I'm at 38 weeks, baby's head is engaged and am 1cm dilated since Wednesday morning. When the gynae said 1cm, I thought I could go to the hospital that day itself but she said could take up to a week or maybe more. Oh no....... can't wait, can't wait. Feeling like such an oversized whale now!! Hopefully baby won't be like Elyssa jie jie who was still happily in the womb at Week 40 and had to be induced.
I'm not really into pregnancy shots (since I feel like a whale) but I realised if I skip this, I'll never have a chance again to take a photo of Elyssa kissing her baby sister in my belly.
Elyssa is now 3 years, 2 months old! I planned to stop her monthly updates already but having a bit of "withdrawal symptoms" so here's one more..... :)
Photos taken right after her pre-school class today
1. Weight -to be updated
2. We can finally get rid of the two potties in the house. She insists on climbing up the toilet bowl by herself when she wants to pee or poo. No complaints from hubby or myself cos it saves us the step of emptying her potty contents!
3. She is definitely very, very UN-hygenic. Despite all our nagging/scolding/smacking/pep talk etc, she still has a bad habit of touching the soles of her shoes (and other dirty stuff), then putting her fingers into her mouth, then touching her shoes again, then mouth again. Ewww!!!
4. Luckily, despite item 3 and being exposed to plenty of germs (we go out a lot and I humbly admit I'm far from being a clean freak) her immune system is pretty strong. A better track record than hubby and myself with only one dosage of antibiotics and one bout of vomiting for the past 3 years.
5. She loves going to school. During the recent 2 week school holiday, I had to tell her that all the teachers have gone on a holiday cos she insisted on going to school! And she's now pestering me to send her to "dancing class". I'll probably send her to baby ballet once her pre-paid Gymboree classes end next month.
6. She is very stubborn and likes to have things her own way so much that I sometimes wonder whether she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)! I give in to the routine stuff she insists on -eg : must climb up the baby chair on her own by using a normal chair placed next to it, must climb up her car seat on her own, must wear her own shoes, I must sleep on the right side of the bed with her while daddy sleeps on the left, when I refill her water bottle it must be almost full and not just half etc etc.
But I normally blow my top when there's ad hoc unreasonable demands or just a series of demands eg: must place item X in position Y, must do this, must be exactly that, must sit in a particular spot etc. So many scenarios and here's one from last night : She cried and wanted to wipe her tears. I asked - Tissue? (which I had ready right next to me)? "Don't want!!" -cry- Handkerchief? Ok-still crying- I dragged myself out of bed to get a hanky. "Don't want Big one. I want Small one!!"-CRY- Arrrghhh!! I started scolding. - CRY- -CRY- -CRY- Decided to drag myself out of bed again to get another hanky. "Not this small one. This is the Wrong one. I want Another one". - CRY- -CRY- -CRY- -CRY-
I ignored her and she ended up crying for the next 30 minutes or so. Aaarghhhh!!!
7. Since I've touched the topic of "behaviour", I can really go on and on and with loads of her naughty scenarios. It's not unusual to have daily meltdowns or even a few a day. But then this will turn out into a loooong ranting rather than a monthly update post! Suffice to say that I think Terrible Twos is NOTHING compared to the Horrible Threes. But then again, I could be wrong- it may not be the Horrible Threes but a reaction to "Baby Sister is Coming Soon so Position of Queen of Universe may be Affected". *Sigh*, then I feel guilty for being hard on my little girl.
8. Even though things may get ugly during the day, it almost always ends well. During bedtime, I try to recap the key highlights - the good (she smiles proudly at this) and the bad (mixed responses - could be a solemn nod/promise not to repeat, or a "sorry mummy" or insisting she is still right or she just acting blur!). And no matter how much I've scolded/smacked her during the day, she's always generous with her hugs, mouth to mouth kisses and "I love you mummy. I love you baby sister. Sweet dreams". That's the favourite part of my day - especially with the lights out and nice cool air from the air cond. Then mayhem starts again the following day. Hahhh!
When we were at Popular Bookstore recently, hubby passed by the kids section and suddenly had a brainwave of wanting to teach Elyssa a little bit of maths everyday. So he bought a pre-school maths workbook for his little princess.
Daddy teaching Elyssa
Look how engrossed she is!
Beaming with pride :)
So far, both daddy and daughter love this nightly activity together!
Elyssa has been proudly announcing to my parents that "you know, at night, daddy is a teacher."
It has just been a week so I hope it's not something that either of them will eventually lose interest. But I've lovin it so far - it's great that Elyssa is learning something new but I think the best part is the daddy-daughter bonding time :)
Want a fun way for kids to learn mathematics? A good option is the Math Monkey academic achievement programme for kids from 4-12 years old.
It's a pity that Elyssa is still too young for this, but this is something I will definitely consider when she turns 4 next year!
What is Verdic Math? Math Monkey’s curriculum is based on the mathematical techniques of Vedic Math. Vedic Mathematics is the collective name given to a set of 16 sutras (or formulas) stemming from the Vedic period from 1500 to 800 B.C. These sutras were originally written in Sanskrit and are build on the foundations of rigorous logic, thereby helping to guide and hone the human mind into approaches of logical reasoning. By mastering these sutras, student s are given numerous ways to work out a problem and many problems can be easily worked out mentally and quickly.
What makes Math Monkey different from other learning centers? There are many differences. First, it's a game based program and the children have fun while interacting with other children. Fun is the key to learning! Second, we are based on the ancient Indian art of Vedic Mathematics. The short cuts and tools used in Vedic are second to none and open the door to a new way of learning for children. The combination is truly phenomenal.
Well, Elyssa thinks my 36 week pregnant belly is so big because her baby sister is getting bigger (that's what I tell her) plus two other reasons :
1) there are a lot of TOYS in my tummy that baby plays with;
2) when baby is not playing with toys, she's sleeping in her BABY COT.
I wonder what else she thinks is in my tummy???? I think she imagines that her baby sister is fully-clothed and living in a fully furnished room inside me!! ;)
Oh yeah, on a side note, she insists that I don't need a doctor cos : " When Baby sister is ready, shewill crawl out by herself. Baby sister so clever hor?? And then Elyssa jie jie will clap clap and carry her to the car and then we all go home together."