And he walk and he walk and he walk!

Xi En finally started walking independently! Although he is still a little wobbly, he is doing very well! 🙂

He kind of just gained enough confidence and balance and started pacing around the house a few days back!

 

He is very happy with his new-found freedom too! 🙂 🙂

 

 

At the beach

 

Few weeks back, we brought Xi En to the beach to experience the sun, sea and sand. I had this fun picture in my mind – he will be chasing the waves and making sand castles. Errmm… but that is quite far from the truth! Xi En was actually quite scared of the waves and needed some coaxing to put his feet onto the sand/sea water. And he didn’t like the sand either!

 

Photos below to tell the story:

 

 

His breakfast: First foray into the “sinful” fast food – Macdonald’s!

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  Playing with his food seemed more fun than eating them.

 

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Yummy!

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 Beautiful weather. But Xi En was very wary of the oncoming waves and the feel of sand around his toes. Ah ma tried edging him forward to the waves.

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Mummy tried as well….

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Daddy too:

 

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But Xi En kept running away from the waves!

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Ok.. never mind.. Ah ma to the rescue:

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 Let’s try making some sandcastles instead. Yet to buy any proper beach tools – so Ah ma brought along some disposables. 😛

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Not too keen to play with the sand either … with the waves too near for comfort! haaa….

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 In less than 20 mins, we ended the sun, sea, sand expedition when Xi En started attempting to taste the sand on his hands!

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 Ending with some family shots instead:

 

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Till Xi En grows older, we will try the sun, sea, sand again! 🙂

Follow ups and more

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:

 

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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! 🙂

 

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Xi En reading his favourite library book – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 🙂