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Friday, October 30, 2009

Are You Sleepy?

Julian readily complies when asked to say certain words in our effort to teach him new words.

Conversation #1: After picking him from the babysitter's...
Mummy or Daddy: Julian, did you have a good day?
Julian: Day?
Mummy or Daddy: Julian, say "yes".
Julian: Yes.

Conversation #2: Sometimes, just for fun, Daddy will teach him some exclamations...
Daddy: Julian, say "Alamak!"
Julian: "Amak!" (and laughs...)
Daddy: Julian, say "Oh! My goodness!"
Julian: "Uh-ness!" (and laughs...)
Daddy: Julian, say "Ayoh!"
Julian: ... (just laughs)

Conversation #3: Since he's quite good at "parroting" what we say (just like most kids his age), we tried to "con" him into agreeing to go to bed, but we were in for a surprise.
Julian: (Yawns...)
Daddy: Julian, are you sleepy? Say "yes".
Julian: No.
Daddy and Mummy: ????

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Justin the Story-teller

Justin was in one of his story-telling moods...

Why didn't you tell me?
[Chehhh! Why didn't you tell me earlier that you also go hunting??!]

Justin loads gun
[I went hunting the other day. I loaded my shotgun like this...]

Justin aims
[Then, I saw this huge bird. I took aim... and fired! Bang!!]

It got away
[But it got away...]

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Julian at 29 Months

Julian turns 29 months old today.

On the talking front, he's progressing but still isn't talking in full sentences. He's now better at talking over the phone instead of shying away when he hears someone talking at the other end.

His latest pre-occupation while on the road is spotting trucks, buses, or vans, and saying e.g. "truck, round!" (with hand gestures), prompting us to sing "The wheels on the truck go round and round..." *can be tiring*...

He's now interested in the computer *sweats*! Just like how he used to be glued to the TV, we sense that the computer is starting to be one of his staple entertainment *got to remember to keep this in check*.

Anyway, although he has yet to recite his ABCs in sequence, we discovered that he actually recognises all the 26 letters of the alphabet, all thanks to his punching away at the keyboard. He now also knows the numbers 1 to 20 (but he still says 13 as "three-teen" and 15 as "five-teen"). He pronounces 11 and 12 correctly, though.

For more than a month now, Julian readily wants to go to bed at night. With some prompting from us, he'd turn the TV off, wish Mummy or Daddy "goodnight" (depending on who's minding Justin), run off to the room onto the bed, pop his pacifier into his mouth, and after some "minor" rolling-around (and some shoulder and bum patting), doze off to sleep. It all takes an average of 15-20 minutes.

Julian's lantern
[Julian is facinated with candles]

Julian leaning
[I'm better with my sleeping routine now]

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Great Big Hug

"With a great big hug, and a kiss from me to you" (ala Barney) is not necessarily a gentle thing. Let Julian show you how...

Gentle hug
[Julian: With a great big hug, and a kiss from me to you...]
[Justin: :o) Thank you, kor kor (elder brother)]

Rough hug
[Julian: Won't you say you love me too?!!]
[Justin: Akkk!! Okay! Okay!]

Actually, the photos were taken in the opposite order... more interesting when presented in reverse :o).

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Justin at 3 Months

Justin turns 3 months old today. (Update: Justin went to the clinic for his immunisation on 27 October 2009. Weight: 7kg (about 75th percentile). Length: 62cm). Justin still sleeps a lot and doesn't drink very much (no significant increase noted). However, he's now getting used to the bottle at the babysitter's.

Last 11 October 2009, he was able to flip over from his back onto his tummy. He did it twice that day but hasn't repeated it since.

Other things we noticed about his development:

  • Still trying to lift his head while on his tummy.
  • Gets excited when he sees someone face-to-face and starts to smile, say his "ah-goos", and squeal.
  • Can almost hold his head steady when upright.
  • Loves to blow raspberries
  • Loves to suck his fist.
  • Can bear some weight on his legs when held upright.
Justin fell a little ill on 17 October 2009 with a runny nose and a low-grade fever. Fortunately, it didn't get any worse.

Justin asleep
[Justin asleep]

Justin on glider
[On the glider: We put him here when we have our meals]

Justin smile #1
[Smile #1]

Justin smile #2
[Smile #2]

Justin smile #3
[Smile #3]

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sticky Situation

Julian found himself in a sticky situation yesterday when Daddy decided to put some stickers to "good use"... much to Daddy's amusement.

Sticker all over
[What's all this?]

Sticker on the head
[Hey! Bodily accessories! What fun...]

Get them off
[Arrgh! Get them off! Get them off!]

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Quick Updates on the Boys

Julian seems to be able to recognise the roads leading to places he's interested in. For instance, as we head to a seafood restaurant in Pantai Bersih, he would say 'crab'. This is before the restaurant is in sight. Hope it's a sign of a good sense of direction!

Nowadays, when Julian sees words he would quite often say 'A-B'. He hasn't got his alphabet in order yet but at this stage, we're not worried :-)

Justin is starting to play with his saliva.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Julian at 28 Months

Julian turned 28 months old on 28 Sept 2009. Last month we forgot to note that he weighed 12kg and was 95cm tall.

Julian can now generally understand instructions quite well. Sometimes, of course, he chooses to ignore them.

He's still not speaking fluently yet and quite often we still need to decipher what he's saying. However he is able to express himself more. He can tell us that he's hungry and wants to eat. Previously he asks for food only when he sees it. He can even ask Ah Kong to BUY something for him - and of course he almost always gets it! :-) When he has a physical discomfort, he is able to indicate to us where the discomfort is - which is helpful.

Although he can speak, he seems to get tongue-tied when on the phone. When we try to get him to talk to someone on the phone, he would become silent. When he does finally speak after much coaxing, he would speak very softly. Wonder why...

He also likes to punch away at the keys on the computer keyboard and has learnt a few more letters of the alphabet this way.

Amen!
[Amen! Rare quiet moments...]

Peace be with you
[Peace be with you]

Me and my mess
[Me and my mess...]

Jail
[... Land me in jail!]

Signature smile #1
[Julian's signature smile #1]

Signature smile #2
[Julian's signature smile #2]

Justin at 2 Months

Justin turned 2 months on 25 September 2009. He had his first immunisation at the Taman Tun Sardon clinic on 28 Sept 2009. He took it quite well - cried a little when the jab was given then quiet down :-)

His weight was 6 kg, an increase of 1.6kg. Although he has put on quite a bit of weight, Justin doesn't drink very much. At the baby sitter's he takes about 2oz EBM (expressed breast milk) 2 hourly. At home he feeds on demand - and he doesn't ask very often. However, he sleeps a lot.

At 2 months Justin is able to smile socially. He likes people to talk to him and can coo in return. He's a very 'loud' baby, making a lot of noise when he stretches while asleep or awake.

He likes to be carried on the shoulder rather than in a sitting position. He would protest if carried in a sitting position for long.

Justin
[Justin]

Justin sleeping on shoulder
[Justin asleep on Mummy's shoulder]

Justin sleeping
[Justin asleep, again]

Justin shows tongue
[I'm not too pleased... Wekkkk!]

Justin is strong
[I'm strong... don't mess with me]

Justin's social smile
[Justin's social smile]

Justin's big smile
[Ha ha... very funny]