Development: TT @ 24 Months

The “last” post that I will be tracking the Littlest development. Time just zoom past when you have young ones at home.

Mastered Skills

  • Can name at least six body parts on a doll
    I should think so. I have definitely heard eyes, ears, teeth and hands.
  • Half of his speech is understandable
    Yup. We could understand him most time.
  • Can make short sentences
    Yes. His favourite is “Pease MeeMee iPad” *sigh*.

Emerging Skills

  • Starts talking about self
    Not really. Apart from “TT 的” he doesn’t really say much about himself. Though he will say “不要” for things he doesn’t want.
  • Can arrange things in categories
    I guess so. In school, he has to sort the toys by categories and color. He somewhat was able to do it.
  • Can walk down stairs
    Yes.

Advanced Skills

  • Begins to understand abstract concepts like sooner and later
    Don’t think so. When we ask him to wait or we will give him later, he will just cry or throw a tantrum. So don’t think he understands.
  • Becomes attuned to gender differences
    Don’t think so.
  • Learns to jump
    Somewhat? He will attempt to leap, but his two feet is still on the floor. LOL.
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Getting ready to blow his candles when we celebrated his birthday with GongGong and PoPo

Dear TT,

You turn 2 a few days ago! Unfortunately you fell ill the night before and couldn’t celebrate your birthday in school. Fortunately, we manage to celebrate with GongGong and PoPo the weekend before and you still got to cut and eat your cake.

You are getting more assertive this month. You will always claim “mine” or “TT 的”, and not allow others to touch or use your things. Well, Mummy and Daddy just have to teach you how to share over time.

You have adapted relatively well in school. Heard there is a new friend who will only hold your hand. Hope you can continue to be a support for your classmates as you are the GorGor in class. You seems to be playing well with the teachers too. Not only your own class teacher, but teachers from other classes. We heard you went around sharing your little packet of raisins albeit with your saliva quoted fingers. LOL. Well, some of your teachers really don’t mind your kind gesture. Mummy hope you can stay this way.

You are still very active and can throw a tantrum very easily. Mummy hope the school will be a good training ground for you to learn self-control during this growing up phase of your life. And fortunately, Mummy was reminded by Dr Zhang to not give you sweet stuff. And that is where Mummy noticed that you get really active and throws a tantrum easily. So until you are much older, Mummy is going to cut down on the sweet things for you.

Your health hasn’t really been the greatest the last two months. You fell ill and wasn’t in school for an entire week last month. And this week you are sick again. Hopefully these are part and parcel of you improving immunity. Mummy hope you get well soon.

In the coming year, Mummy hope you will stay joyful, become healthier and can learn more self-control. Mummy and Daddy love you!

Love,
Mummy

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Development: TT @ 22 and 23 Months

This post has been sitting in my draft for so long that I missed the timeline to post it. LOL. I have edited it and added in the 23 month development of our littlest.

22 Months

Mastered Skills:

  • Can kick a ball forward
    I guess so. He misses the ball quite frequently.
  • Follows two-step requests
    Yes. I have tried asking him to pick up rubbish on the floor and throw into the bin.
  • Imitates others’ behavior
    Absolutely. When he is upset (for example, couldn’t get what he wants), he will cry and walk to a corner and cross his arms. Something his bro and sis does whenever they are angry. I think it all started with the eldest.

Emerging Skills:

  • Can do simple puzzle
    I have gotten him some wooden peg puzzle, he can identify which piece goes where but is unable to rotate them properly and fix it correctly.
  • Can draw a straight line
    <Insert doodle pic>
  • Can identify several body parts
    Head, Knees, Toes, Hands, Eyes, Ears, Mouth, Teeth

Advanced Skills:

  • Can put on clothing
    Nope. He couldn’t even take out his clothes properly.
  • Might be ready for a big bed
    Absolutely not. LOL. He has been co-sleeping in our room since he was a baby. In the past, he can sleep by himself throughout the night. Only require us to pat and stay with him for a short while should he wake up in the middle of the night. Nowadays, he will wake up in the middle of the night and climb onto our bed and sleep between us. And I notice he sleeps better and wakes up lesser when he sleeps between us.
  • Understands opposites (tall and short)
    I don’t think so. Never really tested him on this.

23 Months

Mastered Skills

  • Can make a tower of four bricks
    Absolutely. The boy loves stacking. We found him stacking up the bottles (tooth pick bottles, vitamin bottles, etc) on the dining table. And surprisingly the manage to stabilise them quite well and the tower can “grow” decently tall.
  • Can name a simple picture in a book
    Dinosaur! He is able to pick up Dinosaurs in the books. Even with a new book I borrowed from the library, he was able to recognise them. Of course he can named other items or actions like banana, bear, apple, sleep, etc.
  • Can use 50 single word
    I think so. Off hand the words I can recall are “Dinosaur, Banana, Bear-Bear, Apple, Eat, Sleep, Milk, Moo, I, Shoes, Socks, Change,  Mickey Mouse, Maisy Mouse, 汪汪队 (Paw Patrol in Chinese), 不要 (his latest verb), Daddy, Mummy, Jie Jie, TorTor (GorGor), TuTu (GuGu), MaaMaa, PoPo, YiYi, QQ, school, open, biscuit, potato, duck, dog, cat”. I’m sure there are much more but I didn’t really keep track or count them. But I think we have no worries about his speech development as of now.

Emerging Skills

  • Can make two- or three-word sentences
    Yes. I have heard him say “I eat apple”.
  • Can sing simple tunes
    Yes. His favourite song is “Happy Birthday” complete with candle blowing sound. LOL.
  • Takes more of an interest in playing with other children
    Hmm. Not really. He still plays by himself most of the time and dislike people to “touch” his things, though he take his GorGor and JieJie’s toy when they are playing.

Advanced Skills

  • Can walk down stairs
    If we hold his hands or he hold the side, yes. Or if it is just one little step, he can do it by himself.
  • Talks about self (likes and dislikes)
    Nope. The most is “不要”.
  • Asks “Why”
    Absolutely no. LOL

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Dear TT,

Time flies, you will be 2 next month. This month you started school, which was a big thing for you and the family. Your GorGor and JieJie are so excited that you are joining them in school. Unfortunately, you fell ill on the 4th day onward and didn’t go to school for a week. This tire Mummy, Daddy and MaaMaa out. Cause you are extremely grouchy and clingy. But you are slowly recovering now, hope your flu and cough will be gone soon and you will have a better night sleep.

And Mummy has to say you adapt well to school. By the 2nd day, you are totally fine without Mummy and Daddy around. Not sure if it is because you can see GorGor from your classroom and that provided you with some assurance. However, GorGor will be gone by the end of the month. Hopefully by then you will have built up a relationship with your teachers and friends.

Hope you will continue to enjoy school and be ready for your birthday party in school next month!

Love,
Mummy

Development: TT @ (Amazing) 21 Months

This is certainly an amazing month for the littlest. Read on after the chart to find out what happened.

Mastered Skills

  • Can walk up steps
    Yup. He can do so without holding on to anything but he has to walk slowly. Sometimes he gets uncomfortable, he will grab on to the side railing.
  • Enjoys helping around the house
    Hmm. We didn’t really see that. Maybe the helper has done all the job.
  • Can set simple goals
    Hmm. Well, if he is determined to get onto the chair we can’t really stop him. He will try ways and means to get up. Is this considered?

Emerging Skills

  • Can throw a ball overarm
    I have seen him throw things ‘overarm’, but not really ball. And his ‘overarm’ were not entirely over.
  • Can kick a ball
    Yup. And he loves it.
  • Can make building brick towers
    I guess so. There was once he took out can drinks and started stacking them on top of each other. He still doesn’t have a love in Lego yet.

Mastered Skills

  • Can name cat or dog when you show a picture
    Yes for dog. He will say ‘dog’. But for other animals sometimes he makes sound. He calls bird ‘chip chip’.
  • Can make short sentences
    Yes. That day my MIL was asking who wants to eat ice-cream. The elder two were busy watching video, and he was playing on his own. When he suddenly stand up and shouted “Me Eat” and ran to the kitchen. It amuses all of us.
  • Can walk down stairs
    Yup. For one of two steps. After which he will want to hold on to the hand or side for safety.
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The littlest got his hair shaved because Daddy hopes that he can grow thicker hair.

Dear TT,

Mummy is naming this an amazing month because a few amazing things happened this month. First off, you actually pronounce a 3 syllabus word to Mummy! That day you walked into the room you share with your siblings, picked a book and started flipping the pages. When you come to a page where the Dinosaur inside was eating something green, you actually point to it and told me “bar-cor-ny” (It’s actually brocoli. Oh well, you probably picked it up from MaaMaa who couldn’t pronounce it properly). Though the pronunciation is off, but Mummy is surprise that you can manage a 3-syllabus word at this age. Auntie and MaaMaa has taught you well. The following day you also told me that you are eating “to-ma-to” (though it’s actually potato that you are eating). And you said “banana” instead of “na-na” like your siblings when they are your age. It’s really amazing. When Mummy was afraid of your speech developments a few months ago.

Another amazing thing that happened was a little incident. One day, you were home alone with Auntie. Auntie went out of the house to throw something into the recycling bin and the door closed on her, with you still inside! Auntie panic of course. She tried calling Mummy but cannot explain herself clearly. And I think you realize that Auntie is not in the house so you actually stand near the door and cried. Auntie tried to coax you and ask you to help open the door. And the unbelievable thing happened, you actually did. We couldn’t figure out how you manage to find the height and strength to pull down the handle bar and open a small gap for Auntie to push in. It was certainly amazing. You refuse to show us how you did it too. But we are glad this is over without any big hoo-ha.

In a few months time, you will be joining JieJie in school and there is bound to be more amazing things that happen as you go through the learning journey. Mummy hope that you will enjoy school like GorGor and JieJie. And all the best in adapting to the environment.

Love,
Mummy

Development: TT @ 20 Months

Milestone chart from Baby Centre.

Mastered Skills

  • Will pretend to feed a doll
    Yes, though he likes to feed us and himself more.
  • Can take off own clothes with help
    Not really. He will pull up his shirt but can’t really do anything more than that. For pants, he could barely pull it down.
  • Will throw away an object such as rubbish in imitation
    I’m very sure he didn’t just threw away rubbish.

Emerging Skills

  • Learn words at a rate of ten or more a day
    He is definitely speaking more now. However, lazy Mommy has not been teaching him much. So I doubt he is at this rate at the present moment.
  • Can walk up (but probably not down) stairs
    Yes, but he still need to hold on to the side railings for guidance. Same for going down.
  • Searches for hidden objects
    Yes. He loves wearing GorGor shoes these days. So I have to hide it somewhere. And he will observe and try to find where I hide the shoes.

Advanced Skills

  • May start exploring genitals
    Have not really seen him doing that yet.
  • Draws straighter lines
    He loves to doodle. But so far they are still quite curvy.
  • Names several body parts
    No. Lazy Mommy again.

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Dear TT,

We survived 1 month without A-Ti. Mummy is glad that you manage to adapt to our new A-Ti quite well. She seems to like you too. Carrying you when you eat or even when making milk for you.

You are also making progress in your speech this month. More words are coming out from you. Mummy thought she heard you saying “Peease MeeMee iPad/oped Door”. Mummy couldn’t make out you are trying to ask Mummy to open the door or trying to tell me my iPad is outside the door. Nonetheless its so cute.

We have also heard you say “bread”, “apple”, “fish”, etc. That day you are also in a good mood and said “谢谢” for the things we do for you. I must say MaaMaa have taught you well. Mummy only wish she has more time to read to you. And you are willing to listen to Mummy. Nowadays when Mummy tried to read to you, you just roam around ignoring Mummy. Well, Mummy just gotta try harder.

You still love your water play and bath tub time. There was a few times we setup water play at the balcony and you can play with it for a long time. Scooping water and pouring them over, making yourself entirely wet. And you always cry when we bring you out of the bath tub as you want to continue playing. The other time when we bring you to West Coast Park, you spend a long time scooping sand and pouring it out. You didn’t mind that they went onto your clothes. Mummy is happy that you are slowly adapting to sand play.

And you are such a TV kid. You can practically watch anything on the TV. Evening time when MaaMaa watches her TV you join her. And will “run” to the TV when you hear commerical breaks. Sigh, how do I get you to like reading more and TV less? Well, I guess we have to take things one step at a time.

So for now, stay happy, healthy and cute. Mummy loves you, always.

Love,
Mummy

Development: TT @ 19 Months

Mastered Skills

  • Can use a spoon and fork
    Yes. He loves to feed himself. He is not very good with them as he tends to hold it right at the end. So by the time it reaches his mouth, some will drop along the way or he needs to use other hand to help push the food in. He uses his left hand most of the time when he eats.
  • Can run
    Somewhat. This little guy is an explorer. He likes to walk around and when you try to catch him back, he will “run” away from you.
  • Can throw a ball underarm
    Nope. I see him more throwing over head. Or more of him dropping the ball from his head.

Emerging Skills

  • Half of speech may be understandable
    Nope. I have a hard time trying to make out what he says. He speaks more now, but sometimes he will be mumbling some weird stuff that we totally have no idea what he is saying.
  • Recognises when something is wrong (e.g. calling a dog a cat)
    Not so sure about this. Sometimes he does laugh when he notice that we “named” the things wrongly. But we are not sure if he really knows what he is laughing at.

Advanced Skills

  • Can wash and dry hands and brush teeth with help
    Wash hand somewhat. He knows to put soap and will rub, but he doesn’t know he has to rinse the soap off. He knows where to go to dry his hands. Brushing teeth is tricky. He loves “brushing” his teeth, but would not let us do it properly. He just love chewing onto his toothbrush.
  • Can point to picture of cat or dog when you say the word
    Nope. That day he saw a picture of a horse, he calls it a “dog”…
  • May know when she needs to urinate
    Actually, we didn’t check him out on this. I think he has a potential for early potty training, but we are too lazy so he somewhat lost his skills. When he was younger, we took off the diaper, he will stand for a while than look at himself there, and next thing, he pees. But I’m seeing less of those. Sigh lazy Mummy at fault.
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Daddy Wannabe. The littlest pretending to be Daddy, working on his laptop at his messy desk. LOL.

Dear TT,

Another wonderful month with you have passed. Every night when Mummy sees you asleep, she cannot help but think where has her little baby gone. In a few months time you will be going to school and you will be officially “two”. On one hand, Mummy wishes you to grow up and be more independent. On the other hand, Mummy wishes you to remain small and adorable. Mummy is just greedy. LOL.

Fortunately, we survived without ‘A-ti’ for two weeks already. You haven’t really call out to ‘A-ti’. Probably because there is a new ‘A-ti’ which you call ‘A-ti’ too. So we don’t really know which ‘A-ti’ are you referring to. Your old ‘A-ti’ really misses you, she messages Mummy a few times to express it. And this two weeks, you have been more cranky than ever. Not sure if it is because you are feeling less secure without one of your favourite person around. Mummy hope you can reunite with ‘A-ti’ soon.

Your love for music and dance have not diminish. Recently Mummy notice you can hum to the songs you like and even “sing” your favourite “小苹果”. When we reach the part “怎么爱你都不嫌多”, you can join us at the “爱你” part. Though maybe half a beat slower. You are so cute (Ok, Mummy is bias).

You are also getting better at getting your way. You will willingly kiss us on our lips when you want to eat something or get something. Or sometimes say “爱你” to get what you want. Well, Mummy usually melt at your adorable voice. Mummy always says, you have the “sweetest mouth” when it comes to calling people. Maybe that’s why you get away with things also.

Your favourite game now is “Where is GorGor/JieJie?”. This is a game where your GorGor or JieJie will shout out the above questions infront of you and they will run to hide. You always squeal in laughter as you run around to follow and look for them. These are moments where Mummy felt really happy seeing the play and love among you three.

Do you know your GorGor and JieJie really love you? I have never seen them throwing a tantrum at you. Even if you scream at them. They still treat you nicely and give in to your request. They also like to do silly things to make you laugh, which you will gamely do so. Encouraging them to do more. I think you love them too. You squeal into laughter and call them when they reach home from school.

Its funny how you call JieJie now. When you are upset with her, you will call her by her name though not very accurately (you call her Dee Xi). When we correct you, you will change it to JieJie. I guess its because you hear all of us call her by her name rather than “JieJie”. But nontheless, its cute, so Mummy sometimes call JieJie “Dee Xi” too. LOL.

So meanwhile, just continue to stay healthy, adorable and “sweet”. And whatever it is, Mummy and Daddy love you always.

Love,
Mummy

Development: TT @ 18 Months

Mastered Skills

  • Will “read” board books on his own
    Yes! I’m quite happy that the littlest recently has taken into reading and is flipping through books. But I think I still didn’t read enough to him. I need to buck up.
  • Can pedal when put on trike
    Not really. Not sure is it because our trike is still a little big for him. So he couldn’t reach the pedal yet.
  • Scribbles Well
    He can definitely doodle. But what is consider scribbles well?

Emerging Skills

  • Strings words together in phrases
    Not really. This boy speech development has never been fast.
  • Brushes teeth with help
    Well, the helper has been trying to brush his teeth. But most time, he is just chewing on the toothbrush.
  • Builds a tower of four cubes
    Yup, I think he is able to stack up to 4. And he has been using can drinks for his stacking stunt. *faints

Advanced Skills

  • Throws ball overhead
    Nope.
  • Takes toys apart and puts them back together
    Nah. This boy is still the destroyer. He can pack all his toys into a box and proceed to empty it the next moment.
  • Shows signs of toilet training readiness
    Not really. But he has some sense. Sometimes he will pee when we take off his diaper. And every time he does that, he will look at himself down “there”. I think training him for potty wouldn’t be too difficult. It’s just whether I have the energy. LOL.
According to Daddy and Auntie, this is one of your favourite TV programs in the morning. This is how much Mummy is missing in your growing up. :'(
According to Daddy and Auntie, this is one of your favourite TV programs in the morning. This is how much Mummy is missing in your growing up. 😥

Dear TT,

This few days, you have been ignoring Mummy. When I come home, you no longer call out to me. When I want to carry you, you walk away. It breaks my heart. But I don’t blame you really. It’s all Mummy’s fault. Mummy caught GorGor’s stomach flu last week. And was in bed for about 4 days. I couldn’t play with you or carry you. After Mummy recovered from the stomach flu, her lower back pain recurred and she couldn’t carry you again.

Mummy is very upset with herself. She didn’t take care of herself and as a result she couldn’t take care of you. That day your GorGor make an innocent remark that you think Auntie is your Mummy. It’s an innocent remark but it hurts Mummy badly. But GorGor is not wrong. Mummy need to do more.

Mummy promise she is going to take care of her own health and body. So she can care for you, GorGor and JieJie. Please give Mummy sometime as she work on this Ok?

And a bad news for you. Auntie is confirm leaving early next month. I think you will suffer from missing her for a while. But Mummy will be with you during this difficult period. It is also a good time for Mummy spend more time in caring for you. Hopefully, we can brave through this and adapt as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, stay healthy and happy.

Love,
Mummy

Development: TT @ 17 Months

Finally catching up on the development of TT. Our littlest is a month shy from 1.5 y.o.!

Mastered Skills

  • Uses a handful of words regularly
    Yup. His favourite: Drop, Biscuit, Sit, Bye Bye, Maisy.
  • Enjoys pretend games
    He could be seen frequently at the toy kitchen cooking up a storm. He also goes to GorGor’s and JieJie’s desk to “write”.
  • Likes riding toys
    Yes. He loves to climb up and down his tricycle, though he couldn’t really ride. He has another striding bike, which he will get on and try to stride, but mainly moves backwards.

Emerging Skills

  • Responds to directions (e.g. “Sit down”)
    Yes. He understands when we tell him to sit down. But the moment his butt touch the chair, he stands up again. LOL.
  • Feeds doll
    Yes. He “feeds” us too.
  • Talks more clearly
    Hmm. The words that he says often is definitely clearer. But he hasn’t really pick up a wider range of vocab.

Advanced Skills

  • Dances to music
    Yes. He love to dance. He will put his hands up (like a rocker) or shake his backside when he hears the music he likes.
  • Sorts toys by colour, shape or size
    Didn’t really try that with him. But he likes going to his siblings desk and picks all the small sharpener out and place them in a corner. Should do more sorting games with him.
  • Kicks ball forward
    Tricky. He loves playing with the ball and chasing after it. There are times where the ball move forward but not sure if he stumbled on the ball or he could really kick it.

Dear TT,

Its only a week since I last wrote to you. So I do not have much new things to write. You are still your usual happy self. You love to play “hide-and-seek” with your siblings. More like they hide you seek. You are always squealing with laughter when you go around looking for them. Especially so when you found them.

Time pass quickly. In 1.5 months time, Auntie N will be leaving us to go back to her family. I think you will miss her. She has brought you up well while Mummy and Daddy are busy at work. Mummy will miss her too, I know you are in safe hands when you are with her. Nonetheless, Mummy and Daddy will be going through this difficult period with you. Hopefully you can transit well with the new Auntie. Not to worry, we will be there for you.

2016 has come to the mid-year. So in a few months time you will be starting school. Mummy can’t wait for you to join Jie Jie so that you will not cry every time we go out for school or work in the morning. Mummy hope you will enjoy school.

For now, stay healthy and happy!

Love,
Mummy