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motherhood has been springing a couple of surprises my way ever since Ollie turned nearly two weeks ago. wait a min..has two weeks flown by already???


Ollie’s verbal vocab has grown a fair bit to saying: door, no (“doh?”), yes (“ies”), throw (“doh!”), down, keys, milk (“mioh?”), go. We are at the stage of identifying every object that he points at, and then explaining what it is, what it does..etc. A little tiring..but hey, whatever works eh? He occasionally uses signs together with his words. It is taking him awhile to nod his head, but shaking his head definitely isn’t a problem. *grumbles* In fact, he is too good at it. He has got a new sign that I have yet to figure out what it means. It kinda looks like the hand wave you do when doing the Hawaiian¬†hula. It’s a cross between “no” and something else. Gaah.

Sleep-wise..we seem to be getting better at it. Ever since the doc gave him meds for his cough & cold that made him drowsy. 2 hourly nursings extended to 4-hourly in the early part of the nights and then 2.5 hourly. And the best part was that it appears Ollie is happy to le Donald put him down for the night again! Yaaay!! The surprising part for the past couple of days is that Ollie would not fall asleep at the breast or in the carrier (unless reaaally tired or we are out), but would fall asleep in his cot half asleep. He would fuss, arch his back a little, and when we placed him in the cot, he would fall asleep almost immediately or needed to be patted for awhile before he fell asleep.

Too early to say if he is self-weaning..so let’s not jinx it. haha. We are still semi co-sleeping, as in we co-sleep for part of the night only. Donald has been enjoying it, to the extent of being happy to wake up later and paying ERP just so he can have a cuddle with Ollie in bed. Haha. Hmm, maybe the smell of Donald is rubbing off on Ollie that’s why it is easier for Donald to put him to sleep. Ah hah!

But ever since he fell sick last week, his appetite has gone mad. No longer is he happy to finish or even eat his rice porridge. He would eat a max of maybe 1/4 of the normal serving and that was that. I was worried that he wasn’t eating enough so I gave him his rice crackers and Cheerios which he was happy to eat. Oh yes..he started off with eating ONLY if the oatmeal or rice porridge was accompanied with a Cheerio. -_-” “Oh hey, have some chicken with a Cheerio” Then it became “nup..not having any of that rice porridge thing at all” Pffffffffpt. Soon it became I only want to eat some of what mommy & daddy are eating.

I guess I got my wish…somewhat. I had been somewhat grousing to D that I wished Ollie could start eating some of my food so that I wouldn’t have to lug that container of porridge out when we go out. And what am I doing now? Worrying that the monster is not having enough. So I read up AGAIN and found out that some kids around Ollie’s age would not eat a lot because they are more interested in running around.¬†Ain’t nobody got time for eating! Ok..which made me not so worried. He was still breastfeeding well, and still eating somewhat, so I should be happy with that.

And then!! Horrors..the monster started climbing. On Monday, whilst he was having his usual run around the house, he decided to show his daddy that “I can climb up the sofa all by myslf!”¬†Sigh..guess it is an open door policy with the play yard already. I would still close the gate if I have to do some laundry and chores which requires me to be away from him, and he may fuss a little but will still be pretty much happy to stay inside. The rest of the times he is just wandering around the house, being busy dragging bags, playing with his toy cars, pulling the blinds, and digging into the cats’ food bowl *facepalm*.

Better now than later I guess. so what other surprises are there? Bring it on!! =P

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