18 months

Things We Do at Home (2)

1. Had a Playdate with the Cousin

They did have an excellent time playing together

They did have an excellent time playing together

Isa loves his cousin brother dearly, and the moment he saw Adam at the front door he went ecstatic! They spent half a day together playing all sorts of thing – including swimming time and ball games. Isa refused to take a nap, that he fell asleep at the dining table while having his late lunch!

2. Putting coins into his penny bank

Inserting coins into the penny box.

Inserting coins into the penny box.

This would be good for his motor skills, and I could see his improvement in handling those coins and inserting them into the bank. Since we have quite a big amount of coins, we did this in more than one sitting.

3. Butterfly Paper cutting

Butterfly paper cutting

Butterfly paper cutting

Armed with lots of colour papers (which I got from my brother who cut A4 paper  into smaller rectangles for his study notes) and Blue Tack, I introduced paper cutting to Isa – making objects he is familiar with. He loves them the butterflies, and soon we were making a lot of other things with the paper.

4. Painting – again!

Previously I wrote about the first time I introduced Isa to paint and painting, and it was not received well due to the ‘eww’ factor. This time around, I tried to use paintbrushes, but the ‘eww’ factor is still there I supposed, that he kept asking for his hands to be washed.

Painting

Painting

What he seems to be more interested in was the process of making the homemade paint – I think partly it is more physical, which is his inclination so far.

Helping in the process of making the paint

Helping in the process of making the paint

5. Bottle Rack again

Playing with bottle collars

Playing with bottle collars

This thing seems to be his favourite, that I can leave him to play alone and do my thing in the bathroom for more than half an hour! Since I religiously follow the advice of replacing BPA-free feeding bottles every 6 months, I have a number of colourful bottle collars which I hate to throw away because they are so cute. In the end, they become a toy for Isa to play with – to my delight.

6. Sweeping the floor
Sweeping the floor

Sweeping the floor – at his grandparents’ house

An article I read told me that toddlers at this age love to ‘help’ around the house, so I am taking the opportunity to let Isa learn one things or two – and these days he loves reaching for the broom and helps me sweeping the floor. It keeps him occupied and hopefully improved his coordination.

 

Things We Do at Home (1)

I should have posted this long ago, but only now I get the chance to do so.

A peek on what we do on weekends (and weekdays too):

(Finger) Painting!

(Finger) Painting!

I introduced painting for the first time to Isa two weeks ago. At first he hesitated, and we both showed him what to do with the paint. The paint was home made by the way, using flour and water, added with food colouring. I used three different colours – red, yellow, and green, and produced a secondary colour, orange from by mixing the available colours.

Well, as you can see, as Isa mixed all the colours together, it became poop-like.

This activity however, did not last long – less than 30 minutes during the first session.

I have bought a set of cheap paint brushes, and I think using the brushes will remove the ‘eww’ factor, which has deterred Isa from having fun from my observation.

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Mega Blocks

Cheap Mega Block rocks! I got Isa his second set of (cheap) mega blocks so that we could construct huge structure together and I’d say that has added more fun to the activity. I love to see how his buildings get more complicated each time.

He loves, at this point in time, to build something with holes to peek through.

I note that he rarely plays with the mega block alone – he really needs a company to be able to enjoy this for a long time.

The bottle rack

The bottle rack

Isa would spend quite a long time playing this stuff, on his own. Because this is still very much a novelty, he would try setting up the bottle from parts (teat, bottle, teat-holder) and dissecting them and put them on the rack and gets very, very quiet for a long time.

Oh, how I love the concentration!

Ball game

Ball game

Boys will be boys. Does Isa love ball? Absolutely!

Either indoor or outdoor, he’d play. This photo was when we were at his grandparents’ place. I have made sure that our living room is at its optimal square feet in terms of the furniture arrangement to allow for Isa to play with his ball (often with his dad) indoor.

He’s quite good at kicking and ‘dribbling’ these days – that’s definitely a daddy’s boy, because I am really terrible at physical coordination.

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Pebble-sorting

Pebble-sorting – I tried these months ago, and it only managed to keep him focused for less than 10 minutes, before it became dangerous. That was when he started throwing the pebbles. This is not something I have tried beyond the first time.

I actually bought the pebbles for decoration purpose, but they are yet to be used. Maybe someday we will do pebble painting. Should be fun, no?

Helpin mommy to clean the house

Helping mommy to clean the house

Definitely my favourite, because I can get two things done – clean the house AND offer Isa a new activity!

This one was when he helped me to clean our ‘balcony’ cum entrance to the house. He’s pretty diligent, you know.

Big Bad Wolf 2013 : For the Love of Reading

I have heard so much about the annual Big Bad Wolf (BBW) book sale, but only this year I properly put the dates in mind.

My only aim was to get as many books as possible for Isa. My son is currently in the phase where he is learning to identify and name things around him so picture books would be awesome. We do have a number of them already, but books… the more the better (according to me!).

So I started to plan – the sale is on for 10 days, and except for the first and last day, it will be open 24 hours. My husband refused to go, claiming that there won’t be any books of his interest there (which is true). So I asked my brother to accompany me, and he suggested going at night, mid night or early morning to be precise. I said yes. It was the best considering that Isa would be asleep when we leave, and my husband won’t need to do a lot of things except sleeping next to him.

So we went there, on the first day, at 12 AM. It took one hour to get there, and we spent three hours browsing through those books!

I saw a lot of parents with little kids, where the kids are sound asleep in their strollers – midnight book shopping is indeed great for those with heavy sleeper kids – I truly recommend it instead of coming when they are wide awake. The hall is huge, so chances of you losing your child is high. Really high.

Initially, though unplanned, I did pick up a few books for myself, particularly cooking books – but towards the end, I left them on the aisle. Cooking books? Nah, I’d rather google recipes. Self-help? Nah, too lame some of them.

So in the end, for ourselves we bought three books.

And for Isa? 25 books, which costs me around RM200 only!

I hope that is enough to feed him until the next BBW Sale.

Note: By the time I reached home, which was 5 am in the morning, I realised that it has been 24 hours of me staying awake!

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The Classy Chocolate

I don’t particularly love chocolate. I do eat them occasionally, but won’t necessarily pick a bar while passing through the shelves in a supermarket.

My son too, seems not to love chocolate. Well, to be exact, he doesn’t seem to like (for the time being, now I am very careful about this) sweet things. Cakes, sweets, marshmallows or sweet cookies do not spark any interests in him, so far. No signs of sweet tooth.

A few weeks back my department organised a thank-you party for an event we organised. Each and everyone of us who worked and contributed to the event received chocolate as thank you gifts. It was not any ordinary chocolate (to my standard), it was a RM45-a-box Royce Nama Chocolate.

With me being me, I kept the chocolate (which is so special it has to be kept cool using dry ice, duh) in my fridge for two weeks before tasting it.

And well, I have to admit that I like it when I finally got to eat it

To my surprise, Isa makes an exception and chooses to like it too, eating at least four pieces of them in one seating.

Now talk about high taste. And class. What kind of child am I bringing up here?

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A Classy Chocolate not so classily eaten. That’s him enjoying chocolate AND chicken at the same time.

Happiness is Contagious

Living with a toddler gives you amazement and amusement, both on daily basis.

 The other day I learnt, again

  • that a child happiness is very much affected by his parents’ happiness
  • That a child has a possibly inherent protectiveness towards his loved ones

 Case 1

My husband and I were teasing each other, albeit harshly during our car ride home. Isa was at the back witnessing what seems like his father slapping me. We were surprised to see him screaming at us for that – he was clearly upset with what he saw – and one question popped out: Why? Is it the protectiveness towards me as his mom, or what?

So we told him we were just teasing each other , and let him see both us ‘making up’. When he smiled, we knew he’s happy with what he saw.

Case 2

Sometimes when Isa started to throw tantrum, the only thing we could do to distract him from crying and screaming is, weirdly, hugging and cuddling each other. He will normally want to join the company.

 At certain times, when it goes to the extreme, where hugging and cuddling don’t work, I’ll jump on my husband’s back and let him carry me around. Isa will almost immediately start laughing at that sight of me being carried on his favourite person’s back, and follow us around.

 My suspicion is that he loves to see us happy, that he will ignore whatever that upset him earlier.

Happiness is indeed contagious.