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I gotta apologise for being so tardy with blogging. Sadly I hardly have the time to blog anymore and am pretty much tired. Most days I go to bed cuddling my hyper active son although I tell myself to go blog after his bedtime.

Here are Aidan's milestones since hitting 16 and 17 months old!

  • He is extremely energetic. He is still a night owl and sleeps super late at night. While we have tried to sleep train him, it is really tough. I also think it's because we get home so late after fetching Aidan from my MIL's place (with the obligatory stay there and chit chat for a while because Skai says it is not a hotel where you pick and go). Aidan would of course like to spend some time playing with us. We tried to minimise playing so as not to hype him up some more. Mums guilt also kicks in cos we hardly get to spend time with him ¬†except for weekends :/
  • A taste of the upcoming terrible twos. When we take away things from him, sometimes he goes into a full blown meltdown. While we were able to distract him previously, it is tough to do so now. Unfortunately for him, we usually stand our ground and not give in to him.
  • Speech is still slow. Aidan is one of those kiddos who walks before he talks. He is a great walker but not so much of a talker. He babbles a lot but hardly speaks. He tends to be repetitive with his words e.g Papa, Ball ball, bao bao. He did say Mama previously but recently he calls me Baby. HAHHAA. A typical day where we read books to him, we will say 'Zebra!' and he will reply 'Ball ball!'. Every animal to him = ball ball. LOL.
  • He plays favourites. At my MIL's place, he tends to stick to my in-laws because they basically give in to him. At home, at night, he would try to stick to me. The other day at night, I tried to pass him to Skai to carry but Aidan only wanted me to carry him.
  • Recently he keeps waking up at night and because he only wants me, I recently hard to stay up in the middle of the night coaxing him. 2 days of 2am - 5am sleepless nights. GG MAX.
  • Persistent latcher. I tried to slowly cut down on latching at night but it's tough. He ONLY wants to latch even if we offer a bottle or fresh milk.
  • Extremely happy and friendly. He loves people. He would go up to people and make friends.

We will be going for our first cruise as a family next week and I can't wait to see how Aidan takes to it! Especially with the Dreamworks characters! I love this stage, as it's super fun playing with him. It is also very tiring but it's all worth it ūüôā

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Time passed by way too fast! Aidan is now 15 months going 16 months old! His milestones has not differed much but here's a brief recap!

  • He is extremely curious! He loves touching every single item and also walking around to look at things. He also points at things and looks at us!
  • He hasn't learn much words however he likes to babble a lot. It is so adorable when he does so!
  • He still loves to walk! It's tough babywearing or carrying him now as he wants to explore things.
  • He is much stronger than me when it comes to injections. He has his chicken pox vaccination and didn't make a single sound when they jabbed him.
  • He is very helpful now! Sometimes we will point at things and ask him to take it to us and he does!
  • He is now very clingy and loves to cuddle me out of the blue!
  • When we tell him to find papa/mama, he really does so!
  • He still loves to ransack things like digging out things from boxes and throwing them around.
  • He still loves to latch! Although I tried introducing fresh milk to him recently, he rather latch than drink it. I believe it's a comfort thing haha.
  • He is extremely friendly and loves making friends from kiddos to adults.

Honestly I love this stage with him. It is so fun interacting with him and i love how manja he is! He is especially very clingy to me rather than Skai at this stage. I know that most kids take turns being close to one parent, so I'm just enjoying this stage! hehehehehe.

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"Breast is best." "No, fed is best." "No no no! You are wrong, breast is best!"

I'm so sick of reading such statements.

My personal stand? "If I can, I will."

Hello. I'm Nadia. I'm a breastfeeding mum of a 14 month old little boy.

I used to exclusively latch till I went back to work. Now i pump when I'm at work and latch whenever I'm with my son. That means on weekends, it's full on latching with him. Yes, milk on tap. Buffet style.

I'm also a c-section mum. My milk kicked in on late day 3 and I soon became an oversupply mum. I bought an extra deep freezer just to store my milk and I have invested in 3 breast pumps. I've went through countless boxes of breastmilk bags and I have paid for at least 30 breast massages to clear my blocked milk ducts.

Is breastfeeding "cheaper" than formula? I don't think so. (For now) With whatever I have invested, I feel like I spent a lot. If I couldn't breastfeed back then, I wouldn't mind feeding formula. But if I can breastfeed, I will.

But I don't breastfeed to save money. I breastfeed cos I love breastfeeding. I love the intimacy when Aidan looks into my eyes while suckling. His intense look into my eyes. Sometimes he kneads my breast, sometimes he plays with the other nipple (which i hate!), sometimes he pulls his chou chou rabbit and holds it while he suckle.

I love sharing that tender moment where we gaze into each other eyes till he drifts to sleep. But most of all, I love the comfort I bring him.

There are plenty of bad days. Days where he bites. Hard. Days where he pushes my face away. Days where I pumped late and I have a nasty blocked duct. Days where people exclaim surprise that I was still breastfeeding. When will I stop, they asked?

Days where people ask me to pump in the toilet. Days where people suggest I pump and dump (?!?!?!!!). Days where my milk supply dwindles. Days where i get blisters. I really hate the biting and blocked ducts most of all.

But most of all, the benefits outweigh the cons.

The other day, Aidan was down with a fever. He refused any solid food or water. He also drank very little milk from the bottle. He was fussy and couldn't sleep.

As soon as I got home, he began to tug at my top. He needed comfort. I latched him and stroked his head tenderly. He soon drifted and fell asleep.

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This is why I breastfeed.

So that I can give comfort to my son when it's much needed. Like now.

So when people asked me when I will stop breastfeeding, I tend to lie because I was tired of explaining. I always say maybe when he hits 18 months or 2 years old.

But in my heart, I know the real answer. When he has decided to wean me off. I won't wean him. But if he decides to wean me off, I'll understand.

Though i'll probably weep the day that he chooses to do so.

In the meantime, I'll continue. As long he wants me.

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Hopefully it'll be for a long long time.

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My little boy is no longer a baby anymore! He is now 13 months old (actually this entry is extremely tardy!). No longer a baby, a toddler now!

Here are Aidan's milestones:

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    • He is extremely inquisitive! He loves looking and examining items!

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    • It's really cute how he would 'ask questions' by pointing at things and going 'eh?'

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    • He is extremely great at walking. At 12 months, he started to walk with support, now he is great at walking.

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    • Due to his new achievement at walking, he prefers to walk unassisted. When we try holding his hands when walking, sometimes he would shrug us off! :'(

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    • His first word is Papa. His second word is Ball. He hasn't said Mama yet. SOBSSSSSS.

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    • He LOVES balloons! Whenever he sees balloons or anything ball shaped, he'll point at say 'Ball ball!' over and over again.

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    • He is still breastfeed. He still tends to comfort latch.

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    • Due to him being overly active and walking quite a lot, he has lost some of his baby fats. Mama is VERY VERY SAD.
    • He is unafraid of strangers. He would walk up to strangers and disturb them.

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    • He is also not afraid of animals. We tested it with Fidel's doggy and Miu Miu.

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    • He has learnt how to bang. He has started banging our doors, especially when we are in the washroom.

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    • He will imitate us e.g. like opening doors, closing doors etc.

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  • He greets us with the cutest smiles whenever he sees us.

We are so blessed to have him. While it is tiring honestly, he cheers us up most of the time. There are tough times I don't deny, but his smiles makes it worthwhile.

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Aidan is now 11 months old! Soon he'll be 1 year old. o.O WAY TOO FAST!

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As per my usual tradition, here are some of his milestones!

  • He is able to move around with support. He stands while holding onto tables, chairs, humans. HAHHAHA. He also started to push things around.
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  • He claps enthusiastically now. Previous months he started doing the 'twinkle twinkle little star' motion and then pointing.
  • He has started saying mum mum, tata, baba. We're still waiting to hear him say papa and mama heh.
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  • He is still very vocal. He would point at things and say "EH!". He has started gesturing to things that he has queries on or things that he wants/drops. E.g. he would point at Skai walking away and go "EH!" as if to ask where is Daddy going?
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  • He is super hyper. He loves standing when he is not supposed to e.g. in baby chairs, supermarket trolleys.
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  • He is sleeping better at night. While he still sleeps really late, he now sleeps very deeply and does not wake up as frequently as last time.
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  • He has stopped sucking his pacifier to sleep. Instead he latches on me. Comfort latching. Before that, he'll bite on his teething toys.
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  • He is still breastfed. Looks like I'll be able to breastfeed till he is at least 1 year old! YAY!
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  • He has started giving things to people. Recently he fed me his biscuits.
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  • He is not afraid of dogs. Fidel brought her dog recently and Aidan was pretty indifferent to Ollie.
  • He loves touching the iRobot. However when the iRobot is switched on, he would be scared. HAHHAAH.
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  • He is still a very happy and cheery baby ūüôā

Happy 11 months old my precious baby. He's growing up way too fast! We'll be planning for Aidan's 1 year birthday celebration soon. Do feel free to share tips and vendor recommendations! And if you'll like to collaborate, do contact me here!

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