Motherhood

My little reader

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I love reading books to my daughter. I was a bit obsessed with the picture of my kids reading books even before I was pregnant. Haha. Yes I want to raise a little reader although I also want it to grow naturally. There was a phase when she really liked book and then she didn’t enjoy it that much some time later and then loved books again. It’s that on and off kind of relationship. Haha. However, just recently she often asks me to read to her. Read as in really read and make up stories not just pointing at pictures. She likes to read before bed time. It’s kind of a bed time routine to us. It has been going for a month and everyday. This is actually a good sign. Sometimes she even reads to her favourite doll, Miffy. I just can’t handle the cuteness every time I see it. Oh, I got report from her teachers at school that she enjoys books very much (at the end of school year’s celebration she was given the book worm award, haha!) I’m proud of her. I hope her love for books grow even more as time goes by.

We are lucky that few days ago a package of books from Erlangga For Kids arrived at our doorstep. Abigail was very happy she clapped her hands and said “hooray!” as you can see here. She was surprised as she saw some of her favourite characters in the books (Minnie Mouse, Doc Mac Stuffin, Hello Kitty). Some of them are activity books and Abigail was even happier to find stickers inside the books. Thanks Erlangga for Kids!

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Motherhood

Playdate at Rimba Baca

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A few days ago my cousin, Eva, and I took our daughters to Rimba Baca for a playdate. Our daughters are about the same age (Abigail is 8 months older) and we usually scheduled our playdate once a month. Because we were sick of malls (Yes, Abigail loves mall, but most of our visits to a mall would frustrate me because she liked to throw tantrum in every mall we went to), we decided to try library.

It was a good day at the library. Both of our daughters are having good time (no tantrum, yay!). Mamas are happy, too! Most of their time there was spent on singing, dancing, laughing, and making mess around. Sometimes they read, too, though not that much. But, they’re just little kids. It’s most important that they’re having fun. Abigail actually found a particular book that she loved on our visit that day. It was a book about Snow Bear. She read that book seriously, flicked through each page, observed everything carefully and really finished it until the end. Then she put the book back to the shelves and continued playing. To my surprise, she took it and read again for three times or so. It makes me wonder what’s in her mind but she didn’t allow me to interrupt her while reading.

I love seeing kids playing together, and interacting their own language. Sometimes they kiss and hug each other, and share some laughs. (well, with snatching toys and books a couple of times, too). These two also went a bit wild by standing on the table and holding a mini concert (jumping, dancing and singing) for quite a while. Luckily, we went on a weekday and we owned the place, nobody else but us. Otherwise, we will get cynical stares from other visitors. But to be honest, I’m used to that kind of stares already. Haha.

So, cheers to more playdates!

Motherhood

Abigail Lately

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She stopped nursing a month after her second birthday. It has been three weeks now. The first three days were very, very tough and emotional to me as her mama. Yes, it hurt but I remember fellow mamas told me that consistency was the key. Also, I must admit that my husband came as the biggest help too. He took her to sleep every night and tried every possible thing to distract her from nursing. And after those first three days, things got easier. It wasn’t as hard as I had imagined so I guess we were just ready for that.

And now she is able to sleep through the night. Also, she gains her eating appetite now. Even after big meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) she will ask for snacks. Note to me to always stock up the fridge. Haha!

She is a very chatty little girl (except when meeting new people). Our house just gets more lively although, yes, it gets more challenging as well. She is not an early talker, but it surprises me that this past week her vocabulary has been increasing very rapidly. Even some of the words are very, very clear. She just keeps trying to talk and communicate. I’m proud of her.

Also, it’s very interesting to see how her little personality grows. She says please when she wants a favour, and thank you afterwards. And mama’s heart melts just like that.

This 2 y.o is now more fun to play with. We have more play-pretend and crafting sessions together. She gains more interest and is able to engage in any activity longer than ever before.

Well, yes we’ve had bad days, too. And tantrums. My short-temper burst out quite a few times because I’m not a patient mama at all.  However, recently I’ve been trying to get her talk about what she wants and express her feelings. I’m glad she’s making progress. I also need to listen more. And trust me, a simple hug after each meltdown is the most relieving moment ever. She is very quick to forgive and as an adult, I need to learn a lot from my daughter’s little forgiving heart.

I love you, Abigail. I thank God that I’m your mama and you’re my daughter.

p.s Happy Mother’s Day to all wonderful mothers in this world.

Birthdays Motherhood

Abigail turns two!

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Last week, my little girl turned two and we had a little celebration at home and school. I’m always sentimental about her birthday. She is my first, the one who made me a mama… A first time mama. I know that miracle is actually real whenever I look at her eyes. I’m happy that she is my daughter, I love her with all my beings.

So, happy birthday, Abigail! Realising that you’re not going to be my little baby forever is kind of sad to me. However, I’m so happy to see you grow happy and healthy. It melts my mama’s heart to see you explore and discover things. You are a good girl with such joy and spirit! I’m just so proud of you. I hope that as you grow, you’ll love life and find that this life is actually full of wondrous. May God always be with you. Mama and papa love you so much!

Life Motherhood

Oh hello, March!

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Hello March! We started this month setting up a tiny corner in our study room for Abigail’s toys and stuff. Those stuff were previously up in bookshelves that practically was out of her reach. Husband and I want to encourage her to have more independent-play and to be more independent by taking the toys and books her own (instead of asking us to take them), also to teach her about tidying up after playing. She still forgets most of the times, but we want her to practice it more and more until it becomes a habit (hopeful thinking!) And those pictures were taken from when she just woke up from a good long nap, thus the post-nap hair. The view of her playing happily is always a nice treat to me.

Abigail will turn 2 by the end of this month and I’m preparing something for her friends at school and home. No, we’re not having a fancy birthday celebration but I just want something special for her and her friends. For Easter celebration at school, there will be a costume parade. I get excited about what I’m going to make for her this time. There are a few ideas but I still haven’t decided which one. And not to forget, Linoluna is preparing for a bazaar this month, too. So, this is a crazyyyy busy month! It feels millionth times busy with a toddler who wants me playing with her all the timeeee, and needs only short naps. I do need a good time management and a longer nights for me to work. Haha! Catch you later, good fellas!