15 days : Finally I managed to catch her smile on the camera.

27 days : Haiz…! Dorothy pulled her own hair and cried…;p

1 month, 8 days : Dot starts baby-talking.

2 month, 7 days : We introduce sparkling board books to her.  Her eyes sweep across the pages when we read the stories to her.

2 month, 22 days : So happy that for the first time Dot slept through the night for 8 hrs.

3 month, 11 days : Yeah! Dot can lift up her head when she is on her fours.

3 month, 22 days : Dot can reach out and hold things now and she is examining her new teething toy!

3 month, 22 days : Dot is losing hair.

4 month, 2 days : Dot did her first flip from back to tummy.

4 month, 26 days : Grandma said, “I need to go and cook. No time to play with you.” Dot replied, “O.K!”.

5 month, 9 days : Dot can now clasp both her hands together and do ‘gongxi gongxi’.

5 month, 12 days : Dot can touch her feet with her hands.

5 month, 15 days : When mom walked into the room, Dot excitedly shouted, “Yeah!”.

5 month, 27 days : Yeah! Dot can sit in a tripod position.

6 month, 5 days : Dot can now flip back and forth. Need to watch over her most of the time.

6 month, 14 days : Noticed Dot can turn both sides now.

6 month, 16 days : Dot cried,”mum mum mum mum….!”

6 month, 17 days : When Dot was in the cab carried by her daddy, she said, “papa”.

7 month, 3 days : Dot sat up on her own.

7 month, 7 days : Dot mimicks daddy and laughs heartily.

7 month, 15 days : Dot is crawling.

7 month, 20 days : Dot’s little tooth broke through her gum. No wonder she has been crying a lot lately.

8 month, 26 days : Dot is learning to stand now.

8 month, 27 days : “Mama” was the first word that rolled out of Dot’s mouth when mommy walked into the room.

8 month, 27 days : Dot claps her hands when we play P+W songs.

9 month : Dot learns to clap when mommy says,”Clap your hands, baby, clap your hands”.

9 month, 19 days : Dot can stand up on her own hands-free for a few seconds.

10 month, 25 days : Dot said,”Le-bbit, bit, bit!” when she saw rabbit at grandma’s house.

11 month, 7 days : Dot blew kisses at Midco and her mom, without any prompting from me, when we were about to leave their place.

11 month, 14 days : Dot is learning how to get off a bed.

11 month, 23 days : Dot took her first baby steps towards grandma today!! Everyone was so excited!

Dot is ONE.

1 year, 15 days : A relative injured her arm. Dot’s eyes turn watery and red when mommy said, “Pain Pain”. We were  amazed and wonder what was going through her mind when mommy spoke those words.

1 year, 1 one, 27 days : Mommy asked Dot,”Are you happy?” Dot replied,”Happy!”

1 year, 2 month : Dot is practising gymnastics (planking) on a stool.

1 year, 2 month : Dot is like super-glue. She does not let me out of her sight!!

1 year, 2 month : Dot climbs stairs today.

1 year, 2 month, 2 days : The cat meows. Dot meows.

1 year, 2 month, 5 days : Oh my goodness! Dot is calling me “Dee” instead of mommy!

1 year, 2 month, 15 days : Dot’s first artwork using markers.

1 year, 4 month, 24 days : Her aunt asked her, “What’s your name?” She replied, “Dorothy!

1 year, 4 month, 28 days : At Changi Point, Dot pointed at the aeroplane in the sky and said, “Aeroplane!”

1 year, 8 month : “Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars” is the first song Dot could finish singing.

1 year, 9 month : Dot is fully on formula milk.

1 year, 9 month : Dot can jump with both legs in the air.

1 year, 10 month : Dot knows mommy, daddy, Ah Gu, Ah Yee, Po Po and Gong Gong’s Chinese names.

1 year, 10 month : Dot did her first water colored painting.

Dot is TWO.

2 year, 1 month : Dot rode her first bicycle on her own (with two little wheels at the rear). We are all so excited.

2 year, 7 month : Finally Dot can pedal full circle on her bicycle.

2 year, 7 month : Dot is diaper-free in her waking hours.

2 year, 11 month : Dot’s first day in pre-nursery class (2 Jan 2013).

Dot is THREE.

3 year, 2 month : Dot went for her first trial ballet class and was accepted to join the class officially.

 

Honey for a Child’s Heart : the imaginative use of books in family life by Gladys Hunt

It is a good book for parents to start right with the right books with their children from 0-14 years old. Gladys taught me the important of selecting good books that help them to express themselves with the right words. A good book should create an experience for children emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. Some so-called “taboo” books in the Christian circles like “Harry Potter” are fine to read aloud with the child as long as parents and children discuss together about the plot, the characters and what is right and wrong. Through reading aloud and discussing with our children, we can teach powerful and inspiring lessons to our children. Knowing how our children think through creative sharing of ideas help us grow together.

This book also has a reading list for age 0 to 14.

We should be concerned with building whole people – people who are alive emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. The instruction to train up a child in the way he should go has enormous dimensions. It teaches a child to think, to influence character, to give high ideals and to encourage integrity. It is to provide largeness of thought, creative thinking, imaginative wondering. How large are your goals for your children? Young children, fresh uncluttered minds, the world before them – to what treasures will you lead them? With what will you furnish their spirit?

Gladys Hunt

You can borrow this book from our National Library. Enjoy and have fun reading to our children!

Dot was 9 month old

I am reading Matthew 1 on the genealogy of Jesus Christ and this passage set me thinking and praying for our family that by God’s grace, out of our family lineage will rise up godly and influential men and women. This set me praying for Dot that she will grow up to be a godly woman who will make positive difference to the lives of others, irregardless of how big or small it may mean in the eyes of man, and may she live fully God’s purpose in her life. Amen!

We started reading to her since Dot is about 10 week old. Our objective then was to train her eyes to move along with our fingers when we moved across the pages.  The colourful graphics caught her eyes as she grew older.

Dot is now slightly more than 16 month old. It is exciting to see her grow in her linguistic skills and her understanding of these words. These are some of the words that roll out of her lips when she wants to express herself.

Door, open pleassee.” – when she wants her to open the door for her to go.

Pain Pain..” – when she injures or hit herself.

Happy Happy..” – when she is happy.

Milk milk..” – when she wants to drink milk.

Ah you..” – means thank You.

She enjoys us reading to her aloud. She picks and flips through the pages on her own and babbles her own baby language as if she knows how to read. Sometimes we caught her moving her finger along the words as if she knows how to read the words. Often she will bring the books to us, seat on our laps and have us read to her – a dedicated parent-child bonding time.

Reading trains her to keep still and pays attention for a moment. Sometimes she wants us to read the same book again and again. She surprises us many times when she is able to response when read and ask her questions – this shows that she listens and understands when we read to her.

Don’t underestimate the power of reading. He or she may surprise you!

Dot’s Favourite Book

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle is one of Dot’s favourite books. Even as an adult, I love this book. We read to Dot this book almost every night. She surprises us when she read out loud what is to come next.

Listen to Eric Carle reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar“. More information about Eric Carle and his work.

I found this free  children’s books online at We Give Books. For each book we read online, We Give Books donates a book to a leading literacy group on our behalf. The more we read, the more WGB  gives.

Enjoy reading aloud to our children!

I am reading “Good Families don’t just happen” and I like this poem by an unknown author who exemplifies the importance of the home/school relationship.

I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there.
The clay they used was a young child’s mind
And they fashioned it with care.

One was a teacher – the tools she used
Were book, music and art.
The other, a parent, worked with a guiding hand
And a gentle, loving heart.

Day after day, the teacher toiled with touch
That was careful, deft and sure.
While the parent labored by his side
And polished and smoothed it o’er.

And when at last their work was done
They were proud of what they had wrought.
For the things they had moulded into the child
Could neither be sold nor bought.

And each agreed they would have failed
If each had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school
And behind the teacher, the home.