Before the year is up…

Talk about a long hiatus. Yes, sorry, I know I have been AWOL but the last few months have been so jam packed that I thought it best to take a break and do justice to certain areas in my life. And now, most of the things have settled down so I’m thinking of getting back into writing!!!

As of yesterday, my little boy is already 16 months old! Can you believe it? I have a fully-fledged toddler (and a hyper one at that)!!!

So, I thought I’d do a little monthly update to show how far we’ve come so far.

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Little Mr here has 14 teeth and counting!

Height: 81cm

Weight: Almost 10kg, yippie!

Eating:
We initially struggled with his eating – he used to be very finnicky and naughty, throwing most of his meal on the floor. His weight plateaued for a while but since he started walking, things have started picking up and he is a pro right now! You should have seen him wolf down his pizza tonight! He also eats a lot of fruit, which I am quite happy about – and he loves a good fruit smoothie which we have plenty of since it’s summertime.

Favourites: Blueberries, Watermelon, Grapes, Pear, Cheese, Spring Rolls, Chicken, Peas, Corn on Cob, Any sort of Rice, Pasta, Yoghurt.

Sleep: Yes, sleep is a little patchy, and we struggles especially when he first learned to walk. He just LOVES to be awake to do things but he needs to rest for his own good. He is moving to his own room soon (we have finally moved furniture around so his cot can fit in the room) so things should improve from there, I hope! But he still looks adorable when he sleeps, doesn’t he?

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Mobility:
Jacob started walking just shy of 15 months. He had been standing for a while and trying to do stepping movements, but never really got past two steps. Then one day, at church, I think something must have just clicked. He just got up and walked right across the room, and hasn’t looked back since.

In the last few weeks, he’s really picked up speed and is relatively difficult to manage. He runs away from me in the shopping mall and climbs things like chairs, tables, bookcases, etc. No drawers or doors are safe from him so we are slowly child-locking everything. He is relatively clever at working out how things works so he opens tubes and bottles etc. He is loveable but so darn high maintenance at times!

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Words words words:
This little boy is talkative!!! I think his first word was “car” and he said “dada” around the same time. Some of his early words were mama, nana (banana), wawa (flower), star, nanny (his grandmother) and dua (dog). He also has some interesting words, like “murr” for bird, “aah” for a drink and “mannum/my-num” for dummy. And now he talks about books and balls and shoes and the moon. We are SOOO proud of him but we get pretty tired hearing the same words all day long.

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Favourite pastimes:
– Dancing/singing to songs and rhymes we know. He’s great at “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” (he sings the ‘star’ bit and does some actions) and also joins in with “Incy Wincy Spider”, “Pat a Cake”, “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes” (he only gets as far as head as it’s a bit fast).
– Drawing – I think he’s going to be a budding artist. He goes through our stationery drawers to find pens and markers to use. And despite my giving him scrap paper to draw on, he always looks for important documents to draw on (failing which, he will draw on the wall or tiles).
– Playing with other kids especially his cousins. He recognises them and points them out in pictures – they usually have an awesome time playing together and it’s great that they’re all relatively close in age.

family photoWe took some awesome family photos the other day!
– Playing with water and swimming. He loves ANYTHING to do with water. When we’re outside, he goes straight to the dog bowl and puts his hands in it. Hence why I’m buying him a sand & water table for Christmas (shhh don’t tell him!)
– Playing with Skittles. He LOVES dogs and just goes right up to them and plays with them. Skittles has knocked him over a few times but I think they’re both getting more used to each other. My babies are so cute!!!

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Only a few more sleeps to Christmas, and I know the time is going to fly by. I am praying that Jacob doesn’t destroy more ornaments on our Christmas tree – he’s already broken a few baubles and often redecorates when I’m not looking.

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Just as a fond memory of mine, here’s Jacob being baby Jesus in last year’s nativity at Lobethal. How time flies! Merry Christmas everyone, and may you enjoy this time with friends and family!

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20141208_104050He doesn’t look too happy to see Santa. Oh well!

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3 amazing months…

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Hello, my name is Jacob and I’m 3 months old today! I have big feet, a tubby tummy and I never hardly ever smile at the camera.

I’m Wednesday’s child and was born in the year of the Snake – just like my mummy and my grandma. Wednesday’s children are supposed to be full of woe, but I don’t see any reason to be woeful at all. 🙂

I love my life. I wake up around 6.30am every morning (much to mummy’s delight) and conveniently go back to sleep once she’s just given up on falling back asleep again. However, I compensate for this by letting her have nice long showers as I love lying in the bathtub listening to the shower and exhaust fan running. I also don’t mind lying in the sink but I’m a bit too big for it now…

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The rest of the day goes by and I just play by ear. I sometimes go out grocery shopping with mummy and ride in the carrier. Sometimes mummy walks Skittles while carrying me, but lately she’s been waiting for daddy to come home first as I’m getting heavy. And then we have a luxurious bath at night (usually with daddy), read a nice book and go to sleep.

Mummy and I were reading about what babies should be doing at 3 months old:
http://www.babycenter.com.au/a718/your-3-month-olds-development

I’m supposed to be able to hold my head steady – I’m not too bad at it, really, but I still faceplant sometimes. My arm, leg and hand coordination has improved and I can actually grab things though half the time I just grab my own shirt. My sleeping patterns actually used to be better before, but I’m going back to longer stints at night – mummy, bear with me. I can clearly recognise mummy and daddy though, and I love to look at them every day!

They love to read me books and I can’t wait for Christmas when I’ll get more books. My mum believes it’s good to hear different languages, so she speaks to me in Malay and tries to speak Mandarin and Japanese (though she can’t speak them very well, but I won’t tell her that). It’s also good for me to touch different textures and interact with people – I’ve always interacted though, but now I really pay attention!

It’s amazing that 3 months ago, I used to be really tiny and wrinkly:

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But then I grew, and grew, and grew. I was 3.5kg when I was born – today when mummy weighed me, I was about 6.4kg!

I have a few notable skills such as crying, squealing and flailing my legs and arms about. I have a naughty habit of pointing my middle finger at things, but I hope to grow out of it. However, my most notable one is probably the fact that I grunt when I experience a downward motion. Like if mummy’s carrying me and she sits down on the sofa. Mum and dad have videos of this, I think, and may show them at my 21st birthday.

My favourite food and drink at the moment is breastmilk, though my hands come a close second – I just can’t stop putting them in my mouth! I love colourful toys and often try to taste them. My favourite things to look at are the dangly things in my baby gym, my bug mobile and the fan when it’s turned on. I also love smiling at that little baby in the mirror – gosh, he’s handsome. Today I touched him but he was cold and hard – I was unimpressed.

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I’d like to say that I’m a well-traveled baby. I’ve traveled to many a shopping mall and regularly go out to a church in the Adelaide Hills where I routinely fall asleep in sermons. I enjoyed my visit to Port Elliot and can’t wait to watch the cricket with mummy and daddy next month. Also, I might note that I’m going to be playing baby Jesus on one of the nights at the Lobethal Lights. You can get my autograph later, thanks.

I’ve realised that mummy doesn’t really dress me like a baby – she dresses me like how she dresses daddy. Hence I’ve got hoodies, jackets, button up shirts, trackies and jeans. I wear overalls too, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen daddy wear overalls.

At the moment, my current issue is that I don’t sleep enough – or rather, I’m not interested enough in sleep. I love being awake and just doing things – it’s so much fun, you know? But I guess I do need my sleep or else I become a cranky bum at night.

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My best friends are mummy and daddy. They are a bit strange at times but I love being with them. I hope to grow big and strong so I can do the things that they do (but I think I’ll always be the cutest in the family).