Lots have happened in the past month... ZY turned eight months and started having porridge on 28 February - that first time failed cos I forgot to soak the rice to make it soft enough.. But we did better on Monday, and now ZY is eating porridge very well - he has even started on chicken and fish in school!
Outside, he's getting troublesome but thank goodness for snacks! Oops, food bribes aren't too good right? But they're useful!
I gum gum my biscuits...
Smaller biscuits? He plays with them but doesn't put them into his mouth, hmmm...
At this age, he can be forgiven for going as he's eating..!
Oh, milk? Well, I started him on formula the Monday before LNY and he will start his second tub tomorrow - one tub for three weeks as I still give him 40% breastmilk. But as work gets busier and my supply keeps dropping (cos of work stress??), I finally dropped one pump from last week. Today, I was attending a course so I didn't pump until I got back. My mini stash in the fridge probably won't last another month...
I'll probably just latch him morning and night, and give him formula in the day eventually. But lately, he's been tugging at his food source when nursing at night. I screamed out in pain the first few times and he would smile at me. So I stopped giving him an apparently funny reaction but he continues to tug and smile, argh!
I can have my milk milk standing up too!
Let's go back a couple of steps before we get to standing....
He is sitting very well. BUT! No flipping except accidental ones, no crawling.. Just as well, no need to worry too much about him falling off his bed at night or crawling out to no man's land in the middle of the night like ZK did last time!
ZY up, penguin down!
But I still place him with his back against something safe, just in case he decides to fall backward... And I give him a toy. Or fruit.
We had some fun in the kids' room one weekend morning. He sat in front of the cabinets, pulled out drawers and gummed them to his heart's delight!
Is this edible? No.. Still, yummy!
Mama, why did you put me on my belly?
I don't want! Waaaa!
Hush now, my baby.. Let's smile for the camera!
I also let him sit on me - and one day, I caught this on video - sooooo cute! :)
He's also very cute when he claps his little hands :) He seems to clap whenever I sing.. And lately, I realised how little I have sung to him! I used to sing to ZK on the way to and from school but now, we drive them to and from school so just now, I sang to him before bedtime but he didn't seem to like it :( Have to slowly sing more and more to him. ZK still wants me to sing sometimes :)
When he's less cute, I scooped him away from the changing table and dumped him half naked on the floor *.*
He can sit so well that it's so easy to use the bath tub - ZK didn't sit very well until later but by then, it was easier to let him stand than to use the tub.
Looking up to the big brother who was holding another rubber duckie
But my little baby still prefers to sit with someone - and read!
And then he stands!
He can pull himself up if I give him my arm as a grip. And he likes us to help him walk a few wobbly steps. So he can stand now and almost going to walk with support but I still love to wear him! Until he gets too heavy, that is...
First time in the full set - that was the fourth day of LNY
And now, my two-going-to thirteen boy! Really...
mf: ZK, what are you doing?
ZK: *silently watching videos*
mf: ZK, you're ignoring me?!
ZK: Yes? *without looking up*
Of course, Mama - see? I'm already big enough to carry my own big bag!
And eat noodles with less mess - and sometimes no mess!
Papa's turn with ZK - I really like this photo, so happy :)
I was trying to take a photo of his milk beard but was overpowered by my tot..
He's really a big boy now. A couple of weeks ago, he started consistently going to poo poo in the toilet bowl. And after wetting the bed two or three times over as many weeks despite staying dry while in diapers, he finally woke with dry underwear last Sunday! It's the third consecutive night - let's keep our fingers crossed..
See? I poo poo a lot! Like chocolate... (Really, he said that!)
When we brought him to the huge playground at Westgate, he wasn't interested in the playground for his age group at all. He wanted to be with the big kids! Lucky it was a week day and there weren't many kids around so I let him explore. It was scary at first as I watched him. But he was confident and where he wasn't or it was difficult, well, he fell a couple of times! :p But he conquered the route in the end :)
Easy to go up, difficult to go down...
Wearing beach pants instead of swim diapers! But somehow he didn't like this waterplay area very much..
He has been super cheeky these days. The terrible twos are going into the threes... Just a small thing can trigger him off, e.g. if he isn't the one who presses for the lift. And he still watches so much videos!
Watching next to me when I was having a fever *.*
But the past couple of weeks, he would turn the phone off and reach for some books - nice but it certainly dragged his bedtime... And for the past week plus, I started leaving him awake to fall asleep on his own. He kept coming out to get me, or go pee, or go poo, or just whine. So now he sleeps past 9 pm every day, sighs.. Maybe I have to wait until he drops his afternoon nap before he will start to sleep early again..
Sometimes I feel so guilty towards this boy. On days when ZY slept in and I brought ZK to school first, he would be such a good boy. But when we all went to school together, most times he whined and asked me to carry him though I was already carrying ZY.
And cos time is always tight in the morning, I'm forever nagging at him to have breakfast, brush teeth, pee etc. Now I nag at him to go back to bed. Sometimes I was outright shouting. I don't like to do that :( And worse, he looked at me sadly, sometimes at the brink of tears, and said, "I don't want Mama angry... / Don't (be) angry with me..." My poor boy.. I love you ok? I love you very very much... I hope he knows that...