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T’s 1st Birthday

T has just turned 1 year old! So happy but sad at the same time. My baby is all grown up 😢 She is now a toddler!

Hello kitty cake for my little darling

At 1 year old, T is able to:

  1. Take a few steps on her own
  2. Stand up by herself
  3. Say a few words, mainly: mama, papa, dog, no no, no more, ya ya, kakak (sister), baby
  4. Hand gestures like wagging her finger (while saying “no no”), waving goodbye, showing her empty palms while saying “no more”, pointing at something or someone.
  5. She takes 1 long nap each day instead of multiple short naps
  6. Started taking 1 bottle of milk powder a day (rice milk, because she is sensitive to cow’s milk)
  7. Has a better appetite and eats more solids now, at least she finishes all her porridge and main meals.

We had an early birthday celebration for her in Kuching a week earlier as I was back in Kuching for the long weekend to visit my parents. It was just a simple Western dinner (steak and lamb chops)… of course T only had bread and baby biscuits 😂 Then we had a Hello Kitty cake to cut at home.

Her birthday itself was just spent at home, I took a day off work to spend time with her.

She was up early in the morning!

Zipped around in her lion walker car

Watched some Sesame Street

We celebrated the next day with just a simple party at her paternal grandparents’ place with traditional Chinese birthday party dishes: fried bee hoon, fried chicken, curry chicken, curry puffs and of course the mandatory red eggs! T only had the red eggs 😂

We also had a black forest cake to cut…. my favourite! 😂😂😂 naughty mommy… well, she can’t eat cake yet anyway. Too sweet for her!

Next year I will need to think of throwing a birthday party at the child care center (as it seems that all the kids there do that, and I don’t want her to be left out). Although I’m not really a fan of throwing birthday parties every year. Maybe we will just have a simple one.

T has also become interested in our 2 dogs and wants to pet them. But I don’t allow her to do it too often as she is quite rough with them and needs more time to learn. She loves to pinch and grab Cookie’s fur and poke her nose.

Cookie, our star! ⭐️

I hope T learns to be more gentle. She is also rough with other kids at the child care center. But she knows how to manipulate the nurses and get her way around without getting scolded, because every time she is about to get a scolding for doing something bad, she will throw a flying kiss or flash her sweetest smile at the person 😒

I have also started supplementing her with milk powder since she turned 1, as my supply has dropped and I’m finding it hard to supply 3 bottles of breastmilk to the child care center lately (also, I have been lazy to pump extra and home!). I have reduced pumping sessions to 1-2 times daily too. So now she gets 2 bottles of breastmilk and 1 bottle of milk powder during the day, and latches whenever she wants at home.

It’s not easy to introduce milk powder to a breastfed baby! She took a few sips at first, then threw the bottle away and went “no no no no!!”

She was fine with it after many bottles.

I’m giving her rice milk powder for babies due to her bad eczema and sensitivity to cow’s milk. Yet to try goat milk. The bad thing about the rice milk powder is that it tends to have a lot of sediments that clogs the bottle teat sometimes.

Feel sad that T has grown up so fast, it seems like just yesterday she was born a small tiny baby! But at the same time, wish she grows up healthy and happy always. I may not be a good parent, I have made many mistakes and will continue to make mistakes along the way. But I hope I have learned from my mistakes and am able to care for T the best way possible, and make her feel happy and loved always.

Mommy will always love you, my little baby darling. Forever mommy’s little baby ❤️