"Wow, I am impressed!"

“Wow, I am impressed!”

Said Monica’s pedia earlier during her monthly check-up. While we were in the clinic, she recognized different letters and started talking. She even counted from 1-6, started saying A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H. Yes. Monica can say it already, quite clearly. Monica can also point and say different colors: red, orange, blue, yellow, pink, black, white, green, red, and purple.

Pedia said, “your daughter is so advanced!” “You must nurture it!”

Yes, it’s true. I am not kidding nor bragging.

In my previous post, I said Monica has already mastered the objects and the alphabet at 15 months. We started with numbers and colors this month. She can point to a certain object or letter when asked. AND she can also say it when you ask even without looking at something.

Monica can already say plenty of words. She can even repeat right away and can easily remember when asked.

YES. THIS MAKES US FEEL GOOD. I think it’s normal to feel proud, yes?

I don’t know what we did or why Monica is a bit advanced. But one thing is certain: HER TONS OF BOOKS HELPED.

At 7 months, Monica was already flipping pages and would babble and mumble while pointing at letters and pictures. And as months went by, her eagerness and focus improved. What we did was encourage her interests – we bought her more books, got her a chart, alphabet puzzles, etc.

My daughter is just 1 year and 4 months and I know there are much more to see and observe. Well, I just have to let this out. I AM FREAKIN PROUD AND I GUESS IT FEELS JUST RIGHT. 🙂


Welcome to Toddlerhood!

Welcome to Toddlerhood!
I have not been able to keep up with this blog. Why? Because we have a toddler now! And people are right, there will be no to little alone or quiet time when you have a toddler! I know, I know, we have just begun and there will be more to come! Haha
Monica made her first real steps a day before her birthday. A week after, she can walk fast and straight already, wobbly for a bit but still good! She didn’t use any andador, walkers, or anything. She learned by cruising and her stand was firm because of her many, many floor time. I allowed her to crawl anywhere she pleases. And I think it helped her a lot.
At first we were really proud and excited! First time parents, what do you expect? But lately, I would dream of the infant Monica because this stage is really tiring! She would really explore, walk, scream, laugh, anything! Haha.
She has also become a picky eater. When she hit 1, things changed. I never had a problem feeding her anything, but now, it takes A LOT OF EFFORT to feed her solids. She would just grab the boobies and latch. Yes, exclusively breastfeeding for almost 16 months now. Feeding her solid food stresses me at times because I am worried she won’t get enough nutrition but the pedia told me it’s normal and I won’t have to worry since her weight and height are above average.
Too many milestones! Yes, that’s right. She can already say more than 20 words, just say a word and she will repeat. When she hit 1 year and 2 months, she learned her body parts already (and say it). At 1 year 3 months, she already knows all the letters in the alphabet. She would practice on her own and look at the chart. She will say the letters when she sees one. And believe me, there are letters anywhere! Haha.
Oh no, before you think that we force her or we teach her too much, stop. The reason why we “teach” her is because she showed interest first. I guess the credit goes to her books. We would buy her books every week and she got accustomed to it. She loves books. Good thing!
Social skills I believe is at par also. She loves being with other kids – she enjoys playing. But she would cry when she sees “strangers”. I was told it’s normal and it’s actually a developmental milestone. It’s just a phase so no worries.
Each baby is different. That’s true. But as a parent, it is normal to feel proud of every (and any) thing that yoru baby does. No matter how big or small, whatever your baby does, you will feel proud. Haha. I swear! Even a very sweet smile is already a reason to be proud. Hahahaha.
If you ask me how we are as parents? I am not an OC mom. Weird ba? I just let her. I trust Monica and just let her. Beej is more protective which is understandable. #DaddysGirl. Haha.
Anyhow, too early to tell. But for now, Monica, at 15 months – I guess, it’s safe to say that Beej and I are doing okay in raising her. The real challenge begins when she hit adulthood. Okay, sige teenager. Haha.
So there. That’s the Monica update! <3
Till next!