Whew... where did the time go? April breezed by so fast. And May is almost coming to an end. I am amazed at how fast time seems to go by when you're having the time of your life. I just couldn't let the months pass by without writing about them. So many things have happened in the past two months. I'm actually sad that I haven't had a chance to sit down and write about them. Something seems to come up each month, with or without any help from me. February was Valentine's day. March was Chloe's moving up day and Margaux's first birthday and baptism. April was Liza's wedding in Taiwan. May was really hectic: Liza's wedding reception here in Manila, Expo Mom bazaar, our 6th anniversary, Mike's birthday, and Chloe's enrollment. Oh, and we're renovating our house... AGAIN (rolls eyes). Hopefully, in the next few days, I can post more pictures of all those priceless moments. I have a lot of time in my hands now because I sprained my ankle and I have no choice but to stay home.
Anyway, I have always regretted not documenting how Chloe was when she was growing up. For example, I cannot remember what words she made up to express her thoughts. And I swore to myself that I will try to jot down everything this year.
Chloe is now 4 years and 6 months old. She has always LOVED reading. Thanks to my sis in law, we have TONS of books here in our house. So wherever we go, basta she has a few books with her, she would be okay. One day, we went for a check up at her pedia, where she borrowed a few books to read while waiting. A dad approached me and asked how old Chloe was. She was just turning 4 that time. They were amazed at how well she could read. I was amazed that they were amazed. I never really compared her with other kids. And then it happened again a few weeks after - a parent approached me to ask where she was studying, and if all the kids in her school were reading so well at that age. I couldn't answer, because I really didn't know. Her teacher later said that Chloe was one of the two students in her class who reads well. I was proud. Who wouldn't be? Not that I did anything to hone her reading skills, which makes me even more prouder (of her, not of me).
Then the other day, she tried to spell "education" on my iTouch, which left me flabbergasted. E-D-U-C-A-T-O-N. Yes, it was missing a letter, but still! At 4 years old, she's spelling these words?! Where is she learning all of these?
I have asked her pedia to refer a developmental pediatrician for Chloe, just to see what level she is at mentally. If she is advanced, I would at least like to think that I did something to foster her love for reading and spelling.
Margaux is just as amazing. She started walking at 10 months, has started saying the usual "papa" and "mama." She is a very happy (albeit undpredictable) baby who loves to kiss us at night. She loves pretending to mix things so she can subo us her concoction. Hahahah. The cutest thing she does now is pretend to read, with fluctuating inflections, which sometimes sounds like she's yodeling. Hahahahahah! She is VERY attached to me. There are times when she'd cry uncontrollably and the only way she will quiet down is when I pick her up. "Dedong".... that's her word for EVERYTHING.
Many times at night, I have found myself awake and staring in awe at our little girls while they're asleep. Amazing... there is no other word to describe them.