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I always thought that less than 2 years old is too young to go to school.

E Bear went to school past 2 years old, and we enrolled him early because we felt that he needed to be with peers in order to speed up his speech development.  He didn’t go to Gymboree.  He only went to The Little Gym once, in a party.  But after looking at the rates and locations of both The Little Gym and Gymboree, we decided that the school inside our village was more practical for us.

But now, Papa Bear and Mama Bear are both holding clinic in Shangrila Mall.  There’s a Gymboree there.  We still think that the fees are on the steep side, but we came across this deal and Mama Bear just couldn’t resist.

R Bear went to Gymboree about 2 times for the gymplay.  Papa Bear had clinic and other errands, so he dropped R Bear for her to play while he goes about his duties.  Last Saturday, Mama Bear finally brought R Bear to Gymboree for the first of her 4 classes under the deal.

It wasn’t too smooth.  R Bear was very excited upon entering the place because she thought that she would be able to play again like last time.  But then we brought her to the classroom.  She wailed and wanted to get out.  But when the teacher brought out coloring sheets and crayons, she was able to sit still for a while.  Mama Bear stayed with her the whole time.

Mama Bear thinks it was pretty well done of her, considering it was her first time in a classroom setting and she’s not quite 2 yet.

Mama Bear brought her back later in the afternoon for the freeplay.  She was happier this time.

E Bear was outside the whole time, saying he wants to watch his little sister :).

Hoping there would be less crying and more learning in the next sessions!

Talking little bear

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R Bear has this little “song” when she wants to breasfeed (yes, she’s almost 2!  I wanted her to self wean but so far there’s no sign yet).

“Dede na, mmm mmm mmm”  in a singsong voice.

That has led other members of the Bear family to ask for the same things in the same manner.

So when E Bear wants me to turn on the A/C, he goes “aircon na, mmm mmm mmm”.


R bear now has the following words in her vocabulary.  This is NOT in chronological order, meaning, not in order of appearance.  And it’s from memory.  I know there are some other words that she knows, but at the moment, these are what I remember. READ MORE

On Shobe

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I was kidding E Bear last night about “throwing Shobe (little sister) away”.  Our conversation went like this:

Mama Bear:  E, throw na natin Shobe sa trash can.  (Let’s throw Shobe in the trash can.)

E Bear: Nooooo

Mama Bear:  Why?

E Bear:  Because Shobe is not tissue!


Well I was pretty persistent, so I continued with the thread:

Mama Bear:  Let’s let Shobe sleep with Tata downstairs nalang.  (Tata is our dog.  She sleeps in our garage)

E Bear:  Noooo, I like Shobe here with us.

Mama Bear:  Why?

E Bear:  (changes topic, asks something about the TV show)

At this point, Papa Bear came in

Papa Bear:  Do you love Shobe?

E Bear:  YES!!!  (Emphatic and definite!)

E Bear may have difficulty expressing himself, but there is no doubt in our minds that he definitely loves his baby sister.


Meanwhile, R Bear is starting to talk up a storm.  The other night, she started saying Good night, Mommy; Good night, Daddy and Good night, Ahia.  :)