My Talking Child

My son is a late talker although he already said some words when he was one-year old but then he stop imitating them.  He knows every animal or things we showed him in books and can point to every animal we asked but unfortunately doesn't really immitate words. He said  only words like Mama, Papa and other three to four words but not more .

Many people with late-talker children we spoke to, told us to just wait because he will eventually talk. Not until this week, to my surprise, he started to imitate many words! It was a big relief on our part as parents because of the pressure our society in every aspect which actually burdened us has lessened and I know that my child can talk!

For those mommies and papies who despairingly wants to hear their child talks, day one will come no doubt about it! 

What we actually did was, aside from reading books during sleeping time (my son still make day naps) one month ago we bought some audio books and we turned it on everytime leave the roomenlightened. This is eventually the reason why he started to talk but I am not sure about it though I am very positive that it had helped him. My husband said to me, why we didn't think about it earlier.

Well, sometimes the simplest solution are in your hands and you can't think about it. wink

Milestones: 36 months old preschool

My son has just celebrated his birthday. He grows very fast and I mean really fast. He is 104 cm tall and weighs 17 kilos just like a five year old kid. He is the tallest in the Kindergarten and all of his playmates thinks he is older than they are.

As he turns 2 and then two and half years, some people are questioning us why he still doesn't speak. We are not worried but others are! We should see a doctor and perhaps he is a slow learner and so on. By the way, there are also kids who speaks late and are very normal. Some were even diagnosed by doctors as late learners and still have studied in Universities and are successful than those who were "normal" as a kid.

He did not start to talk until three weeks before his birthday. He started to said Mama, Papa and Baby.  It was an amazing experience. Now words come one after the other, like awa (and show us where's the pain), pipi, eis, heiss, tschüss and wave his hand, (german words) and one Bisaya word - "baba" meaning mouth. He still got a special course in the Kindergarten since he talked late so he will be trained to develop his langauge skills. Since he hears more german words, I think he will be talking german than Bisaya. I talk to him in my own dialect since I want him to understand me, especially when we go to the Philippines.  

His sleeping habits is normal, that means sleeping through the night and also he still takes an afternoon nap and I wished he did this, sleeping through the night when he was still a babycheeky.

Some things we just let it happen, I don't want to pursue things like he must sleep in his own room from the time he was born.  I remember my mom told me that she carry and let me sleep with them as I was a baby and my mom said I should do that also to my child. She is not very happy with the idea here in Europe and in other countries to let babies sleep in other room. My husband and I agreed with her. 

Not until he was 2 years old, we tried to let him sleep in his own room and he wokes up every 2 am in the morning and came to our bed and sleep with us. Six months later, as he started to go to the Kindergarten, while we were playing in his room, I spoke to him and said, "Louis, I will make new bedsheets in your bed and tonight, you will sleep in your bed, is that okay?" I was showing him that I am changing his bed with the new bedsheets and that night, he sleep there until in the morning! We were very surprise and from then on, he sleep on his bed and sleep through the night! Of course, when he was sick, we let him sleep in our bed, so we can really monitor and take care of him. We actually don't have any problem when he wants to come to our bed and showed him that he is always welcome and cuddle him.heart Going to be is not a problem him. He understand that and go to sleep after we tell him a story or two. Of course, he is sometimes awake, perhaps he was dreaming but when I or my husband come to him and sooth him, all things go well and he sleeps again.

He also still drinks water from his bottle.  My husband said, we shouldn't allow him anymore only when he go to sleep. I said, just let him practise drinking from a glass and also do not get rid of the water in a bottle right away. Now, he drinks only in bed and very rare during the day.  

It seems that some things will just come and go with the time without any force that your child should do this or that.  I think that's the best practise, your child will not always be forced to do something he doesn't want, he is is happy and that is the most important thing!

What to do when your child has cough?

Do you have the same dilemma, especially when your child is coughing through the night and you also cannot sleep?

I read that Chamomile flowers soothes the bronchial tubes and relieves coughing especially during the night.

Chamomile is available in every drugstore. Just put some chamomile flowers in a small bowl and add boiling water into it.  Put it in your child's room It is very important to put it where your child cannot reach it out to prevent burns.

It is advisable not only for your kids but also for us grown-ups. A goodnight sleep guarantee!

What a relief!winkyes

Milestones: 24 months old Toddler

The days passed quickly and my son is now 2 years old, 97cm tall and weighs 15,3 kg.  When I looked at the pictures where he was still days old, I can't imagine how he grows so fast. Walking, climbing the stairs, teasing me to catch him while laughing and running around.  It delights me to see how he develops into a young toddler. While other kids already talk some words and broken sentences, he is still away from it.  Maybe because we teached him two languages.  At one year old he already said 2-3 words but after I spoke to him in my own language, it was gone.  Some said maybe because he is a boy. Girls talks definitely earlier than boys.

Sleeping has also some drawbacks, especially now that his teeth are coming out one by one. Normally he sleeps about 9 hours during the night and 2-3 hours nap time. That is his schedule, so if I put him very early to bed, he would also wake up very early which is not so good for me.  So I put him around 8:30pm to bed, drinks his milk and he will sleep at 9:00pm and wakes up from 6-6:30 a.m.  Sometimes he wakes up around 2-4 a.m. and that would mean a disaster for me.  

We started to visit the "Krabbelgruppe" a Toddler group when he was 20 months old.  He glowed to see many toys, especially the cars and some lego sets like what we have at home.  The ball pool was his favorite and the slides.  In my opinion, it is the right age to visit a toodler group because he was already confident with walking and running around the indoor playground.  And I was happy to see that he was happy too.  He is still not so interested in other kids but at least he saw other kids playing.

During this winter season our favorite hangout are going to malls and swimming, aside from visiting the toddler group which is only once a week.  When were at home we play hide and seek, I tickle him and he can't stop to laugh! Books are sometimes interesting but mostly he only scan the pages. I must say at his age he already watches children shows and videos. I know watching TV it is not good for him but it is definitely a good baby sitter especially when I have to do something importantfrown

I tried to show him how I put our clothes in the washing machine and he helped me put them in too.  Every morning when he go to our living room he turns the lights on, when I told him to do so. When I said we will go out, most of the time he sits on the bench so I can put on his shoes. When he wakes up after napping, he simply get out of our bed without falling and that is already a big milestone.  Before I forget, I get a kiss especially when he is naughty and he knows that mama is not amusedlaugh.  

So, these are some highlights I experienced with my 24 months old toddler.  Though he doesn't talk yet, I know he understands me and that is very important.  wink

Milestones: 18 months old baby

Louis is now one and half year old, he is 88 cm tall (it's amazing that he is taller than other children at his age) and weigh around 13 kg.
He already eat different kinds of foods - Filipino dishes like adobong manok (chicken), soups and to my surprise - Indian dish like beef curry, lamb palak or butter chicken! Sometimes he eat cheese and beef sausages. Recently he tried brawn (presskopf) and ate all what I gave him!
His favorite fruit is strawberry. We planted four strawberry plants in our garden and every morning he check if there are ripe fruits and sometimes he just picked up the green ones and eat them.  Of course there is a saying here in Germany that eating green fruits causes stomachache but that is not true! In the Philippines we ate green mangoes and they are absolutely sour but nothing happens. Louis did not have any stomachache from eating unripe strawberries. 
Louis is very eager to go outside, every morning I see to it that he plays in our backyard and in the afternoon we often go to childrens playground, sometimes his father take him out alone and I have my free time. 
I tried to teach Louis my own language (Cebuano), his papa spreaks to him German and it seems a little bit hard for him to speak because he speaks only two or three words. Although I know he understands what I mean when I asked him where are his shoes or his bottle of water. At 1 1/2 year old he starts to say mama and papa but not really specifically directing or looking at us. Now he starts to say "das!" or "that"and pointing on something like pictures on books, at our cats or anything interesting and new. 
At 19 months he started to sleep through the night, varying from 9 to 10 hours and takes his naps between 2 to 2 1/2 hours late in the morning. What a relief! 
So, to all mothers out there who are dreaming of a tight sleep through the night, just wait, the time will come that your child will sleep through the night, just hang in there and have patience. wink
This cute little man stole our heart. We are so grateful to see him grow healthy, his smiles and laughter are our joys.
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