare that he is sleeping through the night, at 18 months old.
I am a happy and well-rested Mummy who is suddenly dreaming of organising play-dates and attending Pilates lessons. I seriously need to enjoy life before having baby #2! Time to practise my rusty driving skills again.
Need Your Help: Mums-who-drive, how should I overcome fears of driving alone with a potentially-fussy toddler?
P.S. View more developmental milestones (from 8 months old onwards).
P.P.S. Our latest homeschooling updates are posted at MummysHomeschool.com HERE,