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Not sure why or how, Bunny Gal develops the new passion of lining up her toys in a straight line and then mess it up and repeat it again. Bunny Mum just can’t help but wonder what so fun about it. Bunny Gal does it with blocks, sticks, figurines, soft toys, etc. She can go on and on repeating the same process and still feel excited about it.

Can you see how focus and concentrate she is in lining her toys up?

Bunny Mum was told that those kids with OCD are into arranging everything in a same order and I can’t help to wonder whether Bunny Gal is showing some signs of OCD especially she is into washing her hand very often and can’t stand a single dirt on the floor where she will pick it up and make us throwing it. She is also into using tissue wiping anything everything and still claim it is dirty. Dirty, wipe wipe, throw, wash wash are her favourite words. She even told Bunny Gong Gong “Gong Gong dirty, no wash wash brush brush” as Bunny Gong Gong got up to her bed before brushing his teeth.

After thinking twice, Bunny Mum doubts it since Bunny Gal is never an organized Bunny as she leaves her toys everywhere and anywhere not till Bunny Mum seeks her help to clean up by singing the “Let’s put the toys away” song.

All these while, Bunny Gal will wave wave her hand at us whenever we leave at around 11pm every night (weekdays). Recently she is getting more attached to us especially Bunny Mum. She can sense that we want to leave soon and she will find ways to keep us in the house even though it means by FORCE!

The usual ritual would be changing Bunny Gal into pajamas and diapers and prepare supper (milk) for her to drink. She will instruct  Bunny Mum to sit next to her by pointing at the stool next to her bed and say “Mummy, sit sit ah” as she knows she might lose me for the night if I get out of her sight. What a smart bunny I have here. If Bunny Mum ever step out of the room, she will immediately bounce up from her bed, abandon her unfinished milk and rush out while yelling “mummy ah..mummy ah…” to stop me from leaving. Haiz… It is so heart-ache seeing her crying as we leave Bunny Gong Gong house every night.

Sometime she can sense that we might need to leave earlier than usual, she will make Bunny Mum and Bunny Dad to sit down or to hug her where she will then lock her hand around our neck! Another trick we used on her would be bringing her to the bathroom to wash her hand (her favourite) where Bunny PoPo will take over and Bunny Mum will have to run for life before Bunny Gal is done with her hand washing ritual.

My Angel
Watching her sleeping peaceful is my biggest reward!

2 weeks ago both Bunny Mum and Bunny Dad were very busy at work (worked till quite late) and didn’t manage to go back to Bunny Gong Gong’s house to visit Bunny Gal as usual. She missed us like crazy till she dreamed about us and shouting “Mummy! Mummy!” during her afternoon nap.

Bunny Mum seriously wonder how many time she can play the same old trick with Bunny Gal as she is getting smarter each day. Maybe we should bring her home every night from next year onward and send her to a nursery near our office in the morning while Bunny Gong Gong will pick her after class… Not sure whether it is too tiring for Bunny Gal having to wake up at 6am getting ready to Nursery plus get stuck in traffic jam everyday after all she is not even 3 by Jan 2012. Still need a lot of consideration before we can make up our mind.

Bunny Gal is no longer be classified as “Infant”  as she has officially hitting the Terrible 2 on last Friday.

In fact, she has already acting as one since few weeks ago! She started off with the following :

  1. Refuse to take bath by keeping saying “No”
  2. Refuse to get up from the bathtub
  3. Refuse to change diapers/clothes
  4. Refuse to get onto the stroller
  5. Sudden addiction to pacifier
  6. Spilling out food after a few chews
  7. Throwing things/toys on the floor when she throws tantrum

This oppositional behaviors got worse during our Europe trip. Since we have been quite lenient to her throughout the trip and gave in to some of her “unreasonable” demand/request with the fear that she may go out of control in foreign land PLUS she was down with E. Coli virus for a few days.

Other than the oppositional behaviors, Bunny Gal also pick up some good habits such as follows:

  1. Keep her toys after she is done with it but we must remind her to do so at time.
  2. Return and arrange the items she took from the display shelve in the toy shop after she checked it out and never demand us to buy for her.
  3. Say “please” when she needs our help
  4. Share her toys with others
  5. Demand to wash and wipe her hand whenever it’s dirty
  6. Pick up rubbish and say “dirty” then pass it to us for disposal
  7. Cover her mouth when she sneezes – but most of the time she only remember doing so after she has sneezed

Last but the MOST important change in Bunny Gal’s  life is that she fall in love with Barney – the purple dino! She is deeply, madly truly in love with him. She can watch the same Barney show repeatingly without getting bored. She sings and dance along. She learns new words, numbers, action, counting, etc from the show more than from Bunny Mum. She sleeps with Barneys (yes, it’s more than ONE). She even brought one of her Barneys to Europe – what a lucky dino! And how can Bunny Mum forgets that Bunny Gal called “Barney” first before she starts calling Bunny Mum “Mummy”!!!!! Barney comes 1st and everything else come after Barney.

 

Conversation No 1

Bunny Gal : Yea…yea…[tapping Bunny Mum’s arm]

Bunny Mum : Yes baby? What can I do for you?

Bunny Gal : Yea…yea…cap cap [clapping her hands]

Bunny Mum : [Singing] If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands

Bunny Gal : Cap Cap [clapping her hand with a big smile on her face]

Bunny Mum : [Singing] If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands

Bunny Gal : Cap Cap [clapping her hand while bouncing on the sofa]

Bunny Mum : [Singing] If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it. If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands

Bunny Gal : Cap Cap [clapping her hand while bouncing even harder]

Bunny Gal : [Yelling] Yeah [clapping]

Bunny Mum : Hug Hug ?

Bunny Gal : [Hug mummy tight]

Conversation No 2

Bunny Gal : Yea…yea…[tapping Bunny Mum’s arm]

Bunny Mum : Yes baby? What can I do for you?

Bunny Gal : Yea…yea…Ahh Ahh Ahh

Bunny Mum : [Singing] If all the raindrops were lemon-drops and gum-drops, oh, what a rain that would be. Standing outside with my mouth open wide…

Bunny Gal : Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh

Bunny Mum : [Singing] If all the raindrops were lemon-drops and gum-drops, oh, what a rain that would be.

Bunny Gal : [Yelling] Yeah [clapping]

Bunny Mum : Hug Hug ?

Bunny Gal : [Hug mummy tight]

Bunny Gal will be 20 months old in 2 days time! Bunny Mum and Bunny Dad took Bunny Gal for her routine vaccination yesterday morning. It seems that Bunny Gal has finally achieved the 10kg/80cm mark with her latest measurement of 10.2kg/81cm. She has been growing steadily at around 30 percentile and she has been hitting all her milestones. Somehow, Bunny Mum is of the opinion that despite Bunny Gal is very advanced in her physical & motor skill development, she seems slow in her linguistics development. However, the Paed thinks Bunny Gal is doing well! If so, then just let it be as every kid has its own phase in learning new skills.

Let’s list down words that Bunny Gal can pronounce todate:

  1. Gong Gong – “Grandpa” in Mandarin
  2. Po Po – “Grandma” in Mandarin
  3. Ba Ba
  4. Ma Ma
  5. Daddy
  6. Jiu Jiu –  Bunny Mum’s Brother
  7. Banie aka “Barney”
  8. Dak Dak aka “Duck”
  9. Woo Woo / Dok aka “Dog”
  10. Wei Wei – the name of our Poodle
  11. Boo Boo – the name of our Pekingese
  12. Ji Ji – imitating the sound of the birds
  13. Dop aka “Drop”
  14. Nie Nie aka “Nice Nice”
  15. Ter-tie aka “Dirty”
  16. Chou Chou – “smelly” in Mandarin where she meant she has pooped
  17. Bao Bao – “Full” or “Hug” in Mandarin. If she says it while hitting her tummy, it means she is full. Alternately, she will say it with her arm open wide and grab us.
  18. Cap Cap aka “Clap Clap”
  19. Kah Kah aka “Car Car”
  20. Wa Wa – “Doll” in Mandarin.
  21. Ball Ball
  22. Gai – “Cover” in Mandarin
  23. Fish
  24. Deng Long – “Lantern” in Mandarin
  25. No
  26. Yea aka “Yes”

Besides that, Bunny Gal can understand instructions very well. For example:

  1. When she is asked to bring an object (i.e. a ball) from one person (ie Bunny Dad) to another person (Bunny Gong Gong), she will take the object from the right person and bring it to the right person too.
  2. When she is asked to pick up an object (ie her toy) and placed it in a bag, she will do it as told if she feels like doing it. Else she will just ignore us and continue playing with her toys.

Bunny Mum would also like to announce 2 big achievements of Bunny Gal:

Self feeding w/o assistance
Bunny Gal is able to feed herself during meal time w/o our assistance.

No more  walking harness
Bunny Gal has graduated from using walking harness and now she will walk holding our hand! Unfortunately, she has a rather “rough” walking style – check out the way she swings her hand when she walks in the video clips below!

Bunny Gal is 19 months old today and it is always Bunny Dad and Bunny Mum’s intention to start her on ONE enrichment class/playgroup with simple objectives as follows:

  1. improve social skills with adults and other kids
  2. learn to take in instructions
  3. have fun – songs & dances, art & craft
  4. group activities

We do not wish to burden Bunny Gal with various classes or any homework at such a young age.  We also noticed that Bunny Gal tends to learn faster from living examples and via our conversation instead of books or flashcards. She can understand us very well in both English and Mandarin plus recently she will repeat after us whenever we teach her simple words by pointing at the object. In addition, she has been very pro-active nowadays where she will also point at different objects and says “see..” – her way of asking us “What is this?”. This gives us great opportunities to teach her new words!

Back to the enrichment class selection. Basically there are few different approaches in KL market :

Right brain / Flashcards Approach

Using Flashcards to give appropriate brain stimulation to bring out the innate human abilities such as: photographic memory, creativity, perfect pitch in music, multi-languages for language mastery and lightning rapid calculation abilities. Parents are required to carry out proposed course related activities with their kids at home everyday for at least 30 minutes. Examples : Shichida, Heguru and Glenn Doman

Remarks : No doubt that flashcards good learning tools for a reason and Bunny Gal loves to play with the iPad version on and off but we never and do not intend to set a time slot for flashcards on daily basis like some parents do. We just want Bunny Gal to have fun and strictly no homework!

Playgroup / Babygym Approach

Allow kids to have fun, explore, acquire skills, experience success, and build self-esteem through active play experience such as baby gym, songs, etc. Examples : Gymboree and Kizsport

Remarks : Bunny Gal didn’t enjoy the trial class at Kizsport – she was totally lost control and not following the class at all. We also skipped Gymboree as we were rather turned off by their hard sell marketing strategy.

Musical Approach

Introduce and educate kids to the adventure of music then moves at her pace, pausing to engage her interests, nurture her gifts and celebrates her discoveries. Examples : Kindermusik, Musikgarden and Musikhauz

Remarks : Didn’t manage to attend the trial class as planned. Some friends and relatives recommended this approach based on their own experience. A less stressful of learning (vs flashcards based) w/o going wild (playgroup based).

Learning Center Approach

Classes are conducted in a classroom with a collection of activities and materials for kids to explore and play with independently, individually or in groups, or with teacher’s direction. Examples : Julia Gabriel and Lorna Whistorn

Remarks : Julie Gabriel has weekly bilingual Play Club for 18 months till 2.5 years old with a curriculum structured around letters of the alphabet and key Mandarin words, numbers, shapes and colours – all organised in interesting child-centred themes and translated through activities such as indoor and outdoor play, music, art and craft, hands-on pre-science activities, stories, speech, drama and snack. BTW Lorna Whistorn is no longer running classes for kid below 4 years old (unable to renew the licence – not sure why), not an option for us at all.

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Based on the remarks listed above, one can easily figured out that Julia Gabriel is the winner of ” Bunny Enrichment Class Contest”. Bunny Gal had just attended her 1st class on last Saturday and clearly she had lots of fun. Pictures sound louder than words.

Warming up and observing what’s others are doing.

Clapping while yelling “yeah!”

Bunny Gal’s 1st Artwork – maybe Bunny Mum should frame it up!

Guess what’s in the goodie bag?

Everything comes with a price tag… RM1,625 for a start and only good for a 10-week term

Bunny Gal celebrated her BIG ONE some 7 months ago and it’s all Bunny Mum’s fault for taking so long to put up a post to document down such important milestone in Bunny Gal’s life.

Venue : Avanti Italian-American Ristorante, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa
Date :  6 June 2010 (Sunday)
Theme : Winnie The Pooh & Friends

Extended family members and close friends were gather together to sing birthday song for Bunny Gal and showered her with gifts and best wishes.

Centerpiece of this wonderful birthday party



Birthday Gal

Cake Cutting Moment

Birthday Gal and Bunny Mum

Bunny Dad, may I have a sip of Champagne?

Happy Bunny Family

Busy checking out her presents…


Birthday Gal & Her Presents


Trying out her new car

Recently Bunny Dad and Bunny Mum have been bringing Bunny Gal to Kidzsports Playland for her to explore and play. She really love the slide, ball pool and swing at the Toodler Zone. One should witness the big smile on Bunny Gal’s face in order to know how happy she was when she slide down onto the ball pool and on the swing.

Since then, Bunny Dad and Bunny Mum have been contemplating whether to put up a small version of Kidzsports Playland at home so that Bunny Gal can
have access to the Playland anytime. After checking out the 2 brands used by Kidsports (Step 2 and Grow’n Up) as well as the cheaper version sold in Carrefour/Giant, we decided to go for Grow’s Up – value for money without compromising on the quality of the product. Coupled with some other interesting toys sponsored by Bunny GongGong, Bunny Grandma and etc, Bunny Gal is now owning her own Bunny Playland.

Let’s see what she has in her Bunny Playland.

Fiat C500 Electric car
(with functional forward and reverse gear, headlight, reverse light, steering wheel, paddle and horn)


Bouncy Musical Bear

 

Ride-A-Pony

Grow’n Up Slide & Swing Set



Inflatible Toy House

Other than the above, she has a inflatible swimming pool (3ft depth) and many other smaller toys such as educational toys from Vrtech and Leapfrog, kitchen utentils & teapot set from ELC, soft-toys, musical instruments (keyboard and xelophone), Megabloks and etc.

So what’s next?

A bigger store room to store all Bunny Gal’s toys!

Lately Bunny Gal has been very cranky during her meal time. The same Bunny’s song & dance will show up during meal time:

  1. turning her head away after 5-6 spoons of solid;
  2. demand to drink soup non-stop;
  3. struggle to release herself and stand on the highchair – not till we pin her down or give her some toys of her interest; and/or
  4. at time might refuse to sit on the highchair.

This song & dance is only applicable to MAIN MEAL and not snacks like cakes, pastries, breads, puffs, biscuits, etc.

It has been a torture to Bunny PoPo who has to feed her 2 main meals a day, 5 days a week and even Bunny Mum is getting frustrated over it despite only taking care of Bunny Gal over the weekends. Bunny Mum has to bake every weekends, if possible, so that Bunny Gal have homemade snacks to munch.

After a few trials and errors, we noticed that she will eat the same food that she had just rejected earlier on if we leave her with the bowl of food and spoon for self feeding. Despite messy, she will at least “finished” the solid (perhaps 20-30% will end up on the floor or table). I must say that Bunny Gal’s self feeding skill is getting better each day where she does well with spoon and now even with fork. Of course, at time she will cheat by grabbing the food with her hand and put on the spoon before moving it to her mouth. She will even pick up the food dropped on the table and place it back to the bowl – not sure whether it’s a good sign or not. It’s good for not wasting food BUT it’s rather not too hygiene if the table is not clean (not at home). Nowadays beside wiping the highchair with antiseptic wipes, we also clean the table as well whenever we dine out.

Alternatively, we have to feed her with our spoon/fork/chopstick instead of hers. Somehow she feels that we are eating BETTER and more DELICIOUS food than hers.Same theory applies to water/drinks too. Bunny Gal will insist of drinking from our glass (if she sees it) instead of hers. If I pretend to pour some of my drinks into her cup, she will then drink from her cup.

Hmm….really wonder what’s going on in her tiny little bunny brain…

Bunny Mum proudly announced that Bunny Gal had just hits another milestone – stairs climing?!? Errr.. I am not entirely sure whether stairs climbing is deemed a milestone for a toddler. Let’s me check my toddler handbook!

Ok, back to the stairs climbing story. Bunny Gal only managed to climb upward and she will never attempt to get down due to her super “kiasi” attitude. Also she will only climb up the stairs provided we are infront of her where she can lift up her head and see us. Weird, right? I fail to see how we can give her the comfort and assurance for being infront of her as we can’t rescue her if she ever fell/roll down. Wonder what is in her mind… On her 1st attemp, she was over excited and climbed ahead of us and when she realised that I am no longer infront of her, she started to wail till I picked her up. On her 2nd attempt, she was tailing Bunny Dad and successfully reached to the top (from dining hall to living hall – 10 steps). She was so happy with her achievement and clapping non-stop while saying “yeah.. yeah…”

Mummy.. may I get off from the highchair?

Mummy.. I wanna show you something…

Mummy… see… I can climb up the stairs!