Friday, December 11, 2009

Dylan at one and a half

Dylan turns 18 months old today!

Being my second child, I have been quite slack with Dylan in terms of bringing him for enrichment classes, letting him watch educational DVDs etc so one tuesday I was off and decided to spend the day with him doing such stuff. I let him watch Your Baby Can Read, to my surprised, he sat through the entire first half of the video and even paid attention. One of the words shown in the video was NOSE and ARMS UP. During the second half he wanted neh neh, so I kept the video on while he nursed. At one point of the video, it was the ARMS UP word again and when he heard the word, he raised one arm (the other was stuck around my waist)! After he stopped nursing, I let him continue watching the video, next word he mastered was NOSE, he pointed to his nose when the word was read out. Next came KICK. Ok I know most of your kids this age probably already know all these words but this was the first time I let him watch this video and already he picked up 3 words just like that. Made me guilty of what he could achieve if I had the time to sit with him an hour each day learning like this. Gosh, is he missing out? That evening I excitedly told his father about Dyl's achievements and he said it's a coincidence la! I asked Dyl, where's your nose? He flattened his nose as he placed his finger on it :p ARMS UP! I said and both his arms popped up in surrender pose kekeke. You should have seen his dad's face ;) That was more than a month back, he knows quite a few now.

Can say and understand:
6. FLOWER (wow-wer)
7. CHRISTMAS TREE (ok ok, he calls it quish mus si)
8. NA (Ribena)
9. CHOU CHOU (when he poops, complete with hand fanning action to shows it's smelly)
10.SHOES (hoos)
13.MAMA (his favourite word kekeke)
14.HELLO (harrow, he will put a phone to his ear as he says this)
15.BABY (bee bee)
16.MOMO (our cat)
17.HOT (he will exaggerate with a scrunched up face to indicate that it's "hooort")
19.BEAR (any soft toy is a bear :p)
20.NO MORE (twists wrists and hands to show no more)

Can understand and react:
6. SOME MORE? (If he has had enough, he will shake his head)
9. WHERE IS xxx? (He will reply "THERE!" if he knows the item)
10.POSE (cocks head to right side)
13.Give me a kiss or hug and he will do just that, but the kiss is him giving you his cheek to receive a kiss

I also brought Dylan for the first time to an indoor kids gym called Polliwogs at East Coast. He was a bit apprehensive at first and I ended up with a bit of a workout bringing him around the obstacles and encouraging him to try the slides etc. We went with gor gor a few weeks later and this time, Dyl wasted no time showing his brother around and even went up and down the slides on his own. This boy's a real trooper :) The both of them totally enjoyed themselves and I was glad to see Dylan opening up.

Lately whenever I whip out the camera or my phone and point it at him, he will give this cheesy cheeky grin almost like Kayden's eyeless smile! I wonder if Kay has been giving him lessons on how to smile :s This is what he looks like in that smile :p

OH and I almost forgot, Dyl boy won this mountain of yum yum from a Halloween photo contest by Cold Storage. I happened to buy 2 Halloween props (a witch hat and a devil's horn) from the supermarket and took some pictures of him wearing the horns (he hated the hat) and submitted this collage and he won! The grocery trolley bag that could be pulled up stairs easily (it has 6 wheels) is really handy.

This is the winning shot:

Diet wise, there has been much improvements. Dylan eats rice for dinner now, which I lightly stir fry with pureed vegetables and add in an egg or some tofu for his protein. He's still vegetarian at the moment. He loves fruits, any kind but especially cataloupes, bananas, apples, pears and grapes. He likes to feed himself too unlike Kayden. Often rather taking the food portion from your hand instead of letting you feed him. I like!

One of my resolutions for the new year will be to spend more quality time with the little squirt offering him more opportunities and exposure to education and not waste his capacity for learning.

(all pictures taken on the Lumix and iPhone. my iPhone is the very first version from USA, thus the low image quality)

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