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My little girl is growing!

This last month has seen her do quite a few new things. She’s started sitting up on her own, can creep forward on her belly (with some combination of stretching and butt lifting), and she’s now progressed to trying to crawl forward, though not very successfully. Getting there.

Getting to sitting position from all fours

Getting to sitting position from all fours

Starting to move forward on her knees

Starting to move forward on her knees

She’s also got 2 teeth! On the day she turned 9 months she only had one tooth, but two days ago the second tooth erupted.

She’s developed her pincer grasp and now loves feeding herself, to the point that I often struggle to feed her porridge. She doesn’t want to eat from the spoon! So I resort to putting fingerfood on the table, and stuffing the spoon in her mouth when she opens it to eat the fingerfood she’s feeding herself. Some might say I could try to let her self-feed the porridge, but I can’t bear the thought of the mess!

Like Ellery, she likes savoury food. And they currently share the same favourite breakfast food- cheese toast! If her main course is too sweet, she doesn’t eat that much of it. I discovered this through observing her preferences on ready-made meals (yep…3rd kid eats ready-made meals when we go out sometimes). The sweetish flavours (the kind sweetened with a lot of fruit), she barely touches, but the more savoury concoctions she eats quite a lot of. The exception is when it’s fresh fruit, especially blueberries, apples, pears, and bananas.

I’ve stopped feeding her baby cereal because she almost always rejects that. Guess she thinks she’s all grown up now. In fact, the other day she managed to gnaw through half a peach with her one tiny tooth stub. Goodness. I was so amazed by that feat.

Self-feeding

Self-feeding

Slowly making her way through the peach

Slowly making her way through the peach

She’s getting more vocal. She started to make noises that have all the intonations of proper speech, but are made up entirely of nonsense. It’s really cute to see her point at something and say meaningfully, “ahbangngngngmagemawada!” “Mmm, yes!” I’d reply.

The one word she’s got down pat is “der!” (there). She sometimes uses it correctly, like when you ask her a ‘where’ question, but she doesn’t point in the correct direction hahaha. “Where’s the cat?” “der!” (pointing at the sky). The only time she gets it right is when it comes to Asher and Ellery. “Where is Kor Kor?” She’ll look around first, then point at them while wearing a big smile and saying in an excited, high-pitched tone, “DER!” She loves her brothers, that’s for sure :)

She still falls sleeps between 7 to 730pm, and I’m very grateful for that. I didn’t sleep train her. She just fell into this routine on her own. So I find that I’m now able to have a bit of time with just the boys before they go to bed.

Another rite of passage she has gone through – falling off the bed. All three of them have done it now. Ellery still holds the record for the most falls off the bed, but let’s hope none of them add to their count. It happened in the middle of the night. I suddenly woke to a thud. I had nursed her to sleep and didn’t pad the space between her and the edge of the bed enough. I woke to find her sprawled on the floor. I’m so very grateful that she didn’t land awkwardly and injure herself. Having said that, I must confess that it didn’t bother me that much. I picked her up, saw she was ok, could still say something, and put her back to bed and went back to sleep myself. I remember freaking out the first time Asher fell off the bed. Fast forward 6 years, look at me now.

She’s been a real darling and I’m very grateful for her!

Much taller now

Much taller now

Can't get her to sit still anymore

Can’t get her to sit still anymore

Feel the lurrvvee

Feel the lurrvvee

Taking up more space on the sofa now

Taking up more space on the sofa now

And not staying still! Trying to pull to standing

And not staying still! Trying to pull to standing

Flexible girl

Flexible girl

Can't wait for the day she can start ballet!

Can’t wait for the day she can start ballet!

Very grabby

Very grabby

Hi!

Hi!

Enjoying a swing ride

Enjoying a swing ride

Big love from Asher

Big love from Asher

Bye!

Bye!

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Growing Steadily

It’s been a good long while since I blogged, in a large part because Alyssa is now much more alert than before. And she’s taken after her eldest sibling in one thing for sure – she hardly naps! There are days she naps for a total of 45 mins! Asher was exactly like that. But thankfully Alyssa cries much less than he did.

So anyway, she’s now 6 months old. I realise I forgot to do an update when she was 5 months, and there’s been a lot of changes since then.

As mentioned in a previous post, she’s able to sit steadily on her own now. She’ll still topple backwards if she gets excited and starts to wave her arms about a lot, but otherwise she can sit and play quite well.

Sitting and playing with the tambourine I got when I was five :)

Sitting and playing with the tambourine I got when I was five :)

She’s been rolling both to the left and right. And I think she’s gonna be a tummy sleeper like me. We put her to bed on her back but she often flips onto her belly to sleep. According to the experts I don’t really need to worry about her since she’s able to flip anyway.

She’s also started eating, and seems to enjoy her food so far. She’s not got a large appetite, but she accepts most of the food I feed her. So far she’s tried most the usual first foods – brown rice cereal, sweet potato, pumpkin, spinach, carrots, broccoli, etc. She loves carrots and can eat a lot more of that compared with the other vegetables.

Spinach day. She was quite fidgety that day, plus I hadn't yet refreshed my skills at feeding a baby. If you can believe it, more spinach ended up in her belly than on her face :)

I love how messy this is! Spinach day. She was quite fidgety that day, plus I hadn’t yet refreshed my skills at feeding a baby. If you can believe it, more spinach ended up in her belly than on her face :)

When she first started eating rice cereal, Ellery was so excited he kept telling anyone who would listen (including strangers) that his sister could eat rice cereal! Then both he and Asher wanted very much to feed her, so I let them. That was how she started having dinners, instead of just lunches.

Ellery was so happy to finally get to feed Alyssa

Ellery was so happy to finally get to feed Alyssa

Dinner with all three kids in my messy house

Dinner with all three kids in my messy house

And as if it’s the trend for my kids, she’s also not really taken to the bottle, but instead has taken to the cup. She’s now able to drink proficiently from the cup without spilling much, if at all. And she drinks fast! She can gulp down her milk in no time at all from a cup. Weaning her has made her a lot easier for others to take care of her if needed. Like on Saturday, we left her home when we went for Asher’s primary school orientation and she was apparently quite easy to handle. I’m so grateful!

Glug glug glug

Glug glug glug

She’s still her happy self, and actually I think even happier. She seldom cries in the car now. Someone suggested putting a mirror in the car for her to look at herself. I was willing to try anything to stop her screaming in the car. I bought a child safe mirror and found that looking at herself did not help, but looking outside did! I angled the mirror such that she could see the outside world even though she’s in the rear facing seat. It’s been much much more peaceful in car rides now. If she does cry it is for a clear reason like she’s tired, or has a poopy diaper. Even then, nowadays when she’s tired she’ll just quietly nod off to sleep. Again, I’m grateful!

She’s certainly been living up to her name and bringing great happiness to those around her. We love her, the boys love her, and it seems she brings a smile to almost every person we walk past. She simply loves when people stop to talk to her and will flash a big big smile at them, causing them to smile, and then she’ll smile even more. A positive cycle. She even smiles at posters! There’s a poster in our building’s lift that shows a lady looking shocked because she got scammed, and Alyssa laughs every time she sees the lady’s shocked look. She must think the lady is playing with her!

Well, I’m curious to see how she continues to grow and develop. I was struck tonight by how small she is compared to her brothers, and compared to us adults. Babies are so small and so cute! I need to treasure her period of babyhood. She’s the last kid, and there ain’t gonna be no more babies until I become a grandma!

Taller, with bigger thighs :)

11 Nov 2014: Taller, with bigger thighs :)

Finding something very funny

Finding something very funny

She was particularly happy that day

She was particularly happy that day

No space for her outstretched legs anymore

No space for her outstretched legs anymore

Playing with her favourite two bears. She especially loves that dark brown bear we got in Hong Kong

Playing with her favourite two bears. She especially loves that dark brown bear we got in Hong Kong

Playing with her brothers

Playing with her brothers

At the playground

At the playground

Photo my cousin took :)

Photo my cousin took :)

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