Wednesday, November 11, 2009

the Imitator & Mr Frank, the sharkaholic

Before I begin, HAPPY 17TH MONTH DYL DYL! We have one month to go before you are officially one and a half :)

I've decided to post updates on the kids as and when I have anything to update. The monthly posts on Dylan had put undue stress on me each time the 11th of the month drew near ;) So this post is for Dylan's 16th & 17th month update and about Kayden lately.

The small one has turned into a copycat. He will imitate any action you do and try to repeat some words. He air flosses (saw daddy doing it), opera sings "OOORHH!" after you say Sydney (from Nemo), picks his soiled clothes (after you remove them) and puts them into the laundry basket, soaps himself in the shower like his brother and makes an exaggerated chewing action when you tell him to chew and swallow his food. He can even do a lunge now, imitating me while I exercise :p He MUST also have a bite of whatever you are eating even though he may not like it. You will know if he doesn't, the food will be spat out immediately. When I point my index finger at him to warn him of his bad behaviour, he'll point his index finger back at me complete with the same stern look I gave him :s

He loves to be around Charlene or me in the studio area when we are shooting. Often just sitting or standing quietly on the side, observing us and our subjects. In particular, he has a fondness for young babies, often going near to have a peek at them. I am waiting for the day when he will pick up the camera and start shooting, ahh I can retire soon ;)

While I enjoyed my vacation down under with the family, you know it's not really a vacation with 2 young kids along. Dylan demanded "neh-neh" each time we entered the car or before he takes a nap. My secret wish that he will self wean like Kayden did at 21months seems a bit impossible now as he is still not letting up on the number of times he nurses a day, at least 5 times each day :s The day he weans off the breast, I am booking a flight to Darwin for a photography trip :)

Who is Mr Frank you ask? Ok the other day we were in the middle of dinner at Ikea when a mother with her baby came to occupy the vacant table next to us. Kayden looked at them then said to me loudly,"Mummy, this baby is so ugly, he got so little hair!" I almost choked on the food in my mouth and quickly said to him sternly that he should not say anybody is ugly. I was too embarrassed to look at the mother of the baby with "so little hair". I stole a peek later on and she didn't seem too upset so thank goodness. I went to get dessert and when I came back, Erwin told me that Kayden made a remark about a man who walked past them, he said,"Daddy, that man is so fat!" I was like what? I told Kayden if he kept this up, he's going to be a fat old man with no hair :p Kids, they just say what they see, with no tact whatsoever. I hope he will learn to have some soon otherwise nobody's gonna like being around this Mr Frank.

As you already know, Mr Frank has an obsession with sharks lately and occasionally elephants. Everyday after we pick him from school, we will be presented with this same drawing of a black shark drawn by him. When at home, he will also draw and colour shark after shark. It looks more like a whale with sharp teeth and dorsal fins but to my son, it is a fierce shark. When I commented why always black? He replied that his favourite colour is black (yes, no longer green!) but still proceeded to draw a "rainbow shark" just for mummy ;)

Oh and as I have not completed my post on part 2 of our aussie holiday, I might as well announce here that Kayden sandboarded while we were at the sand dunes! Not once but 3 times! He is becoming a little braver, this boy that was born in the year of the chicken :p He has also been sleeping in his own room since we cleared the smaller room (which used to be my office for Tubbykat Productions) for his 4th birthday. More on this and the "ladder bed" in another post.

Till the next update, I am looking forward to more great discoveries with Dylan and braver adventures from Kayden :)


kristalangel said...

MARYANN !!! .. you're super kidding me, man !! .. 21 months ?!! You breastfed your firstborn for so long?!! .. wow !!

At about 1 year, I introduce formula for the day feeds .. so far for my 2nd and 3rd girls, I was done breastfeeding at abt 14 months or so. For Calista so far at 11.5 months, she can drink juice from a bottle but is still rejecting formula. must try harder!! ..

But you damn power !! 21 months. WOW.

maryann koh said...

kristal! long meh? i've heard of mothers who bfeed till 6years old! champion la those mummies :p you got 4 lei, if you breastfeed all of them till 21months you would have no life! ;) i think you are doing a swell job already with 4 kids! keep it up :)