Monthly Archives: April 2011

Teachable Two

Dear Meimei,

Yippe! You’re officially in the “tiny tot” age! And what does that mean?  Some people describe it as a terrible two stage, and there’s even a website labeled terribletwos! But that’s not how I look at you sweety pie.  Even with your ahia, I can honestly say he was never terrible as what those websites declare.  It was even a big time for him to adjust because we moved to China when he was 23 months… yet in spite the new environment, your papa and I didn’t have problems with him.  Yes we did have difficult times, but hey, even us adults have those days we don’t feel good and we just want to be ourselves or even do “not so nice things”, but that doesn’t mean we’re TERRIBLE…  So when you become a mom someday, never label your kids terrible two ok?  It’s a matter of perspective and the more we believe in the best in our kids, the more we’ll be amazed at how wonderful they could really become at this stage.

According to Erik Erikson, this is the WILL stage wherein you learn to develop wither Autonomy – a sense of being able to handle many problems on your own, or Shame and Doubt if your caregiver, (of course it’s me and papa) refuse to let you perform tasks of which you are capable, or ridicule your early attempts at self-sufficiency.

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Your pa and I allow you certain limits but in areas where we know you can handle, we give you freedom to try to do it, no matter how many times you have to try, we patiently wait until you get it done right. 🙂

You are very teachable plangging.  The day we went home from your hospitalization on your 3rd surgery which was the colostomy closure, you immediately pooped in the toilet bowl! You were only 10 months and now at age 2, you are 85% toilet trained.  Considering that you’re an IMPERFORATE ANUS baby, this is a miracle because many articles say that kids like you can be expected to be “delayed” in toilet training. For the record, you sat on the toilet seat earlier than your ahia did! 🙂

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At 1 year and 3 months you already knew how to blow your nose!  I just showed you how it’s done then you did it on your own.  The older you get, the more teachable you become.  A few months back I started teaching you how to beat the egg and your ahia how to break it.  So now every time we cook and there’s egg, ahia breaks it and you beat it!

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Given a paint and a brush, you can paint on your own.  Given paper and pen, you can draw on your own.  Given toys, you can also play on your own.  However, there are still times (of course) that you say, “MAMA TEACH ME PLEASE.”  I know you just want to spend more time with me, or I guess, you like the tickle time which is usually part of our play time. 🙂  You also like to read and study. I can go on and on with the list, but I won’t.  You’ll discover them from time to time as I continue to write these letters my dear.

My prayer for you little one is that in the coming days, months and even years, you will be more and more hungry to learn new things, in every area of your life.  Every minute with you is a teaching moment.  I think the only time we stop learning is when we’re sleeping, haha.  But more than anything else, it is my heart’s desire that you and your ahia learn and hunger for God’s presence in your lives, that’s why worship and prayer in each day are never absent.  Every morning, we start the day with watching worship videos, we sing and dance as we worship, and we end the night with prayer.  You already know how to worship God and have memorized our bedtime prayer since you were 16 months. Right now you can declare healing upon family members who are sick and even declare healing upon yourself by saying: BY THE STRIPES OF JESUS I AM HEALED!

I will be forever grateful to God for giving you to us, you are a MIRACLE sweetheart.  Each time we see you, we are reminded of God’s faithfulness, provision, healing, love, joy and many more.  You are a living reminder to your papa and me that God’s goodness will follow us all the days of our lives.

Happy 2nd birthday Meimei… You are indeed, God’s promise of JOY.

I love you.

Mama

eating your birthday spaghetti

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Expensive Mistake

Dear Elisha,

I’m writing this letter using papa’s itouch, hihi. It’s finally mine! But I think he’s giving this to you on your birthday ( I think ).  But it depends if I’m letting it go. Hmmm… a few hugs and kisses might just convince me.  Oh, for your information, you got banned from using this since November 2010 due to a very expensive mistake that you committed.  Wanna know what & how much? Ok then read on.

You and papa have this game called Fishes.  In that game you need to buy more fish, corals, pearls & others.  However, those are expensive stuffs so papa didn’t buy any.  For example the pearls cost $99, some fish cost $9.99 and likewise for the corals.  Papa didn’t buy any of those because he thought it was expensive.  But guess what?! You did!!!  You purchased a total of $206!!! Of pearls, fish and other stuff to decorate your ocean!!! How did it happen?  What was papa’s reaction?  Go on reading son…

In the past, papa bought something from itunes and his credit card details were saved in it, however, to purchase something, you have to key in his password.  When we asked you what did you type for the password, you told us papa’s password!  You memorized it because one time, according to you, you saw him key in “the” password as you were beside him.  Talk about memory huh?!  Papa underestimated your capacity to remember but with what happened I’m sure he won’t do that ever again!  🙂
Now let’s go to his reaction…  Knowing your papa, he kept his cool, kept quiet, though he was angry.  He immediately logged in to our credit card billing statement online.  That’s where we learned the $206!!!  I then thought of a way to let you understand what you did by telling you that you had to pay papa using your money that you got from your allowance and rewards.  You had to understand facing the consequence of something you did and since it’s about money, you had to learn it through your money as well.  Oh how you cried when I told you that you had to pay all the money that you earned for 3 months!  You cried so hard and said, “If I don’t have money how can I buy a gift for you on your birthday?  Christmas gifts for you, papa and Meimei?  Birthday gift for angkong and ama?”  It broke my heart and I too almost cried when I heard those words from you.  You had a hard time accepting the consequence of what you did, good thing papa thought of an illustration of  how much money was used. He said, ” With “that” money you can buy 10 boxes of Tipo (that was your favorite biscuit that time), you could eat nearly 20 KFC bucket meals and eat 100 times in Jollibee!”  Funny you commented, ” 100 times in Jollibee?! That’s a lot!”  So we then knew you understood…

After a long time of discussion and explanation, plus a few bucket of tears, you finally agreed to pay off your debt to Citibank. Yes son, it’s your debt because it was your purchase so you had to pay for it using your money.  Although papa gave you some discount because your savings wasn’t enough to pay for everything.

The next day I asked your papa how exactly he felt, he told me he felt like he had a gout attack for 1 whole day!  It was painful but he recovered, haha.  As for you young man, you learned a very important lesson and I’m so proud of you for being man enough to face the consequences which were paying for your debt using your savings, not playing computer for 15 days, and banned from using itouch for a loooooong time! Up to this date you are still banned and though you keep telling me you miss papa’s itouch, you faithfully followed the deal of not touching it. So I guess you can touch the itouch on your birthday, let’s see about that 🙂

It happened 5 months ago yet you still remember what took place last November and I’m blogging this so you’ll remember for life and though it was an expensive mistake, we pray it will spare you from making much more expensive ones and more serious when you’re an adult. As I told your papa, ” We have been blessed with a smart son, so we have to be careful to teach him to use his gift properly”.  When you read this son, know that I am so proud of you that at a young age of 5, you took responsibility of your actions.

Love,

Mama

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15 More Days

Dear Meimei,

Today is April 1st and it’s only 15 days away from your 2nd birthday! Am I excited? Kinda! Not because we will have fancy celebration but because you’re gonna be officially stepping into the trainable, teachable, terrific, talented, talkative and totally trendy two year old! Everyday you amaze me with new things and who knows what you’ll be capable on the day you turn 2 years old. You’re learning really fast and now more than ever is the best time to train you in the way you should go as written in Proverbs 22:6.

Initially, your papa and I planned that we will have our Shanghai trip on your birthday since it’s on a Saturday. But since your ama and angkong are coming over on the 22nd, we will just have a simple gathering on your birthday and hopefully the pictorial and will postpone the Shanghai trip to the ZOO when ama and angkong are here. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as you really love watching animals in your videos, so it’s time you’ll see most of them for real! And if we will be allowed to touch them, it’ll be more exciting!

Aside from 15 days away from your birthday, today is also very significant as I will launch this blog into the open 🙂 This is my first entry for this new blog. My previous letters for you and ahia came from my other blog SheWritesYouWrite. It took me 2 whole days and nights transferring them and formatting this blog! But now it’s finally good to go! It is my prayer that not only I and your papa will write letters for you and your ahia, but also family and friends can share and express their love for you both.

It’s now 11:11pm and we’re all still up! You and papa are watching GLEE on the big tv, your ahia just finished writing his letter for me 🙂 and here I am, writing this letter for you.

I love you Meimei, more than you’ll ever know sweatheart… Goodnight!

Love,

Mama

Brush Painting

P.S.

This was taken this morning after breakfast. This is one of your favorite activities, painting. But this is the first time for you to hold a real brush 😀

 

 

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