My baby has become a toddler! Now I am beginning to miss his baby days! It’s been 3 months since I updated his progress at 13th month. My Little Gem is 16 months old now. The major development here is striking out his first step at 14th month. It’s a great development milestone for him. Even though it’s late, we are still super proud of him! Don’t all mums feel proud of every milestone no matter how small it might be?

Development
At 16th month, he can walk very steadily. Now I miss his commando crawl and he’s not crawling anymore. I used to crawl behind him and asked,”Where are you going my baby?”. He could crawl real fast! Well, he has passed that stage.

He is looking taller now. He walks well with shoes on and still waddles with feet open outwards. Occasionally, he loses his balance and falls on his butt. Sometimes, he falls forward too. Recently, he keeps on getting bruises on his forehead, it hurts me to see the bumps. I think his head occupies much of his weight and he walks too fast. Now that he loves walking, he walks around the house so much I wonder if he’s training some baby muscles for a baby walkathon, or maybe, “waddlethon”.

Walking

Just like his siblings, his favorite word is “No no”. He reiterates his message by waving his hand in a “no” manner. Super cute! He has his own thinking now and wants his own way. If he doesn’t get what he wants, he screams really loud. Sometimes, we just give in to him if it is not going to break the bank or cause a trouble. But, we all think he, being the youngest in the family, is going to be a spoilt babe very soon! Still, we love spoiling him… got to reign in some control soon.

Speech
He babbles in baby language most of the time. He can pronounced “Papa” very clearly and repeat it non-stop. I am jealous! He used to call “Mama” and now he seems to pick “Papa” as a favourite. Oh, when will you be calling me, darling? These 2 days, he is speaking more words, like “bird bird”, “开” (open), “我的” (mine!). All of us are so excited with his new words now and then!

IKEA chair

Eating
At 7th month, Little YT had 7 teeth. Now, at 16th month, Little YT has 16 teeth! I think that’s the fastest development he has. Naturally, with so many teeth, he has officially stopped eating baby mashed food and baby cereal. That makes it easy and difficult at the same time when we are out. He loves porridge and rice. It’s easy because I do not need to bring baby meals out and my diaper bag is lighter. It’s difficult because, in places that do not serve porridge or suitable rice with easy-to-chew foods, we have to give him bread or biscuits and then milk to make it a meal for him. Not too nutritious but not frequent either. His favourite snack now is Baby Bites and Heinz Biscotti.

MBCC

Sleep
My Little YT sleeps at 930pm or sometimes 10pm. Yes, I know it’s late for a baby but the night is so short, and he doesn’t want to miss out on the action in the evening with his siblings. And we love to play with him just a little while more before he sleeps. He wakes up at 8am and sometimes in the middle of the night or early morning for a feed. He takes one nap now but it’s a 3-hour nap!

Social
He loves going out! If he sees me leaving the house for work, he cries. I “cry” too. I wish I can pack him inside my bag to my workplace. He prefers much to walking on his own now, letting go of my hand mostly. When he does, he walks haphazardly like a balloon releasing air. It’s dangerous at times and once, we almost lost him in IKEA. He walks anywhere he wishes and doesn’t care if we follow behind him or not. He is wary of strangers and always freezes in whatever he’s doing when a stranger looks at him. Slowly, he will lower his head so much that there was a time when he almost fell out of the high chair head down. Luckily I caught him by his shirt. Recently, he knows how to put a smile on anyone’s face by waving goodbye and doing a thank kiss. Super cute!

Peekaboo

The first time…
YT has many firsts. At 15th month, it was his first time travelling out of the country and his passport has 2 immigration stamps now. He went on a cruise and Legoland Malaysia all within a month. His sister first travelled when she was 20 months, and his brother first travelled when he was 23 months. He is lucky to travel much younger, but one thing for sure, he will not remember them.

First time on a cruise…

Cruise

 

First time in Legoland Malaysia…

Legoland Malaysia

First time stepping on seawater…

East Coast

First time staying in a hotel…

Ritz Carlton

My life at this moment
Life now is back to normal without baby days demands. However, in terms of sleep, I am still sleeping less than 6 hours a day. I do not know how to sleep early with so many things to do when I get home from work and after the kids sleep. Anyone out there has good suggestions to get more sleep??

Having 3 kids for 16 months now, I have done a few things that I am proud to relate to my kids and grandchildren in future. I have brought them out on my own without any help. I sling/carry my baby and pee at the same time. Have you tried that? It’s not difficult but got to be careful with a fidgety toddler like my YT and it makes it more challenging if you need some concentration while peeing! I breastfed everywhere with my nursing bib. I even breastfed when I was standing in a queue and pushing a pram with the other hand!

I had a wonderful 5 months period as a SAHM when I enjoyed my 3 kids, cooked simple but full of love meals, did house chores just like how my mum did when we were young. I totally enjoyed it!

Then, I had a crazy schedule for about a month when I returned to full time work, waking up early preparing dinner and cooking after I was back from work, house chores, play with the kids, supervise piano, homework, make kids sleep plus demands of breastfeeding, all which made up a hectic day. With days like these, I feel I am a superwoman. Tired though, I am proud that I can do anything for my kids, for my family. That’s amazing! While it is not to be done over a prolonged time (thank goodness it was only a month), I now know I am capable of handling demands thrown to me at unfavorable times.

Piggy back

Do you have proud stories to share in your parenting journey when you feel empowered against life challenges? I would love to hear them!