Whether it the effect of the multivitamin supplement he’s taking or just a growth spurt, I’m thankful that Asher’s appetite has suddenly surged. He now requests for a second round of his lunch or dinner meal. Oddly,this began after his hospital confinement. The reason why he quickly recovered the weight he lost and why his cheeks are looking more plump now. I used to be bothered about his skinny looks especially when I see chubby and humongous babies of his age. But looking at the growth chart at the back of his baby book (immunization and checkup records) and with the pediatrician’s assurance, his weight and built need not be worried about. He’s just within the average percentile and also, she reminded me that breastfed babies are usually slimmer than their formula fed counterparts.
A photo taken last January 1. After consuming this bowl of cereals, he requested for a serving of carbonara we were eating then a spoonful of Chona’s Delight cake afterwards
My 20 months old son and I would engage in a reading session once in a while. He can not read yet but he’s at the stage when he can recognize and point to objects when asked. Or sometimes, he points to the object by himself then tries to imitate its sound. This instances make me realize that he’s indeed growing fast and in a blink of an eye (you know how short 2 years can be), can be all set and ready for schooling. Every parent wishes for their kids to have a bright future. By bright future means securing their child’s right to quality education. Life may be harder now but the husband and I do our best to save for our son’s educational fund. Whether it be in a college, a university or even in online colleges such as Capella University, wherever he’ll wish to pursue his education, we’ll be with him all the way. Capella is an accredited, fully online university and the leading online graduate school in the US that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, psychology, public health, and public safety, and bachelor’s degree programs in business, information technology, and public safety and serves more than 23,400 students worldwide. Sounds promising and it won’t be bad if little A might pursue an online degree from them by then.
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A long overdue post.
Hubby, Asher and I joined LFLS’ yearly educational trip last October 29. This year, we watched a puppet show at Pius Center (Paco) in the morning then spent the rest of the afternoon exploring Tagaytay particularly Tagaytay Picnic Grove and People’s Park in the Sky formerly known as Palace in the Sky.
Here are just a few pictures of the field trip and how the little one enjoyed it so much. To view more, check out the Field Trip album I made in my Flickr gallery.
Hubby and Asher inside the auditorium while waiting for the puppet show to start.
Not only the puppet show was educational (it tackled how to take care of mother nature) but it was also entertaining. As for the little one, he got curious and fascinated at first by the mascots but he refused to get nearer during the photoshoot session when the show ended.
The little one just slept throughout our trip back home. Obviously, he was overly tired yet I was certain that he enjoyed our Tagaytay adventure. These pictures make me miss the cold Tagaytay breeze.Filed under All About Baby A, Travels, Uncategorized | Comment (1)
I never thought that parenting can really get this stressful.
At 20 months and the so-called nearing Terrible Two stage, Asher is at the phase when hitting, biting and kicking are his ways to address his aggression or when he simply demands attention. I know that he doesn’t intend any harm because it’s just his cognitive ways to express his emotions. After all, he’s just a toddler whose emotional development is immensely a work in progress then his inability to speak yet aggravates the frustration. It’s just sad that some people do not understand that this is ‘normal’ in toddlers and that boys tend to be more aggressive than girls, and that this aggression is probably more an indicator of age than of future personality and that every child is different. Sadly, some take his hitting personally labeling him as salbahe. Of course, this behavior should never be tolerated (and provoked) but there are proper approach to do so. More over, I treat this as an opportunity to help him about his ‘emotions’ by saying authoritatively yet calm that it’s okay to get angry but hitting hurts and should not be done.
Tough as it is, I really do try to be level-headed and control myself to just keep cool (with an aircon or a ceiling fan will do..hehe). I refrain from hitting him even when I’m at my boiling point because by doing so, it only shows my own lack of ability to stay in control. Not only it will hurt him but it will confuse him the message I am trying to convey about not hitting. Further, I never taught him how to make “palo” nor hit the things that accidentally cause pain just to appease him like when he stumbles or trips down the floor, get bumps, etc. Aside from teaching him the idea of revenge, it’s as if he’s oriented that hitting is just okay. And that’s where I get the additional stress because I can not 100% control the environment he’s in. Partly, aside from being normal that he undergoes this stage, he absorbed the idea of hitting further from his environment. He’s overly observant, inquisitive and a sponge-like mind, that’s why.
Nevertheless, I’m confident that he will outgrow this stage. I’m not claiming that I’m an expert in parenting but my common sense and moral dictates and recognizes what is obviously just right and wrong in dealing with this.
Patience…an enormous level of it is what I need right now.Filed under All About Baby A | Comment (0)
Hmm, looking at these pictures, I know now why the husband prayed for a son…so he’ll have a junior he can boss around. Just kidding. In fact, it’s Asher who’s seemingly the boss whenever his Daddy arrives home in the evening. Without being signaled or told, he automatically “commands” his Dad to sit down (by tapping the bed) so he can help him remove his socks. And yet again, because he’s so observant and smart, he learned by himself that the socks must go directly to the hamper. And who has the biggest smile after this routine? Of course, the lucky Dad. In a few years time, I can already foresee the little one wiping the windshield, spoiler and the hood as he helps his Daddy clean the van. That’s how little Asher is lately, he’s been a great imitator. Filed under All About Baby A, Family Talks. | Comment (0)