Self Feeding

August 27, 2005 at 4:49 pm

Zara is finding some interest in self feeding these days. She tries to reach for the spoon every time I feed her (which is only during the w/end). I give her the spoon topped with her mushy food and let her feed herself occasionally (when I was in the mood and didn’t mind cleaning up the mess). She is quite good at aiming and putting the spoon into her mouth, although it always ends up at the corner of the mounth. She just bites on the spoon, and releases it with still a lot of food on the curve of the spoon.

I have to remind myself that it’s ok for her to mess things up sometimes, and let her have more practice with feeding herself, so that she can actually get to feed herself sooner.

9 month old

August 22, 2005 at 6:13 pm

Zara has turned 9mth old yesterday. A summary of her development at this stage:

She weighs 7.33Kg
She’s 72cm tall
She has 4 teeth (2 upper and 2 lower)

Mobility :
Sitting – she sits well, and able to pull herself to a sitting position from crawling or while lying down.
Crawling – she’s able to crawl, preferring the tummy on the floor method than tummy lifted off the floor.
Cruising – She’s able to bring herself up to a standing position while grabbing on to something, cruise around furniture confidently, sit herself down from standing position (still need some fine tuning, as now she’s just plonking herself down)

Language :
Understanding – simple phrases/words like sit down, NO NO, STOP, stand up, clap your hands, say(wave) bye bye, stamp your feet, kick, come (to mummy or daddy), biscuit, mum-mum, drink water, give me five.
She likes people to read to her, and follow our finger when we point out the words to her while reading.
She also enjoys listening to songs sung to her, if it’s a recording of songs, she prefers children doing the singing.

Speaking – She babbles in more than 1 syllable and sound, but no mama or dada or mummum yet. Most frequent sound she makes is “Ek!” (for calling some one), or Ah-ta (don’t know what this means), “Aaaaa” (probably singing).

Communication (w/out words) – she tells me she’s hungry by leaning on me and sucking her thumb. She rubs her eyes when she’s sleepy. She likes to copy people’s facial expression, like pouting her lips for kissing, sticking out her tongue, opening and closing her mouth like she’s eating.

Hands coordination :
She can clap her hands, wave bye bye, open and close her hands (doing twinkle twinkle little star, nowadays, her bye bye seems to be done in this manner too) pick up small pieces of bread or biscuit to put in her mouth (still perfecting her pincher grip).

Feeding :
She’s on 2 solid meals (probably eating about 2 to 3 table spoons of food), 5 feeds of breast milk, and snack on some biscuits a day.

Preferences :
She’s started having preferences on who she wants to be with, where she wants to be, what to eat (if we give her something she doesn’t like, she’ll just purse her lips and if we forced feed her, she’ll make the Urk vomit sound).

Emotions :
She has very developed tear glands, when she cries, big droplet of tears roll down the cheek, a very pitiful sight.
She knows how to complain by making noises or whining. Sometimes stiffening her legs in protest.
When she’s happy, she makes happy noises, “Aaagh!”
She smiles a lot when she’s in a good mood.
She is a thumb sucker, and normally can pacify herself or get herself to sleep sucking her thumb.

Overall, she’s a happy and healthy baby.

Songs

August 14, 2005 at 12:48 pm

I started singing her the song, “If You’re Happy And You Know it”, 1 week ago.

I used the action “clap your hands”, “wave bye bye”, “give me five”, “kick your legs”, “stamp your feet”. In the beginning, she knew how to do the first 4, and when I stamped my feet, she got attracted to the sound, and looked down to see how I did it. She was quick to learn. After a few rounds of singing, over the weekend, she showed me how she ‘stamp her feet’.

She was holding on the the bed frame doing her usual round of cruising, and when we reached the part “stamp your feet”, she lifted one of her feet up, and stamped her foot. I sang the whole song, and she stamped her feet every time we reached the phrase with the action.

We were so pleased with her, and cheered and lifted her up to praise her. She was pleased with herself too, smiling her cheeky grin.

Now, every time when I sing her the song, she will follow the action phrase and do the action. Sometimes she’s a bit slow, and I have to wait for her a second or two, and repeat the phrase, or tell her “Zara, wave bye bye la”, or “Zara, give mummy five”, and she’ll carry out the action after the reminder.

These few days, she also started mastering opening and closing her hands while we sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. She’s trying to imitate the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” action as well, but I guess that will take a while.

Of all the Baby Einstein DVDs that I bought for her, she likes the Old Mc Donald one the most, and only the bit where the song was sung.

She enjoys children songs a lot, and especially like it if there’s some action bits which she can contribute. Sometimes, she sings too, but I can’t make out what she’s singing. She’ll be ‘aaaaah…. mm baaaa.”, then she’ll open and close her hands, and I guess she’s probably singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Too excited to sleep

August 5, 2005 at 3:14 pm

Zara has learnt how to crawl, stand up (supported), cruise around furniture, stand and sit herself up within these last 2 weeks.

I think her own achievement has excited herself.

She has been sleeping quite promptly at 9:30pm the last few weeks. After I changed her to her pajamas, she would lie down to nurse, then drift off to sleep; or worse case, she would lie in bed with me, and after a few songs and some patting, she would fall asleep. Her usual routine is 10hrs of sleep in the night, and she takes 2 naps which total up to 2 to 3hrs.

But this week, after we’d come back home, she’s still wide awake, even though I know she’s very tired (since her nap time remain the same, and she is physically more active now). After nursing, she would want to get back down on the ground, do more cruising, practice more standing herself up.

She wouldn’t stop, even if I turned off the lights, and tell her it’s time for bed. She would toss and turn and sit up, and toss and turn and sit up. A few times, to calm her excited self down, I have to lay her on my chest with her tummy against mine, and her head on my chest; or I carry her in my arms and rock her to sleep, that way she’ll drift to sleep in 5mins or so.

We have also raised the bars of her cot as she’s now able to stand herself up. This is what she does now in the morning at 6am when she wants to come over to our bed to nurse, she’ll stand herself up, hanging on to the bars facing my direction, and shouts for me “Aaah.. Eerr” until I come to her.

This is her still up and alert at 11pm wanting to practice more cruising.

Stand Up!

July 30, 2005 at 4:18 pm

On Friday evening, after dinner, we had some grapes in the living room. She was standing supported by her hands leaning against the coffee table, when the grape was served, and she spotted the plate of grapes.

I sat her down on the floor next to the coffee table, so that it’ll be easier for me to feed her small pieces of the skinned grape. She was, however, very eager to reach for the grapes. While sitting down, she reached for the corner of the table, and tried to pull herself up.

My heart skipped a few beats as she failed and fell. A few times she landed on her bottom, once or twice, she almost lost her balance and nearly landed with her head knocking on some thing or the floor. She wasn’t deterred by any of these falling.

After I helped her sit back up, she tried to pull herself up again . She was able to lift herself up high enough for her to see the grapes. More temptation, more determinations!

Then she tried to get more help, she used her hands to pull herself, and at the same time use her 4 little teeth biting on the corner of the table to further propel herself. I of course told her NO, NO BITING, and pushed her head away from the table.

She still didn’t give up hope, and continued pulling, falling, pulling, falling. Having a glimpse of the grape when her head was high enough to spot it.

Then in finally happened! She managed to pull herself up standing!! Hip Hip hooray! I carried her and shouted. She had a big grinned, kicked her legs a few times, indicating she’s also very happy with herself. Samantha che-che clapped for her, Ah kim clapped for her. Her grinned widened, her kicking more furious. She was making happy noises, and coughed out some small pieces of grapes in the process.

She achieve another milestone today. She was very pleased with herself, I was happy, and daddy was very proud of her (although he didn’t see it and learnt of it later in the night).

Baby, Boo!

July 28, 2005 at 6:21 pm

This seems to be Zara’s most favourite book.

I bought many books for her, and none interest her as much as this one. She really enjoys it each time we read this book to her. She smiles and gets all excited the minute we take the book out, she’ll try to place herself on our lap and then leans back against us, all ready for us to read this to her, she smiles when each page is turned.

Every time, when we reach the page KISS KISS, I LOVE YOU, she just leans forward and kisses the baby photo on that page!! And when we reach the last page with the mirror on, she either leans forward to kiss her own image on the mirror, or she’ll give herself a big smile.

She has never kissed anybody or anything before until we started reading this book to her (well, opening her wet mouth touching our faces or the floor don’t count as kissing), she just learnt how to kiss from this book.

We found out that she’ll kiss anything that looks like a baby (e.g. a doll which is made to look like a baby) or photos of babies in books, magazines, even paintings of babies or little children. When we thrust our faces forward and ask her for a kiss, she’ll push our faces away with her little hand, and look the other way round.

Ball Kicking

July 27, 2005 at 1:26 pm

The ball is singular, so it has nothing to do with the male anatomy.

It happens to be something Zara showed us she’s able to do yesterday.

We were home, and she wanted to do her round of ‘walk walk’ in the living room. Then she spotted the ball, and stopped. She started kicking (or stamping her feet , since she was standing); “Ugh”, she said, and grinned at me. She wanted the ball, I interpreted it.

I told her she needed to sit down, so we could play, and she sat (it means she really wanted to play with the ball).

At first she was happy sitting down, with me passing the ball to her, and she kicked it back to me or wherever the ball may end up. Then she started raising her hands, and bounced up and down trying to stand up.

I pulled her up, and she held my hands trying to walk towards the ball.

The momont we reached the ball, she raised her little foot, and nudged the ball with it. We moved towards the ball again, and she did the same thing. I started cheering at her, ‘Zara, kick the ball ball!’, ‘kick the ball ball!’, and we chased the ball around with her nudging or kicking it. She was very pleased with herself, and wanted to do more ball kicking.

Daddy saw what she did from the dining table, and got excited too. So he joined us, and his turn to walk her around chasing after the ball, and kicking it. The more we cheered for her, the more she wanted to show off her new skill.

We both thought she’s quite amazing, despite her wobbly legs, she could kick a ball! Daddy even claimed he saw her dribbling the ball on a few occasions.

Well, as parents, we are entitled to feel amazed with our baby’s achievement, and pleased with our ability to produce such good genes (even when probably majority of the babies can do the same thing at her age). It’s just normal for parents to feel proud even over the baby’s minutest feat.

That night, she slept really well. Probably tired by the ball kicking.

Crawl…

July 26, 2005 at 12:52 pm

3 weeks ago, she was contented sitting. Then she wanted to stand, and enjoyed holding on to our bed frame or hanging on to the wooden chest for support. Soon after that she found out it was fun to ‘walk walk’ around the house with her hands holding on to ours.

Weekends cause bad back aches, lowering ourselves to accommodate her height, allowing her to hang on to our hands walking around the house, chasing after Russ, our cat.

Yesterday, she started crawling (she used to crawl a bit, but with not much enthusiasm, yesterday, she seemed to have mastered it, and enjoy her new found mobility, even though her crawl is still with her tummy not lifted off the ground).

Tuyam, our domestic helper, told us while she was preparing Zara’s bath water in the bathroom, she left Zara in the room with some toys. A moment later, our little one had helped herself to the bathroom, eager to take her bath.

We saw the same mobility and eagerness to explore in our home early this morning. She wanted to know what her daddy was doing, so she crawled to the bathroom to check out. Greeting him with a cheeky grin when he peeked at her from behind the shower screen.

I told her it’s time for us to leave the house, and she needs to put on her pajamas pants again (I left only her diaper on earlier, so that she can crawl around easier on the paquet floor), and she came to me without assistance. Hip Hip Hooray! I cheered for her.

In the car, on our way to Ah Kim’s and Ah Ku’s house, she seemed to be so pleased with her achievement, she didn’t take her normal nap, even when we were stuck in a really bad jam, and took longer than usual to arrive.

Her mobility excites us and at the same time worries us. It’s time to seriously look into child proofing the house.

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