I found this. The left picture was the one I used for Emma’s invitations for her 1st birthday party, and the right picture is the one I used for Zienne’s invitations.
They do this every night before bedtime, before they’re separated into different rooms. If Emma doesn’t go see Zi first, Zi will crawl off the bed and walk to emma’s room. Then Emma will get the most hugs and kisses before bedtime. It’s really something new, revealing, and amazing to see. Em sleeps alone in her room now, so Zi really spends some time before bed hugging her sister and giving her kisses. Then when Em goes to her room, Zi gets down from the bed and walks over to Em’s room, which basically means preparing them to actually sleep takes about an hour, because of all the visits, girlish snickering, and chasing about. …as you can tell, they’re wearing different clothes in both pictures…this is a daily practice.
So proud of you emmanuelle grace. Tonight was the third night you slept in your room alone after Zienne was born. I know how hard it must have been for you, with all the initial attempts and your concerns (monsters, itchiness, loneliness, fears). But after your Tatay read you a story, prayed with you, and after I came and tucked you in, laughed and talked with you, you mustered up enough strength and faith that we’re so close to you still. It must be very hard, at four years old, after days and days of being conditioned to having such the warmest comfort of being with those you love most before going to sleep, then having to sleep alone with a blanket of thoughts. But you did it tonight. Thank you for being so brave. It’s times like these that I am so proud of you. And although I know it’s a step towards your independence, I already miss you. I love you monkey. I wish I could keep you forever.
An article I subscribe to for parents: Your 4-year-old now The average 4-year-old can count up to ten, although he may not get the numbers in the right order every time. One big hang-up in going higher? Those pesky numbers like 11 and 20. The irregularity of their names doesn’t make much sense to a preschooler. Don’t get caught up in trying to persuade your child to count much beyond ten or 20 right now. Most fours can’t fully comprehend how larger numbers correspond to actual quantity. They usually count between four and ten objects correctly. A child this age who rattles off numbers in sequence higher than 20 is generally doing so from sheer memorization. Really? After all this time I’ve been trying to get Em to master her numbers from 1-100. She gets the order right 1-20. Granted, she sometimes gets confused with reading numbers 11-20, but she knows the function of counting when she has objects requiring to know its quantity. But why not ‘get caught up’ in persuading your toddler to count beyond ten? I’ve seen toddlers learn how to add. There’s really nothing wrong with pushing their memorization skills. I believe in giving my children […]
Today, I had a date with my beloved Emma. I gave her the choice to either: To see a movie, The Princess & the Frog Go to Barnes and Nobles and read books Go to Target and shop around She chose…BARNES & NOBLES! YaY!! I was hoping she would so I can look at books and drink some coffee while getting some learn on. she really loves barnes and nobles because she gets to pick out which books to read. she chooses two and I choose one. Today, she chose the 10 lady bugs and alvin and the chipmucks. I chose the Children’s Atlas! lols…hahahahahaha…i know…but at least she can pin point where America, Philippines, Singapore, NJ, Texas, California, and Virginia are. Plus, she also knows where President Obama lives. She also learned that there are sensors in our eyes and ears that receive information to bring to her brain, and that’s what makes her think. That, and Brittany is the lead singer in the Chipettes! While walking around, I also got to teach her who Audrey Hepburn and Elvis Presley were, although she probably already forgot about Elvis. She initially thought I said Audrey Pepper, so we played a […]
“Jesus, thank you for this food. Please let us be happy and healthy and (whimper) please help me to listen more to Mamam. In Jesus name, Amen.”
I wish I had a better camera but here’s what Em looked like at that day we got their pictures. She received a lot of smiles that day. Note: the purse, nor the scarf were not my idea, although they added a great touch, didn’t they? My daughter is like me, likes to accessorize. They were gifts given to her from her Lola Ruth; the scarf was personally hand knitted by Lola, with love. She really prefers to wear that specific scarf. Below, she’s posing right outside my favorite store; they have one of my favorite backgrounds. I bought the same dress and boots for baby Sienna. My sister is due any day now, so we’re all excited for her birth. Christmas at lola and lolo’s house is going to be happily and joyfully chaotic.