Rachel’s First Day at Kindergarten

Rachel started kindergarten a couple of days ago.

She will be 5 years old in 2013. Yes, so fast!

I feel happy for her and I’m so proud of her. She is starting her path of formal education.

There’s so much for her out there, and the possibilities for her are endless.

I feel a little sad because she’s taking her first independent steps. I will become a lesser part of her life now.

I still think she’s my baby, especially when I look at her baby photos on this blog.

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She was very excited to go to kindergarten. Her cousins are there and some of her daycare friends will be in the same class. They’re all excited but I keep reminding her to make new friends.

Rachel complaining about something in the elevator.

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I can tell Poey Chin is pretty excited about Rachel going to kindy. She will pack Rachel’s bag every night and prepare Rachel’s uniform. I kind of feel that’s what my mother-in-law did for Poey Chin too.

Thankfully Rachel didn’t cry this time. She was nervous and shy at first but better after seeing some familiar friends.

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She tells us she loves going to kindergarten. That’s a big relief.

When we first sent her to daycare 2 years ago, every morning was a session of screaming and refusing to get in the car.

Now she tells me not to fetch her to school. She wants to follow the van with all her friends.

We’ve enrolled her in a Chinese syllabus class, so she’ll be learning in Mandarin most of the time. We only speak English at home so I don’t know if she will speak Mandarin, but I think she should be ok.

The first day went quite well and I would say it’s quite a smooth transition.

I haven’t written much about Rachel recently, with Caleb stealing the limelight. She has grown to be a sweet girl. Sometimes she can be naughty and drive me mad, but I guess that’s normal.

Nowadays she’s into princess stuff. Princess this, princess that. See the photo above? Her bag and water bottle are Disney princess.

Daryl started going to daycare too. He cried a little but he was ok after a while. He is quite sociable and outgoing so he’s been doing well this week.

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Rachel has grown up rather quickly in the past few months.

She’s three and-a-half years old, but she seems to behave older than that. Maybe she mixes with older kids at her daycare, but the way she speaks seems to be beyond her years.

She has grown taller now, and she’s lost her baby chubbiness.

She loves to dress up, do up her hair and put on perfume.

Rachel has mastered her ABCs. Now she’s learning phonic sounds and I’m teaching her to read.

She likes to do colouring and writing.

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She’s too young to really know how to write. She can trace the words but take away the guide and she can’t remember how to write.

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There are a lot of useful YouTube videos that are excellent resources to teach Rachel how to read.

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Poey Chin is a huge influence on Rachel. Rachel follows everything she does, from the way she walks, to the way she moves and even the way she talks.

She always wants to play “mother” to Caleb, but we are still watchful.

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Sometimes my mother will occupy Rachel’s attention with some computer games.

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Rachel loves playing this memory game, which I think is useful for her mental development.

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She loves doing jigsaw puzzles too.

I still have my frustrating moments with Rachel. You would expect her to grow out of her “baby” stage but sometimes she will be so unreasonable and be worse than her baby brothers.

She really upsets me sometimes… she can be so stubborn.

But I still love her so much, even if I’m strict with her. She can be so sweet and adorable.

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She is starting to understand things if we take the time to explain to her the reasons.

I’m really happy that she stopped making a fuss before going to daycare. It’s a normal part of her daily routine now.

In the next few months I hope she can continue learning, and she will learn to be more understanding and obedient.



Rachel and Daryl August 2011

Last week I got the chance to take some photos of the older kids.

I have to tell you that it’s so hard to take photos because:

a) I’m not very skilled at photography, so I already have trouble getting a clear, in-focus photo.
b) Kids won’t co-operate by staying still or strike a pose for you.
c) Try to take photos of two kids together and the difficulty increases exponentially.

Let’s start off with a photo of Daryl boy. I mentioned a few weeks ago about his hair. You can see his hair all black and grown longer now. Of course, baby Caleb had to be born with much more darker and longer hair in comparison.

I put a bear to try and get the light and camera setup right before placing the kids there, but naturally they can’t wait and just barged in.

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Daryl remains so cheerful. He can smile from the moment he wakes up until he goes to sleep. Just looking at him will make you smile because he’s so cute.

Okay I just want to mention one thing about the shirt he was wearing. Yes, he’s wearing one of Rachel’s old shirts (which had a rather feminine design). That’s my fault for trying to re-use clothes.

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This is Rachel’s monkey. Rachel says this is her 3rd brother. In the background you can see Daryl climbing on the bed to get to monkey.

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Daryl has gotten so chubby nowadays. He’s just eating all the time.

He can now say a few more words, like “walk walk” and “ti ti”, and can point to various parts of his body. He can bathe in the shower now (no need baby tub).

Here I took a photo of him sitting on his baby chair watching videos on my computer.

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In the next photo we have Daryl and Rachel together. I could not get them both to look at the camera at the same time.

Poey Chin was trying to distract Daryl off camera and he got a bit too distracted. See how playful and cheeky he is.

We’re not so careful about the two of them being together now. Daryl isn’t so fragile now and Rachel has learned to be more careful.

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Another shot of Rachel and Daryl, this time with Rachel looking at the camera.

You can see Rachel has grown out of her toddler years. She is so chatty and┬ámischievous all the time. She demands a lot but I realize she’s just asking for our love and attention.

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I love this photo. She’s was trying to make a funny face, and then she made herself laugh so the camera captured this beautiful smile.

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Funny story. A couple of nights ago she was asking for milk before it was time, and I tried to distract her by browsing YouTube for kid videos.

I saw a Justin Bieber video and clicked. When she saw him she stopped whining.

She didn’t say a word and kept staring.

Me: “Rachel you like this song?”

Rachel: “Mmm” (yes)

Me: “You like this ko-ko?”

Rachel: “Mmm”

Me: “He handsome or not?”

Rachel: “Mmm”

Song finishes a few minutes later.

Me: “You want to hear one more time?”

Rachel: “Mmm”

Few minutes later…

Rachel: “Baby baby baby OHH… baby baby baby OHH… baby baby baby… ”

Poey Chin: “Adino Chang! What have you done!?”