This month, Noah went on his first (short) road trip to JB, and his first church camp. Apart from Malaysia being officially a different country, the road trip part probably doesn’t really count, since we got there faster than if we had gone to Boon Lay. We did get stuck in the infamous causeway jam, which led to me having to change a very stinky diaper, by balancing a squirmy baby on my lap in the backseat. #achievementunlocked
Noah also fell very ill for the first time in a long time, and has recovered, thank God, just in time for our trip to Hong Kong. It was a very stressful period, and we pray that God will keep all of us healthy throughout this trip, and even after we return. We heard that it’s going to be pretty hot in Hong Kong, but hopefully, the air there will be fresher than what we’ve been getting here in hazy Singapore.
Due to our recent travels and Noah’s recent illness, we have succumbed to allowing Noah to sleep in our bed with us. He usually naps in our bed during the day, but sleeps in his own cot at night, but now, he seems to have developed an aversion to sleeping in his cot. Once in a while, I manage to put him in his cot after nursing him to sleep at night, but he usually wakes up after a while, and gets really upset to find himself there. Most nights, his eyes spring open the minute his body touches the cot mattress, and I have to pick him up again. I’m seriously considering sleep-training him after our Hong Kong trip!
Sleeping on our bed
These days, Noah is a lot more comfortable crawling around the house, and follows me around like a puppy. An easily distracted puppy, I mean. He could be following me from the living room into his room, when suddenly, he decides that it’s more interesting to tap on the base of the standing fan just outside the room, and to tug on its wire. When playing with his toys in the room, he would suddenly crawl off, and start opening the wardrobe and cupboard doors. He is also fascinated by the empty dustbin in the room, and can spend quite a bit of time peering into it or banging it around on the floor. This little puppy still crawls quite slowly, and often stops to take a break before reaching his destination. His teachers at Gymnademics told me to give him more opportunities to crawl, so we try not to carry him as much as possible. He pulls himself up quite a lot now, but doesn’t cruise much, and doesn’t seem to be interested in walking at all. He has, however, learnt (more or less) to sit down after he pulls himself up, by simply dropping onto his bum.
Oh and he has learnt a new trick! Noah can now wave ‘bye bye’ when we ask him to, and we have quite a lot of fun getting him to do it. He doesn’t even have to be prompted to wave goodbye to his rubber duckies after his bath! He loves splashing around in his bathtub, kicking his legs quickly so that he can watch the bubbles form, and I love the look of sheer happiness on his face when he turns to look at me after he does that. He also likes to throw his rubber duck out of the tub, before peering over the side to look for it. Actually, he does this ‘throwing and peering’ thing a lot, be it from his high chair, cot, or our bed.
Throwing and Peering
Noah has also become better at picking up his puffs and stuffing them into his mouth. He does drop some of them at times, but his success rate is improving. I’m still not comfortable letting him feed himself anything other than puffs, because of the potential mess, so I still feed him his porridge. After his recent blood test, the PD noted that his iron levels are low, and suggested that I start getting him to eat more pork. He’s got another two teeth sprouting out, to add on to his current four, so I think he won’t really have much trouble chewing the minced meat that I plan to prepare for him.
The Puff-Loving Eating Machine
I’ve been singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It’ quite a lot this month, as I’ve been trying to teach Noah to clap. I’m hoping that he can clap at his birthday party next month, but so far, he seems to be more interested in getting me to clap. He grins when I clap his hands together, but seems to prefer making me clap my hands, by holding onto my hands and clapping them together, the way I do with his hands. He gets really amused by it and even bends his head cautiously forward for me to tap it lightly sometimes, after I did it once for fun. He’s such a playful little boy!
He can say ‘Papa’ quite well, especially when asked to say ‘Mama’. He tries to say ‘duck’ too, though it sounds more like ‘da’. He seems to understand what we say, and can follow simple instructions, such as when we ask him to sit, get his ball, wave goodbye, or follow us around the house. Noah has also been practising sticking out his tongue, after watching me do it recently. It’s quite funny to watch, as he tries very hard, and even frowns slightly as he focuses on the task.
He loves music, and will bounce up and down when we sing or play the radio. Sometimes, when I’m in the kitchen, he would crawl to the fridge, where I’ve placed his magnetic Leapfrog aeroplane, and I’ll play the ABC song on it for him. He would wait patiently for me to load the letters, as it also plays a short song about phonics each time a new letter is loaded. It’s quite a good way to keep him entertained, but If I take too long, he checks out the washing machine next to the fridge, so I try not to let that happen.
Noah now has a new way of ‘smiling’. He opens his mouth wide, and says, ‘Ahhhh…’ when we tell him to smile, or when he sees us trying to take a photo of him. I wonder how long this phase will last, because I prefer his old smile.
One more month before he turns one!