Look Ma! I’m 1 and I can write!


Posted on : 31-03-2010 | By : dutdot | In : All about my baby, Expat Blogging

That’s what I witnessed this morning. Not that I could understand what my baby girl “wrote” in her notebook; but, as I saw it, she held her pen like a pro. Believe me when I say that. I feel overwhelmed when I saw how she was trying to learn how to “write”.

I gave her a small notepad, her pencil case, ruler, and pen. She immediately held the pen in her left hand and started to scribble. I thought I would teach her how to hold a pen, but, oh boy, she already was holding it like she was about to write, err, actually, she was already “writing” some lines, crooked though. Well, the point is, my one-year old knows how to use a pen, and that she’s already aware that by pressing it more would enable her to make a doodle, while saying the alphabet! Oh, she could just fluently say the letter “a”, and the rest isn’t clear that yet. She could say difficult words without fret, in fact, she has been saying three-syllable words. Wow ha, it’s already a milestone for a year old baby! Who wouldn’t be proud of a baby like mine? :)

I started teaching my baby how to talk as early as she was days old. I heard her say the word “uu” (for poop) at 17 days old. Then until now, she is mimicking every single word that she hears from us, including our intonation. Too bad, her Daddy and I are always speaking in our dialect. But we are now resolving to speak in English. The good thing is, our baby understands English and speaks it. After learning how to talk, I inculcated in my baby the love for reading. Now that she’s into books, I started introducing to her how to write by giving her the materials needed in writing. This time around, too, I am teaching her how to listen to English shows. For now, her favorite is Dora The Explorer.

I realized that teaching our babies at an earlier age or early start isn’t that hard, really. We just have to provide the environment, and pretty soon, our kiddies will realize by themselves on how things work, such as, how to flip a magazine or book, how to hold a pencil or pen, how to make expressions. As of this moment, I just heard her say, “Oh, maan!”, mimicking Swiper, the quick, sneaky fox, in Dora the Explorer.

Happy writing with your babies!

Hey mom! Your one-year old baby can read!


Posted on : 31-03-2010 | By : dutdot | In : All about my baby, Expat Blogging, Life's Musings, Parenting

Oh so you thought that your one-year old baby doesn’t know how to use a book! Fret not. Your one-year old baby can read and would love to read!

That’s what I witnessed in my one-year old baby this afternoon. I was lying in bed with a small book in my hand. When she woke up beside me, she grabbed my book, and began pointing to the letters. She mimicked what I said. I read the title of the book, “Writing a Children’s Book”. Instead of reading what was written in the book, I began reciting the alphabet. She then managed to at least say, “a, b…”, the way she was trying to recite the alphabet! In between saying those letters, at least, the first two letters (with b not entirely clear yet), she was smiling at me, showing me her 4 emerging teeth! What a cutie.

So babies can read. They really care to learn how to read at a young age of 12 months. If we, mothers, stimulate that hunger for learning in our children, teaching them how to love reading won’t be hard. Reading makes any man wise and learned. It’s something that needs to be cultivated in our toddlers.

My baby has started to love books at the age of 4 months. Until now, she holds books like a pro. She points to the letters and tries to pretend that she’s reading them. She’s probably not pretending; she’s really reading because of the way her eyes scrolls over the letters, over the sentences, over the paragraphs, with matching pointing of her fingers.

If your baby doesn’t love to hold books, try to encourage her everyday by giving colorful books. Babies love to hear the flapping of the pages from one page to another. They love to be in control. My baby, for example, loves to hold heavy books of his Daddy. When she was still young, say, from 4 months up, she loved to hold big, heavy books, and not her toy books. She had this interest in books because she saw this from us, her parents. Her Daddy and I are bookworms. We always have books in our bed. That way, our baby thought that “reading” a book is, indeed, fun! Every now and then, I recite to her the Humpty Dumpty rhyme. Oh, boy, how she loves to hear it! You could see her smile every time I recite it.

Happy reading with your babies!

Meal recipes for 1 year old and the RAINBOW fruits and vegetables guide


Posted on : 30-03-2010 | By : dutdot | In : All about my baby, Food, Recipes for Toddlers

Now that my baby just turned one, I decided to change the course of this blog from a personal blog to a blog that will cater the interests of other moms and readers. From time to time, I will still write letters for my growing baby.

Majority of one year old babies are picky eaters. But take another look at our 1-year old’s. They aren’t picky; their taste buds have just matured. Hmmm. That’s the nice way to put it. I noticed it in my baby’s reaction to the way I feed her. Baby food doesn’t interest her anymore. I tried to feed her with her Cerelac yesterday morning, and she could hardly finish it nor had some three spoonfuls of the cereal. How good she was and is in turning her face away from me.

At yesterday lunch while she was still sleeping, I cooked and mashed a small potato, and let her eat it without the spoon. Presto! She was able to finish her meal. That’s when I realized that she isn’t picky; she is just adjusting to the demands of her taste bud. Quite an interesting realization, isn’t it?

So the next time, your toddler (begins with the ages of 12 and 18) pushes your hand away or turns her face and mouth away from you, it might signal that she doesn’t want to be given baby food anymore! She might be saying, “Mommy, baby food is a bland diet. Why don’t you give me what you’re eating?” Huh. Of course, at this point, we really have to be careful in what we give her, in particular, if we want to consider the kinds of foods that adults eat. As long as what we are eating are healthy foods and not junks, they are safe to be given to our growing babies.

I was searching on the Web about some helpful tips on what I can give to my 1 year old. Toddlers need lots of fruits and vegetables. I like this tip about the Rainbow Guide. Think of all the fruits and vegetables that start with the letters in the word, “rainbow”, so you’ll never be lost as to what to give your youngster.

Here goes:

bullet Red – Apples, Cherries, Strawberries, Watermelon, Red Potatoes, Tomatoes

bullet Orange – Oranges, Peaches, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots

bullet Yellow – Bananas, Summer Squash, Wax Beans, Pears

bullet Green – Avocado, Green Beans, Zucchini, Mango, Papaya

bullet Blue – Blueberries

bullet Purple – Grapes, Eggplant

Great idea, isn’t it?  Till next time!

Dear Baby: 33rd natural letter for my baby


Posted on : 29-03-2010 | By : dutdot | In : All about my baby, Book-Making, Expat Blogging, Life's Musings, NATURAL LETTERS


March 29, 2010 @ 8:18p.m.

Dear Baby,


How time flies, baby! You just celebrated your first birthday two days ago! WOW! Mommy was late in writing you this letter. Anyway, it’s better late than never. How did your first birthday go? Ah. Although there were many who did not attend because of previous appointments like they had work to do, your 1st birthday party was a blast, baby. Everyone enjoyed – the games, the laughter, the mascots, and more. It was just that I guess you didn’t enjoy the party, did you? Mommy carried you for 2.5 hours! You really wanted to play with some kids there, but, I didn’t allow you. You were wearing a fairy dress, and I didn’t want you to step on it. Not that it’s long. It’s just that you still love to crawl, and the floor, where your party was held, was so cold.

After the party, you fell asleep for almost two hours. When you woke up, Daddy and Mommy gathered all the things and made you pick up one item from them. Oh, baby, you made Daddy cry when you picked up the computer mouse! Mommy thought that something went into Daddy’s eyes, but, oh boy, he was crying, indeed! I asked him why he cried, and he said, that you’re sharing what Daddy loves to do – computer programming and related stuffs. Mommy thought you’d pick up the colorful things around you, but, you just touched them. Your cute, little hand picked up the black, shiny mouse. Then, later, you picked up the mobile phone! WOW! So most probably, baby, you’ll be in Communication & Development. Wow! Nice! Then, you picked up the book and the pen! Wow. Those were the items you picked up: Mouse, Mobile Phone, Book, and Pen.

At 1 year old, you still love to crawl, baby, although you’re already good at standing alone. You’re still afraid to walk on your own, but, when Mommy or Daddy holds you on your shoulders, you really walk like a pro, or, in fact, like a runner. You don’t walk. You want to run! It’s just like what you when you are on your walker. You walk backward, forward, like you’re catching up the airplane.

How you love Dora the Explorer! You really interact with Dora and Boots every time you watch them! Mommy’s thinking that we really should have a cable at home. We’ll see.

Last night, we attended the mass at the Church. Everyone was asking about you, how many months you’re. I said 6. They were in disbelief because you’re small, they said. UGGGH! We really don’t want to lie about your age, but, just to stop people from saying other things, we tell what they wanted to believe in. There was this fellow Filipina, who remarked, “ang liit (very small). I told her, you know you shouldn’t be judging people, especially babies. You don’t know her other capabilities. Why are you judging my baby?” She was silent. We walked away.

After the mass, we went to the office, and waited for Daddy as he talked with a friend. While waiting for Daddy, Mommy saw this Indian man walking from the door. Without fail, this Indian man did it again. He said these words, “small Filipino”, referring to you with matching action of his hands. He had been doing that for four times already, three times this year, and once last year. Do you know what Mommy did, baby?

Mommy got up, and with all her might, I said these words:

“So, what’s your problem?”

“Nothing. It’s nice.” He answered me back.

“I can see you’re tall. So you should be happy.”

He started walking away from us. We followed him right until he was out of the door. I sensed his fear from Mommy’s rising voice.

“You have been doing that crap for several times now! What’s your problem? Ha!” I shouted at the top of my lungs.

He walked away, right from the door.

I cried in silence.

You see, baby, Mommy really doesn’t want to capitalize on this size issues. I really don’t want you to live in a world that is full of labels – small, big, thin, fat. Always remember you’re unique; you’re well-loved.



Dear Baby: 32nd natural letter for my baby


Posted on : 15-03-2010 | By : dutdot | In : All about my baby, Book-Making, Expat Blogging


March 15, 2010 @ 2:52p.m.

Dear Baby,

How are you feeling, baby? I hope you’re better now. Last night you were so fussy. Daddy and Mommy were so sorry that we didn’t play with you unlike the past days wherein we all slept with our smiles on our faces, and laughter in our subconscious. It’s because we let someone enveloped our moods. You must have felt our agonies last night because you are well connected with us. So sorry for that. Daddy and Mommy promised that our bedroom won’t be a discussion room about negative people. Last night, Daddy and Mommy promised, too, that you won’t experience joining the rat race. You’ll be soaring high, baby, in your future because as early as now, we are ensuring your future. God be with us.

A few days from now, you’ll be turning ONE, baby. We decided to hold it at McDonald’s near our place. They cover everything from invitation, games, programs, food, video coverage, and decor, so it’s a good deal. We haven’t distributed the invitation cards, yet, but will do so tomorrow. We aren’t sure about how many kids will show up on your birthday, as we don’t have much friends with kids in this country we are in. That’s too bad for expatriates like us. It’s somehow hard to make friends, particularly, in this country. But Mommy is sure that it won’t spoil the fun on your birthday party! It’s because 1st year birthday is for the family and adult friends in your life, baby.

How have you been doing lately? Uh-oh. You suffered from on and off loose bowel movement last week, and that alarmed Mommy! Glad that it already stopped. It wasn’t that serious because I thought it comes with your teething. Speaking of teething, uh-oh, Mommy’s somehow alarmed because your teeth on the lower portion are a bit crooked! Hmm. I read somewhere that there are babies who also have crooked teeth when they’re young. But that shouldn’t be alarming because those teeth would fall out and would be replaced by permanent teeth. Let’s be vigilant in caring for your teeth, baby. Please cooperate with Mommy when I clean your tongue and teeth.

Two nights ago, baby, you really warmed Daddy’s and Mommy’s hearts. Since you were young, we knew that you’re a child who knows how to make balance in dealing with Daddy and Mommy so no one gets jealous. :) The other night, however, it was the first time we witnessed this: You leaned your back on Mommy, your right hand is stretched out on Mommy’s neck, while your left hand was holding Daddy’s finger! You even called Daddy’s attention that he should hold your hand or you would hold his hand! How’s that for an 11-month old baby? Words aren’t enough to describe you, baby. You’re simply amazing!I remember you said the word, thirty three, when you heard it for the first time while Mommy was talking with our family friend, Isfk.

This morning, it occurred to Mommy that we haven’t been to your baby doctor for two visits. But don’t worry, baby, we’ll visit your new baby doctor tonight. We’re hoping to get someone who could really make an improvement on your growth.

You’re still asleep, baby. Thank God you didn’t notice Mommy when I moved out from our bed. I was able to take a quick shower while you’re still sleeping. Uh-oh. Wait, you’re now awake. Time for your snack!