Category: Just Eva
|July 29, 2012||Posted by Mabel under General, Just Eva|
Guess who turned 3 years old just a few days ago?
We celebrated her birthday with my mother-in-law and my parents – very low-key and nothing fancy. Even her birthday “cake” wasn’t quite really a cake but a tart from the local patisserie since my plans to make a nice cake went awry thanks to the pounding headache and fever I had two days earlier (and was still having until a few days after her birthday).
Still, no complaints from the birthday gal as she blew out three candles and wondered if the Cars figurines were edible (they aren’t!).
At three, she’s fast becoming a little adult with her own quirky sense of self and way of doing things. If she wants it one way, it has to be that way…unless you can manage to find a compromise or weasel your way out of doing it how she wants it done. One example is getting her dressed. If she wants a dress, it’s a dress. She will do anything to get a dress on her – if it’s pink, it’s better but if it ain’t a dress, she won’t wear it. Sometimes her stubborn-ness is just awful, especially when we’re in public. Thankfully, she doesn’t dare cross me often and will give in whenever I lay down the law. Other than that, she is helpful around the house – keeps her things tidy and in its proper place when asked, helps out with the house chores and so forth.
Food-wise, she still enjoys a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. She is also starting to enjoy eating raw vegetables like salad greens, tomatoes, cucumber, capsicum and get this – onions and will even try garlic. Of lately, she seems to be fascinated with lightly sauted garlic and onions. We have also been cooking with more spices and a heavier hand when it comes to things like chilli and curries. She enjoys these dishes but with a large serving of water on hand!
This little miss will start school come September and while I look forward to it, I wonder how the teachers will cope with her bilingualism. Although she spends most of her time with me and consequently, speaks more English, her French is improving and she is starting to show a larger variety of vocabulary. Often, she will slip into French when speaking to me before correcting herself. I’d say that she is a little musically-inclined and enjoys singing and listening to music although I can’t be sure if she likes creating music which I’d think is a different thing altogether. Reading is still a favourite pasttime so we make it a point to get her books regularly and encourage this by reading to her daily or just encouraging her to read instead of watching TV, etc. Trips to the library is a must on the weekends and this is one activity that she always looks forward to – rain or shine.
It is unbelievable how quick she’s growing up – at times, it feels like it was yesterday that she was just a little baby.
|March 26, 2012||Posted by Mabel under Good Days w/ Eva, Just Eva, Parenthood, Playtime Learning|
Inspired by the book “I Can Do it: Play-and-learn Activities to Help Your Child Discover the World the Montessori Way” (link here), I decided to do work with Eva on some basic life skills. The book recommends that we go through Chapters One and Two first before attempt the rest. Since Eva already knows some life skills like brushing her teeth, combing her hair, putting on her shoes and jacket (I started working on the jacket a few days ago and now I just need to open it for her and she’ll slip her arms in herself. Managing the zip catch still requires work but she’s an expert at zipping up and down!), I decided to see if she can handle skills like pouring and transferring. These skills will help with self-feeding as well as get her exercising those muscles she’ll need for learning to write next time.
Here is a series of pictures I took while we were busy working on this activity. It took about 15 minutes and I used kidney beans before moving onto rice to make things a little bit more challenging. She transferred the beans without any problems or spillage but the rice – ohno! One thing good about this activity is that it ties in with her love for cooking and she was so into it so much so that when asked if she wanted to watch a cartoon, she said NO! Hehehe.
I also got a glimpse of some skills which she picked up from me while she observed me as I cooked and baked – namely patting down the rice. I do that (patting and smoothing) when making fruit bars and the base for my cheesecake as well as cookies, etc. Nice to see that she’s applying what she sees and changing it to experiencing it herself.
Transferring from small to big jug – very easy, no spillage, pour all at one go.
Pouring from a big jug to a very small container – not so easy, requires some skill and manoeuvring. Some spillage!
Cleaning up some spillage; this time, we did some transferring using a teaspoon and two small containers.
Patting down the rice!
Adapting the method; instead of leaving both containers on the tray, she picks one up and makes herself more comfortable (I would think).
|March 17, 2012||Posted by Mabel under Good Days w/ Eva, Just Eva, Parenthood|
In an effort to potty train Eva, I decided to take a more relaxed approach which means
- No more scolding when she has accidents like wetting her pants, wetting her bed
- Wearing clothes that she can easily take off – stockings (all her pants have buttons – not potty friendly)
- Using training pants instead of cloth diapers (except at night)
- Asking every 1 hour or so.
I also went online and hunt around for a potty book as I read that some kids are more responsive to books instead of just explanation. A quick search gave me a very pretty illustrated book on how important it is to go on a potty (see the picture below).
While waiting for the book to arrive, we did the above mentioned methods. So far, so good. She tells us when she needs to go on the potty and no more rushing for it. I let her play, read on the potty – which explains why she has a chunk of Mega Blocks in her hand (she is pretending that it’s a camera). She even wakes up from her naps to go pee instead of peeing in the bed/diaper like she used to (although this can still be a hit and miss sometimes).
And here is the best news of all.
Last night, somehow in between all the chaos of handling Noah, phone call, etc, Eva went to bed without – *drumroll* – a diaper. And we didn’t even realize it until this morning. But guess what? The bed was dry and so was she. Could be first timers luck, I reckon. Hehehe.
|February 28, 2012||Posted by Mabel under Good Days w/ Eva, Just Eva, Videos|
Can you believe that it’s Eva’s first time in a merry go round?
I thought that since she was awfully good today – I didn’t scream at her or felt like strangling her (figuratively speaking) – and she took her nap when she was supposed to take it, we would go out after her afternoon nap. The weather was very nice – as you can see in the video. She went bonkers when she saw that the merry go round was open so after a few minutes of staring at the other kids, I thought what the heck, lets have some fun and let Eva have a ride. I paid €2 for the ride and at the end of it, I got a happy kid. Pretty fair trade, if you ask me.
All in all, a good day.
|February 23, 2012||Posted by Mabel under Just Eva, Parenthood, Playtime Learning|
Being a stay-at-home mum means that you’re not just a parent but also an entertainer, facilitator and well, playmat, especially when you have just one kid (or two but a baby in the picture). You’ll need to have both energy and time to spend with your child and sometimes a little bit of thought too. While I don’t shy from this – I embrace it wholeheartedly and with zeal – sometimes, Mummy/Daddy needs a break. There are times when I’m just too worn out from dealing with a fussy baby to only deal with a demanding toddler who wants someone to play with her, colour for her, and so forth.
So after much careful thought and just sitting on the fence for the past couple of months, I decided to go ahead and place an order for a lifesize kitchen toy. Over the past few months, I’ve come to see that Eva loves cooking – she is always hanging out in the kitchen whenever I prepare meals and often, she turns every day items into things like coffee, milk and other foods. It would seem that I have a little chef in the making. So apart from actually baking and cooking with her – there is only so much food we all can eat! – I thought that it would be good for her to have a kitchen toy of her own.
After hunting around, I came across an Amazon.fr listing for the Klein 9090 Cuisine – Sonore Miele “Petit Gourmet”. I wanted to get it from Toysrus where it was cheaper but after adding in the shipping, it came up to about the same so Amazon it was. The item arrived just two days after the order was placed – talk about super fast shipping.
As I was helping the postgirl (as Eva calls her) with the parcel – she was struggling to get this box and a parcel up the stairs with her clipboard, etc – Eva was going bonkers, bouncing up and down. The postgirl asked “La, c’est pour qui?” (This is for who?) and when I answered that it was for Eva, well, Eva just went ballistics and started jumping up and down, shouting “YAYAYA”!
Assembling it was pretty fast and Eva was hovering nearby, waiting for the moment for me to yell that I was done so that she could dive right into it and start playing. And true enough, when I was done, she just went in – I didn’t even have time to pack up the trash and move it to the appropriate spot in the playroom/office. This kept her busy for at least a good 30 minutes which allowed me to check on lunch, go online to check my emails and Facebook, edit some photos, and check on Noah.
The toy kitchen is about 95 cm tall which is just a good height and is not very wide so it doesn’t take up much space and can sit in a corner somewhere. The kitchen comes with compartments for an oven, dishwasher, sink, hood and hob plus utensils and a set of dishes and cutlery. There are knobs and handles so toddlers can to practice their fine motor skills. It’s easy to put together – stickers and all – which means that it’s easy to dismantle too. Even though it’s made from plastic, it’s quite sturdy and not overly light so I reckon it should hold against Eva’s tinkering about. And the colour – there was a reason as to why I chose this over the Hello Kitty pink set which was cheaper! At least Noah can use it! Kekekeke.
All in all, it came just in time – the weather is starting to turn awful again which means us being holed up at home and after five days of being a single parent 24/7, I need all the help I can get!
|February 22, 2012||Posted by Mabel under Food & Recipes, Just Eva, Little Tastebuds, Videos|
That’s Eva enjoying some milky maple strawberry oatmeal for breakfast. It’s a quick fix and can be whipped up in under five minutes. Recipe to come soon but meanwhile, enjoy the video!