This is my 2nd year being a SAHM…. It’s a real blessing for being able to spend my time with Joel. Seeing him growing everyday and witnessing his ‘first’ time are something that ‘money’ can’t buy!
Joel is a fast learner, I must say. He picks up thing very fast. Coming to 2 years, he is able to listen to instructions very well and very eager in learning new things. He can recognize 1-10, some alphabets and most of the shapes. He is able to tell me what he wants. He can speaks quite a lot of words. All I need is to mention once or twice, he’ll be able to remember.
There’s another thing about Joel that both Alan and I is proud of, his character. He is a very friendly and happy boy. He doesn’t have stranger anxiety unless that person looks crooked… =P He’ll greet anyone whenever we asked him to. He’ll smile at strangers and sometimes, will say, “Hello, Uncle" or “Bye Bye, Uncle” He can mix around with kids very well. He’ll hug someone he likes. At this stage, he is able to differentiate young and old, female and male. He’ll call young boy and girl, gor gor and jie jie. Middle age lady, he’ll call Ah Yi and older lady, he’ll call Auntie. As for man, he’ll call Uncle.
Of cos, being an outgoing boy, he is very active! Sometimes, I was not able to handle him alone… He’ll play trick on me like hiding behind a pillar or leading me to a wrong place. He refused to hold my hand and he’ll throw tantrum if he couldn’t get what he wanted. Whenever I scolded him, he’ll look at me innocently and talk to me about other things just to diversify my attention. *FAINTZ*! For my boy, scolding him is useless… The only way to deal with him is negotiating with him. Works pretty well… hehehehehe….
I’ve stopped breastfeeding Joel @ 20th month. I was very sad and guilty. The first month when he was weaned off, he rejected formula. I was very worry. I had no choice but to mix Milo into formula. But only for one month, 2nd month onward, he accepted formula very well. Instead of calling milk, he called it Milo. He’ll request for Milo whenever he wants it and he can have up to 4 cups of ‘Milo’ a day.
Joel likes music very much. He likes to sing and dance. I remember, the first week when he was weaned off from breast milk, he was unable to sleep and he wanted me to sing to him. After 30 mins of singing, he dozed off… This little boy is YouTube fanatic, he’ll choose his own songs and sing along with it. Besides that, Joel likes to play puzzle. I bought him those wooden puzzles from Popular. He could place the puzzle pieces correctly after one or two trials. From the puzzles, he learnt a lot of new words.
Year 2011, we plan to send Joel to some classes, where he can learn how to interact with other kids and learn how to be independent. Sometimes I find him very lonely and sometimes, he’ll ask me to bring him to his granny’s place so that he could play with his gor gor. :( We’ve enrolled him to this drama and speech class by Acts3. The class will start in Jan 2011. Hub and I brought him to the trial class and Joel enjoyed it very much. I’m looking forward to bringing him to the class again.
A prayer for our little boy,
“Father God, we thank you for baby Joel. He has brought us happiness and joy to our family and he has strengthened our marriage and relationship. Indeed, he is the greatest gift from You. We thank You for this wonderful year. We could literally feel your blessings and protection everyday. We are very touched ant thankful! Father God, we pray that You’ll continue to guide us and grant as wisdom to teach this little boy and care for him. Without your grace, we are unable to depend on our own strength to achieve our plans. Protect us from all evils and sickness with the blood of Jesus. Lastly, bless our loved ones. In Jesus name we prayed, Amen”