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The last milestone update on Little YT was when he was 16 months. I have been wanting to update this quarterly but time just slips me by and Alas! 6 months had passed! In 2 months time, he is going to turn 2 years old, the big TERRIBLE TWOS!!!

Little YT is progressing leaps and bounds in terms of his understanding of speech, agility, balance and mind. He is no longer easy to please, does not take “no” for an answer and wants everything his way! Sounds like the terrible twos has come early for him.

Physical Development
I simply love the way he walks with his diaper sweeping left and right and body forward with head over heels. He is able to run fast and although he balances well on a ball, he is often off balance when he gets too excited and speeds off like a wind up toy. His motor skills are very good. He can pick up small dirt on the floor with pincers grip. He can stick on his duckie soft toy on the smooth cabinet wall by its rubber stick disc and then pulling it off a dozen times. He can eat by himself and insists on feeding himself. It gets messy at meal times and can get really terrible when he tilts the soup spoon at a wrong angle. Usually half of the soup is on his shirt, but I do not mind, because I am so used to the mess now and am happy to clean up for him knowing he is getting better at it everyday. His weight seems to be slowing down and he is still weighing at 12kg. He can walk up and down the stairs very steadily. Recently, he could climb up a bouncy slide on his own without much help. Not too easy if you consider the shakiness along with many jumping kids on the same bouncy slide.

Heritage playground

Eating by himself

Eating by himself

Eating and Sleep
He is STILL waking up in the middle of the night for one milk feed on half the nights. One experiment we have done is for me to sleep in the kids’ room and leaving Little YT to sleep with his dad. We have done this many many times and each time it has the same results, i.e. he does not wake up for middle of the night feed and is able to sleep through till 7 or 8am without me in the room! The only reason we can think of is that he smells me in the room and it does not help that I am already sleeping furthest away from him as much as my room space allows. I am secretly happy though that he is so sensitive to my presence in the room and he probably wakes up for comfort. And it has to be me who makes the milk and me to stay beside him till he finishes his milk. It is a nice feeling to be needed and I am not complaining.

He eats what we eat on the dining table. That makes it easy especially when we go out. Recently, he stopped eating much and only wanted rice and nothing else! He was super picky and ate much lesser. That worried me even though I know such behaviour is mostly temporary and does not last long. And as I am typing this, just today, he is back to his usual appetite! He finished his half boiled egg and a bowl of cereal for breakfast, finished a bowl of rice mixed with meat and vegetables for lunch, and ate spaghetti for dinner! I am so happy that the phase is over and I am crossing my fingers that this will stay.

My toddler is not afraid of chili! He is able to handle spicy noodles even though I need to shove the water in his mouth immediately after each spoon feed. He is like his sister who can handle spicy Otah (spicy barbecued fish meat in banana leaves) at one and a half years old.

He does not like straw cups and he loves to drink from an open top cup. He loves soup. All kinds of soup. He still puts things in his mouth when he wants to show his mischievous self to you.

HIs favourite place to drink soup - on his Papa's lap

HIs favourite place to drink soup – on his Papa’s lap

Speech
Little YT can understand most of what we tell him now. He is good in saying “我不要” (means I don’t want) which is also his longest “sentence”. He can call Papa, Mama, Jie Jie (sister), Gor Gor (brother), Po (婆 Grandma), 爷爷 (Grandpa), 谢谢 (Thank you), Bye, Bird Bird. He can understand instructions and follow through correctly. At such an age, he is able to form habits too. He can put his shoes back on the shoe rack each time he comes home. He knows he has to throw used tissue into the dustbin (the used tissue comes from his constant pulling of tissue paper from the tissue box).

Reading with his sister in the library.

Reading with his sister in the library.

Social
We saw him pushing another same age toddler away when another kid came along to play beside him. The funny thing was we saw the other toddler retaliated and pushed him back and then Little YT pushed again. Although we were secretly proud that he was no pushover, we still had to tell him that his behaviour was not right. He is still wary of strangers and when he meets people whom he does not like, he shuts his eyes tight and hides behind us. He can be a bully to his older brother. He pulls him out of his chair and likes to target him with whatever long objects he has on hand. He does not target the sister so much maybe because she really dotes on him greatly. The older brother likes to play rough with him, no wonder he does the same to him. Human instinct.

Little YT's favourite duckie soft toy - I had a hard time finding a security toy that he likes.

Little YT’s favourite duckie soft toy – I had a hard time finding a security toy that he likes.

Colourful balls

The first time…
Little YT traveled on an air plane for the first time at 21 months to Taiwan. He was easy for the whole trip as long as he was well-fed and slept whenever he needed to.

Little YT appeared for the first time in print advertorial on Royal Caribbean Cruise magazine featuring my interview on our cruise experience. He did appear on the magazine although his face was hidden as he was sleeping in the baby sling. It is our first too! It’s kind of exciting and we even saw this on TV showing this page of the magazine. I am glad that we have this for momento keepsake.

Centre page of Royal Caribbean magazine featuring my interview on our cruise experience.

Centre page of Royal Caribbean magazine featuring my interview on our cruise experience.

Recently, he is able to sit through an entire meal of Korean barbecue with us without kicking much of a fuss. It is his first time eating table barbecue food and first time with Korean cuisine. I am gradually taking him to places which we think he may not sit through. The next one is probably a cinema. I cannot imagine him sitting through a cinema movie, but we will have to try. It seems unfair that the siblings are deprived of a movie treat because of their little brother and unfair to ask the grandparents to help out during their rest days from looking after him.

His first time touching sand.

Touching sand

His first time touching sand barefooted and this is only synthetic sand at Hard Rock Hotel.

My life at this moment…
My life now is more relaxed than a few months back. Mainly because I have learnt to take things easier and steal more time for myself. I am nevertheless still having lack of sleep and it seems like I will never have enough of it.

As for blogging, I have decided to blog less often after a madness of posting 5 blog posts within a week during a super busy period last month. It is also because of this tight blogging schedule, I have decided to take up less advertorial posts and regain my love of blogging mainly because I want to share my parental experience and document my kids’ progress. At the same time, I am still struggling with how much I want to share about my kids online with the imminent danger in the internet world. It’s contradicting and I am not able to come to a comfortable state yet.

What makes it worse is a recent incident and comment from a close friend.

She told me in Chinese Fengshui context: sharing too much of happiness of your family around in the internet like posting happy photos on facebook, blogs, etc, might take away one’s happiness in real life. To translate in English of a Chinese proverb, it means that even the gods get jealous of your happiness that they will balance your life with less of that.

Sounds scary isn’t it, that is, if you believe in it.

As there are never perfect moments in parenthood, I am indeed facing some issues that I find this saying somehow seems to be true. Although, I do not really post much happiness photos on facebook, I do post quite a lot in my blog. After I heard about this, I start to have thoughts of making my blog private and disappear in the public eyes. However, I feel a responsibility over my readers and fellow bloggers whom I have built up a relationship over this past year. So, for now, I will still blog for passion till the day I decided to call it quits.

Siblings

No matter you are a reader reading this or a blogger who understands how I feel, what do you think about sharing personal life to everyone? I really want to hear your thoughts.

I would really appreciate if you do leave a comment here to help me think this through.