I’ve been meaning to blog for Elle’s 9th month post, archiving what she was up to on her 8th month, but I’ve gotten busy and Elle seems to be a little more clingy. As we speak, I’m speed-blogging while Perze walks her to sleep. That’s their routine and bonding time. The biggest thing she learned at 8 months was walking. Yes! She took her first steps mid-8th month and gained the drive to practice more and more steps as the days and weeks went by. The first time I saw her take a couple steps was on mom’s kitchen table, in front of all of us. Supposedly, this wasn’t the first time she took her first steps, as seen by Perze days before it. But since I’m blogging, we’re gonna go with that for now, but definitely on her 8th month :). That’s a month earlier than her two sisters. Also, she understands some words now like “clap” and “hi” “bye”. She’ll clap and wave her hands. She’ll also raise her hand to the sky when you say “Praise the Lord!” She also started learning “NO”, curious to test what happens when she continues with illegal acts. Sometimes, she’ll smile […]
Zi showed me that she can make new shapes out of existing different shapes so I wanted to catch it on video. I took this video today. She’s 26 months.
Zienne. I haven’t been blogging, and if I had, it was always about your Ate. I didn’t forget about you. It’s just that your Ate is so busy with things this summer, firsts that I know she’ll remember throughout her life, like ballet and reading, graduating kinder, and trying to sustain an ant farm that dies after 24 hours. But you. Never in the sidelines, little one. You are your own spirit, one that commands attention. You have determination like no other baby I’ve known, not even your Ate. Your Ate would get discouraged and frustrated, when you would always demand, “I do it!” And usually, you do. The force is strong in you little one. You can speak in sentences, very fluent with your thoughts and emotions. You even know how to manipulate your mom when you’re in trouble; you grab my face with both your hands and say, “I love you, mama. Happy? I soweee (sorry), mama. I love you soooooo much!” You’re also so aware of where your sister is. When you were younger, you wouldn’t mind if your sister was absent from your side, but now, you feel so empty without her. She’s your best […]
Zi’s newest words at 17 months: mui mui (moy moy, her younger cousin) no bubble tree car tita Zi (her own name) Emma (her older sister) po (tagalog word) Since 15 months: tatay mama Ate wow baby apple woof ewe uh-oh bop! uh-uh (to convey ‘no’..while shaking her head) up hi bye dede (filipino word to convey she wants to nurse) beep-beep yay milk (mih) there it is (tey-eh-ye) tito huh? shhh! cheese mine there
My beloved daughter, Emmanuelle, is officially in kindergarten. Her first day wasn’t as bad, for her! hahah. When asked how her day went, she excitedly recounted fun stories. When asked if she cried, she nonchalantly responded, no. This was not the response the night before her 1st day, when she cried before going to bed, asking why moms weren’t allowed to come with their sweethearts. After a tiresome spur of the moment trip to Great Adventure that day, to celebrate her last day of scholastic freedom, I used a very simple metaphor to ease her feelings of emotional attachment. I explained that going to school is like going on a big ride in Great Adventure. I’d be there to bring her to the line, prepare her for the ride, put her seatbelt on, and make sure she’s safely secure. Then I’d wait for her outside of the gates, as she would enjoy the thrill of the ride, by herself. And afterward, at the end of the ride, I would be waiting, smile on my face, pride in my heart, for her. School is that exciting ride for her. And after I explained it to her, she quieted down, I guess […]
At 15 months, Zi can say over 20 obvious words/prases such as: tatay mama Ate wow baby apple woof ewe uh-oh bop! uh-uh (to convey ‘no’..while shaking her head) up hi bye dede (filipino word to convey she wants to nurse) beep-beep yay milk (mih) there it is (tey-eh-ye) tito huh? shhh! cheese She also has a picture/word book given to her from tita cherms and she can use her pointer finger to show me where objects are if I ask her. For example, if I ask her where the fish is, she’ll point to its corresponding picture. She responds so well and can understand when I make requests. I can even ask her, “where’s my iPhone, Zi?” and she’ll grab it from the end of the room and give it to me. Promise, I never consciously taught her it was an iPhone.
More things to add to Zi’s 11 months. – When we say “praise the Lord” she’ll raise her hand to the sky. – She learned how to “mano po” (bless). When her dad comes home, she blesses him by putting his hand to her forehead.