Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Zara's Progress Report - 10 Months

Hello World!
It may be a cliche, but never so true as when I realise how quickly time does fly by when you have a baby.

Just like that, 10 months have crept up on us and in 2 days, my Zara will be officially 2 months away from her FIRST birthday! Wow!

Since my last progress report, Zara's skillset has grown by leaps and bounds. I'd like to say her weight has too, but unfortunately - according to Dr Adrian - at just 7.8kg, she is technically underweight for an infant her age *sniff*. This worried me terribly during our last check up, because I was so sure she had at least surpassed the 8kg mark, thanks to her voracious appetite and the fact that she seems pretty happy in general.

Much to our relief, after checking on her motor skills and other milestones, he concluded that though she is underweight, she isn't under-nourished, otherwise her progress would have faltered considerably. Instead, her low weight is most likely due to a high metabolism and lots of activity!

It's true that Zara is a very active and expressive baby. From what we're starting to learn about her, she's:

1) Stubborn, cheeky and a go-getter like Abah
2) Bad tempered, silly and enjoys testing people's limits like Mummy
3) Quite the adventurer, loving her brief 'fact-finding' missions outside the playpen
4) Patient, when she's learning a new skill, like putting a cube in a cup...
5) But Extremely Impatient, when Mummy's not feeding her fast enough
6) A bit of a drama queen, now that she knows that a convincing cry and a few tears will get her attention...
7) Yet, matter-of-fact when it comes to falling over and getting a mouthful of playmat!

Generally speaking, she can also be both a very happy baby and a very grumpy baby - depending on how much sleep she's had! It's not uncommon for us to hear phrases like "I've never seen such a joyful little creature!" and "Oh my, what a little monster you have there!" within a space of just two hours. Thankfully, I've learnt to deal with these moodswings quite well in public, options being:

a) a biscuit
b) a rattle, and if all else fails,
c) The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse "Hot Dog" theme song playing on my mobile phone. 

What on earth did mothers do before technology?! 

Mummy's secret weapon!
Anyway, I've gotten carried away as usual, so...
To cut a long story short,
Here's Zara's progress report!

Gross Motor Skills
Able to crawl well
Can stand on her own without support
Can walk comfortably and for long distances without support
Can squat to pick up things and stand back up
Can hold her own bottle and sippy cup while drinking
Can clap and dance to music
Can wave 'bye bye'
Can make music by banging tins and buckets with a spoon
Can hold up objects (like Elmo) to Mummy to 'sayang' i.e. kiss
Can give objects and take them back
Can climb stairs but still refuses to follow Mummy's lessons on how to get back down 'legs first'
Play Peekaboo

Fine Motor Skills
Can insert objects into cups

Note: Kindly ignore Mummy's overexcited jubilation at the end!

Can pick up tiny objects
Can press buttons that emit noises or lights
Can pick up moving/spinning objects 

Communication Skills
Jargoning - Can verbalise Gaga, Dada, Kaka, Bwah-bwah, Bah-boo, Gah-goo
Can understand 'No' but occasionally ignores it anyway... she sometimes even laughs at me when I say No with my fierce face.

Besides Sesame Beginnings, she now also enjoys Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - will 'talk' and react to the TV, even laugh when she sees something she thinks is funny. 
Loves ntv7 promos - will stop whatever she's doing and walk over to watch.
Will stare at books but shows little reaction
 Loves wheels - she will turn over toycars, toy planes, Mummy's shopping trolley, just to inspect and play with the wheels 
Enjoys car-watching with Ah Kong
Enjoys Malay nursery rhymes with Nanie

Solids - 8 teaspoons cereal + 3 teaspoons bottled food twice a day
Milk: Breastmilk every 3-4hrs + one 8oz bottle of formula as part of her bedtime routine 
Loves food of all textures and flavours - she has yet to reject anything I've fed her.

She especially likes Japanese tofu!
Naps less during the day now as we've been on the go a lot lately, at most she gets 2 hours.
Sleeps from 10pm to 6-7am, and after a feed will sleep on til 9-10am.

Loves blowing bubbles with her saliva
Razzes more than the average baby... and the spit goes quite far too!
Always sneezes exactly three times
Her favourite and silliest expression is what Uncle Farez calls "The Trout", when she purses her bottom lip over her top lip, usually while concentrating
Loves having her nails trimmed and ears cleaned - she will stop whatever she's doing and go a little cross-eyed

None!!! Not ONE!

As any Mummy would be regardless of her child's progress, I'm very proud of Zara and absolutely adore watching her when she's engrossed in something and doesnt realise I'm around. These days though, there's another feeling that comes with peeking at my little girl... and it's fear.

Fear that she will grow up too fast and not want to cuddle Mummy anymore, fear that she will someday realise that Mummy isnt actually very funny at all - just silly - when I'm singing and prancing around, trying to entertain her. 

I recall Zara being 2 months old and how impatient I was about teaching her things. Now I just want to sit back and hope she'll slow down a little and keep wanting Mummy the way she does.

Arent parents the strangest fickle creatures?   

Mummy loves you Zara!


  1. Arent parents the strangest fickle creatures? <- YES YES YES YES YESSSS!!!!!!!!

    pst pst, post up a pic of the trout!! :D

  2. Ive tried SO hard to catch a picture of her doing it but always out of focus!!! Will try again :-) Unfortunately my camera skills not as canggih as yours lah Shannon!