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Behold the fussy eater no more

If there is any blog title to use for this post, I hope the above will something that I will be using soon for Kyle.

I have tried all sorts, from porridge boiled with chicken stock to steamed vegetables, all without sauce, condiments or seasoning and I realised that Kyle is a little gourmet. The key thing to note is that if it does not taste good to you or anyone else, don’t even bother offering it to him.

I have resorted to giving him adult food, I am still rather finicky about the seasoning that is in adult food so I will usually get Belle to boil some soup for him (cos soup is about the only thing that he does not mind eating) on the weekends and ensure that he gets to have the chicken or pork soup with his rice during lunch in the weekdays.

I have also made a deliberate effort to cut out one more milk feed in the evening, and I think that seems to help in his intake of solid food in the day. He still doesn’t take a proper breakfast, he usually just eats whatever Nana is having on the weekdays when he is at Nana’s place and usually will share my toast bread with olive spread on weekend mornings.

I believe that this problem is rather common with toddlers, however I will have to say that it is not very encouraging when it seems that I am the only mother (among my friends or people that I know) that has a toddler that can be rather fussy when it comes to food.

As for the latest milestone he has achieved the past one week? He can point to various parts of his body when asked; ‘Where is your hair, head, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hands, shoulders, knees, toes?’ and his favorite part; the belly button. He also goes around lifting anybody’s shirt to point to their belly button as well.

Kyle has also started nodding his head to answer ‘Yes’ to our questions, and shake his head, or rather his shoulder as well, when it is a ‘No’. He also will put his hand up when ask to say ‘Hi’ and waves for ‘bye’ and can be quite generous with his ‘flying kisses’.

This is his Dad’s favorite action; the tiger yawn. He always does this when prompted by Keith…

Now here’s another one…

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Feels good to be back home. Was away from last tuesday 20th May and spent a short weekend in HK.
HK is not so great a city; with its bad air, not so polite people (S’poreans are not that polite or gracious either) and expensive food. A restaurant equivalent to the kind that we often frequent on the weekends in Suntec City can cost up to $90 – $100 sgd per person. Anyhow still managed to get some pretty good buys, spent like $800 on 12 branded blouses. I guess it is still better than Singapore when it comes to getting some great deals on clothing. Will only see myself going back to HK in the 1st quarter of 09, Keith and I plan to bring Kyle to HK Disneyland to experience the Cantonese-singing Disney characters.

Within that short few days away from Kyle, the little fella grew another 1cm (yes, parents can get rather obsessive when it comes to the growth of their kid). Despite his fussiness when it comes to food, I am so glad that he is not that skinny or small for his age. Besides I believe that he will eventually get out of this picky stage. According to child development books, infant and toddler boys are usually the more difficult gender to take care of and most of their developmental milestones usually lag behind the female gender. It does explains why it seems that that most of people that I know with infant or toddler girls always seem much easier to take care of.

However I really have nothing to whinge about when it comes to Kyle. Apart from being a not so easy toddler when it comes to feeding and sleeping, he can be a really responsive toddler, seems to understand most things when we talk to him, sociable most of the time (he is entitled to his anti-social moments as well) and can be a really funny little person.

Here’s some pictures of Kyle taken this morning, showing his comic side in front of the camera…he always seem to be extremely tickled by the flash

This is probably the only ‘normal-looking’ pic that I managed to catch of Kyle with the flash

Spending some ‘Father and son bonding time’ in front of the computer

Broke into a wide grin when he saw the camera flash

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Goodbye to all work trips

Will be leaving for HK tomorrow morning and although this is my last work trip for this job, I am not feeling any form of loss or regret for not being able to travel from next week onwards.

In fact I am feeling rather glad that I need not suffer anymore from any more air sickness, exhaustion and lethargy from air travel, gross airplane food and the classic headache of ‘not knowing what to bring to wear’ syndrome. From the end of next week onwards, travel will only be for leisure :)

There is really no loss at all, especially I am not entitled to travel on business class even when I have to travel for more than 6 hours. Who wants to travel such long distances for work when you do not even get the basic comforts of a proper seat in a flight.

Anyhow, I really do not want to miss watching Kyle’s little antics and timeless moments like these…

He will only get to be a toddler once in my life, I will never want to trade these precious moments for anything else in the world.

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