So much has happened in the past month!
My dear boy is starting to learn his phonics. Never too early, I'm told. My mother-in-law had a brilliant idea of using Callum's formula lids to write the alphabets on. She also said that children can see better with blue and red ink. We have now started him off on 'a', 'b', 'c', 'd', 'e', 'g', 'l', 'm', 'o', 'p', and 't'. His attention span varies but on a good day, he makes a real attempt at making the sounds! He can do a,b,c,d,e and m. He is also able to pick out the alphabets and hand them to us correctly half the time so far. When we first started, he was less than keen. He only wanted to gnaw on the lids. But very quickly, after 2-3 days, he now looks forward to it. Whenever I take the container out, he bounces excitedly. How interesting it is to teach and parent in faith.
He also babbles in 'm' and says 'mueh, mueh' alot. I've been teaching him about the moon, stars, sun, night and day. I also try to speak Mandarin to him. He has some hand-me-down French books which are his favourite books! He goes straight for them every single time.
'mmmmmm' = moon which he loves to say.
Update: He has now moved on to 'G' in his babbles! He goes 'Guh! guh! Guh!' incessantly. It's so cute the way he scrounges his nose when he says it.
We decided one day to teach him how to draw on the Ipad. He really enjoys trying to draw the letter 't'. He struggles with the horizontal line but babbles so much when we draw.
We have been taking him out to play groups, music and adventure sessions. He had his first time on a slide and crawling in a tunnel.
He also found the screws that hold up the dining table. It's his latest discovery. Naturally, everytime he stands there playing with the screws, I say 'That's a screw!'
One day, while flipping through his book of animals, I decided it was time to introduce the squirrel. The moment I said 'squirrel', he turned to look at the table! Every time since, he has been doing that. Come to think of it, the two words really do sound similar!
Each time he experiences something new, he has this gleam in his eye and an excited smile. It's so precious. He also started playing Peekaboo with us all by himself. One day he just crawled to the curtains and peeked out from behind it saying 'Ah Booooo'. I'm so glad that I caught one of those moments on camera below.
He understands so much now and is able to pick a book and bring it to us when he wants us to read to him. He does it so much that I am getting breathless from reading. He tries very hard to crawl to us book in hand. After we take the book from him, he bounces excitedly on his knees and claps his hands. It's really cute.
Callum has started wanting to be close to us. He holds on to us more and stays very close by. He leans his head on us which makes us so happy and he gets upset when we leave the room.
He enjoys trips to the park even now when it's getting colder. He is also a very social baby.
C posing with his 'Welcome to the World' picture at Great Aunt Jessie's.
He really enjoys it when I sing to him so I've been adding new songs to the repertoire. Mostly songs from children church, nursery rhymes and wonderful songs that my mother-in-law has taught me.
He caught his first flu, two weeks shy of turning a year old! What a feat I must say. He has not fallen sick a single time since birth, bar his eczema. No fevers or colds. Despite that, he was still mostly a cheery boy. One day, he was a bit down and I decided to sit him on my lap and look through his latest photobook with him. I told him about this precious red book and how special it was. As I flipped the page, he saw a photo of his grandparents. His finger immediately went to grandpa's face and he made squealing noises while touching grandpa's face over and over again. He then did the same with grandma. It was such a touching moment!
He is definitely teething as well. He chomps down on both of us like a lion cub, grunting most earnestly. He has bitten us everywhere on our arms and legs. Poor boy. He doesn't like any teething toys and prefers the flesh, just like his mummy! (I'm told the love for biting runs in my family)
He also started walking! One night, he was just game on trying. He had been standing on his own here and there through the day. He hasn't really walked much since that night, as most things go with this boy. He tends to shoot straight into doing something amazing then not do it for a while. He was so pleased with himself when he took his first independent steps. He was squealing in excitement.
We also decided not to send him to daycare after we started seeing some things we didn't like about it. We found a childminder instead. Hopefully, it will be a wonderful experience for him.
Happy Birthday my darling!
You are such a joy and a wonderful boy. Your smile is the sweetest thing to behold! Your laughter is infectious and the best medicine to anyone who hears it. We love you so much and we cannot wait to see what you will be up to next.
God bless you, my love, and may His grace and mercy follow you all the days of your life, my bright sun, Zhen Wei.