17th Month Wonders

Publié par Analyse à 4/16/2007 07:25:00 PM

lundi, avril 16, 2007

My little toddler is growing up at a lightning speed. Reminds me, I need to be on full focus. Suffice to observe her one minute and I'm on for endless sweet discoveries. When I saw her playing with the computer mouse, clicking left and right and scrolling the wheel with her index finger while holding the mouse correctly, I thought it was just a simple game for her. But when I noticed how she was focused on the computer screen observing the changes, it was different. She knew what that little thing was for.

Another wonder is how she maneouvre her toy stroller. She walks from one ramp to another with magnificent ease. To think, I've learnt this technique at 29 years old (by asking a mommy friend how strollers work at ramps, escalators, metros and buses).

Louna with her stroller at the park.

I know she's on for more discoveries and I'd gladly accompany her. I'd love to watch the world through her innocent eyes.

Nature Lover. The first thing she would do upon arriving at home is to smell the tulips at the back of our house. Then she would take her toy stroller and walk around the garden, spending more time on the steps separating the terrace. She loves to climb them up and down.

This weekend, she stopped on the first step of the terrace pointing on something while saying tee tee. I checked on what captured her attention and there, I saw some ants and a bug merrily crawling. I then pointed to the ants and said ants, then to the bug and said bug. She then followed suit, pointing to the ants and said tee, then to the bug and said tee. She looked at me with that delighted and triumphant look so I was forced to clap my hands and say Bravo Louna.

PS: I don't force her anymore to get inside the house. She's an outdoor person. She enters when I announce that it's bath time.

Come Maman. She's got a new style. Each time I tell her anything that has something to do with taking the stairs like bath, potty or bed time, she would take my hand and lead me to the stairs. She's over with the crawling episode and would prefer climbing the stairs standing up with the help of Maman or Papa. Her legs are still too short to climb them alone.

Stair Gates Down. We finally decided to remove the stair gate. Louna knows that she's not allowed to go downstairs alone, too dangerous. She would normally stop before the stairs and call up. She never tried nor dared doing it alone. She climbs up the stairs alone though, but she would close the gate as a security measure upon arriving upstairs. Smart little girl.

Funny anecdote. She would close the security gate of any playground after getting in.

Down to 2 Diapers per Day. The nanny already informed us that Louna is almost potty trained. It's either she would say po to say pot which is pronounced as po in French, or she would take nanny's hand and lead her to the potty chair. Last week, it was no success for us to keep her on her potty chair. I've tried every method possible but she didn't cooperate. This weekend, we tried leaving Tetite (her fave toy) with her. And voila! She did it and she was proud.

Tetite has always been her toy fetish. It helped her crawl and walk. And I think there will always be great adventures coming with Tetite in tow.

Bon appetit. She's an easy-to-please little eater. She eats just about anything we offer her and even ask for more. With that comes her determination to hold her spoon and eat on her own. And she does that tidily. Even picking those tiny little crumbs around her bowl, put them carefully on her spoon before directing them to her mouth. And she even takes her glass of water from time to time to quench her thirst. She also blows her food even when it's not hot. She's a grown up.

Eating in a restaurant is not a problem anymore. She even livens up the discussion most of the time.

Tender Louna. Imagine her on her Papa's shoulder, caressing Papa's head with her tiny hands. That's video perfect. Aside from that, she hugs and she kisses (with sound!). What more can a Maman ask for?

Co-Sleeping Advocate. Ask her where she wants to sleep and she would run directly to our room giggling.

Vocabulary Check. She's learning slowly. She always babble different sounds which are quite hard to decode till now, like walawalawala or gonong gonong gonong. Friends say she speaks Tagalog. She also babbles tatatata melanged to a certain melody when she sings.

Here's some words/phrases which I was able to decode lately:

Ta Tee Tee. Translation: One Two Three. That's when she wants to play jumps. We hold her hands and then carry her forward at the count of three.

Ya pu. Translation: Il n'y en a plus pronounced as il nyona plyu (I'm bad at this one) which means nothing anymore in English. This is accompanied by hand gestures (holding her hands up high and turning left and right).

Be. Translation: Birds. We couldn't miss one. She sees and hears them. Just this evening, she saw a fly on the window. She immediately pointed at it and said be. Now, everything that flies is a be. And boy, I didn't know that a fly could be that amusing!

13 commentaires:

dexiejane a dit…

awwwww. she is growing up to be such a beautiful, smart and witty young lady.

Anonyme a dit…

So sweet and lovely. How wonderful it is to have gadgets to records every milestone our children achieve, no? Moments like these warm our hearts. Thanks for sharing, :)

feng a dit…

what a detailed way to document a dear daughter's milestone! Louna is sure to love reading this post when she's older.

by the way, i envy the green grass in the park and the red tulips, very serene and peaceful. very rare na yata ang ganyan dito sa Pinas.

Anonyme a dit…

Ana, I enjoyed reading Louna's milestones.

Analyse a dit…

DexieJane, ;). nagmana lang yan sa nanay.

Julie, yep, this is one of my biggest treasures actually..

Feng, i hope so and not reprimand me of making her childlife public hehe.

Geri, ;)

ann a dit…

hi analyse, you're baby is so cute and admire her for being a nature lover. :)

Unknown a dit…

:) She is adorable. Louna's age is special. I remember my girls' development during that period and it made me smile just as little Louna's development made me smile today.

Anonyme a dit…

Wow, Louna you are lucky to have garden with flowers ! Does Tati Ana has a green thumb ? Kasi si Maman naman wala eh! Laging patay ang plants sa amin :( ! Anyway, we are happy to see you growing and you are very smart! O kelan ulit EB natin ;) ! Bises !

Christianne a dit…

Haha, one of the first phrases babies learn, whatever language is spoken at home, is "wala na" no?

Pa-share naman ng potty training techniques please :)

Anonyme a dit…

Ann, thanks ;)

AL, kid's are so cute, i love observing louna in all her adventures.. she's very innocent.

Basti & Mimi, Papa is the gardener.. Maman is just there to give moral support hehe.. and moi to appreciate all the flowers.. and i'm a good girl, I don't pick any of the flowers, I just smell them.. so I just content myself with the marguerites and the pissenlit, the wild flowers in our garden.

Christianne, you're right.. and funny because Louna uses that word even after her potty.. instead of saying 'tapos na'.

Techniques? I guess it just came. In fact, she always follows me when I do my business (I guess it's one moment only mother-and-child could share), even looking inside the bowl. I thought she was just interested with the flushing, you know, like magic, one moment it's there, another moment, it's gone. then i started to explain to her that she could also have her own throne. so the first time she tried it, we were both on our respective throne, moi saying o-o repeatedly. And she did it.. now, it's a ritual. After breakfast, she goes to her throne and does it. After work, when we arrive home, the same ritual.... she still doesn't know how to say it at home.. tho in her yaya's place she would take her yaya's hand or say 'po', i guess she's being punished (corner) if she does it in her diapers.. so she finds a little carefree moments at home. what we do is anticipation at home, we bring her to her potty chair after breakfast and something like every two hours... we leave her alone when she does it, para di mahiya.. before, she would leave and won't stay put, so minsan, accidents happen.. but we found the technique.. we give her her fave toy while doing it, and it works! .. minsan, i heard her saying 'tetite, po'. cute!

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lifejournalist a dit…

louna's sooo pretty! seeing our kids grow and develop is definitely one of the most special moments in a mommy's life.

Anonyme a dit…

She is such a beautiful and wonderful child. It's really great that you are so detailed with her milestones.