Connecting tots

Recently we have a friend whose baby boy was born on 010111. Wow, what a good date, the baby’s birthday will always be a public holiday ;-)
 
This also means this boy will be the eldest in the class when he starts school, compared the the kids who were born in September, he is almost 9 months older, so logically he will be the smartest in class as mentally and physically he is much developed, compared to the kids who were born in year end.
 
Interested in this issue and coincidently, i came across some articles about brain development. Babies are born with 100 Billions BRAIN CELLS WAITING TO BE CONNECTED. Not all are connected at birth. As a child learns, his/her brain cells will make connections inside the brain.
 
If the brain cells are not connected, they are not helping in learning, so the more the better, the faster, the better. Gangliosides, the brain nutrient will be able to help to promite this brain development.
 
So the explanation for why the elder boys usually are the smarter group in class is that their brain is more developed, i.e. more brain cells connected. So how Benjamin catch up? He is a September boy :-p
 
Provide him more Gangliosides ;-) Some might think this sounds kiasu but actually it is not, being left behind in class is really not a good experience, not able to catch up in class is not the most critical part but developing lack of confidence in class is the worst jmpact.
 
Check this out, this article
(http://www.extension.purdue.edu/providerparent/Child%20Growth-Development/BrainDev.htm) which shares some info about experience and rain development. Ben said, “Nenek (his babysitter) is Indian, daddy is Chinese, mummy is Burmese and Ben Ben is English”, I have never told him the relationship of language and ethnic. By the way, one of my 2011 resolutions is to teach Ben more Chinese language :-p

Trip to Myanmar

After 2 years, Ben got another chance to meet his cousins from mummy’s side in Myanmar. We wanted to see how he’d react when he met his cousins, but unfortunately he dozed off when we met them at airport. Anyway, once he woke up, we could see his smiles, playing with them immediately. On the same day, he asked “where is my best friend?” referring to his cousin Ko Ko. And, they clicked well despite being apart for 2 years. Within 2 weeks time, Ben got so much attached to his cousin sister until he cling on her at airport when we had to depart. His cousin sister Ma Ma Yu also cried on the way back from airport too… what a sad… She played a mummy’s role by putting him to sleep in afternoons and feeding him as well.. So no wonder, they were so attached.

We also had real fun at the zoo as Ben got a chance to feed animals. Daddy wanted to go to zoo another time but Ben did not insist. Here are some pictures of good memory. We do hope we can make another trip soon..

Feeding sugar cane to Elephant

Feeding Banana to Giraffe.


At the airport, before departure, he did not want to come down from Ma Ma Yu.

Anniina @ 11.5 months

Momo weighs 9.7kg and 73cm today :-)
She can stand up herself and remain standing for very long now.
She starts to talk and sing, following after us.
She uses sign language to ask Ben to come and sit next to her :-)

Ben at 3yrs 4 months, he is able to drink medicine from a spoon.