Recently we went back to KKH for Xi En’s corrected 12th month follow up check ups. Ever since he was born, he had been heading back for follow ups as KKH’s policy for very-low-birth-weight babies are as such.
The dietician found him to be eating just nice for his age group. Though his veracious appetite had gone down, he is still eating sufficient according to his weight gain. I have been suspecting that he didn’t want to finish as much as before due to a bout of stomach flu few weeks back. Dietician suggested to put him on slightly higher energy level milk powder such as Pediasure and surprising Wyeth – S26 Step 3! I never knew that S26 is a higher energy level milk powder! We put Xi En on that anyway as it is a lot cheaper! haa…
At the paediatrician, we almost took the MMR and chicken pox vaccination. But upon feedback from our friends, we decided to hold it till he is 18 months. Doc is fine with that as long as he is not mixing around too much with other kids.
He had a round at the rehabilitation as well. The physiotherapist tested his motor skills and concluded that he is on track. Nothing major to be worried about (yeah!). She gave us a set of notes to work on the skills that he haven’t quite mastered which I found to be quite useful. Though the notes are meant for child with traumatic brain injury or cerebral palsy, I found them to be rather useful materials for a regular growing boy.
Here are some of them:
Xi En is doing well in most of the activities; especially the tearing of paper (much to the frustration of his grandmother who picks after him!) and turning pages of a book.
We are happy with his progress thus far! On track to catch up with his peers by 24 months!
Xi En reading his favourite library book – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
It might be a seemingly small achievement – but Xi En had just learnt to drink from a straw! This is after we used Mum’s tried & tested training method.
It is actually simple – we kept letting Xi En practice drinking from the other end of the straw. I.e. We will hold up some liquid from the other end of the straw and slowly release the pressure and let him suck/drink from that end. Gradually, he discovered that he had to suck in order for the liquid to flow through.
And then, we switch him to the correct end of the straw and one fine day, he just started sucking the liquid up!
His first sip from a straw …… is from a packet of Milo! Maybe the straw is small; just nice for his mouth. It is my favourite snack drink too!
Small little milestones of Xi En’s life but all so BIG in his mummy’s eyes!
Ok – I know this is really a late post. F1 race is so long ago!!! But I was too busy to upload these. Here they are:
Thanks to our good friend – Siangling, we had FREE tickets to the Sat Qualifying Race – Grand Prix Singapore 2010! It’s our first time heading down to the races though it had been in Singapore for 3 years. And it was still an experience being there in person!
We heard that though there are many F1 races around the world within the year, Singapore always ace with its elaborate “carnival-style” of entertaining the guests beside the race itself. It is really true to that point when we reached there on Sat. It was down right Singapore style of excellent road control marshals, smiling ushers, top entertainers (like Mariah Carey) and of course food galore! The whole atmosphere was just so festive!
Kim and I were very thrilled to be part of the whole event. Though it wasn’t even the finals, it was good enough for us to experience this!
My canon camera wasn’t fast enough to catch the vroommmmmming fast cars – the best it could do are below:
Conclusion: Best to leave the fast action photos to the pros! haaa….
As part of the tickets’ deal, we had a free ride up the Singapore Flyer as well. We had rode on it once in the daylight and the night scene was so differently enchanting too….
Overall it was a really enjoyable night taking in the scenes of F1 and marvelling at how fast Singapore skyline had changed. Till next year!