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Daniel: all grown up

Posted by
spots (Singapore, Singapore) on 24 May 2007 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

When we first came to Stanford, Daniel looked like this - the pic on the left. He couldn't walk. He couldn't talk. He had remnant baby fat and his cheeks jiggled up and down as he "ran" about, with us holding his hands.

Now he's all grow up - pic on the right. I just can't over how boy-ish he looks. He's still got that ridiculously delirious grin. And now, he's developed "favourites" and "preferences", like his preference for pasta and his favourite objects - that being, trucks, fire trucks, big trucks, dump trucks, and the like! And yes, he's walking and talking too.

Daniel still has a lot of growing up to do of course. He still doesn't understand complex concepts or sentences. He's still impatient. And he's still grumpy when he wakes from his naps (though less so - and we can actually convince him to sit up and get out of bed and walk down the stairs WITHOUT us having to carry him for a while)

I really do hope that Daniel will somehow remember his days growing up in Stanford. If he doesn't, he'll at least have some nice pictures to help him remember. And I'm sure, the experiences that he's had (at the tender age of between 1 and 2) - all those beautiful scenery, wild animals, wide open spaces & playgrounds, everything... will have had some impact on his outlook & his personality. Maybe? ?? Maybe not ?? Wld any child psychologist care to comment?

Picture on right by Shawn Hoon

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

wow,daniel has grown so much!The pictures are really beautiful!:)

25 May 2007 9:08am

Kairospix from Singapore

so cute!

25 May 2007 2:22pm

Mac from Libya

are you guys leaving California already?

26 May 2007 3:56pm

a l from Singapore

i see ACS boy in there...! =)

27 May 2007 11:23pm

spots from Singapore, Liechtenstein

MAC - we miss you!!! Yes, we're leaving in mid June!

29 May 2007 8:05pm

Dad from Singapore

Its good to pause and assess how much Dan has grown. Like I said before, you will continuously make such assessments, not only of Dan alone, but also comparing with his brother Ben. Yes, Dan has shown to be a fast learner in many areas, relative to others in his age group. And you and Bim must take credit for good parenting!

30 May 2007 12:12am

spots from Singapore, Singapore

Hi Dad, we are very proud of Daniel - but most of all, we want him to be a polite & obedient boy. Not just fast learner. :)

30 May 2007 8:03pm

Dad from Singapore

Besides being a fast learner, there are of course other virtues that all parents should impart to their children. Politeness and obedience are just 2 of them. Yes, set your standards and how you want both Dan and Ben should conduct themselves when they grow up. I know its a loooonnngggg journey which requires you both to keep the course for your children. Along the way there will be ups and downs and hopefully you 2 will enjoy it and be proud of your children in their respective endeavors.

2 Jun 2007 9:39am