Monthly Archives: July 2015

The enrollment forms

So, before something we’ve been desperately looking forward to happens, we are bound to do some more work – fill out the enrollment forms. I had never bothered to take a look before getting started and thought it would only be providing some immunization records and a bunch of signatures for authorization. But, I was wrong! One of the forms turned out be three pages of questions asking about my child’s personality, daily routines, food preferences, sleeping habits, etc, etc. I swear I haven’t written so many words by hand for a whole decade! At first I thought I wouldn’t have much to say about any item listed there. My kid is just an ordinary kid with a slightly (well, let’s put it this way) bad temper. Then it turned out that all blanks ended up running out of space for my rambling answers. Now I have to ask my husband to reprint the form and I’ll have to do it all over again.

Or maybe I should look at it differently – it can also be a good record to keep:) Read more…


IMG_5894Such a long time we haven’t been here together. It was much cooler last summer and you were much smaller. That was when the clouds got so lovely, the river view felt so fresh, and when a walk by the river was not a daily routine. A picture of you and daddy reminds me of my own pictured childhood – the park, the grass, and the smile. I still remember how my dad taught me about photography, although I was too young to understand anything he said.

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The Musical Nature

Randall started to dance to the music even before he started walking, but it’s always been hard to catch him dancing on camera. He has become more aware of the camera and turns shy when he notices that I am trying to shoot a video. I have read a few articles on baby development and I know it’s common for baby to start dancing at this age. It’s also true that we adults love music too, and it often helps to put on some nice music when we are feeling bad. However, it still amazes me what a magical effect music has on such little kids.

At around six months, Randall learned to press the button of his crib toy so that he could watch his animal friends spinning over his head and listen to its music, which would then put him to a sound sleep. About the same time, he started to resist diaper changing with his worst cries (well, he still does), so we had to distract him with all kinds of toys we could find. But sometimes he would still get impatient or frustrated, until later we found that singing to him was the best way to keep him happy on the changing table. When he turned 12 months, he had his first dance by moving his hips up and down to the rhythm. Later on he picked up some more sophisticated movements such as shaking his head and turning around in circles. One of the things he enjoyed most before getting obsessed with the nursery-song videos was turning on the music of his toys and dancing to it.