Dear baby cub,
you are 14 months old! You’re at such a fun and cute age, I wish for more time to spend with you every day. Although..I gotta say, it’s extremely physically exhausting for me to play with you now.
I hope you are enjoying yourselves in the company of your 公公 and 婆婆. Guess we gotta be thankful that you can be cared for by family and and be able to spend more time with not only your grandparents but your great-grandma, grandaunt, 舅舅s, 舅母 and cousins.
And your progression in the usual departments:
Well, you take more porridge than the previous months now. It’s apparent that you like to share whatever we are having but of course, I’m trying to limit these to the healthier items like tofu and egg.
You LOVE bread, which is good! Soon, you can take sandwiches and we will have plenty of healthy choices.
Now that we have evidence you do know how to walk, we know that you are just being your siu-ye self when you want us to carry you, and being lazy when you find that crawling is much easier for you now. ‘Cos when you get excited during play time, you would forget that you need support and go after the ball on your own!
Fortunately, your grandparents and grandaunt have been very encouraging and get you to practice walking on your own every now and then. They know that treats work well on you as it did on our dog, Dino. Heh!
It’s funny considering you can climb up the stairs yourself holding onto the railings, which is more advanced a stage than walking by yourself. Guess climbing up the stairs seem more fun to you than walking eh!
Stumbled onto this site: Little Milestones for Toddlers! Let’s do this month’s log with reference to this site.
Learning Body Parts
I’ve only just started teaching you where are your eyes, nose, mouth cheeks, ears and hair. So far, it seems that you get the eyes and nose but not so much of the rest. Other times, you just like to take the opportunity to point/poke at me instead when I ask you where are your eyes, nose, etc and laugh at my response! That brings us to your next milestone.
Developing a Sense of Humour
Ahh, you definitely know humour. For a couple of months now, you have been playing peekaboo with us and laughing your head off when we pretend to be surprised by you.
You would purposely throw the ball in a direction that’s furthest away from us so that we will get frustrated having to walk over to pick it up for you. Watching us whine and grumble amuses you much. I hope you don’t think we are just as amused watching YOU whine and grumble.
Gotta credit myself for helping you to achieve this, although unknowingly! I work on my photos quite often with you playing next to me. And every time you kaypoh and look at my screen, you would get excited and point to the screen when you see pictures of yourself or people you are familiar with. I would point and show you where is Thaddeus, or Mommy, or Daddy in the photos.
My iPhone wallpaper in locked screen is a collage of your photos. You know to press on the home button when we ask you where Thaddeus is on the iPhone. And you would be so pleased to see the collage appearing. So very cute!!
It seems like you have already been grooving for months now! Every time you hear music, you will start smiling to yourself and groove to the music. You can dance even to the Taiwanese songs for the Taiwanese drama serials that your 婆婆 watches!
At malls, you will start moving your body when you hear some music being played in shops, at events, etc. Sometimes I don’t even notice the music until I see you dancing!
Starting to Speak in Sentences
At your age, I guess being able to speak some words is good enough. But no, you are quite adamant on not calling any of us or speaking any proper words. You can go “up up up” but I don’t think it means anything cos you use it too often on too many things. Same goes for “ma ma ma ma”.
We know you definitely understand us to some extent. When I tell you to pass me your empty milk bottle (after you are done drinking), you pass it to me. When I tell you to pick up my hair clip, you do it too. When I tell you to put back the toys, you put it back only to throw it on the floor again soon enough. CHEEKY FELLA!
Learning to Sing
Your current favourite song is “Somewhere out there” from An American Tale.
I remember watching it when I was very young and cried so hard because it was a rather sad tale of a mouse. The song stuck to me since then and I’ve always loved the lyrics! So when HBO had this on their channel, I started singing this song to you. Initially, you would cry whenever I go “somewhere out there..”. I was very surprised at how attuned you are to the sad melody!
In order to make you feel better about the song, I started playing with you while singing the song. That worked and you are able to appreciate the song without showing me the 🙁 face with tears. Now, it is like your lullaby. You calm down when we sing the song or play it on youtube. Sometimes you try to sing along, but most of the time, you drift off to sleep. That makes it my favourite song now too. 😉
Well, you are really good at pretending you are on the phone. You would take our iPhones or anything that resembles our phones and put it to your ear as if you are taking a call.
You love remote controls and would try to change channels by pointing them to the TV..just like what we do! Sometimes you hit it on your thigh, cos that’s what 公公 does when the remote control is cranky. It’s hilarious when you imitate him!
Tissue paper is another of your favourite thing to grab. Now that you have seen us using it to clean tables and other stuff, you do the same too. You will use the tissue to wipe the table or our faces.
When I tell you to close your eyes and go to sleep, you show me this:
Learning to Jump
Hmm, come to think of it..I don’t think I’ve seen you trying to jump. We may need your Daddy or Uncles to do some demonstrations for you.
You make me like myself a whole lot more because I see myself in you. I love you very much, my baby cub. Happy 14 months old!