yellow belt yellow snake

Hi peeps!

December will be here tomorrow and soon if Allah permits we will be able to enter the year of 2013. Alhamdulilah 2012 has been filled with so much blessings. A few decisions made early of the year has certainly improved our life, can’t thank Allah enough for the guidances.

December has always been a busy month socially to us. Besides attending weddings, planning for holidays, it is also AE’s birthday yeay! Now that he is almost 4yr old, he understands more what it means to grow from one age to another, how people become taller and smarter (supposedly). His common idea is “nak besar nanti nak pergi diving”.

Moreover, now as a ‘big’ boy, he wants to be more involve in decision-making. Like what he wants to wear or what kind of birthday cake he wants:). lately semua baju yang takde gambar totally no-no. Siap sound “mummy, baju mummy tak cantik takde gambar”.

AE is now on school holiday (his pre-school don’t have holiday program), so we have been sending him to the daycare full day. On the first week, he cried insisted to go to school. *sigh*. Bila time sekolah, ko nak pergi daycare. Bila time cuti, ko nak pergi sekolah. Whatever btollah.

Don’t want him to loose the ‘learning’ mode, I tried my best to go through with him some writings and reading of sight words. Alhamdulilah AE is a good boy, he never say no whenever I asked him to do his ABC book or coloring. It’s just all up to me. I should be doing it every night, but sometimes time passes by so fast at night and suddenly it’s already 11pm? Kalau parents mood malas, anak pun apa lagi tgk movie Lorax and Ice Age 4 sepanjang malam huhu…Sometimes this situation makes me feel our child is at a disadvantage in comparison to the kids with stay-at-home moms😦. Hmm..dilemma of a working mother, it never end.

AE will enter the school next year with his new taekwondo belt yeay! He passed his first examination and has received the new Yellow Belt from the master. Yeay mummy tak payah basuh dah the white belt haha..

We are very proud of you son. Mummy & daddy confirm kalah, tak pernah amik taekwondo:). But the day the master gave the belt to him, he told us “Master David kasik new yellow snake”. Haha he’s still obsessed with his ‘snakes’ and other kind of reptiles. All our belts are now his ‘snakes’ and youtube selections revolve around similar reptiles. No more kracie hamburger video.

At almost 4yrs old, he can also fully recite al-fatihah, alhamdulilah. Favorite activity still revolve outdoor such as running, football & sand play. Sometimes he is still clingy, but I think he has improved tremendously over the year. Still need to improve his confidence level, at least to tell the teacher that he needs to go to the toilet. Any tips?

By the way last night we asked him whether he wants younger sibbling. We have been asking him for few times already and his answer is always no. But this time he answered “TAKNAK. Sebab adik pendek and muntah buweeekk”.
OMG siap dgn bunyi muntah lagi kali nie haha…We love you Ashman Ehsan.

receiving his new yellow belt!

receiving his new yellow belt!

playing with his crocodiles:)

playing with his crocodiles:)

dkt mall pandai plak tak clingy, tetiba pergi baring atas kerusi?

not that clingy at the mall:)

sand play @ Penang recently

sand play @ Penang recently

our honey bunch:)

our honey bunch:)

See ya later alligator. Hope you have a wonderful December!!!!

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sleeping beauty no more

Once you become older (leaving the teenage life and entering adulthood), you realised it’s not easy to get a good sleep. Remember the good old times in high school & uni when you can stay up until subuh and sleep until noon. Waking up only to the smell of my mom’s homemade lunch. *good old days*.

Once you become a mother, it is twice harder. It begins when you preggy, you will have a hard time finding comfortable position. Then when LO is a baby, sleep is again interrupted with night breastfeeding. The first three months you will be like a zombie. The best tip I got (actually from the series FRIENDS) is to go to sleep whenever LO does. It works, but not all the time. For example, unlike LO, I can’t sleep after Asar prayer as it makes me drowsier when I wake up.

Then after 1-yr and LO has stop bf, you thought you can sleep like normal again. SUPPOSEDLY. But somehow the ‘gift’ was taken away from you. You can try, but it just won’t be the same anymore and I don’t know exactly why. When I was given time off by hubby (away from LO), I still can’t sleep. On the other hand, when I’m very sleepy, my 4-yo won’t let me nap. (not sure whether this apply to fathers though as they usually dozed off quiet easily?).

Anyway, in related to my babbling about sleep…something funny happened last night.

Usually we all go to bed around 1030-11pm. It’s a routine we have to stick to since AE enrolled to formal preschool – so that he won’t be all tired the next morning and can wake up at 730am the latest. Btw, I still think it’s partly psychological coz he can wake up so easily on weekends (without me waking him up!).

Last night I felt slightly tired than usual so I just casually said I want to go to sleep (at 10pm – earlier than scheduled). Surprisingly, AE said “okay, tapi kita nak main dulu kat luar”.

Happily I said okay go ahead, coz it’s not easy that he will let me sleep before him.

Then he said, “mummy sleep kat luar lah. kita nak tengok mummy”.

Trying my luck, I said “Ashman main kat dalam lah. Pergi amik toy.”

Surprisingly he said okay!

Wah best, quickly I climbed on the bed and get into the blanket.

20 seconds later…

DUM!!! DUMMMM!!!! DUM!! DUUUMMMM!!!!

OMG….! There were so many toys outside and he chose to bring in his DRUM!!! Which he rarely played all this while!

and 20 seconds later his dad joined in with the banging. Together with the Perak soccer song. Hmm…memanglah tak dapat tidur. Terima sajalah hakikat…:)

fantastic baby!

We attended AE’s school concert last saturday. It was super-fun, with AE dancing to the rhythm of the Fantastic Baby by Big Bang. Well, not being a k-pop fan, I have never heard that song in my whole life before but I’m still very entertained with the show! So proud to see how he has grown up. It feels just like yesterday we attended his first concert. At that time he was filled with tears when I send him backstage (actually more like high-pitched crying nak mommy nak mommy), and during the show he basically just sat at the bench (trying to control his emotion) with some hand clapping during the “lion sleeps tonight” show. Suddenly this year? sudah jadi k-pop. haha…

AE is a shy kid at school (NOT at home). We try our best to motivate him to be more confidence and speak more, but currently he is still shy (although the teacher said he has improved). So for him to dance in front of a crowd – it’s an achievement indeed and hopefully it can brush up his confidence further.

He is fully diaper-free since after raya (not at night), but still sometimes encounter accident at school – again because being reluctant to speak to the teachers. I’m not sure how to tackle this issue, but hopefully it will improve since he is a year-end baby and will only turn four years old this coming December.

I sometimes miscalculate certain things. For example last May when I visited his school I realised some kids can already write their own name, but not AE. (I never try to teach him though). Plus he hates coloring and can’t color in lines like most kids. I even googled about this to get some guide. Of course opinions on the internet differs as every kid is different. But the main thing I got is kid should be able to write their name when they are six.

Anyway, around raya time – suddenly AE loves coloring so much and can write his name! (without me teaching – must be from school). Looks like he’s about 4 months behind his peers in certain areas, which I think make sense being a December baby? Now we have a whole stack of A4 papers full with his artwork with his name written by himself:).

Other than that, he is growing healthily and is a very active toddler alhamdulilah. He has also been taking taekwondo for the last 6 months (part of the school’s curriculum) and he began to like it more and more. Talking non-stop at home (sometimes even in his sleep!), being witty at times. Some of the things he said:

[while reading very hungry caterpillar book]
AE: On Monday he eats one apple. On Tuesday, taekwondo. (hahaha he’s referring to his school schedule instead).

[when he sense I’m going to scold him]
AE: kita nak kiss mommy sebab mommy cantik.

[at the mosque]
me: Ashman jangan bising okay.
[but during the prayer saw him running around]
me: Ashman kenapa lari2?
AE: mummy kata jangan bising, kita tak bising. !!!

[another one at mosque]
hubby: nie tempat belajar jugak (pointing at the mengaji place outside the praying area)
AE: Kidz Cabin lagi cantik (referring to his school) *pengsan*

[after art work]
me: Ashman, kemas meja
AE: yerlah, aku jugak (this he picked-up from Upin & Ipin)

[another one from Upin Ipin]
AE: tadi kite dah mengaji jadi takde hantu lah kan.

me: ashman main football ngan sape at school?
AE: ngan friend la
me: teacher tak main?
AE: teacher amik gambar lah mummy. kite je main, teacher amik gambar kite. (haha perasan!)

[while watching HP]
AE: mummy kenapa voldermort nak bunuh Harry?
and zillion other questions that I try my best to answer…

May you continue to grow up healthily, both physically and emotionally and are under Allah’s blessing. InsyaAllah.

big bang kidz cabin style!