Our darling boy finally sprouted his bottom-front left tooth when we were away on our second honeymoon. He was drooling buckets and biting down on everything a few days ago and his bottom-front right tooth has been sighted today!
We took our first trip alone after Callum's arrival, just my husband and I. We were supposed to all travel together but Callum's eczema was so furious that we couldn't risk the long flights and disruption to his already fragile schedule.
Packing one Callum to-go!
However, thank God his eczema cleared in time for Ye Ye and Ngen Ngen to enjoy him without his crippling eczema. They graciously came again to help care for their grandson who enjoyed the time so immensely that he didn't miss us at all!
We Face-timed from Asia and he would giggle and smile excitedly upon seeing our faces and hearing our voices. We had a wonderful time in Asia too, a much needed break from the 'dark ages' (as our new friend puts it- referring to a baby's first few years).
A happy reunion!
When he first saw us, he started blushing so hard and he was so flushed with excitement!
In the two weeks that we were away, he learned so many new things. He had Mandarin language lessons from his grandparents and now knows quite a few things in Mandarin! He also could tell where the picture of Big Ben was merely from hearing its melody. He also knows which musical toy is which based on the melodies. We just need to sing a line and off he goes to grab that toy. Lately, he has been bobbing his head to some tunes and when he is excited. Funny little fella!
He has learned to push tiny buttons, flaps and levers on his toys and turn the switch on and off to the Dyson fan even!! He practiced standing up quite a bit and is gaining more stability. Today, he pulled himself up just grabbing on to my dress while I was doing the dishes! He started cruising a little already.
He also claps his hands quite a bit and he has learned to put balls into a funnel. However, his babbling has stopped and has been replaced by full-fledged pterodactyl screeching. I really do hope this phase passes soon. Both my husband and I have been tirelessly teaching him 'more', 'milk', 'sleep', etc signage as well as words to help him verbalise in some way apart from the high pitched ear-drum shattering squeals. But alas, it has not worked yet.
He also knows some books by their content and names. Even a French one! Haha! He can pick out the books according to what we say. He enjoys pulling his books out and trying to turn the pages. His latest thing though is to go down on a sprawl and lick the books/floor. Don't know what he is up to but he looks very cheeky when he does it.
He still enjoys playing the piano and is gaining more hand-eye coordination. He also still loves throwing things. A particular fascination he has is with the washing machine! My in-laws found that out because he would crawl into the kitchen and sit there and watch the clothes spin round and round.
We have started his first session of settling in at daycare. My heart can't take it, as all mothers would understand. My critical eye constantly tells me so many things are not good enough for Callum but something's gotta give at this point as I resume my studies. So, I hope things go well and that he settles in nicely. God help us.
Can't believe my boy is going to be One soon!
Happy Eleven Months, Callum!