Part of my 2018 resolution was to document the growth and snippets of life of my kids. It’s easy for time to pass us by and for such precious memories to fade away and be forgotten. Right up till Junior’s 1st year I was diligent in blogging and documenting his growth, then I stopped and thought it would be better to go by themes. But with MissPetite coming along, I think it’s worthwhile I write an update every single month so that I get to remember these beautiful and precious memories. I hope to keep it up for as long as I can.
Junior can be impatient and demanding especially when he wants something, he wants it now. He sometimes throws a fit/whine/cry/scream when things don’t go his way, He is assertive like that. It is not always possible that things go just as he wants and he has to learn to deal with such uncertainties. Often, his doting grandparents will give in to him, so Junior knows exactly who to look for when we are standing firm on our grounds. While it is an uphill task in inculcating patience in our little boy, we had to bite the bullet and do it. So while we try to remain flexible, when we sense that he is getting rude and demanding, we are standing firm.
A great breakthrough for us was over Christmas where he waited for an entire month to get his hands on this bendy bus that he so very wanted. I would like to think that small victories do go a long way.
Actually I wouldn’t call his love for trains a fad because he has liked it for so long. And I’m not even talking about cute cartoon trains like Thomas the train. He likes the hardcore SMRT/Shinkansen/MRT/Korea Subway kind of trains. I think his interest was first sparked off by the mister who got him a playrail set when he was in Shanghai. And slowly the father son duo has started to subconsciously started a collection.
Junior would pester us to take the MRT train whenever possible. However, since the time he accidentally had his foot slipped in between the platform and the train, he now has a phobia in stepping across the platform to the train. He rather we carry him over or not take the trains at all. While we do not want to force him or to elevate the phobia, we are trying to see what can be done to ease that fear.
Of late, ever since he discovered his papa’s talent in drawing, he has been requesting he draw all kind of trains and platforms for him, every single night. And because we spend a large amount of time at work, I think this is his way of bonding with his papa. He would look for a photo, they will sit together, the mister will draw and they will colour them together. The other night we counted and I think he now has 30 different trains. And the amazing thing is he can remember every single one of them. Ahh, this definitely beats buying the physical trains. So I’m not complaining.
When Junior was a little small bub, we introduced him to Peppa Pig and he wasn’t interested in it at all. Probably because he can’t relate to the stories that are being told. Fast forward, he now loves to watch Peppa Pig. For awhile, he was all about Pororo but for now he has moved on to Peppa Pig, and is able to relate more to the stories.
Junior was never really a very picky eater. Although from time to time he does shun away from vegetables and is always more interested in eating the things he likes (i.e. Nooddles/Udon). He hasn’t been very difficult to feed. I just wish I had more energy and creativity to whip up different things for him to try. I’ve never seen someone liking Udon so much though. He loves udon/sushi/cawamushi/noodles more than fish & chips and sandwiches.
Our latest favourite haunt is Sushi Tei because he simply loves Japanese food. But the thing is, I’m getting really bored of that place. Looks like I need to increase my repertoire of Japanese food recipes.
Funny things Junior says
How about “it’s so borinnggggg” and “it’s not funnyyyyy?” I am very certain he learnt these 2 phases from Peppa Pig. The way he uses it can be really funny at times but there are also times it ain’t that funny. Not when he has said it’s so boring for the umpteen times or get all red face frustrated when he thinks that people around him is laughing at him and gets aggressive and upset and scream at the top of lungs that it is not funny.
We definitely need to help this little one manage his emotions a little better.
Transiting to Big Brother
Junior is such a sweet heart throughout my 9 months of pregnancy. He understood why I couldn’t carry him and often stoke my stomach and talks to meimei or ask me what she is doing inside. He has so much love in him which makes me want to protect forever. I do think he is going to make an awesome big brother.
Undivided attention and time is definitely ticking with my firstborn. There is definitely going to be transition for all of us. And busy with a new born and recuperating as I may be, I am reminded to spend more time and continue to have snippets of time where I give Junior undivided attention.