January 2013


A tiny little person!  And so, so lovable.

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  • Walking!  Two weeks into this month, she started.  Just picked up and went, preferred method of travel.  And two weeks later, she’s off.  It’s still a bit of a stumble, but two-legged movement none the less.  The crawling has all but disappeared.
  • Travel.  Did I say on two legs is the preferred method of travel? Make that on three wheels.  This girl loves her push along trike and will go great distances trying to reach the pedals and scooting along.
  • Chowhound.  Have I mentioned that Hazel is a good eater?  She’s a good eater.
  • Delight.  Hazel’s temprament compared to a year ago is pretty night and day.  We used to say she hated life (at least the awake part), but now she seems to love it.  Everything is wonderful: toys, people, food, grains of rice and tiny pebbles in the sand box.  I love the joy she brings to every occasion.
  • Communication.  Hazel has taken a break from talking (no more uh-oh!) and signing for now (except milk/mom – that one goes strong) and has taken to communicating what she wants very clearly through her body language.  Wants to go outside = grabbing my shoes, her hat and pushing the stroller.  Doesn’t want to hold hands = shaking me off.  Hungry = climbs into high chair.  We get the point.
  • A break.  Hazel got a break from Tim, Miles and I this month and spent a blissful week under the unending shower of love from Grandma Linda and Suzi.  It was a welcome break from her tormenter, Miles.  Tim and I were glad to travel without a baby, but of course we missed her terribly.  I took the week off nursing, a pretty abrupt weaning, and ended up with engorgement for the whole time we were away.  She went back to nursing when we returned, but the milk is not where it was and this might be the path to the end.  In all, absence made the heart grow fonder.
  • Trade up.  She is walking, feeding and entertaining herself, and really coming into her own.  But no longer talking, signing, sitting on the potty to poop (back to stinky diapers!), and going along with everything now that she can more firmly express her will.  It will all come together shortly, but for now, I’ll say we’re in a very very good place.
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And just like that, our toddler is a little boy.

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  • One Husband, Five Wives*.  Or make that 5 whys.  Or 500 whys, in one day.  Miles asks a question after nearly every statement, request or question I pose to him.  At the times this gets a bit monotonous for me, Tim reminds me that this is his job right now.  I am thankful he has added “how”, “who”, “when”, “where”, and “what happened” to the over-used “why”.
  • Polite.  Somehow we managed to raise a boy who says “please”, “thank you”, “excuse me” and “no thank you” without prompting.  What manners!
  • Domestic.  Much like his early days, Miles is very into domestic activities.  Cooking, washing dishes, cleaning, doing laundry and even tidying up are among his favorite activities.  He has really expanded his prowess in the kitchen.  He can locate every kitchen implement and bring them to me.  He uses his recognition of numbers to tell me when to stop on the digital scale and in the measuring cup.  He can crack an egg (not quite separate the whites yet – but he can do it on laundry), use a whisk, turn on the blender, spoon, pour, and of course, taste.  His apron gets a lot of mileage.
  • Clean as a whistle.  I wouldn’t say Miles is OCD about washing his hands, but he is pretty obsessed with it.  His sink features 3 different (green) handsoaps that he mashes into a cocktail of bubbles at each washing up.
  • Nothing missed.  Miles is observant, the kid misses nothing.  This is great when I need to remember something (shopping list), impressive in unlikely scenarios (where is the man who used to sit on the yellow chair in this parking lot we’ve been to twice?), and unfortunate in a not-for-children situation (what happened to the man on the motor bike? why wasn’t he moving? where is the ambulance taking him?).
  • Rider.  The last few months he went from trips around the pool on his tricycle to flying around on his balance bike!  He’s a rocket on that thing, and it is so fun to watch him.
  • Tough Times.  The last 3 months have brought a lot of challenges to us as parents.  Defiance, stubbornness, attachment and wild tantrums have clouded our days.  The hardest thing for me to deal with is the sibling interactions, which at times are “not nice” to say the least.  The wisdom of the crowd seems to say to not take it personally, avoid having a mirror reaction, and enjoy the good times.  We’re trying.
  • Favorites: Color – green. Buddy – Eddie. Food – Chicken, rice & soy sauce. Drink – cold water (finally off the juice!). Movie Characters – Cars. Wailing vehicle – fire engine. Number – THREE!

* Just heard this saying here in Malaysia recently, in the US we say the 5 W’s (and one H).  I love the Malaysian version!

This is definitely party season.  Halloween, Tim’s birthday, Thanksgiving, our anniversary, Christmas, Hazel’s birthday, New Year’s, Miles’ birthday, my birthday, and this year we also get to celebrate Grandma Linda’s birthday, Chinese New Year….  It will be a busy 4 months.  The kids have learned to party:

Hazel Ordering drinks.

No, that mask does not make you look old enough to drink.

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Don’t you wish this had sound?  I’m sure you do.

Hazel turned one and of course we celebrated big!  We had a picnic-based pool party with lots of kiddos, corn-on-the-cob and of course, cake.  Here are the winning shots:

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