Sunday, May 17, 2009

28th Month Old Adult?

It's been a while since I last recorded Kimi's achievements. It seemed like just yesterday when he was learning to sit up, pull himself up and walk. Well, in this post, I shan't blog about his abilities but Kimi as a growing individual.

Well, he has progressed much ... he CAN argue with me now. Kimi didn't really start speaking as quickly (according to my aunty's milestone. But frankly, I do not find it any late at all!). He started to speak more intensely (is this how I should put it?) at around 21 months or so. But once he got started, I am amazed how quickly he caught up and he even knows how to use past tenses! Eg, when he sees my grocery bags, he would say. : "mama bought ....", etc.

At 28 months today, Kimi sure is fussy like me, in many ways (sad to say too). He chooses even which underwear he wants to wear and only if he feels like it that day else he wants to have diaper instead. We have flatly refused nakedness waist down in our house, much to Kimi's dismay. He is absolutely crazy over Wu Bai and dictates which song he wants to hear. Hubby & I have no say these days ...

Like me, he has a habit of putting back items in the right place when it has fallen over or mis-positioned. I tried it on him a few times and he will re-arrange it.

Ahhhh, how Kimi loves water and his showers! There were a few times when we went out and came back a little late and I just thought I could do a quick wipe down and sent him to bed. But, no, he will contest for a shower! In a way, I'm glad he's like me, loves a shower before jumping into bed!

Sometimes I feel I have OCD. I get paranoid with Kimi touching anything and everything. And of cos, Kimi LOVES touching and pulling everything! So, I'm always cleaning his hands. So much so that now Kimi will say, "clean hands, germs". In fact, there were a few times, he told me to clean his face too cos it was a little sweaty. I had cleaned it earlier though and didn't think it was necessary. How? What have my little baby turned into? Oh dear!

Now, I really dislike how Kimi LURVES to parrot me. Especially on days when I'm in a hurry (which days am I not in a hurry?). Conversation just before bedtime and it was really late already ...

Me : Kimi, do you want milk?

Kimi : Kimi, do you want milk?

Me : Yes or no?

Kimi : Yes or no?

Me : C'mon, hurry up, you want milk or not?

Kimi : C'mon, hurry up, you want milk or not?

Me : C'mon, Yes or no?

Kimi : Yes No.

Me - Fuming and made the milk

(on looking back, I can laugh but whenever Kimi does a parrot, I really do not feel funny at all)

Last 2 months, I sometimes find Kimi asking me questions that can really put me in a fix. He was watching National Geographic and he suddenly said, "Orrh, elephant died already, no more". I was shocked and couldn't understand how and where he learnt about life/death. Perhaps it's from the Bible stories which I have been reading to him about Jesus' rise from death?

And another time, there was this show which the actress was having a spa/massage and had her top off. Kimi asked me point-blankly, "Why take out shirt?". I was stunned a few seconds before I could explain that the lady was having a massage and needed to rub the oil on her. He knows about oil cos whenever he falls, I would apply Chinese Oil and he will ask for it whenever he has a painful/serious bump.

Recently, Kimi is also more open to speaking Mandarin and he is picking it up at lightning speed! I'm so proud of him! Kimi is full of cheeky antics that can either deliver a heart attack or let you laugh till you ached at your sides.

It's utterly stressful to bring up this rambunctious, attention-seeking, demanding, super-active, loud, independent, food-hater, strong-willed adult trapped in a toddler's body BOY but when he is sweet, he is very very sweet. The best Mother's Day gift for me this year (altho a little late) is ..... simple words from an innocent heart. It's far better than any present you can buy.

Today as Kimi turns 28 months, this was what he said to me when I handed him his milk before his afternoon nap, " Mama, thank you milk. Mama, bless you!"

Totally shocked and touched beyond imagination. I hadn't taught him any of this and I'm just happy and grateful that he is learning to appreciate others.

My wish for Kimi is to be happy and healthy always, Happy 28th months Darling!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ebiko Lotus Salad


We have been rather busy and I've been lazy too. Here's a salad which I NOW love and I promise there will be more back-dated posts to be posted soon! :) Patience hor? :)

This salad is not only so easy to put together but so yummy, I love it! You can alternately the ingredients and add/remove what you like/dislike. That's the beauty of salads ya? This salad tastes wonderful when it is very chilled!:)

Recipe (Not even a recipe just what I throw in! keke)

  • Fresh lotus root
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Ebiko (Japanes orange coloured fish roe)
  • Japanese mayonaise (prefered, else the norm also can)

Method

  1. Remove skin of lotus root and slice it thinly. Let it stand in a bowl of salt water for 5-10mins
  2. Remove and dry lightly and let it stand in fridge to dry up moisture (optional)
  3. Add in the rest of ingredients and stir in the mayo till well distributed
  4. Return to fridge to chill and chomp when ready

Tips

  • I did not have any avocado else it would have been a lovely addition to this salad. There is absolutely no fast rule to this salad, you can toss in some cubed apples, surimi, smoked salmon, pineapple, peaches or whatever that's in your fridge!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Playmobil

When hb and I were small, we loved Playmobil! So, when hb saw this huge farm set in Germany, he knew he got to get it for Kimi. Maybe it's more for himself? Keke!

I still love this toy!! You can have so much fun with it and it's such a quality toy. Playmobil was out of Singapore's scene for a long time but it is making its way back now.

We did not let him have the whole set all at once. Hb built the larger parts with Kimi (yes! with Kimi, you'd be amazed how they can take instructions and work those little fingers with intricate parts meant for 4 year olds!) and let him play with those first. We intend to let slowly let him take a few out each time.

Kimi loves his barn house!! You can start with a small set. There are so many themes to choose!! Check this out!
Kimi posing with his new toy
Eager to start fixing everything NOW! This child simply has ZERO patience!
Enjoying his first stage of the barn house - bringing in all his animals besides the Playmobil ones
Beautiful toy - Oops, see Kimi's little hand stuffing the horse thru the window? Haha!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Budding Architect


Don't you think that is such a beautiful structure? Well, I do. See how Kimi co-ordinated the pitch roofs to its respectively colour? I'm seeing Kimi displaying more and more traits like these - attention to details and colour co-ordination.

He's quite a perfectionist like me. I worry about that cos I don't want him to BE like me. I'd rather he be more flexible than a stubborn old cow like me. :( But architects have to be meticulous ya? Lol!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

A Bad Fall

Kimi is such an active child that I need to keep tabs on him every other 10sec - I mean it. I had just gone into the kitchen to bring Kimi's dinner out when this happened. Thinking that hubby is in the hall with him would be fine. Well, accidents happen.

Kimi rammed into the window and slice his nose on the window pane! The next thing I heard was this most bone-chilling cry which all mothers know it's not the normal kind of wailing. My heart dropped and I knew something was bad.

I ran out and picked him up but didn't see any blood. But within the next few seconds, it oozed out and I could see that the flesh on his nose was 'pushed' up.

Then to stop the bleeding and to reduce swell, I had to push the flesh down - harrowing isn't it? After calming him down, I needed to check how bad the injury was. So I asked Kimi to blow his nose and he did it willing and without any fear and he didn't scream in pain either. In fact, Kimi calmed down very quickly. What a brave boy!

That somehow gave me some relief as I knew he didn't break his bridge or had serious nose injury. Then we rushed him to the clinic.

Thank God, there were no internal injury. He was back to his old self even before leaving the clinic.

At the clinic, waiting for Dr to check

Back home - happy and enjoying his apple!

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