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Learning to Talk

Friday, April 23, 2010

We have been trying to teach Via simple words since she turned 1 but until now, she only knows a few words like Baby, Daddy, Mommy, Diba?, her name, and last night, the word happy. She's now 16 months and I'm worried about her language development. I know that all children are different and they develop at their own pace. Just the mommy in me keeps on worrying.

She's quite talkative but we don't understand what she's saying. It's frustrating sometimes because I feel that she's really trying to tell me something or explaining something.

I taught her to say her name when asked, "what's your name?" She learned it after about a month of repetition but lately she doesn't reply. It's as if she's tired of that lesson since she already knows it. I can feel that she understands exactly what is happening and what's being asked of her she just doesn't feel like following or responding.

Teaching toddlers anything really requires a lot of patience and I am learning to have more of that virtue.


The Twerp Attends Sabbath School

Monday, April 12, 2010

Via attended bible study for children 0-2 years old for the first time. There was another class for older children. It was fun and involved mostly singing with some simple bible stories. For every song, a toy as distributed to the participants. Via is holding a rattle that needs to be shaken in time with the song. After each song, the toys are collected and a new one distributed. Via mostly observed and played with the toys.

It was a lot like Gymboree but instead of singing nursery songs, they sang songs about Jesus. I'm looking forward to attending every Saturday with Via. I was considering enrolling her in Gymboree to develop her social skills but the class was on a Saturday. Here she will also get to interact with other children. This is better than Gymboree and it's free!

After Sabbath School, we went to the church to attend the service.


The Twerp and Tooth Cavity Scare

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The other night while playing with Via, she was laughing so hard that I could see all her teeth. She has 8 front teeth, 4 molars and incisors starting to come out. I was horrified to see dark spots in the middle of her bottom first molars. I can't believe she has tooth decay! I had thoughts her drinking milk in the middle of the night and not being able to clean her teeth after or maybe she sometimes falls asleep while drinking her milk.

I dug at the dark spots to see if they were really cavities. I was so relieved when they came off revealing white teeth. I guess it was food stuck there. However, I was so upset about it that I brushed her teeth right there and then no matter how much she cried in protest. She hated having her teeth brushed. I told her caregiver to brush her teeth every morning and before she goes to sleep without fail no matter how much she dislikes it.

It's actually easy to care for baby teeth but when babies become toddlers, they are not as malleable and are bound to protest. Here are some tips on caring for baby teeth.
  • Clean baby's mouth even when there are still no teeth. Just wipe the gums with a wet washcloth.
  • Once tooth comes out, clean it the same way as the gums, by wiping with a wet washcloth.
  • Always give baby some water after meals or drinking milk.
  • Don't use the bottle to put baby to sleep. It causes cavities.
  • When baby begins to have more teeth, use a baby toothbrush and non-fluoride toothpaste like sansfluo to brush her teeth.
  • Bring baby to the dentist on her first birthday or when teeth start to come out, for a checkup.
  • Avoid giving sweets to your child.


Sambal Ikan Bilis

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


About 2 cups Ikan Bilis (dried achovies)
10 pieces chili
10 pieces shallots
2 pieces tomatoes
Brown Sugar to taste
Olive oil

Mash or grind chillis, shallots, and tomatoes into a paste. Set aside.

Heat about 2 tablespoon olive oil and fry ikan bilis until golden brown and crispy. Drain oil and set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil and fry spice paste (chilli, shallots, and tomatoes) for about 2 minutes then add ikan bilis to the mixture. Mix well and add brown sugar to taste.

Serve with steamed rice.

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