Long silence

R has turned two and then two and a half then thirty one months old and I have not made any entries.

She has been helpful in the kitchen. R cuts veg for lunch, still, helps me knead dough for bread, cut cookie dough, tidy a lot even using the vacuum cleaner (hoover of course).

R has started to go to preschool once a week on Thursday mornings to play with little people her age and some older than her. In the first two days at school I went with her and she was interested in the books and children in the older class. But recently she is spending more time in her class. She is happy and hungry after class which is a big thing because she needs social interaction and enjoy food without prompts from us.

Cutting, drawing, coloring, practicing to write shapes and letters such as x, l, p, m, z, s, r, o to name a few keeps her busy. She recently drew a family picture. It is very impressive as it is complete with facial parts and noticeable who is who.

We re-started to attend Tuesday playgroup in the town hall and we enjoy that often. Most of the time we only see younger children but she does not mind because she can go and find her own activity now. She is confident to talk to people in the group even when we go out of the door she chats with anyone.

I ask her to play in the sitting room whenever I am busy and she does role play a lot. She copies what she sees or hears from her tv programs. She watches, Bagpuss, Moomins, 64 Zoo lane and random children’s program.

I wish that I write more of her activities to document her development but with all the misunderstanding that our neighbor have started and seem to never end stresses me out so much. It is so draining that I have not had the  time to make enough materials to reinforce reading and writing at home. Hopes to have it finished sooner rather than later will stop ruining our lives.



24 months and 10 days in Bangkok

We are in Bangkok until the middle of the month. R turned two on the 23rd. We went to Wat Pho and she was very happy about that. We took the BTS and the boat to the temple which was already a treat to her. She asked for her picture to be taken with the reclining Buddha. Flashed a smile and voila a photo to keep. We found the school grounds at the temple and there was a little play area which made her morning. We went on the boat again to grab lunch before we headed back to our room. It was a lovely day for all of us.

At 2 years and 10 days she is very chatty and expressive. She says what she wants to say like after she has put her father’s goggles on top of his nose she said that it is ridiculous and then laughed.

I should keep a record of what she comes up with.

She is practicing to jump in the pool, kick more, put her face in the water, blow bubbles as well. She goes for 45 minutes to an hour most days depending on the weather and how she is when she wakes up in the afternoon. It has been hot in the past couple of weeks and we are suffering. I wish that I could do something to ease that sticky feeling for her and her dad. Otherwise we might not come back to Asia in the summer again.

Threading, uses clips, rolls and throws balls, helps me prepare rice, cuts vegetables, eats rice from the pot, puts on and takes off her clothes, says bilis when she needs the potty (well, this one needs more encouragement and practice), sings all the songs that I have been singing to her since day one.

For a week now she really is running not just walking fast but running. She puts on her shoes and goes out the door most of the time.

Since she can say what is in her mind she is strong minded. I always need to take a deep breath and remind myself that she is her own person and she is young. She is still learning I know but she makes me go mental too. She seem to not listen 80 percent of the time when I ask her to tidy or get dressed or stay with me when daddy is going out or he is busy. She might grow out of it soon or not but I hope that she does because I do not feel needed when she does that.

In 14 days time we will go back to where we will be in the next 4 years. I need to do some shopping. I need to set up a classroom or an area for R to concentrate in and practice her motor skills, independence, coordination and to be able to start some Montessori lessons.