I don’t see crocodiles anywhere mommy!

I don’t see crocodiles anywhere mommy!

Kids say the darnest things, don’t they? Last week, while I was driving my kids to the library, late again for our weekly story time session, my DD out of nowhere exclaimed “I don’t see crocodiles anywhere mommy!” She said it so innocently and seemed so utterly bewildered by the lack of crocodiles that I burst out laughing. Mind you, I don’t believe she’s ever seen a random crocodile on the street, the zoo perhaps, but never once on the street. I told her that it was highly improbably that we would run across a crocodile on the street, but who knows…My precocious 3 year old entertains me quiet often with her random gems. I have to say with mommyhood, there is never a dull moment.

This really got me thinking about the imagination of the average preschooler. These tiny people are so imaginative and honest to a fault, one cannot help but provide the avenues to nurture that amazing creativity. That is why its so important for parents to allow kids the opportunity to explore the many facets of creativity and talent that allows them to express themselves. Later in life, this will assist them in dealing with frustrations or other challenges in life that they may come across. A child’s brain develops and grows the most within the first 5 years of life. Parents often rush to entrust their children with the requisite foundations necessary that will contribute to their personal characteristics.

For my part I allow my kid to explore all facets of her imagination through art, music and especially dance. I used to dance myself and though I would  have enjoyed living vicariously through her, she, on her own has developed quite a love for dance. I’m glad for this because it allows me the opportunity to teach her what I know, and watch her blossom. She also enjoys painting, something her aunt  who is an artist helps to nurture. I mean, you don’t have to be an artist or a dancer to help your child develop their imagination, I say let them try it all, see what they like and pick something they want to focus their attention on. I believe in the long run it will center them and allow them to have an outlet. Its so important to be well rounded and try new things, that will give you the opportunity to express yourself without words. I can’t tell you how many times dance has done that for me. Of course sports and other outlets provide this as well, I say let them try it all… atleast once.

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We went to the zoo!

We went to the zoo!

Last weekend we took babyE to the zoo! We haven’t been in many years, and it was exciting to show her where daddy and I met many years ago (yes we met at the zoo). Our local zoo is under some renovation, so we didn’t expect to find much there, but we were pleasantly surprised.

BabyE is a fan of birds; she loves them, and points them out frequently when she goes on nature walks in our yard. We see a lot of birds on a daily basis, some of which enjoy taking regular sips from our dog’s water bowl. The zoo had a lot of variety of birds, they had coloured macaws, owls, flamingoes, and some varieties I couldn’t recognize.

However, the best part of the trip was when we got to feed the budgie birds. They had a cage full of these beautiful and colourful birds and they let you feed them, how awesome is that!  You put food in your palm and the birds descend on you and peck away at the bird seeds. Ms. E didn’t actually feed any birds, I did, but she was close by and one would think with so many birds descending on her that she would be scared, she was such a good sport. I think she was more curious than anything else, and at one point attempted to grab a bird’s wing.

Anyway here are a few pictures of a really fun day.

I love that my baby is a chattabox!

I love that my baby is a chattabox!

I can have a full on conversation with my DD, she talks that much. She is actually repeating words that you say to her and I think she may have at least 5 consistent words in her literary arsenal. This of course makes me so proud, especially now because I see that my deaf tone singing to her is seemingly paying off.

BabyE has never heard baby talk; she may frown a bit if ever it was introduced to her now. Since she was a newborn we talked to her like normal and encouraged everyone around her to do the same. I even started reading to her when she was just weeks old. I knew she didn’t have a clue what I was saying, but the experts said that she would store them in her memory, so I listened to the experts. I read to her every day and some of those books I know by heart. Dr. Zeus and I bonded quite well.

These days, my little soon to be toddler can say one and two syllable words, she is especially fond of the word ‘bird’ especially because they frequent our backyard and I point them out to her often. Of course she has ‘mama’ and ‘dada’ all locked away. Daddy is all proud that she said dada first despite my claim that it is quite normal for babies to do so.

Nowadays she watches your mouth and sometimes repeats what you say. Just a few days ago she bit me and I shouted ‘ouch’ she looked at me keenly and repeated the word. Despite the bite, I was pretty proud. Sometimes I swear she even asks ‘what you do’?  When she is not quite sure what we may be doing at the time. I’d like to think that my singing and our reading is helping her to develop her growing vocabulary.

She has a play mat in her room, with puzzled letters and numbers. She likes to pull the letters out and chew on them or play with them. Every time she pulls a letter out, I tell her some words that begin with that letter. I think it’s a good way for her to learn new words. Sometimes while she’s having her bath or changing her diaper I tell her about my day or about random things, she seems to listen so keenly and sometimes she even replies and I respond with an answer to a question I think she may have asked. It’s quite fun to chat with her, she is such a good listener. Now, we cannot get her to be quiet, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

7 signs that your child loves you

7 signs that your child loves you

1. Your newborn stares into your eyes.

He’s actually working hard to memorize your face. He doesn’t understand anything else about the world, but he knows you’re important.

 

2.  Your baby thinks about you even when you’re not around.

Between 8 and 12 months old, she’ll start to scrunch her face and look around when you leave the room — and she’ll smile when you return.

 

3. Your toddler throws wicked tantrums.

Nope, those screaming fits don’t mean he’s stopped loving you. He wouldn’t be so hurt and angry if he didn’t trust you so deeply.

 

4. Your toddler runs to you for comfort when she falls down or feels sad.

Kids this age may not truly understand the meaning of “I love you,” but their actions speak louder than words.

 

5. Your preschooler gives you a gift.

A flower picked from a garden, a finger-painted heart, a sparkly rock, or another small token is his way of saying you’re special.

 

6. Your preschooler wants your approval.

She’ll start to be more cooperative around the house, and she’ll look for chances to impress. “Look at me!” will become a catchphrase.

 

7. Your grade-schooler trusts you with secrets, like his first crush or his most embarrassing moment.

You’re his confidante, even if he shies away from your hugs in public

 

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Almost there, little grasshopper

Almost there, little grasshopper

This weekend, Saturday to be specific, babyE stood all by herself for a good 5 seconds! It was so exciting; I jumped up and down as if I’d won a bet at the races. Of course I reached for my camera and the moment passed when she promptly fell to the floor on her buttocks. Her daddy was so proud.

Much to my disagreement, she has in fact been in baby boot camp. Yes believe it. He intends to raise some kind of prodigy and he’s been training her to walk; not Rocky style training, thank god. He takes her on little trips up and down the hallway, around the house and in the yard. Nowadays she doesn’t even require that you hold both her hands, she is fine with just one hand. It really is an issue of balance and confidence though, because she does walk very briskly and pretty balanced, once she is being held. I believe she fears falling and is not as adventurous in this aspect. However when it comes to climbing that baby is fearless. I have many a times found her on top of the couch reaching for god knows what.  She also enjoys climbing everyone who will allow her to, and then when she’s reached your shoulders she bites you in the head as if to declare her arrival and mark her territory.

He daddy thinks she’ll be taking her first steps in no time. Of course, I cannot wait! I will be ready with my trusty camera. Until then she’s been getting around with the assistance of furniture, via cruising, crawling and assisted walking. She even can stand on tip toes and reach for things, it’s so fun to watch her explore uninhibited, even though I have to chase after her many times. Of course, she’s so grown now that she tries to wiggle free from your embrace just so that she can get to the floor.

Her grandparents bought her a walker that she now plays in atleast once a day to strengthen her legs and for exercise. It’s so funny to watch her walk into corners and then try to reverse. We hope that pretty soon she will bravely take her first steps, and I cannot wait to see it!

NO! Baby

NO! Baby

BabyE must hear the word NO a thousand times, yet she never seems to recognize it. She is so curious, it’s so funny to watch her discover everything, especially if it means hearing the word NO! Surprisingly she never seems as interested in her toys as she does the TV remote or those nice scented candles mommy laid out. Oh no, she’s been there and done that, who wants to play with Mr. Frog when she can shove a handful of paper into her mouth.

She’s even trying to reach for the door handle on tip toe and trying to grab things off the dresser. I tend to distract her from her mission of mayhem most times, hoping that she will abandon all thoughts of it. Not my baby, she is determined to grab my lip gloss off the night stand or eat my sunglasses for lunch.

She is strong willed, this one, and as much as I say ‘NO baby’ she smiles as if to say, ‘YES’!. I try to let her discover non-threatening items, like my work out DVDs that she cannot possibly pry open (hopefully) or my plastic bracelets. She likes being victorious in her attempt to discover the world around her.

I don’t know I see enterprising and creative things in her future. But you know I could be biased, but I don’t think so.

My baby is so vain

My baby is so vain

Yes, that’s right I said it. She spends way more time in the mirror than I do. Albeit, she is playing and talking to herself which is normal (I think), it’s still so funny to sit and watch her have a full on conversation with her reflection, complete with gesticulations and animated expressions.

Sometimes, she beats the mirror as if trying to get a really serious point across. I’m pretty sure her reflection is doing the same thing, so it’s really a constant battle. She can amuse herself for a long time, screaming at herself the way she does.

She’ll even plays peeka boo with her mirror image, ducking down and back up again, only to find the same cute and adorable reflection. Wonder if she knows it’s her?