Links lately (worship edition)

Loving this soulful 고백 song Donghae composed. Praise!

Although I’m no longer taking up the role of the worship minister offered to me, here’s still a good read about advice for first time worship leader

The story of the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Theology magazine – flipping through an online magazine

 

 

Cooking

and making the effort to do something that requires more complex work than the instant food to satisfy a hunger. There’s something so fulfilling and beautiful about complexity and working through several steps to get to your final product–in this case, a meal that we can enjoy together as a family and a taste of home away from my tropical home. It’s important to have moments like this because I fall into utilitarianism especially when sleep is scarcer than before and baby demands quite a bit of time and energy.

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Week 17 – baby diary

[17-23 Feb 2020]

IMG_4967IMG_4986IMG_4941Hudson continues to need to sleep with us constantly at night in order to be asleep. If we put him down, he would cry and be awake. Tsk tsk…this sensitive child.

IMG_4907We brought him out for the first time in 3 weeks this morning to the waterfront park (what a blessing it is to have such a big park next to our house!) but he looked bored instead of excited? lol. We try to associate sitting in the stroller with the positive experience of being outdoors so we put him in there and he did sit through the whole walk without fussing too much. I tried to walk in front of him whenever we saw unmasked people walking past to keep him from the danger of virus droplets from human beings.IMG_4934He likes to grab onto things that we bring to his attention with both hands and proceed to bring the thing closer to his face and into his mouth if he gets the chance. haha…books, wooden toy bus, picture from a magazine, my iphone (when video calling with wai po), and even my face, just to name a few. He is definitely in the stage where he explores everything with his mouth.

-typed on 18 February, Tues

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Smiley came to visit on Saturday and she observes that H likes music e.g. when we sing Chinese praise songs to him and when I play piano, he would be quiet and not fuss. We let him try sucking on a small piece of apple and he likes it. We know that because once we took away the apple, he cried so loudly. Lol

I am determined to learn how to read H’s cues better and how to take care of my baby instead of relying on our helper (had this moment of decision after failing to calm down my crying baby in the middle of the night when he refused to bf anymore (I couldn’t figure out why he’s crying/angry) so he ended up with our helper, then I felt frustrated because I wanted to be able to make him sleep nicely (partly I was tired that night and just wanted to settle him back to sleep instead of trying my best to understand what’s the matter with him). But to be honest, sometimes it’s really hard to know what he wants when he cries. Is he sleepy and overtired already? Is he still hungry and have a tummy ache or is he already full, so that’s why he refused to continue bf? Anyway, that early morning when I went out to pump, I read up on how to use an aspirator to clear mucus from baby’s nose because previously I just relied on N to know how to do it. Also, things like changing diaper, helping him change clothes, fall asleep etc.

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Links lately (Parenting resources edition)

IMG_4871This Twin Sisters Sunday School songs album that I’ve been putting on for Hudson a lot lately

GoNoodle

& this for videos to get kids dancing at home

This mama (KL based) and her hacks and tips

Hanen video about babbling and gestures before speaking words, reinforcing my decision to use baby sign language

Jolly phonics

Let’s read – how to help your baby read (4 months)

Literacy activities for children

 

 

 

Week 16 – Baby diary

[10-16 Feb 2020]

IMG_4791IMG_4788Started off this week with H not sleeping too well at night. He would keep stirring in his sleep, almost waking up even after I’ve put him down after bf so I would try to press him down and help him feel secure by letting him grab my finger too. He would keep using his hand to tug on his own hair/back of his head, or grab his other hand with his one hand. #sleepregression

IMG_4802IMG_4842We are reading to him new books that I bought from ReBooked and he does seem to like the touch and feel book, as he is exploring textures nowadays. We also started using baby sign language after Pam told me the benefits of it. It’s quite fun and we shall see how it goes. We also showed him the toy train Percy to roll it on a book and he’s also interested. Today he also practised rolling over with me on our big bed. Not quite there yet, but he seemed happy after I praised him for his effort.

-typed on 11 Feb 2020

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He can roll over now! New skill unlocked on 12th Feb 2020 even though we had been practising with him for a few days now and seeing him trying to work hard. He still couldn’t do it the night before but when I came home from work today, P says she found him kissing the floor. He proceeded to show me his rolling over and getting on his hands and knees like it’s the most natural thing. When I praised him, he let out a big smile and “I’m so proud of myself” face. Aww…it’s the cutest thing.

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I love the subtle little facial expressions he makes… #cutecuteHudson

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Week 15 – baby diary

[3-9 Feb 2020]

It’s the week that we start going to work again after the CNY holiday, and where HK continues to be in the shadow of the coronavirus. Another stay-home week for Hudson but I was reminded by a conversation with Mic that babies are resilient and adaptable to limitations of their parents and circumstances, so I shouldn’t feel too bad for my baby (although I still do, since H was starting to enjoy seeing things outside and socialising).

This week, he still has trouble bf sometimes, because he would get angry and arch away, twisting his neck backwards and his body so strongly that it’s hard to help him back into nursing position. He also continues to like grabbing different objects and looking at things. We read books to him and I ordered some new books for him because we realise we have gone through most of the books at home.

IMG_4766IMG_4771IMG_4772IMG_4779H’s real hair is starting to grow out (front) and his baby hair in the back are starting to fall off more. He continues to have saliva dripping and steals to eat his fist when he’s bored, hungry or tired. He also wakes up a couple of times per night and sometimes it’s tiring for me to handle because his long legs will get stuck in the blanket when I try to adjust his position. Oh ya, we have moved our mattresses down to the floor so we are all sleeping on floor level now.

IMG_4739Today, I googled activities to do with four-month olds:

http://www.candokiddo.com/news/baby-play-activities-3-4-month-old

https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/10-best-developmental-activities-for-4-months-old-baby/

Hudson’s current favourite

book: Goodnight, Gorilla

sound to make: grrrhh…ah guuu…

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Links lately

IMG_0425Final words of wisdom by Dr. John Lennox

-seeking fellowship with God through His Word so that you will have something to SAY to the world/make an impact to the world. Do you really love God?

-“To pour over the Word of God and wait on God until His face appears. And then, they will have something to say.”

Alixe Lay’s “A trip of a lifetime: Eastern & Oriental Express” journey through the heartlands of West Malaysia

Another UK blog by a Bornean/NZ

Rebooked HK so excited to have bought some books for baby through this start up that my colleague’s daughter created

 

Week 14 – baby diary

[27 Jan-2 Feb 2020]

Hudson week 14-25Trying to recall what happened during this week. H has been having some trouble with drinking milk from me and bottle. Sometimes he would get angry and arch his neck and body back so strongly that we cannot help him to move back into feeding position. It’s not like he has gas or something (although sometimes he does), and it usually happens at the beginning of trying to feed him, unlike previously it was halfway through drinking and maybe the milk was spraying/flowing too fast. Not sure why. There was a few days that he only wanted bottle milk, then after I stay home for several days, he did not want bottle milk and P was getting worried because I have to go back to work on Monday (in the end he adjusted to drinking milk bottle again). Another thing that he’s changed is when he’s sleepy after milk, he would keep turning his head left to right back and forth so many times, rubbing his face into my shirt that I’m worried the friction would hurt his delicate face. He doesn’t do the fist shaking much anymore but changed to this head turning motion.

Hudson week 14-20Hudson week 14-40H started leap 4–the world of events. This leap begin between 14 to 17 weeks after due date and start the second phase of this leap 19 weeks after their due date.

1) After this leap, he will be able to perceive a short, familiar series of smooth transitions with all of his sense, including seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, and tasting, when it comes to interacting with those around him.

e.g. the perception of a bouncing ball or grasping something with a hand.

*nursery rhymes with gestures e.g. “Itsy Bitsy Spider”

2) Able to grab something without missing. For your baby, grabbing while continuously adjusting his hand is something completely new. Your baby is now able to adjust his hand movement from one smooth transition to another, resulting in him being able to grab something.

*I have noticed that he likes to grab things more lately. He grabs my hair, his own clothing, things around him e.g. cloth, packaging/toy elephant’s ears, etc. He also has successfully taken down my glasses while he’s resisting latching on to me.

not quite here yet this week->3) Your baby explores objects. Your baby will now shake a toy up and down and turn it around to explore it, as well as all the objects that interest him.

Your baby also likes to explore your mouth bc numerous events are going on in there.

4) Seeing events. e.g. Waving your hand. He now understands that making a hand gesture that goes from L to R to L to R can be seen as one movement.

5) Hearing events e.g. a musical scale (Do, Re, Mi) is an easy-to-understand, audible event.

*I played piano for him and he did pay more attention to it for longer and seem to listen/watch more than before.

6) Facial events. When you talk, there are lots of ‘events’ in your face.

*N plays with him more on this aspect so I guess I’ll leave the practice of this activity this to daddy-son bonding time.

Spontaneous events/live events are fun for your baby to see e.g. someone scratch themselves or brush their hair.

*I let him watch aunty do chores and N lets him watch me blow dry my hair, aunty lets him watch N & I eat dinner. Sadly due to the coronavirus threat, H wasn’t able to go outside since the 28th so he can’t go see the birds or flowers or other kids.


Activities to help baby master the skills associated with this leap:

-stimulate baby to roll over by making it a game *we did notice that he tried to roll over a few occasions when he was on the mat but he was grunting and struggling a lot even though he kept trying. We praised him for his good effort. His butt might be too heavy?

-Let your baby play naked occasionally

-Activity centre

-Let him observe sth as long as he wants

-play with the things that attract his attention the most. Music? Talking? *H likes to see things the most

-begin to teach your baby that one has to touch gently in order to not hurt something *yes, I need to teach him not to scratch himself so much or me.

-play games e.g. “where’s your nose?” or “peek-a-boo”, sing songs or make funny faces in the mirror. Aunty does these with him quite often

-happy talk: talk as often as you can to your baby about the things they see, hear, taste, and feel. Talk about the things they do. Keep your sentences short and simple. Emphasize the important words. e.g. “Feel this–grass,” “Daddy’s coming,” “Listen, the doorbell,” or “Open your mouth.”

-bath toys e.g. measuring cups, plastic colanders, plant spray bottles, watering cans, soap boxes

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