Happy Mother's Day April 2009 Mummies!!! How's everyone doing?
This is a discussion on April 09 MTBs! within the Year 2011 and earlier Mummy forum, part of the Mummy Meeting Place category; Originally Posted by sugarcookie Baby is ONE today! Yay! Celebrated her birthday yesterday. Baby was ok but cried when she ...
wah, time really passes in a sleepless blink
OMG 1st time - yesterday, our little baby woke up at 12am & stayed up til 2am. She didn't cry much but wanted to play & play. She has not been sleeping well cos many teeth popping. drooling & gumming. even bit my helper a few times.
Have to go library & borrow some birthday books. hopefully Christine won't squash or mess w cake My younger niece couldn't wait & poked a few holes in her cake last yr. hahaha. Yesterday she bit older niece out of blue. She's still many handfuls. Actually Christine is almost as destructive as her at times but she doesn't cry or tantrum much, so they come off as very different babies.
It's amazing how much babies grow every 3-6 month. Look at my niece She still has some difficulties understanding language but she understands gestures and visuals much better. It helps a lot that she has an older sis cos she imitates many play ideas. That's why playgroups or CC are very good for slower kids.
most screening tools are used on toddlers who are at least 18 month. Even then, tools only measure 'risk'. Parents will be advised/referred to speech or occupational therapy to work on respective areas of delays. Most diagnostic tests are 70-95% accurate at 3-5 yr old for developmental disability. Note : there is min of 5% error (sigh)
Just take it one step at a time. Enjoy the colourful moments.
Will PM you later about trial lesson. I suppose this Wed is fine cos we have not't fixed apt for anyone yet. But be warned, or rather be prepared as 12-month babes class can be kinda messy cos they dont't listen to instructions well. Christine is not her usu self too cos teething & not sleeping well.
Happy Mother's Day April 2009 Mummies!!! How's everyone doing?
I had a memorable Mummy Day in form of argument with hubby.
One year on, I've managed to lose 1 kg. I still can't fit into a lot of my old clothes. have to dump them. Probably may never fit into them again I will be busy this GSS.
Christine is growing slowly (size-wise) and still a cat-napper.
She's a fun-loving baby. I feel very blessed. She enjoys poking her nose into everything, taking things apart & listening for names. She also enjoys saying 'hi' to strangers in the morning. She "brightened" many grouchy old men's morning cuppa. haha... she just refuses to go away until they wave back at her. She keeps trying to play "boo".
I wish I could spend more time with her. She's growing up so fast.
My friend tells me I have to start queueing if I want to get a place in nursery. hmmm
Oh dear, I hope everything is ok with you and hubby now.
Christine is so adorable! J can only say a few words, the most recent is "where". Sigh :\
And YES, you got to start queueing! The waitlist for some preschools is just crazy. I signed J up for Little Skoolhouse for April 2011 and I had to do it a year in advance.
Seriously, it's crazy!
And preschools are so expensive. Think I really need to return to work in order to get the MCYS subsidy...
Hi all... I was wondering how to make Kaydes talk more... haha... She does blabber alot, and very interested to say the word "star"... Everytime you ask her something, she answers "star"... And the best part is, when she sees me, she says babababa, when she sees my hubby, she says mamamama... but after that give you the widest grin. When we ask her where is mama, she will point to me. and where is papa, she will point to my hubby. You can ask her many items and she can point it out, but she doesnt wanna try to say it...
When we pretend to scold her in a firm tone, she will scream back at us (i dont know where she learns it from).
The worst nightmare... she sticks to my helper like superglue. She even refuses me or hubby to carry her when we go out. This is serious and I dont know how to break them up.
yah, sugarcookie. it sounds nutty. hahaha. our babies r barely 1 year old.
I have to discuss preschool w hubby soon. He will be totally shocked.
Glad to hear J's talking. She's fast, you know. Being stay at home mum really helps in speech & lg devm.
For now, I'm thinking of Marymount Kindergarten which offers a 3-yr kindie program cos it's a Catholic kindie and they accept children with special needs, mainly hearing impairment (I think). I would like Christine to be in a loving & supportive kindie.
I will prob bring Christine to work & I think we can cover the academic part easily.
Kaydes is still so funny. ha, she seems to like teasing a lot.
there're many checklists for speech acquisition.
early 8 : m b r j w d p h
A lot of babies pick up some of these 8 sounds 1st.
So if you find Kaydes can make more /b/ or /m/ sounds, start with those b- or m-words 1st. eg pic of Ball, Mickey, Moon, etc
typical beginning phase - 3 days to learn 1 word
Currently Christine has about 50 words. She is picking up 10 words per week now. I think this is the next phase. Strangely she has some 2-syllable words. She is starting to try to use 2-word phrase cos there r enough nouns & verbs.
try to set routine so that she will settle down at night for book time. It also helps that Christine has 2 older cousins - 2 & 5 yo. We dont't let her watch too much TV cos my hubby is afraid it'll destroy her attn span.
At the moment, we're not scolding her too much. We warn or distract her. She already knows how to do negative things to get our attn cos she'll be looking in our dirn
cos being working parents, sometimes we leave her in cot, hoping she'll play quietly for a while but she'll try to reach for blinds, knowing we used to come running. Now we try not to fuss or be agitated. walk over calmly (quickly too) & pass her a toy or book & play with her for a while. Or I ask her if she wants to walk or play before she reaches for blinds.
We try not to go into power struggles cos she'll fuss or cry inevitably. So far, she doesn't tantrum much she only screams when very excited. [cos her cousins scream a lot!!!]
I'll make a bewildered face & go "sh", then she'll be all curious & look around. haha.
helper - spend more time w kaydes and play like crazy. leave helper at home if possible.
we have loads of fun doing silly things, so Christine def prefers me
(a bit concussed now cos just finished expressing breast milk.)
signing off. zzzzz
Wow... thanks for all the advice... I need alot of time to digest and introduce it at home... hahaha...
I did shhhh, and Kaydes would scream even louder. lol
I play with her like crazy too and when she sees me, she only wants to play. So I always fail to make her sleep. lol
As for words, she knows alot of them... just not saying it. She can point to alot of pictures on her learning chart. And she seems to have a special preference for the alphabet "O". haha... I wonder why...
Last night, she suddenly woke up and cried in a tone that we have never heard before. Scare me and my helper to death. We keep calling her name but she just cry and cry with those gasping sound and weird sound (i can't even explain it). I thought she had breathing difficulties. But after a while, she settle back to sleep... sooooo scary!
Oh yes.... Kaydes is still botak... I wonder how long more do I have to say this... lol
I meant I will talk very softly in "whispery" tone, not "sh". cos Christine likes unusual sounds (she can growl like a lion), she's gets distracted. I dont't think it'll work for every kid.
I read a thread on "how to handle tantrums" somewhere. Little boys can be much harder to handle. hee, we're have lil girls.
Wonder why babies wake up crying in middle of night. Christine does that too. But sometimes she talks in her sleep. At times, she wakes up & asks for weird things like book-book or milk-milk, then sleeps again!
She caught a cold fr her dada. So she's been waking up in middle of night after finally sleeping thro night. Now I caught the cold fr her. I'm dying of sleep deprivation. ZZZzz
PS she loves making sounds at mirror. that seems to help in speech too. That are times she practises her sad face & cries in front of mirror -.- in full view (talk about fake tantrums)
how r your babies?
Just want to compare some notes, have you signed up baby for any interesting programmes?
Not sure what to do with baby right now.
Nursery starts at 3 yr old which is some 2 years away.
Found a nice music programme near my place but it can only accept tots fr 2 yr +. Can't wait for next yr.
Sugarcookie, how's yr girl?
Christine's molars are popping & nightfeeds r BACK. argh... She doesn't sleep much in the first place. Her morning nap is now 30 min long, down fr 1 hr. If she sleeps 1 hr in morning, she sometimes skips her 1-hr evening nap.
OMG, she wakes up around 4 or 5 am every morning for milk.
why am i still awake at this hr? cos she wakes up every hr... no time to shut computer down. She just gave me a heart attack by sitting up. Then she mumbled something, smiled to herself & went back to sleep. whew.
Cream mummy, does Kaydes have hair now? keke...
dont't worry, it shld come before 2nd birthday.
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I want to hug you rite now. so comforting to know someone who understands & shares the same circumstances ...
She's mumbling in her sleep rite now. Her mantra is "walk walk" She doesn't sleep much, 9ishpm - 7ish am. She roams the whole house about 8 hours & finishes her meals within 20 min these days.
I couldn't keep my eyes open. I had to nap on Sat & today - to recuperate & prepare for next week cos I work part-time.
BTW have you posted before? how's yr little girl?
thks for posting!
wow... this thread is so long.... been so caught up with my boys to even get a proper rest; let alone a chance to be online - for long..
My son wakes up too couple of times in middle of the night but mostly cos he had dreams cos he will be crying or talking suddenly or just cos his nose got blocked. Not sure why he always get blocked nose when he's not even having flu. It irritates him a lot and we have to keep propping the pillow higher for him and turn off the air-con and rub some lavender on him to just make him "feel" better. Milk at times but not the main reason why he wakes up.
He naps just once a day now. And for at least an hour or almost 2; 3 if lucky. But he's a LATE OWL! Falls asleep only from 1030pm and that is after much difficulty which we had to bluff/"threaten" him ha ha. Even if we go through the same routine but tuck him in early 9-9:30pm, he will still just toss in bed. sigh.
His molars are out and just the other day told me they ache so made dentist appt for him. Have you all brought your little one to the dentist? Any stories to tell?? It will be his 1st visit so I've arrange for a specialist as I want him to have a nice experience with dentist and not get phobia just like what I guess most of us went through during our primary school days where the stern nurse will come around with a name list for the awaiting "guinea pigs"??? But as with any popular dentist, the next available date is couple weeks later.
dont know when she'll sleep thro. So glad to know I'm not the only sleep-deprived mummy. hee...
My hub very stingy. He doesn't believe in sending baby to dentist so soon. I bring her along when anyone has dental apt. My helper has very very bad teeth. She's seen dentist once if you count it that way. She wasn't scared. Just explored the place.
Currently, we're seeing dentist at Woodlands polyclinic (privatised wing). Quite nice place w no queue. can share who's yr dentist?
Yr boy can tell you pain? clever boy. My girl kept touching her new tooth w her fingers. She'll open mouth & show her new molar. Then try to pry open my mouth & try to touch mine!
Hi April Mummies...
it has been a while since i posted...Life gets busier when my gal could walk and explore, opening all my drawers, cabinets and recently the fridge!!!headache...And yeah she still wake up at least twice at night for milk...
I am also hunting for a preschool for her to attend when she reaches 18mths...Not sure if 18mths is too young as she is still not talking..just blabbering...afraid she might get bullied...Actually it is more the separation anxiety cos she is very very attached to me since i m a stay at home mum...Currently she is attending a parent accompanied zoophonics playgroup at Suntec twice a week and she really enjoys it...she would hum the tunes of the songs and dances taught in school...Everytime when lesson ends, she would cry and refuse to go home...After class she would be so exhausted and will doze off for at least 2hours...
nice to hear fr you.
Playschool/playgrp shld be fun for yr girl. some kids can cope at 18 month, but some may be overwhelmed. Just give it a try loh. I think some non-verbal kids who start nursery at around 3 yo, may develop some speech within 3 month.
Didn't know there's zoophonics at suntec. care to share where & contact no? It's very near my workplace. hee...
Christine attends playgrp at my ctr 1x/week. She also sees her cousins twice per wk. Sometimes, we go for playdates too. Have met 2 mummies fr this forum. I'm hunting for suitable music programme (play-play type). any recommendations?
Though i am a stay at home mum, do you think sending baby to a full-day childcare at 18mths will be better to train her independence and social skills and she won't stick to me and me alone like superglue? Me in a dilemma....
The class my gal is attending now is Suntec GUG, level 3, near 'Toy R us'. 63366023. Besides zoophonics, art and craft, mandarin, they also cover music and movement every Thursday where the children get to sing, dance and play with different musical instuments as the teacher plays the keyboard. i find the program quite comprehensive. Two teachers to a class of about 6 to 8 babies. Not bad, most importantly, my gal enjoyed herself there.. But if you are looking for music focused playgroup, i heard from friends that Grace Kids at Great world city is not bad. You can check out their website. Hope this helps...cheers!
I think it depends on your reasons (you or baby) for wanting childcare for yr girl. If you r concerned about her stickiness to you, you can try 2 -hr daily drop-off playgroups or finding regular playmates for her.
If you tend to overprotect/indulge her (hee...), then full- or half- day childcare may be a good idea, esp if you r planning to have another kid soon
Personally, I prefer weekly playgroups cos Christine has some regular playmates, incl adult ones.
Thks so much for the info about Gracekids & GUG. will check them out after Christine recovers fr runny nose. sigh, the viruses r very strong these days.
The dentist is Atria-Pan Dental at Wisma and first time there. dont know how is it going to turn out but since she sees children too and got rather good reviews from staffs from other outlets so joined the queue to see her. Will share the ordeal hahaha after our visit.
Hi all mommies
When you can, can you please vote for my son? He's under the Category C (babies 1-3 yrs), page 3, name: Goh Hong Jing. Here's the link Embassy of Babies
what happened to this HOT thread?? SO sad to see no more new posts. April 09 Mummies... knock knock how are you all?
Btw I'm helping my mother in law look for NTUC points for the Sola Swiss Kitchen Knives. If you have any and dont need it, can I have it? Thanks!
how did the dentist visit go? Thinking of bring Christine to dentist next year.
She is doing really fine, so I dont't have any question, except for toilet training. dont't know if I should start soon. Scared of having accidents when outside. Christine can pee into a potty upon request.
oh yes, I'm looking for a suitable music programme like staccato music class. Any suggestion?
I finally lost a bit of "mass". Weight is about the same but I can wear more of my old clothes. At least, people have stopped trying to give me seats on MRT now. whewww.
let me see if I have those NTUC points things. might have thrown that away.
Great, the dentist visit went so well. My son is so brave, ha ha braver than me, I was all so tensed and the dentist had to tell me to breathe. The dentist could even go ahead to polish his teeth which usually she said she will not do for this age group cos they tend to struggle and also for first visit which is more of get to know each other. May want to try prep-talk Christine before bringing her so she knows what to expect.
Think about it. As soon as you start toilet training, can start saving $ on diapers. Hee hee. As my son finds diaper uncomfortable, so gradually trained him. Now he wears diaper only at night. Of course starting sure have accidents so better to try at home and just make sure to stay clear of any furniture you dont't want 'destroyed'. Best put some toys on the floor, at least just need to clean the floor only. I was told that being told to go potty is not toilet-training as wanting to go when the need arises. Even after erh I think 3 months, my son still has accidents especially when he plays until forget to go pee.
Have you checked out Yamaha to see if they have staccato class? If Christine likes music, there's this concert from SSO: Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Oh well, if you do ever find those points cos I always tell myself to keep them but once I reach home, I just forget about it and by the time I recall and go dig into those plastic bags, somehow they are no longer there..hmm.
How much was dental treatment ? Thinking of bringing her to dentist next year.
It's hard to toilet train my baby cos there isn't room for accident. She goes to paternal grandparents & sis place on days that I work. Bedroom is carpeted or parquet (brother in law very fussy). I'm thinking of using pull-ups as training pants. They are really expensive & Christine is a water guzzler. Normal Petpet size L diapers just last 2 hours. We had to switch to L when M size lasted barely 1 hr even though she's small size.
Yes, we attended SSO baby concert yesterday. She enjoyed it so much that she was exhausted after 30 min. She was jumping on my lap, swaying her arms & clapping hands, along with audience. She fell asleep , then woke up for last 10 min. I enjoyed myself too. All in, it was worth $56 for 2 tickets. IMO, it was better than trial music lessons. She came back & looked thro the brochure. All the musical instruments made sense to her now that she's seen & heard them. She could also sing in low tone. It was so funny to hear her sing Doe A Deer in normal and husky voice. She hasn't got the fast & slow tempo part yet cos she fell asleep during that segment. haha. It was really fun for us.