Throw Back Thursday

My first ever throw back post.  Well coincidentally, it’s Thursday today that I thought of doing this post. 🙂

Liam, do you remember this?

7 months old Liam during our first Crocolandia visit
7 months old Liam during our first Crocolandia visit
Fast forward, 3yrs 5mos. old Liam with the same croc. :)
Fast forward, 3yrs 5mos. old Liam with the same croc. 🙂

Where have time gone?  You may grow up so fast, then and again, you will always be my baby. 🙂

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Conquering That Stressful Haircut

Remember my old post about Liam’s stressful haircut?  My SIL, Leah, also wrote about Liam’s stressful haircut here.  This is really one thing we dread to do every time the need arises.  Well, am happy to report that we are “slowly” conquering this fear.

Before 2013 ended, we brought a long haired Liam to the salon. As always, I talked to him beforehand that we are going to see Kuya Eduard. He agreed and I took advntage of his good mood and told him that we need to go inside the salon. (You see, past haircuts, we do it outside the salon so as not to disturb other customers…) I even ask him if we could sit down. Nakahalata ata at di na pumayag… Hehe

No more crying! :)
No more crying! 🙂

Improvements:

1. We are now inside the salon (still carrying him and standing)
2. We wore the “blanket” (tunic) this time
3. No more crying, no more struggles, no more bites on my shoulders.. Hehe

Excitedly waiting for Kuya Eduard to put gel on his hair.. ;)
Excitedly waiting for Kuya Eduard to put gel on his hair.. 😉

Last Sunday, Liam had his 2 weeks delayed haircut. Again, we talked to him. I really thought he’ll back out when he learned that his ever trustful Kuya Eduard is not available. Fortunately, the gel trick did it for us. 🙂  It was Kuya Michael who did his do.  Because he’s behaved, the haircut took us 30 minutes.  Yes, he sat still for 30 minutes, kahit kame ni Dino di makapaniwala. hehe..

Ang bait diba?
Ang bait diba?
concentrate...
concentrate…
...sa panunuod.. hehe
…sa panunuod.. hehe

Improvements:
1. He now agreed to sit on the chair (on ate Donna’s lap)
2. He now wore his own “blanket”
3. He is more relaxed now

Gel time!! :)
Gel time!!  He was the one who requested for Kuya Mike to put his hair up. 🙂

I’m so happy that we finally beat this fear.  Next stop is for him to sit on his own na. 🙂

Good job Liam!! Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you. 🙂

Tracing Fun

This is a super duper late post again. I almost forgot about this, if I didn’t check photos in my phone last night.  Anyway, last August, we received early birthday gifts from Maqui of Familia kiki.  I posted about it here.  One of the books they sent was the tracing book.  Maqui also blogged about this book here.

This book made it!  He was the one who asked his ate Donna to do the pages.  He grabbed the book, sat on his table and took a market.  I think the graphics and colors interested him.  Here are some of his in action pics.  As you will notice, he is still having a hard time how to hold his pen (marker) properly.  As Donna told me, he initially held it properly, but got tired and don’t want to listen na when asked to change how he holds his pen.

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He showed me his previous works, and I think his favorite was the crane.  he kept on going back to it and showed it to me at least 3x. 🙂

 

 

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I can say this book was so effective that it did not last a week.  Ubos na.  there were some pages left at the back, pero super complicated na for him to even try.

As of writing, we are not pushing him to practice writing anymore.  We are happy if he will initiate writing.  Pero we just let him be.  So far so good, he knows how to hold his pen properly na.  He sometimes intentionally holds his pen wrongly to tease us.  Then he will give us his sweet smile!

To Maqui, thanks again for this superb book!! 🙂

 

PS sorry about the photos posted sideways, tried to changed it, but still came out that way… hehe

Sari-saring Kwentong Liam

Yeah, I know, it’s been a long time since I really blogged and a lot have happened since.  Thus, the title..

PROUD PARENTS MOMENT

Play school have ended last April for Liam and on their last day, the teachers decided to have their own Culmination Day and we are very proud to announce that he got the Academic award.  They are only 5 in the class, but he is the only one who really learned all the alphabets, numbers, colors and shapes.  Teacher often tells me that Liam is very observant and good in listening. Even he’s running around during lessons, he sure knows how to answer when asked.   He was even exempted from Evaluation day.  Oh, did I mention that he is the youngest?  🙂

My first "medal"
My first “medal” Thank you T’ Marj

PLAYING WITH OTHER KIDS

One of the main reasons we enrolled him to play school was for him to learn how to interact with others (adults and kids his age alike). We saw a big improvement in the confidence with adults category but really failed in the playing with other kids side.  Though his teacher said that there was a big improvement since Liam agrees to hold hands and let his classmates hug him (yes, he let’s only 2 favorite classmate hug him, but he never hugs them back) during their circle time. But while all his classmates run and tag each other or throw balls at each other, he would rather play by himself or with the teachers.   We are starting to feel bad about it and check where we went wrong.

Since I don’t know any moms here in Cebu with kids at Liam’s age,  I asked Ate Lilia (our helper) to bring his grandson, Michael with us when we go to Family Park. To my delight, he started playing with him na. They ran around and kicked balls together.  Looked at animals in the Zoo and feed fishes and ducks in the pond.  I learned that I need not worry and hurry, Liam will learn all these when he’s ready.

Funny side story, Michael is well versed in Bisaya, while my son can only speak in Tagalog and English. Go figure how they were able to play… hahaha.. 🙂

taken during our day at the park with wowo and wawa.  Sorry no pic with Michael.. :( will be posting their video instead..
taken during our day at the park with wowo and wawa.
Sorry no pic with Michael.. 😦 (mental note: post video)

THE MAGIC WORDS

Please and thank you, they’re called the magic words… (from Barney)

No, Liam is not watching Barney Dino have banned Barney from our household.. hahaha.. no purple dinosaurs for Liam. hehehe

Anyway, Liam learned to say thanks already and yes at the right context of it.  No need to remind him, it comes out naturally.  He usually uses “Thanks!”  whenever we help him or when we give him something.

As for the Please word, he also uses this once in a while and needs some reminding at times. But for the basic like asking of water, milk or a little help, he will say “water, please” or “milk, please”..

Like his daddy, Liam loves his new toy car.. :)
Like his daddy, Liam loves his new toy car.. 🙂

COUNTING IS FUN

Am really thankful having a loving and good yaya (Ate Donna).  She is very patient with Liam (sometimes I think she is more patient than me). She is also very supportive of Dino and my ways of nurturing Liam.  Last, she is very dedicated in teaching Liam.  After Liam’s classes, she will be playing with Liam and review (in a fun way) all the things they learned in school.

Since it’s summer and Liam have no classes, meaning no new lessons, Donna will still play alphabets with him and best part is she is teaching Liam to count and read numbers (numerical).  As of this writing, Liam can count from 1 to 30 and can recognize them too.

Funny counting stories…

Liam counting from 1 to 30..
Liam: one, two, three, four, …….. twenty-seven, twenty-eight, twenty-nine, twenty-ten

Mommy: Liam how may stars do we have… please count…
Liam:  one, two, three, four
Mommy: very good, so how many stars do you have?
Liam: TEN!!
Mommy: ‘di kaya!! Count again
Liam: one, two (pause)  nine, ten!!!  See??
KOW!!

Liam making lambing kay Ate Donna.. :)
Liam making lambing kay Ate Donna.. 🙂

PREFERENCE  (update)

Liam is in a stage now where he shows and voices out his preferences.  Usually this happens with food. Like what flavor of juice (his favorite is Blueberry), what flavor of ice cream (usually ube), what color to use in writing, who will he sleep or sit with (always ends up with mommy) and where to sit in the car (we always end up riding at the back of Pajero).

Some funny food stories…

One night after dinner..
Liam: Mommy, am hungry, Liam want to eat brown bread
Mommy: huh!? brown bread?
Liam: Yes brown bread..
Mommy: What is brown bread..
(Thinks for a while..)
Mommy: do you mean Pan de Sal?
Liam: Yes, I want Pan de Sal

Just the other day.. while having breakfast, I gave Liam “brown bread” with butter
L: please put spinach
M: Huh? what do you like?
L: Spinach!
M: Donna! anong hinihingi ng alaga mo na Spinach?
D (puzzled): ‘Di ko po alam dyan kay Liam
Liam not knowing how to explain further did not purseu the spinach issue…
Yesterday, while having breakfast, I was eating spanish bread and gave some to Liam..
L: please put butter on spinach!
AYUN!! nadale mo!!! Spanish bread pala ang gusto ng anak ko! (and so this morning, we had spinach bread again)

Liam eating his favorite Ube ice cream.. He actually knows how to eat by himself na, basta lang gusto nya kinakain nya. :)
Liam eating his favorite Ube ice cream.. He actually knows how to eat by himself na, basta lang gusto nya kinakain nya. 🙂

ONE STEP CLOSER TO POTTY

Am also glad to announce that we are one step closer to potty training.  As I’ve said, Donna is very patient with Liam, during their nap time, she will wake Liam up to pee and then put him back to sleep.  So for the day, Liam is diaper free already.  Okey, except when he needs to poop.  We need to put him on nappies so he can poop, or else he won’t go.  (Mommies, out there, any suggestions?)

Also, as of this writing, we don’t need to stand on the bowl anymore to pee, Liam is tall enough to reach the toilet while he pees. 🙂

Kudos my son, you never fail to make Mommy and Daddy happy and proud. :)
Kudos anak, you never fail to make Mommy and Daddy happy and proud. 🙂

Shocked and Speechless

Last night, while playing with Liam, he stepped on my legs and he slipped intentionally…

Mommy (with a loud voice): OUCH!! Liam! Please stop stepping on mommies legs!

Liam (with a loud voice too): DON’T SHOUT!

WHOAH!!!! Did my son just scold me?  How do I react to that!?? I was caught off guard and didn’t know what to say. But Dino and the yaya were laughing at the incident, while Liam was hugging me..  Dino, realizing he needs to do something..

Daddy (changed to serious tone):  Liam, say sorry to mommy..

Liam: Sorry Mommy..

Mommy:  Sorry too, Mommy won’t shout anymore, but you have to stop stepping on us. ok?

Liam: OK..

Then we all laughed again..

Haaay.. tell me, how do you react to a 2 year old boy scolding his mommy?

This was taken while waiting for Luisa's party to start..
This was taken while waiting for Luisa’s party to start..

Liam’s Many Firsts – Holy Week

Our holy week vacation in Makati marked Liam’s many firsts.

First Mega block Building…

It's not his first time to play with blocks, but it is his first time to really build and stack them up.. :)
It’s not his first time to play with blocks, but it was his first time to really build and stack them up.. 🙂 Thanks Ahya Sean and Ahya Matt for the Mega Blocks!! 🙂

First Antipolo trip.  It’s a de Leon tradition to go to Antipolo every Maundy Thursday.  Before, Dino used to walk from Makati to Antipolo and meet his parents there then he will ride back with them going home.

First time to go to Antipolo which is his first long ride too since it took us 2hours to arrive.. :)
First time to go to Antipolo which is his first long ride too since it took us 2hours to arrive.. 🙂

First Laguna Trip with my side of the family.  Dino and I were really happy that Liam is not shy anymore. As soon as we reach the resort, he let my brother carry him and said hi to all his cousins, blessed his Ahma (Grandma, my mom) and played with everyone.  He even played with the other kids that night, forgetting all about me (another first – Ouch!!)

First time to swim in Laguna's hot spring, which also is his first time to sleep over night with my side of the family.
First time to swim in Laguna’s hot spring, which also is his first time to sleep over night with my side of the family. Oh how he loved those slides.. 🙂

First time to let another girl ride with him.. (another OUCH for mommy.. hehe)

This is not his first to ride this car but it's his first to let others ride with him..
This is not his first to ride this car but it’s his first to let others ride with him… Look at that naughty grin on his face.. haaay..

First time to let Ninang Jane carry him with matching photo opt, kiss, hug and gigil pa.. 🙂 Every time we go home (Makati) Ninong Rene and Ninang Jane (together with Ahya Sean and Ahya Matt) never failed to come and visit Liam, not just once but at least 3x in each visit. 🙂

First time to let Ninang Jane carry him.. hahahaha..
First time to let Ninang Jane carry him.. hahahaha..

My SIL also blogged about our vacation. First about our Antipolo trip and Liam’s 2 weeks vacation where there are more pics than my post.  (yeah, yeah, I know, am bad in documenting events.. This mommy will get there soon.. hehehe…)

All excited to eat the pastillas, Liam got comfy on the ground.. I love this shot.  (got this from my SIL's post.. thanks for the pic!)
All excited to eat the pastillas, Liam got comfy on the ground.. I love this shot. (got this from my SIL’s post.. thanks for the pic ate Pen!)

Liam Says Part 3

It’s been a while since my last Liam Says post.  It’s very hard to keep track on what he says nowadays.  Napaka daldal kasi ng anak ko. hehehe.. he repeats everything he hears na..

Anyway, below are some words that he still can’t pronounce properly..

  • dawala – dalawa
  • tagala – talaga
  • pakala – palaka
  • empapaya – empanada
  • Lion Ink – Lion King
  • bas en bol – basketball
  • buliling – Bulawin (our subd. guard)
  • dawm – down
  • bitiki – Butiki
  • kiyaw – Square
  • trangular – triangle (i love it when he says this)

He can also form sentences now.. Note on the verbs he use..

  • Liam is wearing the Green Damit
  • I am upping the ladder (going up the ladder)
  • Liam is ahmming (eating – we usually use ahm ahm to say eat, thus the verb!

and Dino’s fave…

  • put ragis – putrages (yes, you read it right!! Daddy nya may kasalanan!)

He’s also in the stage now where he likes singing and changing the lyrics..

  • Itsy Bitsy Cockroach.. he uses ladybug, mantis and grasshoppers too 
  • Twinkle Twinkle little daddy.. mommy.. wowo… wawa…

Aside from these songs, he also loves singing ABC, 12 buckle my shoe, happy birthday and Gangnam Style.  Once he was also singing a Maroon 5 song, kaso Ate Donna did not know the title and can’t sing it too. She told us that Liam heard it earlier. 🙂

Haay.. I’m a bad mom, can’t remember other words he can’t pronounce pa and other sentences he makes up. These above are the remarkable and memorable ones.  Note to self, always take note and always take pics!! KOW!

I Love you, anak.. mwah!
I Love you, anak.. mwah!

Well Spent Indeed!

Re-posting.. iWatermark for Windows is weird.. Had problems with my blog this am when I used watermarked photos from it. So much for watermarking.. It will take me a while to do that again. hehe.. Anyway…. here’s my post..

Ever since Liam learned to play, he never slept in transit (in plane, car or even in the ferry).  Last vacation was a different story.  Every time Liam’s in a car, he’s asleep.  I can still remember him fighting his sleepiness. Babagsak at babagsak pa din naman siya.

On our way home from our Family Party
On our way home from our Family Party
from NAIA T3...
from NAIA T3…
...all the way to Cebu.  Bagsak!
…all the way to Cebu. Bagsak!

Sayang lang we were not able to take other times pa na he fell asleep.   Every time we’re on our back home, for sure he’ll fell asleep within 5 minutes.

Naku! Taking photos should be one of my biggest resolution this year. 🙂

 

Conversations with Liam

So many posts hanging in my head.  But this one I need to do now while I have the “free” time, or else, makalimutan ko na lahat.

Anyway, if there is one thing am sure Liam got from me, it’s his being madaldal.  He’s now talking endlessly and sometimes he has words we can’t decipher.  But he has his way to explain them to us. Acting them out, getting the item he wants or translating them.  Pag di nya maexplain, better luck next time nalang.  Below are some dialogues we had with him

Dialogue 1: SM

After a week of sem-break, Liam saw me preparing his uniform for school:

Liam:  Nooooo… (putting back his uniform in the drawer)

Me: Liam, you have school today

Liam: No, no marj… S.. M… huuuuhuuuu (fake cry)

KOW!! lakwatsero na anak ko!!

diba ako ang kamukha? 😛

Dialogue 2: Umbrella

One rainy morning..

Daddy:  Liam, it’s raining outside

Liam: no jip?

Daddy: Yes, we can’t go out

Liam: no da? (no isda?)

Daddy:  Yes, we can’t go to fishes

Liam: Payong? (looks for the umbrella)

WAPAK!!  Talo ang tatay!

Hehehe.. ok ok.. si Dino na nga kamukha.. 🙂

Dialogue 3:  Liam loves Donna

While having snack in school

T’ Marj:  Liam, T’ Marj will eat your left over na

Liam: No eat Marj, Donna yan..

taken when Liam was only 2week old. Ang pilyo na no?

Dialogue 4: Necklace and US

Same day at school, Liam showed off necklace he is wearing

Liam:  Yam wer nekleys yaik wowo.. (Liam wears necklace like wowo)

after a while, Liam talked to T’ Raine…

Liam:  Waya Daddy

T’ Raine: Where is daddy?

Liam:  US

Actually daddy is in Indonesia this time, but he remembered that the week before his daddy is in the US)

Last Christmas at Tagaytay 🙂

Dialogue 5:  Bastos.. So far our favorite

Mommy:  Liam, brush teeth na

Liam: No na brush teeth

Mommy:  Yes brush na, masisira teeth mo

Liam: Sira titi mo..

hahahahhahahahha..

Oh well, what can I say we have our little gaya gaya now. We need to be double careful with our words na…

C O O L !

Liam’s Many Firsts – August 2012

Past 2 months have been crazy for me.  There are still few a lot of stuff from August and September I want to document. Oh well, one at a time..

Last August marks a lot of Firsts for Liam.  This makes me really proud but at the same time…  hmmm.. how to put it in words? Sad? Worried?  that he is growing up so fast. I want to cherish all these moments. sniff sniff.. Anyway, here’s a summary of what Liam learned last Augugst.

 

Liam learned to drink using his cup (on his own).  He can now control not to spill water from his cup.

Concentrating not to spill his water

 

Liam learns to sing (parang MLTR lang ang peg ng nanay).  One time, while watching American Idol, I saw Liam holding his Nasal Aspirator (unused), bulb up and pretending to sing.  Last August, while am in Dumaguete, I called them up and heard Liam shouting, Donna told me that he was singing! Ang galing! Oh well, not the singing talaga na may tono, but still he is belting it out, bobbing his head with all the facial expression of a true balladeer .  He uses everything, as in lahat na mahahawakan nya as mic.  You want proof, check out Liam’s singing video in Dino’s FB.

Using his Dad’s Tripod as mic

 

 

Liam knows how to blow his candles and bubbles too.  He can now blow out the candle.  Unlike before where he acts to blow pero puro laway lang. haha..

Liam blowing bubbles

 

Liam learned to say multiple syllable words. His first multi-syllable word is of course Mommy and Daddy! 🙂 He is already in the stage now where he imitates everything we say.  And as I’ve mentioned last post, his vocabulary is really expanding na! He’s so talkative na now. 🙂

Liam: Wow! Pey dooooh (Play Doh).. 🙂

 

Ahhh.. my son is growing up so fast. He learns new stuff  everyday, pati kalokohan! Nakowpow! Just last night, he learned to pose for the camera.  His dad took his pic while he’s riding his toy car, after seeing his image in the cam, he went back to his toy car and fake his laugh for his daddy.  Last night lang din, natuto na sya mag-yaya to go to “em-em” (SM)! Lakwatsero na anak ko! KOW!