Today was a milestone for our beloved Zienne, the much anticipated Stepping Up Ceremony commemorating her PreK achievements. Scholastically, being a PreK graduate may seem trifle, but a school year of learning social behavior, practicing using your voice, building your courage, allowing mistakes (yours and others), experiencing conflicts, progressing in writing, speaking, and reading, refining fine motor skills, exploring your creativity, and getting accustomed to a schedule and rules are all very worthy of a congratulations for 4-5 year olds. So, Zienne Noelle, our beloved, a joyful congratulations is in order. Maybe it’s just us, maybe it’s how we translate your teacher’s stories about you, their praise of your knowledge and personality, but you’ve proved to be very special, easily adapting to what was put before you. You’re such a pleasure to us, my love. Continue on in your pursuits, Zi, and your dad and I will always uphold you in prayer. Jesus loves you. Today is your day, and you really held such pride, taking extra care in how you looked for such an occasion. Your smile during today’s events said it all.
Elleonai mastered getting to sitting position from her belly.
Zienne is 10 months, almost 11. Things have been quite busy, with all the whirlwind preparations for the upcoming move, my little ring selling…thing…and of course, the responsibilities at church, and a very clingy teething baby with her almost-five-year-old-sister, who is preparing to attend kindergarten this year. With all the busyness, Zi has mastered getting up from sitting position to standing and then walking. She has this cute grunting sound, like a muffled war cry of determination. And once she’s up, she’ll smile, knowing that she’s accomplished something ‘big-girl-ish’. She’s on her way to becoming like everyone else she sees around her, mobile on two feet. She can take more than 15 steps at a time then fall down on her bum, or squat down to reach for something, then get back up again. She is also VERY good with climbing things. She uses everything as a stool to attain a new height, and can even climb to the top of the sofa. With getting down, she realizes this is a bit tricky, but she has also figured out a way how to get one step down. She’ll near the edge, then swing one leg to dangle down, then turn […]
Today, our dearest little 9 month old Zienne took her 1st step! Perze and I were in the living room when she was standing up. Being in front of us, we had a good view of her taking a brave step forward and successfully remaining her balance. Knowing she had accomplished a new trick, she turned back to us and gave a very proud smile, then clapped her hands. Hhahahah. So proud of you, Zi. Soon you’ll be walking everywhere.
Yay, she stood up by herself! Milestone for our beloved Zienne at 8 months. She was sitting near our bed trying to reach for something to help her stand, but she did it on her own. For only a short while, she stood, then went back down into sitting position. This only signals the beginning. Congrats baby girl.
Some videos of our beloved Zienne: 1. Milestone: Rolling Over: A couple of days ago, she started rolling over, first to her left, then to her right. Right then, I realized that she’s going mobile, so I video-ed her milestone. At two months, beating her sister’s record, Zi is a roller. 2. Chatty Zi: Earlier this month, Zi also started baby chatting, when she can carry a conversation with people who get her attention (eye contact). She smiles and coos, letting you have her attention for quite some time. It’s always a joy during those moments when we can carry a conversation several times in a day. ps. you can hear Ate in the background (or major foreground) taking part of the conversation. =) she absolutely LOVES her little sister.
I don’t know about other moms, but I love reusing the same clothes from my first daughter for my second. Every time I go through Emma’s (1st) clothes, I find myself getting so nostalgic, recalling the moments she’s worn them. Being a fan of fashion, I can usually remember the occasions when she’s worn specific clothes, esp. if that particular piece of clothing was a favorite of mine. Today, I’ve gone through numerous old clothes again for Zienne (2nd), and it made me a little sad that after the couple weeks of wearing them, I’d have to put them away again, thus ultimately and metaphorically saying goodbye to that specific phase of her infancy. Oh, who would have thought, tags saying 0-3 can make one such a sap. I’m such a sucker for that, and can’t seem to get over the sentimental emotions. *sigh* What can I say? I am one of those moms who are so in love with her children…and will probably one day transform into a horrible mess once the empty nest syndrome arrives, clinging to old pictures, cataloguing old videos, and stitching initials onto their children’s clothes made by their former swaddle blankets…hahah I laugh now, […]