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Friday, March 30, 2012

Jianna's Arrival

We are happy to announce the birth of our third child - Jianna, on 30 March 2012. At birth, Jianna weighed 3.62kg or 8lb. She is 52cm in length with a head circumference of 34cm. She was delivered spontaneously at 40 weeks 3 days (3 days past due date).

Baby Jianna and Mummy Angie are fine. Jianna is the third grandchild for Angie's parents, and the fifth for my parents (3 boys and 2 girls).

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[Jianna]

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Our Spot for Plane Spotting

We have been regulars at the public car park of the Second Cargo Complex in Batu Maung for plane spotting. It's one of our weekly or biweekly weekend activities with the boys. Good way to while away an hour :o).

When an aircraft approaches for landing, the boys like to guess the name of the airline. When an aircraft rolls down the runway, Julian likes to narrate what's going on, complete with sound effects.

Here are a few regular aircrafts at the Penang International Airport:

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[Malaysia Airlines]

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[Air Asia with reverse thrust deployed]

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[Firefly]

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[Silk Air]

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[Wings Airways]

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Julian at 58 Months

Julian turned 58 months (4 years 10 months) on 28 March 2012.

Here are his updates:
  • He converses with Justin, and they also argue, now that Justin can talk.
  • He would correct Justin when the latter says something wrongly, or when he doesn't see whatever that Justin says he (Justin) saw.
  • He would periodically ask us to 'speak about Chinese/Bahasa', meaning he wants us to say whatever we were saying in Chinese/Malay.
  • He likes to read the bus numbers in Chinese and then wants us to say 'tuay' ('correct'in chinese) :-)
  • He sometimes tells us what he did during the day, especially when it is something out of his routine. This is progress to us, since he seldom divulged any info previously.
  • His teacher told us he reads with proper intonation and esxpression :-)
  • His attention span is improving. Apparently he can now sit with the other children during their school assembly. Previously he would be at the back and doesn't sit still.
  • He loves dancing. Current favourite: YMCA and Choco Latte (dances he learnt for his school concert in the past 2 years). He would turn on the music on the computer and start dancing to the tunes.
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[Strumming the guitar]

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[Getting a different point of view]

Justin at 32 Months

Justin turned 32 months on 25 March 2012.

Here are his updates:
  • His speech continues to improve and he can respond appropriately in simple conversation. A lot of what he says is learnt from big bro Julian.
  • He enjoys singing and dancing. He would do the YMCA and Choco Latte dances together with Julian.
  • He and Julian converse with each other, and also argue, now that he can talk.
  • He would sometimes 'share' stories with us, e.g. "so-and-so cry" (in school), "friend do me", etc.
  • At the end of the boys' daily computer session, he would want to watch a few Thomas clips. When we say 'this is the last one', or 'after this song we shut down', or the like, it doesn't seem to click with him. He'll always insist on watching more. So, very often the session ends with him in tears...
  • He is often particular about cleanliness. He would complain "dirty already" whenever the cleanliness level doesn't meet his standards! Once, he refused to eat the fishballs in the seaweed soup because he said it was 'dirty' (pointing to the black seaweed)!
  • He has started the habit of putting his finger in his mouth, sometimes nibbling his fingernails :-( See the picture below for his response when we ask him to take his hand out of this mouth!
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[Justin: I touching only...]

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[Playing the guitar... guqin style]

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[Cool boy]