Tue 2 May 2006 - Feeding Ba and Ma
Michelle bought a pack of lightly salted potato chips, so that when we ate we can let Shee Yun have a little too. When we ate the chips, we let Shee Yun pick up the chips and feed them to us. We asked her to feed Michelle, or to feed me, and she followed our directions. Sometimes she picked up a piece and put it into her own mouth. There was once after she put the chip into my mouth, she didn't let go of it, and took it out again before I could bite it away from her grip. Michelle had a good laugh.
We played Gulo Gulo on the weekend. When Shee Yun saw the "egg alarm" (a thin wooden stick with an orange wooden egg at one end), she kept wanting to play with it. She didn't want the colourful unused Gulo pieces, or the coloured eggs. She insisted on the egg alarm. She cried and threw a tantrum. We tried giving her a chopstick but that didn't work either. So we had to quickly finish the game so that we can give the egg alarm to her to play with.
Michelle bought some new clothes for Shee Yun. Most are pyjamas, and some are clothes for going out. There is one set in pink that Michelle likes. The pants are slightly bell-bottomed and Shee Yun looks taller in them, especially when she's standing up.
Usually when we go out, I drive and Michelle takes care of Shee Yun at the backseat. Sometimes she plays with Shee Yun and makes her laugh a lot. I would be very tempted to look back and to join in the fun. But I have to drive, so I can only look back and participate when the traffic is not moving or when I'm at a traffic light. Sometimes Shee Yun likes to play with the cassette holder just behind the hand brake. This was one item that we didn't want when we bought the car but the car dealer "forced" it on us. Well, now finally there is a use for it.
Yesterday I let Shee Yun play with my handphone. I went to the gallery of ringtones and let her listen to the various ringtones. She danced to the music. Her "dance" was just bouncing her body up and down. The button on the handphone that she was most familiar with was the centre button, between the cursor keys. When the ringtone was playing, the button was for pausing it. So I kept playing ringtones for her, but once I gave the handphone to her, the first button she pressed was the centre button, which paused the music. So I had to do it all over again. There was one instance when she shook the phone up and down while the music was playing, and when the music stopped, she also stopped shaking the phone, and at the same time she stuck her tongue out. I caught this on video (using the digital camera) and Michelle laughed a lot watching it.
Shee Yun does some "manja" actions now - e.g. the way she hugs her Tubby doll, holding it tightly and head to one side. Sometimes she slants her head to one side even without the doll. Sometimes when Michelle is sitting cross legged （盘坐） on the floor, Shee Yun climbs onto her and sits on her legs, like sitting on a comfortable arm chair. Sometimes Shee Yun lazes around and lies down, either among the pillows in her cot, or on Michelle's laps.
Yesterday Michelle played a lot with Shee Yun. At 6:45pm we sent Mei to 1 Utama and we brought Shee Yun along for a ride (about 50 minutes to and fro). In the car Shee Yun played with the umbrellas, with the cassette holder and also with Mei's cat hair band. Michelle also made her laugh a lot by pretending to bite her neck. So last night it was very quick for Michelle to make Shee Yun go to sleep, because she had played enough and was satisfied and was tired enough.Thu 4 May 2006 - Not willing to sleep
SMS from Michelle, 4:45pm. "Shee yun made me mad. Doesn't want nap at all. Only went to nap just now. Promise her will bring her out if timing is ok to meet u at station. Then only nap."Fri 5 May 2006 - sayang ba ba
Yesterday Michelle got very mad with Shee Yun because she didn't want to sleep (took about 2 hours to make her go to sleep) despite being tired and sleepy. When Shee Yun was naughty, Michelle hit her hand. Shee Yun didn't cry. However, when Michelle scolded her with a stern face, she frowned (扁嘴) and then cried. She understands when she is being scolded, and she understands when she is being forbidden to do something. She understands when Michelle gives her a stern look. Yesterday when Michelle said "Go to sleep" with a stern voice, she quietly lied down, while looking at Michelle. I think Shee Yun will be more afraid of Michelle than me. :-)
Yesterday when I got home Shee Yun had almost finished her porridge. Once she finished her meal we brought her out for a walk. It was still light. I enjoy these walks, and also every morning when Michelle and Shee Yun accompany me to the LRT station, I also enjoy it. When I go to the platform area, I always turn back to look at them and wave goodbye, usually twice. And when the train passes the "bridge" I always look for them and wave at them.
Recently Michelle has been playing with blankets with Shee Yun before Shee Yun's bedtime. Shee Yun likes playing with blanket. Sometimes Michelle will hide herself under blankets and ask Shee Yun to find her by saying "Where is Ma Ma?". Shee Yun will follow the sound to find Michelle. Sometimes Michelle hides both herself and Shee Yun under blankets, and ask me to find them.
Yesterday when Michelle asked Shee Yun to "sayang ba ba", she gently patted my forehead down to my nose. That is so sweet. She used to be quite rough with my face, grabbing my nose or grabbing my cheek.
Nowadays it seems Shee Yun does not dare to climb down from the masterbed. We have taught her this before and she has done it before. She would lie on her stomach, feet facing outwards, and she'd slowly edge her feet and then legs, and then lower body off the bed. She will fall a short distance and her feet will reach the ground, and she's done. However now she doesn't do this anymore. When she wants to get off the masterbed she reaches out to us and asks us to carry her. We tried to show her how to get off the bed by herself, but she grabbed the bedsheet and didn't want to ease backwards off the edge of the bed. We are wondering whether she now knows how to be afraid of falling.
This morning when we left the bedroom, I was carrying Shee Yun. I let her turn off the lights. She has learnt to do that. She also likes to turn on and turn off the TV in the bedroom. When she stands in front of the TV table with one hand holding the edge of the table, she is tall enough to reach for the TV on/off button.
Shee Yun likes to grab things when she is sitting at a table. Everyday during breakfast time when we put her on her high chair, she'll try to reach for our plates, our knives, the margarine, kaya, etc. This morning she got hold of a knife (the butter knife type, not sharp). I told her she cannot play with a knife and must put it down. She understood and put it down.
She understands what we say most of the time. Maybe she doesn't understand every word, but at least from the tone of our voice, or from our expression or gesture, she seems to be able to understand us. Sometimes she shakes her head to say "No". Sometimes she nods to say "Yes". Mostly she points at what she wants.
Yesterday when Shee Yun got scolded by Michelle, she gave her Tubby doll to Michelle, as if asking for forgiveness. Michelle almost wanted to laugh, and had to try very hard to keep a straight face.
Shee Yun can walk more steps now. Today afternoon she walked from one sofa on one side of the sitting room to the other sofa on the other side of the room. In the evening I also watched her walk quite a short distance towards the cupboard.Sun 7 May 2006 - kor kor
I just wrote that she doesn't dare to get off the masterbed. Then I found that she does afterall. In the last few days she has been doing that.
Today when we went out, she kept playing with other people - Gary at Settlers Cafe and the waiters at Olden Ship restaurant. She pointed at them, or smiled at them. And when they smiled or gestured at her, she turned away as if being shy. It was very funny. She was so lovely.
When we were at the roundabout, some young boys (primary school age) in the car next to ours saw Shee Yun and waved at her. She also smiled back at them. The whole car of boys looked at her and smiled and waved at her. Even the mother who was driving turned to look.Mon 8 May 2006 - straw
Shee Yun has learnt to use the straw. In the past she liked to play with straws, because she likes stick-shaped things - straws, chopsticks, pens, the Gulo Gulo egg alarm, but she didn't know how to use it to drink. Yesterday when we were at Settlers Cafe, Michelle let her play with the straw of the lime lemon juice we ordered. To her surprise, she discovered that Shee Yun has learnt to use the straw to drink. She really liked drinking the lime lemon juice.
Sometimes it can be a very big challenge to feed Shee Yun. Often she cannot sit still during her meal time. She'd want to play with different things, or crawl all over the place. Sometimes she does chew her food and just leave them in her mouth. Yesterday I got a little angry with her, even though it wasn't me feeding her. It was Sum feeding her. She kept throwing a tantrum and refused to eat. Actually I was more fed up rather than angry. But I must have appeared more angry because Michelle said I looked very angry. She said we shouldn't lose our temper with Shee Yun, or we would regret it later, especially if we punish Shee Yun but spanking her.
Today when I got home both Michelle and Shee Yun were missing. They had gone to the LRT station to meet me but we missed each other. So I put down my bag and quickly went to the station to look for them. I was sweating a lot after that.
Today when I asked Shee Yun to "sayang ba ba", she gently stroked my forehead. Before this she only did so if Michelle asked her to do so. Today she said a lot of "Ba Ba", which made me very happy.
Michelle told me Shee Yun woke up crying today. Maybe she had a bad dream.Thu 11 May 2006
Michelle's parents came to KL yesterday. They were thrilled to see Shee Yun starting to walk. The coming long weekend will be full of activities. We are planning to visit the zoo and the aquarium. Shee Yun will enjoy it. She likes animals. When we bring her for a walk, she often points at cats or dogs and she wants to look at them.
Sometimes Shee Yun doesn't finish the milk that Michelle makes for her. Yesterday night when yet again we couldn't persuade her to finish the remaining milk, Michelle asked her whether she still wanted the milk. She shook her head. Then Michelle asked whether she can drink it. Shee Yun nodded slightly once (I think). After that Michelle opened the cap (the teat) and finished the milk. Shee Yun did the "no more" gesture. It was like a well scripted process.
This morning when waiting for the LRT I went to the front end of the platform (I usually wait for the train at the middle of the platform, where there's less people). From there I could see Michelle and Shee Yun standing on the bridge. I waved to them. I think Shee Yun saw me too and pointed at me.Mon 15 May 2006 - dancing
Yesterday we had a lot of fun watching Shee Yun dance. The TV was showing an Astro talent competition show, and there were people singing and dancing. Shee Yun stood with her back against the coffee table, or sometimes with her hands holding on to the edge of the coffee table (the table is about the height of her armpit). She made many different dance moves. She moved her waist back and forth and sideways. She lifted her fore arms in front of her like a boxing pose. She also shook her leg. She swung her arm sideways too. And I captured all that on videocam.
Shee Yun has a bulging belly, but it's not fat. I think it's just her body shape.
On the long weekend (Wesak Day on Friday) we brought Michelle's parents and Shee Yun to Zoo Negara and KLCC Aquaria. At the zoo Shee Yun didn't look at the animals with interest like we expected. I think it's because the animals were faraway and thus not eye catching. Shee Yun seemed to pay more attention to the other children also visiting the zoo. But at the animal petting area she enjoyed chasing the mini chicken and goats and birds. At the Aquaria Shee Yun cried a lot and made a big fuss. She wanted to be on the ground and didn't want to be carried. She wanted to walk by herself and play with the things that interested her. She kept wanting to play with things like the touch-screen kiosk, the framed description of the fish / animal, the rough surface of the wall. Once she kept banging her head against the glass. I had to stop her. Actually at the zoo it was similar, but not as bad. The animals caught her attention less than other items. Throughout the trip at the aquaria she cried and complained. I think maybe we moved forward too quickly for her liking. She found something that interested her and wanted to play with it, but before she was done playing we were already bringing her to the next item. That's why she cried and screamed. At one display there were a few transparent plastic boxes containing different types of insects, meant for the braver visitors to touch and grab. She reached to grab the insects! Luckily we stopped her before she reached them. We were worried she may put them into her mouth.
On the weekend we took a family photo, together with Michelle's parents.
Shee Yun likes to eat what other people are eating. When she sees someone eating something, be it Michelle, me, Michelle's father etc, she'd go towards the person to ask for some. I think she's very inquisitive.
She doesn't want to play "Where is nose?" any more. I wonder whether she doesn't want to, or she doesn't know how to. When I asked her that, she shook her head.
This year I also drew a simple card for Michelle for Mother's Day. Similar to last year, I used Shee Yun's right foot to stamp a footprint on the card. Compared to last year (when she was 2 months old), her footprint is much larger now. Originally I had intended to use a handprint, but it's hard to control her hand, so I had to use a footprint instead. Maybe I'll make this a tradition. One footprint every year on Mother's day.Wed 17 May 2006 - sayang ma ma
One thing dangerous that Shee Yun does is this. When we give her something to drink in a bottle, she would let herself fall down from a sitting position to a lying position. We'd have to catch her head or the back of her neck before it hits the ground. She needs to lie down in order to drink from her bottle. Maybe she does this dangerous action only when she's on the play mat in the sitting room (or on a bed), because she knows the mat (or bed) will cushion her fall. I have not really kept count.
Yesterday Shee Yun also sayang ma ma, and it was not because Michelle asked her to. At the time both of them just woke up. Shee Yun was energetic and had started to make noise. Michelle was still sleepy and felt a little unwell, so she wanted to rest a bit more. She just lied down next to Shee Yun's cot. Shee Yun came to her and stroked her face gently.
On the weekend when we had lunch in KLCC, Shee Yun wanted to drink what we were drinking. We let her try a little bit of Sprite (didn't want to let her have any tea or Coke). She winced after taking a sip. Maybe it was because of the gas in the drink, or maybe it was the cold. It was very funny to see her expression. But after that she still asked for more.
Shee Yun has learnt that she is not supposed to take clothes out from cupboards. She likes to play with cupboards - opening and closing the drawers. Sometimes she likes to take the clothing out and drop them on the floor. So we have been trying to teach her not to do so. I think she has learnt that. Yesterday when we let her play with the cupboards and drawers, she didn't pull out any clothing. She pulled out other things and dropped them on the floor.Thu 18 May 2006 - Tubby and LeRoy
Shee Yun knows the difference between her two bedtime dolls - Tubby (yellow doll in a duck costume - it has a duck bill cap) and LeRoy (yellow lion). Tubby was a gift from my cousin Ah Dee when Shee Yun was still a newborn. We didn't let her play with it immediately because she was too small. When she got older and we gave the doll to her, she liked it. It became her bedtime doll. After a long time, Tubby became worn out, dirty and smelly, especially because of Shee Yun's saliva, and because Shee Yun pulled his (already limited) hair out. So recently we decided to get her another doll. Michelle found LeRoy at Sungei Wang. It is of a similar colour to Tubby, and the material is also similar. We were thinking of cleaning Tubby, or replacing it with LeRoy, but now we just let Shee Yun have both of them. We haven't cleaned Tubby.
Yesterday when Shee Yun was holding Tubby, Michelle asked her where LeRoy was, and she started looking around for LeRoy, knowing that the one she was holding was Tubby. Before this she has already learnt that her yellow doll is called Tubby, because when we ask her where Tubby is, she'd look for it and hand it to us (or hug it). So now she has already learnt that the yellow lion is LeRoy.
When we bring her for a walk and she sees an LRT train pass by, she'd watch it go past (we'd stop for her), and after it has gone past, she makes the "no more" gesture. Come to think of it, I've always wanted to record down this gesture using the videocam but I think I still haven't done it.
Michelle tells me that Shee Yun laughs and giggles when she watches the Teletubbies TV show. She watches it at 8am in the morning, which is just after they send me off to work. I wish I could see it.Fri 19 May 2006 - where is nose?
Michelle managed to persuade Shee Yun to play (learn) "Where is nose?" again. This morning when all three of us were walking to the LRT station together, Michelle asked her "where is nose?", and she touched her face (not exactly her nose, but closer to her eye). When Michelle asked "where is ear?", she correctly touched her ear, and we clapped to praise her.Mon 22 May 2006 - playing on the car boot
Recently Shee Yun cries easily and cries quite badly. I'm not sure whether it's because she's becoming spoilt again, or just that she didn't get enough sleep and was tired and was in a bad mood. On the weekend she cried in the sitting room while sitting down on the play mat. When she cried she let her body fall onto the mat with her face down. Don't know whether to be angry with her or not. (又好气又好笑)
Yesterday she refused to eat her dinner porridge. It was around 6pm. She slept in the morning for 2.5 hours, from around 10am to 12:30pm. However in the afternoon she didn't want to sleep. Michelle managed to get her to sleep by carrying and rocking her, but she woke up immediately when Michelle put her into her cot. So, maybe because she was tired, she refused to eat her food. Sum had a tough time making her eat, because she refused to eat and cried badly. Michelle and I brought her outside. Michelle played with her and guarded her while I fed her. We put her on the car boot. While she is absorbed in playing, we managed to feed her most of her porridge. When she's playing she's willing to eat, until she does feel full. Then she'll really refuse. Aaah... the lengths we go to to make her eat...
When she hurts herself and starts to cry (or is about to start to cry), Michelle would tell her to hit whatever object that hurt her. Michelle would smack the floor (or the cot, or the drawer, etc) with her open hand, and Shee Yun would follow. And she'd stop crying. We want to teach her not to cry easily.
It seems she knows how to say "No" already. (不要) On the weekend when she cried when we tried to make her eat, or make her sleep, or put her down in her cot, she seemed to cry 不要.
Shee Yun can walk more and more now, although she is still not very confident yet. When she needs to walk, she needs to make sure there is a target that she is aiming for, for example when I kneel down and ask her to walk to me. Or she'd target to walk to the cupboard where she can play with the drawers. Or she'd target to walk to a sofa where Michelle's mum is sitting. She still tries to hold on to something when she walks, if possible. But she is able to walk maybe 8 to 10 steps unsupported now.
When she plays with drawers, sometimes I'd ask her to close the drawer, and she seems to understand and closes the drawer. She pats the clothes or bedsheets etc inside, but doesn't take them out. But when Michelle is putting clean clothes from the laundry basket into the cupboards, Shee Yun still takes the clothing out of the laundry basket. Maybe she's just trying to help.
Last night Shee Yun woke up in the middle of the night. I was fast asleep. Michelle carried her to the masterbed to sleep between us. But Shee Yun kept tossing and turning and Michelle couldn't sleep. So Michelle had to put her back to her cot.Tue 23 May 2006 - nightmare
I had a nightmare and woke up shouting something (or maybe I was shouting in the dream and I woke up then). I dreamt that Shee Yun was kidnapped. When I discovered she was missing, I was angry with the 3 people who were supposed to be taking care of her at the time, two of whom were (strangely) my colleagues. I don't know who the 3rd person was. There were two kidnappers. Then one of the kidnappers, a woman, brought Shee Yun back. The kidnappers had given Shee Yun some poison and it made her sick, pale and slightly wrinkled. She seemed to have shrunk a bit, and her eyes were white only. It was a very scary image which I could not get out of my mind. It was then I screamed at the kidnapper asking how could they do something like this. It was then I woke up in the middle of the night. Right before I woke up, in the dream, Shee Yun's face become more normal. I could see her pupils.
This nightmare is definitely because of a news item I read yesterday. A 7-year-old boy was kidnapped by his own brother-in-law and his mistress, and was later killed and dumped into a river in a suitcase.
Whenever Michelle finishes putting clean clothes from the laundry basket to the cupboards, she will need to bring the laundry basket to the small bedroom. Sometimes she asks Shee Yun to help push the laundry basket there, and Shee Yun understands and does so.
Yesterday I collected the digital photos I printed. There were a total of 443 photos! So far we've printed digital photos of Shee Yun 3 times. For the first 2 times we only printed for our parents. This time we also printed for ourselves. I think it's convenient to have a physical photo album. No need to turn on the PC to look at the photos. We printed some photos from the 2nd batch (149 out of roughly 200), in addition to the photos in the 3rd batch (98). Looking through all the photos, it is just magical to see how Shee Yun has grown.
This morning Shee Yun woke up too early. Maybe around 6am. Michelle carried her to the masterbed. She was quite active. She saw me and crawled over to play with me. I was only half awake and only responded to her a little. I think I stroked her hair gently and asked her to go back to sleep. Then Michelle put her back to her cot and made her go back to sleep. So when I got up to go to work, both of them were still asleep. So today I went to the LRT station alone.Thu 25 May 2006 - 3am
Last night Shee Yun woke up at 3am and didn't want to go back to sleep. She didn't wake me up, but she woke Michelle up. I guess she didn't make too much noise. Michelle asked her whether she wanted to have some milk, but she shook her head. It took Michelle some time to make her go back to sleep. So this morning she didn't wake up to send me off to work. Michelle woke when I was preparing to go to work, but she went back to sleep because she didn't get enough sleep last night.
When Shee Yun plays hide-and-seek with us, it is a simplified version that we play. We simply hide from view (usually in the same room, just behind some furniture or curtains etc) and we speak aloud to ask her "Where is Ma Ma?" or "Where is Ba Ba?". And we let her follow our voice to find us. Sometimes when she finds us she'll make a pointing gesture which looks like a "you're naughty" gesture. With one hand she makes a pointing gesture (with index finger), and then she shakes that hand slightly up and down. The pointing index finger doesn't point at us. I think she also learnt this gesture from us.
Michelle likes to bring Shee Yun to creep up to me when I am unaware, and surprise me from behind, by having Shee Yun touch my head or back or hug me. When I'm in the bedroom (back towards the door), before they enter the room, Michelle will do the "sshhhh..." gesture to Shee Yun, putting her index finger on her lips. Sometimes Shee Yun will make the "ssss..." sound too. Sometimes I'll discover them before they surprise me, sometimes not.
Yesterday when just a short while into their afternoon nap, Shee Yun woke up, and stood up in her cot to wake Michelle who was sleeping right next to her cot. Michelle sleepily asked her to go back to sleep, and she did. About 2 hours later when both of them woke up from their nap, Michelle realised why Shee Yun woke her up earlier. It was because she had poo'ed into her diaper. Michelle felt sorry to Shee Yun for not realising it and letting her sleep with poo in the diaper for 2 hours.
Yesterday night when making Shee Yun go to sleep, Michelle sang "Twinkle twinkle little stars" to her. Shee Yun did the "twinkle" gesture by herself without Michelle showing her. The "twinkle" gesture uses both hands facing outwards, and imitating the blinking stars by opening and closing the fingers. The fingers are not held into a fist, but are just closed to have all the finger tips touch.
We finished recording the 8th video of Shee Yun. I transferred it into my PC and made 3 VCDs - one for ourselves, one for my parents and one for Michelle's parents. 8 VCDs already, and I think we still haven't really sit down to watch one full VCD.
Shee Yun knows how to wave goodbye now. We've tried to teach her that for a long time with no success. Michelle thinks she learnt it from the Teletubbies TV show, which she enjoys watching a lot. When the time comes to wave goodbye, she already starts waving even before the Teletubbies wave.Sat 27 May 2006 - preferring to walk
Yesterday Shee Yun fell and hurt herself. She bit her lips and also knocked her forehead. There was a dark lump on the right side of her forehead. There were two obvious teeth marks on her lower lip, two marks belonging to her two upper front teeth. Thankfully the lump on her forehead subsided quickly and is hardly noticeable by today.
Now Shee Yun prefers to walk instead of crawl. She can walk many steps now, although sometimes she still falls down into a sitting position. But after that instead of continuing her way by crawling, she prefers to stand back up and continue to walk. Her legs are strong now and she can stand and walk easily without support. So, my little girl can walk at about 14.5 months. The next step is to learn to talk.Sun 28 May 2006 - little terror
Shee Yun was very bad tempered this weekend. She cried very easily and when she cried, she cried very hard. Her face would be all red, and her eyes would be wet with tears, and usually the crying is because of very trivial things, e.g. we don't let her drink or eat something, or we were not playing with her and were somewhere else. We were wondering whether it was because she missed her grandmother (Michelle's mum), who was at the temple from Saturday evening to Sunday evening. It was very frustrating that Shee Yun was so naughty. Sometimes we couldn't even understand why she was crying. She seemed very spoilt. We even thought she was ill, seeing her cry so much. But I think she's just being a little monster.Mon 29 May 2006 - playing with water
There is one new play activity that Shee Yun does now. She plays with water in the bathroom. She squats and plays with a toy spade and a toy sift (which has a handle too). We fill two dippers with water and put them in front of her, and she uses the spade and sift to meddle with the water. She can't really use the spade well to scoop up water, but she does try. She really enjoys it and is totally absorbed when playing. If we try to stop her and bring her out she'll cry. After playing for a while and she starts feeling tired of the squatting, she'll simply sit down on the bathroom floor. I saw her do that.
She also likes playing with a cooking set that we bought at a pasar malam. In particular she likes playing with the two small cups. Sometimes she'll pretend to drink from them (or maybe she is trying to drink from them). And she likes to put the little plastic spoon into the cup. Sometimes when we play with her she'd offer us a cup.
Yesterday evening she tried to pull Tubby out from her bed. She was standing on the ground and reached for Tubby through the slits between the railings. However she used both hands to grab Tubby through two different slits, so Tubby was stuck. When I saw that I reached for Tubby from above and picked it up for her. And she hugged Tubby in a very "manja" way - she hugged Tubby tightly against her own neck, and with her head tilted to one side, pressed her cheek against Tubby.
We still give Shee Yun the pacifier when it's bedtime. Michelle is a little worried of Shee Yun being too used to and dependent on the pacifier. I think it shouldn't be a problem. She is still young. Later when she grows older we can slowly reduce and eventually stop her from using the pacifier. Sometimes at night when she's already asleep, we can hear the sucking sound of her sucking the pacifier.
Yesterday Michelle finally gave Shee Yun a haircut. We have been talking about it for some time but never got around to it. Sometimes it seemed Shee Yun found her hair annoying, because it tickled her ears, and she tried to brush her hair away. At least it seemed so to us. Michelle mainly cut the front. So her hair in front is much shorter now.Wed 31 May 2006 - sleeping with fan
Shee Yun needs to sleep with the fan on. Usually at night we turn on the air-con overnight, and we turn on the fan until we go to sleep. Last night when Michelle turned off the fan to go to sleep (I was still reading), Shee Yun started tossing and turning. When she turned the fan back on, Shee Yun stopped moving and continued to sleep peacefully. Later when I was ready to sleep I turned off the fan, and Shee Yun started tossing and turning again. So I turned the fan back on again (but switched it to Level 2 instead of Level 3) before I slept. Michelle and I decided to try turning off the air-con before we sleep, and leaving the fan on instead. Let's see how this works out.
Now when giving Shee Yun a bath, Michelle doesn't put her into the bath tub anymore. She puts the bathmat on the floor and let Shee Yun sit on it and play with the dippers and the toy spade and toy sift. She uses the bath tub to store warm water and uses one of the dippers to bathe Shee Yun. After bathing Shee Yun, Michelle lets her continue to play for a while more. Yesterday she played for a long time and she cried when we brought her out of the bathroom to dry her and change her into her pyjamas.
Shee Yun now has two small straight-line ulcers on her lower lip - the result of her fall last week where she bit her own lip.
In the past two days when we put her in her high chair, she likes to stand up. It's dangerous so we always tell her sternly to sit down. Thankfully she understands and will eventually sit down. But after a while she wants to stand up again. So we have to make a deal with her. We'll only give her what she wants to eat / drink if she sits down. E.g. a piece of corn, a bite of watermelon, a sip of fruit juice.Thu 1 Jun 2006 - no electricity
Last night there was a black out, around 8pm, just after Shee Yun slept. So there was no air-con and no fan. She does have a battery powered mini fan which Michelle attached to her cot. There are some blinking lights, but it didn't wake her. It gave me a very peaceful feeling watching her sleep. It was very quiet and the only sound was the whirring mini fan. And I could see the changing colours of the light shining on her face. She continued to sleep peacefully through the night. Later at about 11pm the power came back on. So we did have air-con and fan for the rest of the night.
In the mornings if Shee Yun wakes up around the same time as I do, all 3 of us have breakfast together. I have two slides of bread with kaya and margarine. Michelle takes two slides of bread with strawberry jam and margarine. Shee Yun has her fish shaped biscuits. (usually she would have already taken her milk in the bedroom before coming downstairs) I also drink the Lexwel Life Max drink (nutrition), and I have a cup of fresh fruit juice. Michelle pinches out small pieces of her bread for Shee Yun, which she likes. Shee Yun also asks for my fruit juice, which I give to her in small sips, using a spoon. Shee Yun has her own little plastic plate, which has a sea life motif - a dolphin, life saver floats and waves. Michelle puts the small pieces of bread (or the fish shaped biscuits) in the plate, and Shee Yun helps herself to it. When she eats she puts some of her fingers into her mouth too. I think she just wants to make sure she doesn't drop any food. So often her fingers are wet and dirty with saliva and food.Fri 2 Jun 2006 - woke up early
Shee Yun still enjoys playing with curtains. She can just sit at the curtains and tug and pull and wave them. Usually she pulls them sideways. Nowadays sometimes she also likes to play with the chairs in the dining room. She pushes and pulls two of the chairs around.
This morning Shee Yun woke up at around 6am. She was quite active and made a lot of noise. She woke both of us up. Michelle gave her some milk. She lazed around on our bed, which made it very difficult for me to continue to sleep. She crawled to the head of the bed and stood up by holding on to the metal frame. Michelle put her on the floor to play with Michelle's purse. That occupied her for some time.Sat 3 Jun 2006 - walking posture
There's something that we notice Shee Yun does lately. When Michelle is hugging Shee Yun in her arms, and Shee Yun's head is resting lovingly on her shoulder or chest, Shee Yun's hand which is also resting on Michelle will lightly pat Michelle. It's like she is patting Michelle to calm her down or to make her sleep.
When Shee Yun walks, sometimes she puts her hands on her stomach, on the sides, and at the height of her belly button. Sometimes she walks with her upper arms pressed firmly to her sides. It's funny to see her walk.
Michelle's mum comments that we feed Shee Yun all sorts of things. She is curious and wants to eat whatever she sees us eating, so usually we always give her a bit of what we were eating. Exceptions are nuts, spicy food and Coke. Usually she likes what we give her, especially drinks which are sweet. Just like me.
Today she played a new game. At dinner time she kept shaking her head very quickly. Michelle stopped her by holding her head with both hands, and she laughed. When Michelle let go, she started shaking her head again. And this repeated several times.
In the mornings, or after her naps, when we ask her to give us her pacifier, she sometimes just spits it out for us to catch. Sometimes she takes it out by herself and hands it to us. Sometimes Michelle asks her to put down the pacifier. She take it out, puts it down on her pillow, and then reaches out for Michelle with both hands. And Michelle carries her and brings her downstairs.Mon 5 Jun 2006 - pushing chairs
Now she pushes around and pulls around all of the chairs in the dining room. She seems so absorbed when she's playing with the chairs, as if she's performing some complicated procedure.
Over the weekend she seemed less keen to play with water. She still plays a little, but she stops after a short while. She doesn't sit inside her baby bath tub anymore. We put the bath mat on the floor and let her side beside the bath tub. We'd use the dipper to scoop water from the bath tub to bathe her. When I bathed her yesterday, she played a little, like lifting the half-filled dippers to pour all the water out, but only after a short while, she stopped playing and stood up facing me. I asked her whether I can bring her outside, and she didn't resist. So I brought her out to dry her.
After Shee Yun's bath we put her on the master bed to dry her. We usually put the rubber mattress on the bed, and then put a towel on top of it, and then put Shee Yun on the towel. We'd use another towel to dry her hair and her body. Usually she can't sit still. She likes to roll over, and she especially likes to roll towards the head of the bed, where there are many pillows and blankets. When we put her down, she also often points at and asks for Tubby. And when we give it to her she usually hugs it or bites it, or both.
Mei was in town this weekend. Shee Yun liked her hair band, which has a grey cat-face soft toy. Mei played with her using the hair band. When Mei said "sayang miao miao", Shee Yun would hold the hair band to one side of her neck, and tilt her head to cuddle the hair band. She does that with a lot of things when we tell her to "sayang" that thing.
Yesterday when Michelle and I were talking to Sum, Shee Yun (whom Michelle was carrying) also wanted to participate. She pointed with her finger, and also talked her baby language, as if she's giving her opinion.Tue 6 Jun 2006 - mini cotton buds
One thing that Shee Yun likes to play with are the mini cotton buds. Michelle uses cotton buds to clean Shee Yun's nose after her bath. Shee Yun likes to pour out all the cotton buds from the cylindrical plastic can. She likes to toss them around, or put them in her mouth, or just grab them.
Yesterday when I got home, Shee Yun walked to the door to greet me. I didn't go inside the house. I just left my bag, and brought her out for a walk around the block. I tried to teach her "where is nose" and "where is ear". I tried saying it and pointing to my own nose or ear. I also tried holding her hand and using her index finger to touch her nose or ear. She found it fun and she smiled, but she didn't point to her nose or ear by herself. This morning when walking to the LRT station, Michelle and I tried again. Michelle asked her "where is nose", and she voluntarily pointed at her ear. We smiled (although she got it wrong) and tried to explain that that is her ear. When she saw us smile, she clapped to applaud herself.
Sometimes she likes to applaud herself by clapping. But it's not always when she did something right. She just applauds herself whenever she feels like it. Or maybe she just does it when she's happy. We also like to applaud her when she does something right.
Now that she can walk well, she likes to walk. She'd walk to one place, play with whatever is there, and when she's satisfied, she walks to another place and play with another thing that interests her. By now she rarely crawls. One thing I've always forgotten to write about is she likes to climb. She uses her feet and her body and her hands. She can climb almost to the top of the sofa which is next to the dining room. There is a railing between the sitting room and the elevated dining room, and she can climb almost to the top of the sofa to grab the railing. She could also almost climb out of her cot onto the master bed. Michelle said we probably have to adjust the cot railing to the upper position soon.
Shee Yun gave me a shock when Michelle was bathing her. I was at my computer when I heard a shrill scream. I quickly ran to the bathroom. I thought it was Michelle's scream. Then I realised it was Shee Yun sitting in the bathtub playing with the pink rubber squeeze cow. It was the toy that let out the loud noise.
Last night Shee Yun fell off the master bed. I was with her but only managed to grab her arm. I didn't manage to stop her from falling off. I'm not sure whether she actually landed on the ground or not, since I was holding her left arm. She probably did, just that with me holding her arm she didn't fall completely to the floor (body and head and all) but ended up still standing. Before she fell off, she was standing up and holding onto the railing of her cot (which is right next to the master bed). Then she actually stepped off the bed. After the fall she cried, but I think she wasn't hurt much, because after I pretended to hit the cot, and she also followed suit, she stopped crying and continued to find something else to play with.Wed 7 Jun 2006 - 1 year & 3 months old
Shee Yun is one year and three months old today.
Yesterday when Michelle was giving instructions to Sum to put up the curtains, she pointed at the curtains and the curtain hangers and explained what needed to be done. Shee Yun imitated her by also pointing towards the curtains and talking her baby language.
Sometimes Shee Yun likes to cover her mouth with her hand. Michelle says she's learning to do the flying kiss. She knows how to wave now, roughly. She just wags her arm up and down in front of her.
Shee Yun's hair is finally starting to grow longer at the back and at the sides. Soon she'll look more and more like a girl. Actually by now I already think she looks more like a girl. Not because of her hair, which is still not long yet, but because of her facial features. Or maybe it's her behaviour.
Yesterday she smiled a lot. It is a true joy to see her smile. It makes me very happy. Little Shee Yun is the sunshine in our lives.Thu 8 Jun 2006 - greeting at the door
Usually when I come home from work, Michelle, her mum, and Shee Yun are in the sitting room. When they hear me opening the outside gate, Michelle or her mum will tell Shee Yun that Ba Ba is back. Shee Yun will excitedly come to the door to greet me. It makes me very happy to see that she's happy to see me.
Yesterday Shee Yun had a fall when she greeted me at the door. Usually she is stable when she stands, but at the door there is a cloth floor mat which is quite light, which makes it slippery. She knocked her forehead and her nose against the wall, and she cried. This was a bit more severe that the fall two days ago, because she cried longer. But I don't think the fall is severe, since she just slipped from a standing position. Today her nose is a little red.
The red plastic stool which I use at my computer table has a round hole in the middle. Shee Yun likes to play with that hole. She likes to stick her finger in, sometimes from above (when she's standing), sometimes from below (when she's squatting or sitting). Sometimes when I'm sitting on it, she comes and stick her finger up the hole at my bum. I'd make some noise and she'd grin or laugh.