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Week 14 – The Independent Little Boy

At 2 years and 1 month, we always encourage Geoff to do things that he should be able to do. He has chores this early, and some of them includes putting his dirty clothes in his hamper and fetching his own sippy cup from the fridge whenever he needs to drink.

Anyway, this is his photo as he is getting down from the chair. He wanted to read his books and one of his favorite things to do is to ask us get one book at a time (this is very tiring, I tell you), so I suggested that he tries doing it on his own.

Please note that anytime he climbs up, it is under supervision (lol!)

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on his way down. great job, baby!

Pig

I often read about women who blog about their kids having a comfort object. Whether it is a toy, a blanket, or a pacifier, it’s something that the child cannot do without. I can’t say that I am lucky that Geoff does not have one, but, he does have his favorite toy.

Presenting, Pig!

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Pig is a puppet that Babe gifted me when I was his senior QA we were still friends. It came as a freebie from Dads buffet in Megamall. Back then, I had this penchant for stuffed toys and will bully charm anyone into giving me one. Given the number of stuffed toys at home (which includes a pony, Barney, Mickey Mouses, Elmos, several pigs, and a whole lot more), Pig has become his favorite and would not let go of. He usually includes Pig in his adventures outside the house, when sleeping, and even when watching his favorite Disney shows. He even reserves a spot for Pig on MY pillow.

Dear Geoff,

I am not sure if one day you will be reading through my blog. I used the term “not sure” because as a boy or man, I am sure that your attention will be focused somewhere else. But right now, I sure hope that when time comes, you will fully understand the words loyalty and faithfulness. You will eventually meet and find a girl, but let me not go there. You are still my baby boy, and I intend to keep it that way until you push me away (well, maybe, I’ll just be on the sidelines then).

The traits that you show right now with Pig is quite a development for us. It is a sign that you are finally getting the grasp of the term “importance”. Pig is an important part of your day, thus you won’t let go. Even if we are just going to the bathroom to wash your prot prot. I pray that Papa Jesus continuously guide us in order to be the best parent that you will have.

I love you my first born, my baby boy, my son. Daddy and I will work hard for you, to provide you the best that life can offer.

Love,

Mommy

P.S. This cheesy post is brought to you by a boring few minutes in the office. 

The Naughty Baby

Geoff is my first born, thus, I never had any experiences taking care of a baby boy, nor any babies for that matter. They said baby girls are much nicer, more timid, than baby boys, and I outright agree,

During the early part of my pregnancy, I was always anxious as to why I cannot feel anything from within. When I said within, I meant, I can’t feel the baby kick, move, or whatever he was supposed to be doing then, I remember blogging about it, (please click here) about how he made me aware that he is still a part of me. Since then, he never failed to let me know about his presence. Malikot kahit nasa tummy ko pa lang!

So anyway, we are at a stage when he cannot keep still. He would climb, run around, follow us everywhere in the house. As much as we would like to baby proof everything, it was not that feasible and somehow, I don’t want to restrict him that much (bad ba? to each his own na lang). As long as someone is supervising his actions, we are good with it. We have less photos of him lately because he does not want to pose for the camera, or when he is in the mood, he wants his picture to be taken real close! Here are some of the pictures that I manage to get, however blurred because the baby is constantly on the move!

close up or blurred? you take your pick!

close up or blurred? you take your pick!

I have heard so much about the terrible twos, and I am kind of dreading for the day. For now, here are some of Geoff’s “kalokohan”:

  • He would repeatedly shake the stand fan’s body.
  • He will continuously insert his fingers on the blade area of the stand fan
  • He has this habit of diving on any part of the bed, including the headboard and the edges (heart attack!)
  • He will run away from us when we try to pull him away from the stairs or center table, or whatever it is that he wants to climb to.
  • He will make haste in climbing the stairs when he feels that we are not looking.
  • He intentionally spill powder on the floor and try to slide while standing.
  • Whenever we are in LP, he would go for my mom’s marbles and throw everything on the floor.
  • He will get a hold of any toiletries and try to taste it. (Even perfumes or cologne too!)
  • He will play with his stacking cup and if he can’t get it to pile correctly, he will throw everything away.
  • He will have us open this lunchbox with the puzzle pieces, scatter it to the floor, and play with something else.
  • He will ask for his toy piano, play it on demo mode then step on it.
  • Will get near the TV and try to climb on the rack while holding on to the base stand! (OMG!)
  • When he notices Choi the cat, resting, or at least one of the kittens, he will grab them by the neck and will either try to use them as pillows.
  • He will ask for one of the juices, drink for a while then will try to spill them and show us what he did.
  • He will play with the remote, munch on it, and throw it once he gets bored. (which usually takes about a good 10 seconds)

So there, dami no? I am proud to say though, that even with the sutil looks that he gives us, he is still the sweet baby that he is. He will usually give us hugs and kisses, or force himself to sit on our laps and check whatever it is that we are doing on the phone. He is most of the times obedient as well, following our requests to pick up something that he threw, or play nicely with his toys.

Geoff’s Milestones at 16 Months

According to the book What to Expect – The Toddler Years, the 16th month starts when the baby set foot on the last day of his 15th month. Or something like that. Basta ang sure ako, based sa book, 16 months na daw si Geoff, rather than 15 months. Hooray! Being the happy baby boy that he is, we are still worried because we feel that his developmental milestones are enough. Truth be told, kung susundin namin yung mga nababasa namin from books, or ire-relate namin si Geoff from other babies of his age, he does not seem to be developing fast enough. BUT, like all books, and moms alike, I know that babies are individuals too, and that we have to put faith and patience in teaching him new things, as well as letting him discover things on his own. Having said that, here are Geoff’s milestones (for us ha!) as I type.

  • Geoff can walk, and sort of run wherever and whenever he wants to.
  • He can say “teh” for Ate, “papa” when he is in the mood, “mama” when he is throwing a tantrum, feel sick, is crying, or trying to cry his way to getting what he wants (*slaps forehead)
  • An expert climber; climbs the stairs, center table, anything that he can climb, just for the heck of it.
  • Ability to follow instructions. He understands if we say “Put some oil, so that you can take a bath”, “mamam water”, eat (he does this cute gesture with his mouth), “ge-get something” and so on.
  • Geoff is not shy to show how independent he is when walking outside the house, but would love to hold hands when I ask him to.
  • Clearly defies our request to stay put, and do things in the opposite manner,
  • Loves playing tricks.
  • Can distinguish characters such as Minion, Thomas the Train, Angelina Ballerina, Mickey Mouse, Elmo, and Winnie the Pooh
  • He enjoys eating solids, especially when he is sitting in my lap, and the food is one grab away (I think he enjoys the fact that I react when he suddenly grabs the food from my plate!)

.I think, there’s a lot more that I was unable to add to the list. Ang hirap mag explain in English eh (haha!). Geoff is more madaldal na din nowadays, and inquisitive. His habit of putting everything in his mouth has lessened, though he still favors electrical plugs ¬†whenever he gets the chance. He also enjoys looking at his book, though he does not show interest with the actual stories, rather, he enjoys turning the pages (Eep!). He also enjoys looking at the closet for the pen marks we made for his height.

At this rate, Babe and I are trying our best to capture Geoff’s milestones. We could probably use it for blackmailing purposes, or for his entertainment, or maybe he would want to share it with a special someone. Whatever that purpose is, at least, the significant memories are recorded. Hopefully, I will get to share some of his videos and pictures more on this site.