Perhaps it was an unexpected one, but aren't the best gifts unexpected?
She completes our lives. Our little family just seems so much fuller and complete with our little princess around. We are truly blessed.
Daddy certainly spoils her. Ryan definitely indulges her. Mama tries to be strict but secretly spoils her the most :P *Shhhhhh*
She surprised us all by walking on her own at 10 months. Now at 12 months, she's so steady and fast! Wandering all over the house, exploring. Crawling apparently was not for princesses.
Alyssa is not a fussy baby. She is calm and cheerful.
Her favourite word is Mama. But she also says Daddy, Kor kor, Ah Ma, Jie jie, popo (the dog), poh poh (carry), nan nan and book.
She gives lovely kisses. She offers them willingly and frequently to her Kor kor. But only when she feels like to to mama and daddy. Some days, we plead with her ("Pleeasee Alyssa, please give daddy/mama a kiss") but our cheeky little princess is a little snooty sometimes. Hahaha.
She had the same meals Ryan did from 6 months till she turned 1. Fruit/vege purees with organic cereal 2-3 times a day.
We started her on chicken/fish porridge with veg puree once she turned 1. She loves apples and bananas for dessert.
Alyssa takes 6oz of milk 5 times a day. Both kids have great appetites and we want to encourage that, but they go through a whole box of milk each in less than a week. So it's quite heavy on the pockets.
Alyssa doesn't bother much with all the lovely stuffed toys we bought or were given to her. She much prefers playing with her brother's trucks and trains.
She has also inherited her brother's love for gardening.
She enjoys cuddles (Ryan was not much of a cuddler) and is simply the most huggable baby in the world. (Sorry, couldn't resist. But it's true =P)
Here is a video of Ryan and Alyssa in the garden on a lovely Monday evening (7/10/2013)..