23 February 2013

30 months


I find it hard to believe that Sophia is now 2.5 years old. It seems just like yesterday that we brought her home from the hospital. Now, she sings, laughs, and argues with me. And realizing that 2.5 years from now, she will be starting kindergarten is plain shocking. Time just zooms by.

Sophia really enjoys books and would happily flip through books on her own. She also likes having us read to her. She is intrigued by identity, I think, because she repeatedly asks, “Who’s that?” and points to the characters in the book. She is not satisfied with answers like “He is the mailman.” and would follow it up with “What’s his name?”. I have to give the character a name before she will move on to the next one. It’s really funny listening to us during story time because you would hear the question “Who’s that?” many, many times before we are done with the book.

It’s tough to get things past her, as she has a very good memory and is a logical thinker that she would put two and two together and figure out that “that is not right, mommy”. Two words in her vocabulary that amuses me are “save” (because I want her to be a saver) and “puffer” (sadly, she has developed asthma). When she is in a good mood, she tries to make us laugh with funny antics and then she would laugh at herself and say, “Silly Sophia”. When she doesn’t get what she wants, she wags her finger at us and says angrily, “You not listening!”. When she is upset, she soothes herself by sucking her thumb, hugging her blankie, and asking me to carry her.

She is starting to say “I love you” a lot more, although, sometimes it still feels like I am begging her to say it to me. She is more generous with her puppy stuffy, Bobby, and her blankie. Yes, she says “I love you” to her blankie more readily than she says it to me! She also says “I’m sorry” now without us having to instruct her. She has also gotten tall enough to be able to open the doors in our house by herself.

Starting the long weekend in February, we went diaper free (except during nap and at night). She has done extremely well, mainly, I think because she has been ready for a while. It was me who was not ready to deal with public toilets so I didn’t really push for it until after our Caribbean trip. She had one accident a day for the first week but had only one accident the second week. We are so proud of her!

I am finding this stage a really fun and interesting one. Her ability to talk and communicate has opened up a whole new world for all of us. It’s so cute how she corrects me when I call her a baby and she says, “No mommy, I am not a baby. I am a big girl.” Indeed, she is a big girl now.

15 February 2013

Twinkle, twinkle

Sophia loves to sing.  Unfortunately, I hardly ever think to grab a video camera when she is singing to capture the moment.  Inspired by our friends Aves and Yvette, I got Sophia to sing for me with the iPad ready to record:

6 February 2013


When we were planning our visit to Trinidad to attend my sister-in-law’s wedding, Ed and I decided to do a side trip to another Caribbean island with Sophia as our family get-away. We looked into going to Aruba or Margarita Island in Venezuela but we eventually decided to go to Barbados. It would be a direct flight from Trinidad and the airfare was reasonable. I picked a hotel on the southwest coast since it was more affordable than the ones on the famous west coast of Barbados. (Famous, as in, Tiger Woods got married in one of the hotels on the west coast!)

I have been to several Caribbean islands and I put Barbados in my top two, with Aruba. Barbados is developed but not too developed. The vibe of the Caribbean can still be felt quite strongly on the island. The Bajans are very friendly and warm, and we felt safe everywhere we went on the island. The food was delicious (and quite similar to the Trinidadian cuisine) and the beach was amazing. We stayed at the Bougainvillea Hotel and I give it a thumbs up! We really enjoyed our stay there.

Sophia liked the pool a lot and enjoyed playing on the sand with her toys. However, she did not want to go into the ocean. She said that the waves were scary. This is a change from previous visits to beach destinations where she showed no fear of the water or the waves. She is developing fear now and I wondered how much of that is from my admonitions to “be careful” during our interactions. Nevertheless, she still seemed to enjoy being at the beach as long as she kept her distance from the ocean.

Dining out is easier, now that Sophia is a little older. I don’t have to cut up her food too much now and she’s quite happy to feed herself. Her table manners are coming along nicely, too, and we need to remind her of manners only once in a while. One night, we ate dinner at the hotel restaurant, which is a bit posh, and Sophia was fantastic. We were so proud of her! 

We stayed for four days and it was too short! Barbados is a place I want to visit again. There is so much more to see and the feel of the place is really relaxing. We will definitely be back someday soon.

Here are some photos from our visit to Barbados.

Sunset #2Off to BarbadosWelcome!We're in Barbados!Swim timeBougainvillea hotel
Bougainvillea hotelBougainvillea hotelBougainvillea hotelView from our balconyView from our balconyAt the supermarket
Waiting for our taxiPool area @ Bougainvillea hotelSunset #1 - Maxwell beachIMG_1702IMG_1709IMG_1711
IMG_1713At Maxwell beachAt Maxwell beachAt Maxwell beachAt Maxwell beachEnjoying her beach toys
Barbados, Jan 2013, a set on Flickr.