happy 14 months zem

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so emma’s now 14 months.  she needs 5 more teeth to have a full set, and she’s finally 20lbs and growing.  if you know her, she’s sort of on the skinny side although she does eat.  her eating palate now consists of everything but peanut butter and honey.  she’s pretty passionate most of all for my pork belly sinigang.  yes, i cook peoples.  i think the most surprised that i can cook every day is my mom, since she’s been the one person frustrated with me for being so unpassionate about food during my single days.  but yes, i can now butcher a dead slab of pork’s belly and still keep a clean kitchen, and if you know me well, you know that i need a clean kitchen always. 

her vocabulary is expanding every day, and she surprises me when i’ve realized certain things that she can understand, because she responds correctly to what i’ve said.  when i consciously teach her a new word, before, it would take months when she was 6 months old, but now, it can take less than a couple of minutes if she’s concentrated on making the association of an object to its phonetic sound.  She knows how to “bless” perze when he comes home, hand people objects when we say “give,” control her behavior when we say “no”…etc…plus she’s very discerning of our moods.

emma finally has favorite tv shows:  The Doodlebops, The Backyardigans, LazyTown, and definitely the dynamic duo- Moose A. Moose and Zee.  She dances every time she hears a song (although she frequently dances to anything with a good beat like Paris’ Stars are Blind, and car commercials).  She also tries to sing more, esp. if she sees the guitar lying around.  She’ll strum an ungodly chord and belt out a nice Ahhhhhhhhh.  Lastly, she knows how to signal to me that she wants milk, change her diaper, or go to sleep.  For the parents out there, i know you can agree with me that these are very important, as not to have to guess every time a ‘wah’ comes out.  It’s like finding kryptonite and flushing it down the toilet.  Afterwards, you feel very at peace.

the peace doesn’t last too long, peace to a new mom spans for 5 minutes, unless baby is sleeping (or with the lola/lolo dynamic duo).

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