Baby Caleb’s Baby Cereal

Today I just want to share with you some photos of baby Caleb taking baby cereal.

I think this was his second or third time.

Poey Chin mixes about a spoon of cereal powder, liquified with milk.

He’s still not used to the flavour… he always has this strange look when he takes his first bite.

After that he enjoys it.

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I don’t think it will be long before he moves on to porridge and soft foods.

Caleb’s physical development is so quick compared to his siblings.

In the next photo you can see his first tooth from his gums. Daryl only had his tooth at nine months if I remember correctly.

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Caleb can pull himself up to stand against the sofa or against the crib, but he still can’t sit unsupported.

Daryl has picked up the trick of climbing on chairs. His new trick is to climb on the computer and press keys at random.

Here he’s trying to figure out how the mouse works.

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I feel less stressful when I see the boys growing up.

Mostly because I get so worried when they seem so fragile.

It’s a bittersweet feeling. As time passes by so quickly I start to miss those times when they were so little.

 

 

 

Kids Update February 2012

The holiday season is over here in Malaysia. Finally we can get settled into a proper Monday to Friday routine, and hope productivity will get better at work.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on my new year’s resolution. Still can’t tell you what it is yet, but stay tuned hehe.

Here are the latest updates on the kids.

For my new readers, these “kids updates” serve to update everyone on how our kids are growing, and also as a recording of our memories.

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The boys are growing quite close. They get along pretty well. Daryl will always ‘sayang’ Caleb.

Caleb kissing Daryl. Caleb is at that stage where he wants to put everything in his mouth.

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Daryl is really testing his boundaries nowadays. I am so strict with him but it doesn’t seem to work.

Recently he picked up this biting habit. When Rachel and him fight over toys and he can’t get his way, he will bite her.

I have no idea how to discourage this behaviour. We always have to be careful when he’s around Caleb.

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Daryl is testing his independence and new abilities of climbing and running. He climbs on everything. The piano, the dining table, the TV cabinet.

When we go out he refuses to hold our hand and will run off by himself.

I am dreading what is to come, because the last time I dealt with a two year old toddler I went into a year of really negative emotions.

To make things worse, Rachel will imitate Daryl, which is bad because it reinforces his behaviour, and we end up with “double trouble”.

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Caleb is now six months old. He can crawl a few feet to grab his toys, and he’s starting to push himself to sitting position.

He is strong enough to sit up, but he hasn’t mastered the balance yet so he will topple over if we don’t support him.

Sometimes when I feel unhappy I just pick him up and he cheers me up again.

He’s such an angel, but time will tell if that will change.

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Daryl is three months away from his second birthday.

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As mentioned, he can run and climb pretty well, but he’s still clumsy. At that age he’s still unaware of dangerous things so I’m always so stressed.

He’s starting to pick up new words, and can string a few of them together into basic sentences.

He can imitate how we scold Rachel. The both of them will fight over everything. Toys, food, even where to stand in the elevator.

On the other hand he’s quite protective of her. Sometimes when I discipline Rachel, he will scold me, “Hey” and then try to beat me.

Sigh.

A photo of the three kids together.

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Rachel is almost turning four. She is so chatty and can talk from morning until night.

She has endless questions, “why”, “when”, and “who”.

We can actually have conversations with her where she can understand what we’re trying to say to her.

She can read some basic words by herself, but can’t really write yet.

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Back to Caleb. He can now sit in a booster seat. My colleagues got me this seat as a gift when Caleb was born.

We needed another seat because Daryl was still using the other one.

The two boys sitting together. Caleb can only watch because he can’t eat solids yet.

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Soon we’ll be trying to introduce Caleb to some soft baby cereal, and I hope he likes it.

Caleb November 2011

I know it’s almost the middle of December, but I’m still publishing some photos of Caleb taken from last month.

As at November, Caleb is three months old.

To record down his physical development, he can flip over from his back and vice versa. He can raise his head up to look around.

His arms and legs are gaining strength. He doesn’t have the co-ordination to grasp items, but he can reflexively grasp our shirt.

He has grown much taller and heavier. In terms of body size, he’s wearing the same clothes Daryl used to wear when he was six months old. If Caleb continues growing at this rate, he will be bigger than Daryl!

Caleb doesn’t like to spend a lot of time on his back. Within seconds he will turn over, so we can’t leave him alone on the bed anymore. He might roll off the bed!

He smiles when he sees Rachel or Daryl around. I think Caleb enjoys being the centre of attention.

Caleb also likes to suck his thumb and all his fingers.

In terms of mental development, I don’t know how to describe it but I can see he is sentient. You know, like there’s an intelligent being looking back at you.

When babies are born, they don’t do much except cry and sleep. Even when looking at you, you can’t really tell if they know they are looking at you. It’s like looking at a puppy.

When they reach a certain age, they start observing the world. They have memory and remembrance. Now Caleb is at that stage. He’s starting to observe me when I look at him.

And I know that he knows who I am.

So our relationship as father and son moves to another level. Previously he may remember my voice or my scent, but now I am starting to register in his brain as daddy.

It’s the same with his brother and sister. They’re starting to play with him, and he can recognize who they are.

Photo of Caleb opening his eyes, observing.

He’s losing all his fine newborn hair.

In terms of personality, he seems to be quite cheerful. He can be quite talkative.

He is relatively easy to take care of. He’s happy if you keep him fed and changed.

Thank God his health is good. He hardly ever gets sick compared to Daryl.

His diet is still 100% breast milk. He’s putting on weight and getting chubby. And the chubbier he gets, the more he looks like Daryl.

In the next few weeks we’re just hoping for him to continue getting stronger and avoid getting sick.

Poey Chin keeps hoping he will stay a baby and I keep hoping he grows up a bit quicker haha.

Our failed attempt at a family photo, because Rachel was making funny faces.

Caleb always has this surprised look.