This is our pride and joy. Coming into his second year, he is now a bundle of energy. He jumps, kicks, wrestles and talks very much. I think for 2 year old, he talks quite a lot. His vocabulary is impressive, but that might just be the proud parent in me speaking. But then again, who doesn't?
I don't read that much these days. At least not as much I'd like to. Except for the mandatory newspaper & few magazines, I feel my reading habit has slackened quite a bit. At this point of time, I think I have almost a dozen book on the shelf, waiting to be picked up.
That is why when I finished reading the book 'Tuesdays with Morrie' last night, I was overwhelmed by a sense of achievement & satisfaction. The book was thin by any standard and yet it took me almost 3 weeks to go through its 192 pages.
Those days, I would've finished it in less than 3 days. Those days, I wouldn't have mind a bit about losing my sleep time as long as I can finish my reading. That is no longer the case these days. I guess this is why Harry Potter books put me off completely (apart from myself reasoning why bother reading and imagining things yourself when the movie(s) are there).
Buck up I must. Lest I lose the habit completely, I really have to buck up. Perhaps setting targets & keeping scoresheet will help. Giving rewards to myself for every book that I finished reading seems like a good idea.
But for now, I'd just like to get a good night sleep before I start on a new book tomorrow.
We were here for a night in June. The rate was substantially discounted by virtue of myself being a lowly paid civil servant. Probably the best place I've ever been. The food was a bit pricey & rather limited. The room was big but you have to climb a flight of stairs to get to your room. The beach was nice and very private. Would like to go there again one of these days.
Nothing interesting of late. Had a meeting with rough, badut, chib & zahadin couple of days ago to discuss about the reunion. After much thrashing, we decided that this time around it will be a properly organized dinner. Badut was full of ideas that night- he was on a roll. Is it because of the new girlfriend or you are just excited not to be at home after 10 pm...hehehe...And it was also Badut that came up with the idea of having a 'themed dinner' e.g 'back to school, etc. But the meeting was very much distracted by Chibiok's use of the word 'lawa' to describe Kama 95.
The meeting was adjourned at about 11.45. Have to mention this : makan was sponsored by Badut. Further info at koleq9094-Reunion.
I republish here one of the many Q&A's on the habit. I took this from the American Academy of Pediatric & Dentistry website.
Thumb, Finger and Pacifier Habits
Q: Why do children suck on fingers, pacifiers or other objects? A: This type of sucking is completely normal for babies and young children. It provides security. For young babies, it's a way to make contact with and learn about the world. In fact, babies begin to suck on their fingers or thumbs even before they are born.
Q: Are these habits bad for the teeth and jaws? A: Most children stop sucking on thumbs, pacifiers or other objects on their own between two and four years of age. No harm is done to their teeth or jaws. However, some children repeatedly suck on a finger, pacifier or other object over long periods of time. In these children, the upper front teeth may tip toward the lip or not come in properly.
Q: When should I worry about a sucking habit? A: Your pediatric dentist will carefully watch the way your child's teeth come in and jaws develop, keeping the sucking habit in mind at all times. For most children there is no reason to worry about a sucking habit until the permanent front teeth are ready to come in.
Q: What can I do to stop my child's habit? A: Most children stop sucking habits on their own, but some children need the help of their parents and their pediatric dentist. When your child is old enough to understand the possible results of a sucking habit, your pediatric dentist can encourage your child to stop, as well as talk about what happens to the teeth if your child doesn't stop. This advice, coupled with support from parents, helps most children quit. If this approach doesn't work, your pediatric dentist may recommend a mouth appliance that blocks sucking habits.
Q: Are pacifiers a safer habit for the teeth than thumbs or fingers? A: Thumb, finger and pacifier sucking all affect the teeth essentially the same way. However, a pacifier habit is often easier to break.
Never start your child on pacifier. Hang on to these words of wisdom. We made the mistake and now we are paying for it. Emil is sucking on that thing indiscriminately and the habit is really getting to us. He couldn't sleep without it, we couldn't go anywhere without it and he wouldn't sit still in the car unless the thing is hanging from his mouth. And that is just to name a few.
Now that the boy is already 2 years old and have almost a full set of teeth, we are trying very hard to wean him off that thing. Man, he's already an addict by now.
Attempts have been unsuccesful thus far. The last attempt lasted for one and a half day when alas, the Mama couldn't stand the boy's begging. But, what happened last night scared the shit out of us both.
Last night, the pacifier was already almost torn as Emil was chewing plus sucking that thing. So, Mama conjured up a ploy to tear apart and blame it on the boy. Emil took it in good spirit and was saying things like "dah woshak dah" & "Emil throw puting, ok". The first part of the plan was successful.
Then came sleep time. By now, Emil was fidgeting and not long after that, he was shivering and begging for his puting. One time, his body froze. Masya Allah, we thought the boy dah kena sawan tarik. Pucat le kejap. Alhamdulillah, lepas we handed the boy over to the grandmother(one of the advantages of living with parents/in-laws, hahahaha), he was ok. But not after demanding the poor granny to watch the TV with him. It was already 1 o'clock then.
So the result of the latest ploy remains to be seen. So, if anyone's reading, I would advise against using pacifier even when it seems the best solution to shut off your child at that time. The option might be attractive but the action will come back to haunt you-hehehehehe...