Thursday, July 25, 2013

Playing Catch-up on the Blog

To my little Lina<3...

It has been a  very long time since Mommy wrote to you on your blog. I apologize for that, we had so much things going on in the last two months or so. Although I have not written anything, you are continuing to enjoy everything, each day has to offer. So let's play catch-up. 

Mommy has been back to since April, and you spend three days with PorPor (grandmother in Cantonese) and sometimes with GongGong (grandfather in Cantonese) when he is not working. The past two months, you love going to park and playing, getting comfortable in PorPor's neighborhood, you have learned many things, and you are being potty trained. 

You are learning Chinese due to increase conversations with your grandparents, and Mommy speaking to you in Chinese as often as possible to you. Your first Cantonese word was "gaau gaau" on May 10, 2013 which means to sleep. You repeated after me, during dinner, after I said "if you are finishing eating, it is time to 'fan gaau gaau' (to fall asleep in Cantonese)." it was so cute, you just said so clearly which surprised Mommy. Now you have learned more Cantonese, you know how to say ‘maa maa and baa baa’  (mother and father in Cantonese), ‘mat mat’ (meaning socks and you loves to point to your feet or put your foot up when you says it or hear that word), ‘maat’ (meaning to wipe/ to rub, and actually does the wiping motion when you hear the word), ‘ji ji’ (meaning sister), ‘go go’ (meaning brother), “gaai gaai’  (meaning to go outside), ‘bo bo’ ball, ‘aap aap’ (meaning duck), PorPor and GongGong (meaning grandmother and grandfather), ‘naai naai’ (meaning milk), ‘baak sik’ (meaning white), ‘ce ce’ (meaning car), ‘maau maau’ (meaning cat), ‘waa’ (meaning wow), and ‘du du’ (Mandarin pinyin meaning beep beep). That is all Mommy can remember for now :)  You know most of your body parts in Chinese, such as head, eyes, mouth, ear, hair, nose, hands, buttocks, and feet. Whenever Mommy or your grandparents names the body parts for you in Chinese, you point to each body part. You understand a lot more than you are able to verbalize.  I love watching as you learn.

You are also learning a lot in English;  saying more words, even putting two words together. Each day is a learning experience and you are saying more words; such as mama, dada, no, duck, ball, go go, up, doll, box, bear, dog, a word that sounds like mouth, nose, book, block, black, bad, buh bye, more, shh, boo boo (bruises), egg, hat, uh oh, and car. Your favorite words are buh bye, no more, up, mama, baba, bad, and ball. There is a awareness of what each word is, like you would wave your hand when you say buh bye, or when you say shh, you would hold your finger to your mouth. Mommy knows the word bad may not be a good word to teach you,but I guess I say it often enough that you just picked it up. Whenever you fall down because you were running too fast, you would say “waa waaa'” (as if you were in pain or had hurt yourself) and Mommy always comes to you, and make sure you are okay, hug and kisses, and say to floor where you fell down, bad, and it would make you feel better. This morning, you said "no more" it was so cute when I had said that there was no more cereal, you just repeated "no more".  This happened in the car on the way to PorPor’s house. Body parts, you know in English, and points to each one as it is being named. The body parts that you know  are head, hair, eyes, nose, ear, mouth, neck, shoulder ( just started that a few days ago), nippy (for breasts, lol), belly, back, buttocks, vagina, legs, arms, hands, feet, legs, toes/piggies.  Mommy is showing you where your ankles, knees, and heart are but you have not grasp those body parts yet. 

Learning through play is my motto. My little Lina<3 knows how to sort shapes, even some times with great frustration when you are unable to sort it properly or takes too long.  You are also learning how to match colors together with puzzle from Mellissa and Doug Fish Colors Mix and Match Peg Puzzle, the numbers with Melissa and Doug See Inside Numbers Wooden Peg Puzzle, and the alphabets with Melissa and Doug See Inside Alphabet Puzzle. At times you like to color, you have develop so much with the coloring. In the beginning of December 2012, you would just hold the jumbo crayon on the tip on your fingers and make little marks on the paper, or coloring books. Now you are actually coloring, holding the jumbo crayon better (pictures to come…). The lullabies that you like are “twinkle, twinkle little stars”, “hush a bye baby”, and “ you are my sunshine”. Mommy usually sing to you at sleepy time.

We will discuss food and more playtime at the next time. As you have developed a lot in those two areas!  Mommy is so proud of my little Lina<3. 
Mommy also has a big announcement …shhh…


P.S. All the Cantonese Jyutping comes from this website :
It was extemely helpful to me.

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